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Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Dave Grohl
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Dave Grohl Drums Led Zeppelin Songs During Kennedy Center Honors

Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl returned to the drum kit during a Led Zeppelin tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday (Dec. 2). Grohl switched places with his drummer Taylor Hawkins, who sang 'Black Dog' and 'Rock and Roll' while Grohl filled a chair that made him famous with Nirvana.

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Metallica
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Metallica Take Control of Master Recordings, Form New Record Label

Metallica now answer to no one. After a 28-year relationship with Warner Music the hugely popular heavy metal band has formed their own record label, which will now house all of their master ("...master!") recordings, including songs and long form videos. Moving forward all releases will be under the Blackened Recordings banner.

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Jimi Hendrix
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Famous ‘Burned’ Jimi Hendrix Guitar Sold at Auction

Hopefully the Jimi Hendrix fan who dropped nearly $380K for a guitar that was allegedly torched on stage in 1967 didn't immediately begin searching for the fire damage. The famous, black Fender Stratocaster was sold at auction this week (Nov. 27) by James Wright, a manager at Hendrix's record label.

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Steven Tyler, Nicki Minaj
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Steven Tyler Apologizes to Nicki Minaj

The drama between Steven Tyler and rapper Nicki Minaj may cool off after the Aerosmith singer issued an apology during a press event today. Then again, judging from the tone of Tyler's comments, things may not simmer. 'American Idol' producers must be loving the free media attention, two months before the new season is set to air on Fox.

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Famed Rolling Stones + Bob Dylan Photographer Ken Regan Dies

Ken Regan was on the sidelines to watch some of the most iconic sporting and rock 'n' roll events of the last 40 years. In addition to extensive coverage of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Regan covered several Olympics and Super Bowls before his death on Sunday (Nov. 25). His daughter Suzanne Regan says the cause of death was cancer.

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Elton John Dedicates China Concert to Political Critic Ai Weiwei

Elton John may have just played his last show in Beijing. The singer dedicated Sunday night's (Nov. 25) concert in the Chinese capital city to controversial artist Ai Weiwei, who has used his art to bring the world's attention to injustices committed by the Chinese government.

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Nikki Sixx
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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx to Marry Courtney Bingham

There will soon be a new Mrs. Sixx as Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has announced he and girlfriend Courtney Bingham plan to marry. The two have been dating since November 2010; it's the third marriage for Sixx after unions to Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and actress Donna D'Errico.

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AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan
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AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Wings Recordings + More Amongst 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

A list of 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees includes plenty of songs and albums familiar to classic rock fans. Hits by AC/DC, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney & Wings, Bob Dylan and Elton John are amongst the 27 recordings chosen to be honored at the Grammy Museum. The Recording Academy made the announcement today (Nov. 21).

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Izzy Stradlin Reveals New Single ‘Baby-Rann’

Original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin looks to be prepping yet another solo album, as he's just released a new single called 'Baby-Rann' to fans via YouTube. The straight-forward punk rock song is about a girl who leaves her man to move to Vietnam, or as Stradlin says "Vietnamm." 

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Meat Loaf Prepares for Knee Surgery

Classic rocker Meat Loaf is preparing for knee surgery today. The 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' singer posed for this picture for his Facebook page Monday afternoon, taken just minutes before he was set to go under the knife. An unidentified poster writes that the recovery process will take about two weeks.

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