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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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Rolling Stones’ ’50 and Counting’ Tour Tops Earnings List

The five shows the Rolling Stones played between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15 raked in over $38 million, landing the group on top of the most recent Hot Tours list at Billboard.com. All five shows -- two in London, one in Brooklyn, N.Y. and two in Newark, N.J. -- were sell outs.

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‘Metallica Through the Never’ 3-D Movie Release Date Announced

Amongst the new ventures Metallica has planned for 2013 is a feature film called 'Metallica Through the Never.' The band announced today that they've teamed up with Picturehouse, a independent film marketing and distribution company to get the movie to theaters this summer.

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Heart, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – Song Review

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart chose the iconic Led Zeppelin song 'Stairway to Heaven' to play for the legends at the Kennedy Center Honors late last year. The performance stirred up emotions deep within Robert Plant and brought the entire audience to their feet. A well-rehearsed, talented gospel choir covers any flaws in the Hall of Fame nominees' performance.

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Natalie Maines, ‘Mother’ (Pink Floyd Cover) – Song Review

Natalie Maines is supporting the West Memphis Three with a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Mother' for 'West of Memphis: Voices For Justice,' a benefit album for Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin, whose story is told in the 2012 'West of Memphis' documentary. The longtime Dixie Chicks singer's performance only hints at her country pedigree, and leaves behind much of the bravado she's known for. It's a humble, passionate cover.

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Crosby Stills & Nash Announce 2013 Tour Dates

Crosby, Stills & Nash will give fans an encore of their critically acclaimed 2012 tour this spring and summer, although you may need to travel to see the trio play. The rockers have announced 23 shows for 2013, including 13 in the southeastern United States and 10 in Europe. 

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Def Leppard Re-Recording Hit Songs to ‘Wrestle Back Career’ From Record Label

In 2012, Def Leppard re-recorded two of their biggest hit songs and made them available digitally. The once-unusual move was done just before the Tom Cruise movie 'Rock of Ages' was released, but Joe Elliott says his band's inspiration for heading back to the studio was to one-up their record label.

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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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