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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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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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Kiss Characters to Star in 2013 Individual Comic Book Issues

Kiss are making a comeback as comic book characters. Beginning in March, IDW Publishing will release a four-issue series starring the Demon, the Starchild, the Catman and the Spaceman. Up first will be Gene Simmons's Demon character in a story inspired by the song 'Radioactive' from the rocker's 1978 solo album.

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Ronnie James Dio
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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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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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Fleetwood Mac to Release Three New Songs Before 2013 Tour

During discussions about their upcoming 2013 tour, the members of Fleetwood Mac huddled into Lindsey Buckingham's home studio to cut three new songs, but Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks don't seem to agree on if they'll be part of a full album.

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Mike McCready and Duff McKagan Cover ‘Voodoo Child’ at Jimi Hendrix Experience Music Project Concert

Fans would pay good money just to see one of the many artists that took the stage during Saturday night's (Nov. 17) Jimi Hendrix tribute concert at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Wash. Amongst the dozen or so guitarists, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready left the biggest impression, according to reviews and confirmed in the below video of him playing 'Voodoo Child' with former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Forced to Reroute Cruise Due to Hurricane Sandy

Lynyrd Skynyrd has rerouted their fan cruise due to Hurricane Sandy. The Simple Man cruise set sail on Saturday (Oct. 27) from a port in Miami, Fla. and will now head to Cozumel and not Key West and Great Stirrup Cay. The tweaking may not have avoided the storm's turbulence however.

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Fleetwood Mac Confirm They Will Tour in 2013

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac will return to the road in 2013. There are no dates officially scheduled, but all parties have agreed on a tentative schedule of rehearsals, while keeping open the possibility of also creating new music.

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Joe Perry Opens Up About His Guitar Hero: Retired Math Teacher Steve Rose

Growing up in the early '60s, one would think the Beatles were a heavy influence on Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and maybe later the Rolling Stones. While those bands may have paved a road for his group to follow, it was a local 14-year-old named Steve Rose that first inspired Perry to play rock and roll.

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The Doors Release ‘Moonlight Drive’ Clip from ‘Hollywood Bowl’ DVD

In advance of the Oct. 23 release of the 'Live at the Bowl '68,' a clip of the the Doors performing 'Moonlight Drive' has been uploaded to YouTube. The three-minute-plus long video (seen below) shows off the high quality of the 20-song set, remastered for this special DVD and Blu-ray. Even songs thought lost to technical troubles have been restored to give fans the complete concert. 

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Thin Lizzy Ready New Songs for December 2012 Show in Dublin

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Thin Lizzy will release new music. Guitarist Scott Gorham says the group is working on new songs with an eye on a new album, the first without founder and original vocalist Phil Lynott, who died in 1986.

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Led Zeppelin ‘Celebration Day’ – 2007 London Concert Headed to Theaters

While the countdown on Led Zeppelin's Facebook page is still stuck on No. 1, there are reports that the long-rumored release of the band's 2007 show at the O2 Arena in London will take place first in theaters next month, and then on DVD in November. It seems their big announcement may have leaked. 

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