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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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Mick Jagger’s Secret Love Letters to Actress Auctioned for $300K

Love letters written by Mick Jagger to American actress Marsha Hunt during the summer of 1969 have been auctioned by Sothebys for more than twice the expected sum. An unidentified buyer paid over $300K for 10 passionate, revealing letters that came during a time of much turbulence for the Rolling Stones frontman.

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Rush to Release ’2112′ iBook

To coincide with the release of deluxe editions of Rush's 1976 album '2112,' the band is releasing a 66-page iBook at iTunes. A comparison of descriptions of the iBook to the hardcover book that comes with the Super Deluxe edition indicates that they are essentially the same thing, although one gets a few band photos not published in the hardcover when they download this digital version, which does not come with the music.

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Paul McCartney, Nirvana Song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ Available for Sale

Paul McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana wasn't as unlikely as it seemed on Wednesday night. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic joined the Beatle to close the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden. They sang 'Cut Me Some Slack,' which they wrote and recorded for Grohl's upcoming 'Sound City' documentary soundtrack, and the studio version is now available for sale on iTunes.

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Adam Sandler Remakes Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Concert

Adam Sandler's cover of the Leonard Cohen song 'Hallelujah' is among the most talked-about moments from last night's 12-12-12 concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. The comedian took the stage with Paul Shaffer to perform this poignant, funny and slightly NSFW recreation of the hit Jeff Buckley made famous. 

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Lindsey Buckingham, Graham Parker Perform at ‘This is 40′ Soundtrack Party

Graham Parker and the Rumour played the Roxy in Los Angeles for the first time in 30 years on Wednesday night (Dec. 12), headlining a three-act 'This is 40' soundtrack release party. After shorter sets by Ryan Adams and Lindsey Buckingham, Parker's band began a 22-song set that included songs from 'Howlin' Wind (1976)' through 'Three Chords Good' (2012).

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Fleetwood Mac Announce Expanded + Deluxe ‘Rumours’ Reissue

2012 makes 35 years since Fleetwood Mac released 'Rumours,' and the band plans to celebrate by re-releasing the album as part of box sets that comes loaded with unreleased live tracks and session recordings. Both expanded and deluxe editions of 'Rumours' go on sale Jan. 29.

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Ravi Shankar Dead at 92: Slash, the Who + More React on Twitter

The death of Ravi Shankar has cast a pall over the classic rock world as the many artists he inspired or worked with reflect on their memories with the famed sitar player. Shankar died at age 92 on Tuesday night in San Diego after complaining of breathing problems this week. He'd recently had heart valve surgery.

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Rush, Heart, Randy Newman Lead 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

At long last, Rush has made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian rockers -- who along with Kiss were the two most debated qualifiers of recent years -- join five other acts to be honored at the April 18, 2013 ceremony in Cleveland. Fan vote overwhelmingly favored Geddy Lee and company, although it appears that didn't weigh too heavily into the Hall of Fame's selections.

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Celebrity Guitar Auction Raises $100K for Dio Cancer Fund

Earlier this month over 80 guitars from rockers like Eddie Van Halen and Slash were auctioned off to raise money for cancer reseach. The Dio Cancer Fund -- a charity that honors the late Ronnie James Dio -- added $100K to an already impressive total to give to the TJ Martell Foundation. Since 2010 wife Wendy Dio has overseen the donation of over $300K.

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Yes to Play Three Classic Albums on 2013 Tour

Yes has announced that they'll play three of their most important albums in their entirety during just-announced March and April 2013 North American tour stops. The Jon Davison-fronted group will tear through 'The Yes Album,' 'Close to the Edge' and 'Going for the One' when they hit the road on March 1 in West Wendover, Nev.

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Rolling Stones Add Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys to Dec. 15 Pay-Per-View Event

The $40 price tag on the Rolling Stones upcoming pay-per-view concert is looking more like a bargain after the band announced Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys would make appearances. The Dec. 15 special will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. It's the final stop on their "50 and Counting" tour stop for 2012.

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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.

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