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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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Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan Form New Supergroup

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Duff Mckagan of Guns N' Roses and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees have formed three-fourths of a rock supergroup that will rely on a cast of vocalists to finish their debut album. As of now, the group doesn't have a name but that hasn't dammed their inspiration.

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Eric Clapton Cites Hassles of Travel as Reason He’ll Stop Touring at 70

There's just 25 months left to see Eric Clapton on tour. The legendary guitarist says that he's going to quit the road life when he turns 70 years old because getting from show to show is too much of a pain. "The bit on stage, that's easy," he says before insisting he'll stay active playing around his hometown.

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David Lee Roth on Difference Between Him and the Van Halens: ‘I’m Truly a Wanderer’

David Lee Roth doesn't mince words when it comes to what's kept Van Halen from playing Australia in recent years. The group announced they'll play the Stone Festival in Sydney this April. Roth suggests they'd tour the world regularly if it were up to him.

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Could Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ Become the Official State Rock Song of Massachusetts?

Politicians in Massachusetts are divided when it comes to the state's official rock song. One group is pulling for 'Dream On' by Aerosmith, while another proposed piece of legislation calls for 'Road Runner' by '70s rockers the Modern Lovers to be the official jam of the Bay State.

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Iggy and the Stooges Announce ‘Ready to Die’ Release Details

The Iggy and the Stooges album 'Raw Power' turns 40 this month, and the group is also planning a new release. Iggy Pop, James Williamson and Scott Asheton have united to record 'Ready to Die,' their second album featuring the surviving members of that lineup. (2007's 'The Weirdness' featured the surviving members of the Ron Asheton-fronted Stooges lineup.)

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Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Making the Most of the Death of the LP

The LP is becoming such an antiquated term that it seems unlikely most music lovers born after 1990 will know what the letters stand for soon. Def Leppard's Phil Collen says most people don't want to buy a full "long playing" album any longer, and he's enjoying what that means.

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Elton John Volunteers to Help Save HMV Stores in Europe

Elton John is hoping other artists will follow his lead and set up in-store appearances and performances at HMV, a European record store chain that is facing closure. The singer will be playing a series of in-store shows at retail locations to remind people of the value of the physical record.

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Allman Brothers Announce Lineup for 2013 Peach Music Festival

The lineup for the second annual Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain has been revealed. In addition to two performances from the Allman Brothers Band, fans can count on the Black Crowes, Bob Weir and RatDog and more at the Aug 15-18 outdoor festival.

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Soft Machine Bassist, Vocalist Kevin Ayers Dead at 68

Soft Machine bassist and influential progressive rocker Kevin Ayers has died. The musician and songwriter helped lead the Canterbury Scene in the late '60s before breaking away to enjoy a quieter life in Ibiza and then work as a solo musician. He's remembered for his unique voice, described as "intrinsically British and full of whimsy and mischief."

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Jeff Lynne and ELO to Release Three Albums in 2013

Jeff Lynne and ELO are beginning 2013 in the same way they ended 2012, with three new CDs. On April 23, Frontiers Records will release a live album from Electric Light Orchestra, a reissue of one of the band's more recent albums and a reissue of Lynne's debut solo album.

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