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Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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Slash, Duff McKagan + More React to Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe’s Not Guilty Verdict on Twitter

This morning (March 5), a Czech court cleared Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe of charges related to the 2010 death of a fan at a concert. Following the acquittal, many of those in the rock community, including former Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan, took to Twitter to voice their approval and show their support. Their tweets are embedded below.

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Cream to Release Live Triple Vinyl Set for Record Store Day

 

Cream have become the latest classic rock act to announce that they will be celebrating Record Store Day on April 20. The famous supergroup will release a three-LP of 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' in an extremely limited run of only 1,500 copies.

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Aerosmith, Foreigner + More To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Sometimes the drama surrounding Aerosmith is so great that it's hard to remember that Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have written so many killer tunes. However, that fact is now likely to never be forgotten, as the Toxic Twins will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Metallica Announces Lineup for 2013 Orion Music + More Festival

Metallica has announced the lineup for the second annual Orion Music + More Festival, which will take place June 8-9 at Belle Isle in Detroit. The metal legends, in addition to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, the Deftones and Bassnectar will headline the event.

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Pete Townshend Curses Out Fan At Concert

The grandparents aren't alright. Throughout his career, Pete Townshend's famously profane mouth has often caused his admirers to smile, shake their heads and say, "That's just Pete being Pete." But now, it seems to have gotten him in trouble with a fan and his daughter.

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Neal Schon and Carlos Santana Discussing New Collaborative Project

It's been more than 40 years since Neal Schon left Santana to form the band that would become Journey. However, a new interview with Schon reveals that he and Carlos Santana have had preliminary talks about a potential new project.

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Metallica Says They Did Not Ask the Military to Stop Using Their Music

As it turns out, Metallica had not asked the U.S. Navy to not use their music on detainees in preparation for what some called "torture" and others called "enhanced interrogation techniques." The band categorically denied that they had any contact with the military on such matters.

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