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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.
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John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks + More to Join Dave Grohl’s All-Star Sound City Players Band

The band Dave Grohl has assembled to support his 'Sound City' documentary wouldn't fit into the legendary studio at one time. John Fogerty and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks are just two of Grohl's Sound City Players. The group will make their live debut on Jan. 18 at Park City Live.

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Bon Jovi, ‘Because We Can’ – Song Review

The lead single from Bon Jovi's upcoming 'What About Now' album is as pop-friendly as anything the group has released. Bright production and a message of inspiration turn 'Because We Can' into a song mainstream radio may embrace like the latest 'American Idol' contestant. Fans of more authentic, grit-songs will need to keep digging. 

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Rolling Stones Weighing ‘Quite a Few Offers’ for 2013 Tour Dates

It seems almost certain the Rolling Stones will return to the road in 2013, but even the band isn't sure when or where. Rumored appearances at Coachella in April appear to be just that at this point. But Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both indicate they won't be pulling a Led Zeppelin by teasing fans with a December show only to disappear for five years.

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Kiss’ Tommy Thayer Says He Was Ace Frehley’s ‘Heir Apparent’

Tommy Thayer didn't officially take over as lead guitarist of Kiss until 2002, but in a recent interview he admits he was prepared to hop on stage in a moment's notice as early as 1998. Due to recurring problems with Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made Thayer the "heir apparent."

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Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Certified 16-Times Platinum

Metallica's self-titled 1991 record, aka 'The Black Album,' is already the best-selling album of the SoundScan era, and now they're pulling away from the pack. 'Metallica' received its 16-times platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in December, meaning (as you might guess) that it has surpassed 16 million in sales. The certification was one of 10 awarded to the band last month.

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Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates New Year With New Granddaughter Pearl

Jack Osbourne's first child spent time with two colorful characters over the holidays. After meeting Santa Claus for the first time, Pearl hung out with grandpa Ozzy Osbourne on New Year's Day. Jack Osbourne shared this picture with his followers on Twitter, writing, "Pearl making her granddad laugh!"

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Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Members Need to ‘Move On’

Led Zeppelin have had a big 30 days, including the release of 'Celebration Day' and being honored at the Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month. It doesn't seem likely the momentum will carry in 2013, however. During a recent interview with Charlie Rose on CBS singer Robert Plant explains he's looking for different creative endeavors.

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Olivia Harrison, Widow of Beatle George Harrison, Eulogizes Ravi Shankar

The widow of the late Beatle George Harrison, Olivia Harrison, joined friends and family to pay respects to Ravi Shankar on Thursday (Dec. 20). Over 1,000 people gathered at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, Calif., including Shankar's daughter Norah Jones and jazz great Herbie Hancock.

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Paul Simon Performs at Funeral for Slain Newtown Teacher Victoria Soto

Paul Simon joined mourners for the funeral of slain Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Victoria Soto on Wednesday (Dec. 19). According to the New York Daily News, the singer picked up his guitar with no introduction and performed 'The Sound of Silence' midway through the memorial service for the 27-year-old, to her gathered family and friends. It was Soto's favorite song. Afterward, he returned to his seat without applause, "just a hushed and reverent silence."

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Public Enemy’s Chuck D Calls Jimmy Page’s Puff Daddy Collaboration a ‘ F—ing Travesty’

Public Enemy's Chuck D will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, whether you like it or not. More on that in a moment, but in a recent interview he talked about his group's collaboration with classic rock bands, and the "debacle" of Jimmy Page's and Puff Daddy's collaboration.

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Kiss Characters to Star in 2013 Individual Comic Book Issues

Kiss are making a comeback as comic book characters. Beginning in March, IDW Publishing will release a four-issue series starring the Demon, the Starchild, the Catman and the Spaceman. Up first will be Gene Simmons's Demon character in a story inspired by the song 'Radioactive' from the rocker's 1978 solo album.

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