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Chad Childers

Chad Childers has been a music lover since his parents dragged him along to an Aerosmith/Bachman Turner Overdrive show as an infant. His love of music turned into a career in the mid-90s when he left a job in the Midwest as a librarian and moved to California to intern for Westwood One Radio. That led to work researching for Casey Kasem's countdown shows, writing and producing the alternative and active rock-related prep services SpinFax, The Fax, and Rip, Read and Rock as well as doing interviews across all music and entertainment formats.
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Metallica Move 2013 Orion Music + More Festival to Detroit

Metallica enjoyed one of the year's bigger single-destination festivals with their inaugural Orion Music + More festival this past June and they now plan on bringing it back for year two … but in a different location. Rather than staging it again in Atlantic City, the band will pack up the festival and move to Detroit for 2013.

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Meat Loaf Announces Farewell ‘Last at Bat’ Tour

Meat Loaf may have suggested his touring career was concluding as far back as 2007, but the rocker is finally and apparently ready to say farewell to at least one nation. The vocalist has just announced the 'Last at Bat' tour of the U.K., which is intended to be his final trek in the country.

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The Twylight Zones, ‘Ride on Baby’ – Song Premiere

The new '60s music explosion-inspired film 'Not Fade Away' opens in select theaters this coming Friday (Dec. 21). Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to bring you an exclusive premiere of the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards-penned song 'Ride on Baby' as performed by the Twylight Zones, the fictional band featured in the movie.

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Legendary A&M Records President Gil Friesen Dead at 75

The music world is mourning the death of legendary A&M Records executive Gil Friesen (pictured at left in the above photo), who along with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, helped grow the record label into a major player in the music industry. Friesen passed away Thursday (Dec. 13) at his Los Angeles home at the age of 75.

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Jason Newsted Posts Letter Revealing His Self-Titled Band’s ‘Metal’ EP

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is getting into this whole Internet thing! The rocker, who recently re-entered the music world by announcing his presence on a newly launched website, has unveiled his new self-titled band and kept fans up to date on their rapid progress toward a new album in the month the site has been in operation. Now comes word that the first batch of music from Newsted has a title -- 'Metal' -- and it will arrive early next year.

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Queen Extravaganza 2013 North American Tour + Quebec Residency Announced

Queen's Roger Taylor has seen his musical vision come to life and next year North American audiences will get more of the Queen Extravaganza. Dates have been revealed for 2013, with touring set to launch Jan. 11 in Tarrytown, N.Y. and continuing through the end of the band's Quebec City residency on Sept. 1.

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Jon Bon Jovi Receives Golden Globe Award Nomination for ‘Not Running Anymore’

Jon Bon Jovi is finishing 2012 on a high note as his song 'Not Running Anymore' has just received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song. The track appears in the upcoming Al Pacino-Christopher Walken comedy 'Stand Up Guys,' which is expected in select theaters in the coming weeks, with a wider release on Jan. 11.

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Ted Nugent: 2012 in Review

It's been an interesting year for Ted Nugent, who turns 64 today (Dec. 13). In honor of the "Motor City Madman" turning another year older, we're reflecting on the events that kept the guitarist, both musically and personally, in the headlines this past year.

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Hurricane Sandy 12-12-12 Benefit Concert: Rockers React on Twitter

The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit is over and music lovers are finding themselves thoroughly rocked a day later. The show raised quite a few funds for those in need in the aftermath of the natural disaster while keeping audiences entertained with some great performances and surprising collaborations. As expected, there's been an outpouring of response on Twitter.

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