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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Dave Grohl Says Working With John Paul Jones Amongst Life Highlights
Last Sunday's Kennedy Center Honors provided a reunion of sorts for Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, bandmates in Them Crooked Vultures. While drumming during the Led Zeppelin tribute was a dream come true for Grohl, he says recording with the Zep bassist was an unforgettable experience.
Remembering Randy Rhoads on His Birthday
Guitarist Randy Rhoads would have celebrated a birthday today if not for the plane accident that cut short the life of a man Ozzy Osbourne called a "saint" and an "angel."
Johnny Depp Jams With Aerosmith Onstage at Los Angeles Concert
Johnny Depp cameos at California Aerosmith concerts are becoming as dependable as hits like 'Sweet Emotion' or 'Dream On.' The actor showed up once again on Monday night (Dec. 3) during the band's set at Staples Center. He jammed through two songs on guitar before departing.…
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…
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 release…
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 rec…
AC/DC Sells 696,000 Singles During Inaugural iTunes Week
Any second thoughts AC/DC may have had about releasing their catalog to iTunes were surely forgotten after sales total from the band's debut week arrived yesterday. U.S. fans downloaded over 48,000 albums from the digital music site, in addition to nearly 700,000 singles.
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 attent…
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 S…
Kiss Drummer Eric Singer Responds to Peter Criss’s Insults
Kiss drummer Eric Singer has sharp words for Peter Criss, but during a recent interview he never stoops to the level of insults thrown at him by the band's original timekeeper.
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.
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.