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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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Sting to Play Grammy Awards With Rihanna, Bruno Mars

It will truly be a made-for-television moment when Sting hits the stage alongside pop stars Bruno Mars and Rihanna at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. It's not clear what the motley trio will perform. The collaboration was revealed among the announcements of other Grammy performers on Monday.

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John Fogerty Re-Works Classic Creedence Songs on New ‘Wrote a Song For Everyone’ Album

John Fogerty has confirmed that his upcoming album will be centered around classic Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, but the album's engineer says the result is completely new songs. Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Jennifer Hudson and the Foo Fighters are among the confirmed musicians who contributed to 'Wrote a Song for Everyone.'

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Ringo Starr’s All Star Performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Coming to DVD

Last July Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday with a stage full of players familar to fans of rock and country music. This star-studded performance will now be released on DVD. Look for 'Ringo at the Ryman' to arrive on March 11.

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Stevie Nicks Admits to Reliving Emotions That Inspired Fleetwood Mac’s Best Work

The expanded editions of 'Rumours' -- Fleetwood Mac's career-defining album from 1977 -- is available today, featuring unreleased live and studio recordings from the tumultuous time that surrounded the album's making. For Stevie Nicks, it was yet another chance to relive the drama and pain, something she's done frequently over the years.

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Guns N’ Roses DJ Ashba Defends Axl Rose, Says ‘He Treats Us Like Gold’

He might not be Big Ben of rock stars, but Axl Rose is not the jerk he's portrayed as in the media, his guitarist says. Guns N' Roses' DJ Ashba explained why they are often late to the stage and defended his lead singer as a nice guy in a recent interview.

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Stephen Stills ‘Carry On’ Box Set to Feature 50 Years of Music, 25 Unreleased Songs

The bulk of Stephen Stills' career as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will be released in a four-disc box set called 'Carry On' on March 26. The package includes hits from Stills' career as a solo artist, with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash and more. In total, 82 songs are featured, including 25 that have never been released.

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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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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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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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Rush to Release ’2112′ iBook

To coincide with the release of deluxe editions of Rush's 1976 album '2112,' the band is releasing a 66-page iBook at iTunes. A comparison of descriptions of the iBook to the hardcover book that comes with the Super Deluxe edition indicates that they are essentially the same thing, although one gets a few band photos not published in the hardcover when they download this digital version, which does not come with the music.

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