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Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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Band to Pay $1.4 Million to Fan Injured in Stage Dive

This news story falls outside our usual list of artists, but yet another incident has called into question the issue of the safety of stage diving. On Thursday (Feb. 13), the band Fishbone has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in damages to a fan who broke her skull and collarbone at one of their concerts.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles’ First U.S. Concert – and the Trouble Afterwards

On Feb. 11, 1964, only two days after their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' the Beatles made their American concert debut in Washington, D. C. Earlier that day, they had arrived from New York by train at Union Station in the middle of a snowstorm.

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Nikki Sixx Discusses Motley Crue’s ‘Final Tour’

When Motley Crue announced their 'Final Tour,' they signed a legally binding "Cessation of Touring Agreement" forbidding their members from using their name in future live endeavors. In a new interview, Nikki Sixx explained that the band decided to take that approach as a matter of pride.

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Kiss Sign Reality TV Deal for Arena Football Team

With the L.A. Kiss set to begin their inaugural Arena Football League season on March 15, the team's owners, Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, have signed a deal with AMC to film a reality show based on the team. The show will debut in the summer of 2014.

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56 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Quarry Men

The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958. George Harrison joined the Quarry Men, the John Lennon-led group that Paul McCartney had joined as a second guitarist and singer the previous summer.

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Metallica Alumni Feud? Megadeth Boots Newsted Off Tour

Given that they are both former members of Metallica, one would think Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would get along famously. However, that appears not to be the case, as we learn that Newsted's self-titled band has been thrown off an Australian tour by headliners Megadeth.

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Steve Perry on Journey Reunion: ‘We’re Trying’

After years of sending messages back and forth to each other in the press, it appears that Steve Perry and Neal Schon are seriously considering the idea of Perry returning to Journey. In a new interview, the singer reveals that the two are in discussions.

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U2 Releases New, Free Song During Super Bowl

Normally we don't pay too much attention to the commercials during the Super Bowl -- the game's the important thing! But the news that U2 will debut a new song for charity during the game peaked our interest. On the eve of the kickoff, Bono talked a little bit more about 'Invisible.'

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Metallica Pull the Plug on Orion Music + More Festival

Nearly two months after saying they were taking a year off from their Orion Music + More Festival, Metallica appear to have decided to make it permanent. In a new interview, James Hetfield says that the band has called time on the whole shebang, referring to it as a "financial disaster."

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