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Ritchie Blackmore with Deep Purple at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 (Les Lee/Evening Standard/Getty)
Ritchie Blackmore with Deep Purple at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 (Les Lee/Evening Standard/Getty)
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Ritchie Blackmore and His Wife Candice Night Play Renaissance Music in Blackmore’s Night [VIDEO]

I want to thank Rich "On The Radio" Moore for turning me on to Ritchie Blackmore's side project.

Have you heard of Blackmore's Night?

The guitarist for Deep Purple has put out 8 studio albums and 2 live albums since 1997 as a traditional folk duo, Blackmore's Night, with his long time girlfriend and now wife, Candice Night.

The two met when Night was working at a New York radio station and approached Blackmore for an autograph while he was in Rainbow. They began living together in 1991. Night sang backing vocals on the reformed Rainbow album "Stranger in All Us."

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Axl Rose and DJ Ashba November 2011 (Chris McKay/Getty)
Axl Rose and DJ Ashba November 2011 (Chris McKay/Getty)
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Guns N’ Roses Play 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado Sunday

Did you know a future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band is playing in Broomfield, Colorado on Sunday?

Guns N' Roses will rock the 1st Bank Center Sunday, December 11, along with Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society and Novus Folium.

This is Guns N' Roses first US tour in more than five years.

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Director Ken Russell 2010 (Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Director Ken Russell 2010 (Frazer Harrison/Getty)
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‘Tommy’ Director, Ken Russell, Dies at 84 [VIDEO]

Have you watched The Who's rock opera "Tommy"?

Ken Russell directed the 1975 film and he died Sunday, November 27, at his home in Lymington, England at the age of 84.

While rock fans may remember the English filmmaker for his adaptation of Pete Townshend's rock opera, critics know him for his films that pushed the limits of censorship.

Russell received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director for his 1969 film, "Women in Love," based on the novel by D. H. Lawrence. Glenda Jackson won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the movie.

He also directed "Altered States," the 1980 science fiction movie starring William Hurt in his first film role and featured the screen debut of Drew Barrymore.

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The Rolling Stones 1967 (Keystone/Getty)
The Rolling Stones 1967 (Keystone/Getty)
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Rolling Stones on Ed Sullivan, One of Many Rock DVD’s Released November 1 [VIDEO]

"The Rolling Stones-All 6 Ed Sullivan Shows" came out on DVD on November 1. Do you remember catching any of them when they were originally broadcast?

With the holiday season upon us, a lot of gift ideas hit stores today for those music lovers on your list.

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Crown Point with Grateful Mike (Town Square Media)
Crown Point with Grateful Mike (Town Square Media)
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Crown Point, Band from Portland, Oregon’s Interview on KING FM [AUDIO]

Did you catch my interview with Jon Davidson and Russell Stafford of Crown Point?

In case you missed it, here it is with some of the "behind the scenes" segments that didn't make it on-the-air.

This Summer, Jon had a serious mountain biking accident. See the "After" picture at Crown Point's website. Russ and Jon discuss it on King Fm.

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Chuck Ruff, Drummer for Edgar Winter Group and Sammy Hagar Dies at 60 [VIDEO]

Have you ever watched a live performance of "Frankenstein" by the Edgar Winter Group?

It has some amazing solos, including the drum duet between Edgar Winter and Chuck Ruff.

Last Friday, October 14, Ruff died in San Francisco after battling a long illness, he was 60. Ruff played with Ronnie Montrose and Bill Church in Sawbuck during the late sixties before joining the Edgar Winter Group. Along with "Frankenstein," Ruff also plays drums on "Free Ride." In 1977 he joined Sammy Hagar's band and played on the "Street Machine" and "Danger Zone" albums both released in 1979. Ruff drums on the song "Bad Reputation" used in the movie, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

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ZZ Top at the Orange Bowl (Matthew Stockman/Getty)
ZZ Top at the Orange Bowl (Matthew Stockman/Getty)
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ZZ Top Plays the Paramount Theater in Denver Monday

Have you ever seen ZZ Top in concert?

Your chance to see that "Little Ol' Band from Texas" is coming up on Monday, October 10, at the Paramount Theater in Denver.

ZZ Top also plays in Colorado Tuesday night, October 11, at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs.

The first-ever "La Grange Fest" will be held Saturday,October 22, at The Backyard in Bee Cave, Texas. The festival features ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and country singer Jamey Johnson and Friends.

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Night Ranger (David Livingston/Getty)
Night Ranger (David Livingston/Getty)
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Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Featured ‘Live at 5:05′ This Week

Are you going to Saturday's concert in Denver?

Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger are playing at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre on October 1.

All this week we are featuring those three bands "Live at 5:05" to help get you ready for the show.

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Pig over Battersea Power Station (Oli Scarff/Getty)
Pig over Battersea Power Station (Oli Scarff/Getty)
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Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ Album Cover Recreated Over London

Do you have Pink Floyd's "Animals" album?

It was like deja vu yesterday in London when a giant inflatable pig, 30 x 15 feet, flew over the Battersea Power Station.

Organizers had hoped to use the original vinyl pig that's been in storage for 35 years, but it had leaks so they created a new one.

The Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis album cover was recreated to mark the release of remastered versions of Pink Floyd's 14 studio albums.           

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Banjo Player (Jeff Gentner/Getty)
Banjo Player (Jeff Gentner/Getty)
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Wade Mainer, Bluegrass Banjo Pioneer, Dies at 104

Can you name a rock song with some banjo playing in it?

Chances are, that banjo player was somehow influenced by Wade Mainer. The bluegrass banjo pioneer died of congestive heart failure on September 12th at the age of 104.

Mainer is sometimes called the "Grandfather of Bluegrass" because he helped bridge the gap between old-time mountain music and bluegrass.

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Mainer is also known for inventing a two-finger banjo picking style.

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Spencer Davis Group Drummer Pete York Turns 69 [VIDEO]

\'Gimme Some Lovin\' Spencer Davis Group (YouTube)

The Spencer Davis Group introduced singer and keyboardist Steve Winwood to the world along with his brother Muff Winwood on bass. The group began when Spencer Davis was a lecturer on German at the University of Birmingham, in England, moonlighting as a musician. In 1963 he met drummer Pete York and they persuaded the Winwood brothers to leave their traditional jazz band and join them in the Spencer Davis Group.

Their biggest hit was "Gimme Some Lovin'," written by Davis and both Winwoods. "I'm a Man" also hit the top ten in 1967. Steve Winwood left to form Traffic and his brother, Muff, went on to produce acts like Dire Straits and Squeeze.

York and Winwood were members of a British super group formed in 1967 called Eric Clapton and The Powerhouse. Eddie Hardin, who replaced Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group, got together with Pete York in 1969 and formed Hardin and York.

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Slash Rocks in New Phineas and Ferb Movie [VIDEO]

Are you as excited as me and my son Jerry about the new Phineas and Ferb movie?

If you watch Disney Channel you'll know what I'm talking about, Friday is the premiere of the TV movie "Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension." And if you're a fan of former Guns N' Roses' guitarist Slash you might want to tune in because he gets animated and is in the music video.

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