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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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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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Hawkwind Guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton Dead at 61

The men of Hawkwind will be glad to put 2012 behind them as another longtime member has died. Guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton succumbed to cancer last night (Dec. 6), according to a statement on the band's website. He was an influential part of the band in the early 70s and throughout the 80s, appearing on 10 of their 25 albums.

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New Vince Neil Reality Show to Follow Rocker’s Pursuit of Pilot’s License

Vince Neil's past and present are fair game in a new reality show based on the singer's attempts to earn a pilot's license. The producers of the PBS series 'The Aviators' have created 'Vince Neil Escapes,' a travel adventure series following Neil and his flying entourage.

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Remembering Randy Rhoads on His 56th Birthday

Guitarist Randy Rhoads would be 56-years-old today (Dec. 6), had a tragic airplane accident not cut short the life of a man Ozzy Osbourne called a "saint" and an "angel.' Despite only giving fans less than ten years worth of music with Quiet Riot and then with Osbourne, Rhoads' impact will never slip quietly out of fan's memories.

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Paul McCartney Stars in ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ Liverpool 96 Charity Single Video

Paul McCartney is one of more than a dozen celebrities who've joined the Justice Collective, a group aiming to raise money with a charitable cover of the Hollies and Neil Diamond hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.' The song -- to be released on iTunes Dec. 17 -- will support the families of the Liverpool 96 as they fight for justice concerning a 1989 soccer tragedy at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. It's available for pre-order now. 

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Johnny Depp Jams With Aerosmith Onstage at Los Angeles Concert

Johnny Depp cameos at California Aerosmith concerts are becoming as dependable as hits like 'Sweet Emotion' or 'Dream On.' The actor showed up once again on Monday night (Dec. 3) during the band's set at Staples Center. He jammed through two songs on guitar before departing. Witnesses describe Depp as being "really happy and at ease" during the appearance.

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Dave Grohl
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Dave Grohl Drums Led Zeppelin Songs During Kennedy Center Honors

Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl returned to the drum kit during a Led Zeppelin tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday (Dec. 2). Grohl switched places with his drummer Taylor Hawkins, who sang 'Black Dog' and 'Rock and Roll' while Grohl filled a chair that made him famous with Nirvana.

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Steven Tyler Apologizes to Nicki Minaj

The drama between Steven Tyler and rapper Nicki Minaj may cool off after the Aerosmith singer issued an apology during a press event today. Then again, judging from the tone of Tyler's comments, things may not simmer. 'American Idol' producers must be loving the free media attention, two months before the new season is set to air on Fox.

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