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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.
AC/DC
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AC/DC Sells 696,000 Singles During Inaugural iTunes Week

Any second thoughts AC/DC may have had about releasing their catalog to iTunes were surely forgotten after sales total from the band's debut week arrived yesterday. U.S. fans downloaded over 48,000 albums from the digital music site, in addition to nearly 700,000 singles.

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Steven Tyler, Nicki Minaj
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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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Ken Regan
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Famed Rolling Stones + Bob Dylan Photographer Ken Regan Dies

Ken Regan was on the sidelines to watch some of the most iconic sporting and rock 'n' roll events of the last 40 years. In addition to extensive coverage of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Regan covered several Olympics and Super Bowls before his death on Sunday (Nov. 25). His daughter Suzanne Regan says the cause of death was cancer.

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Nikki Sixx
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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx to Marry Courtney Bingham

There will soon be a new Mrs. Sixx as Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has announced he and girlfriend Courtney Bingham plan to marry. The two have been dating since November 2010; it's the third marriage for Sixx after unions to Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and actress Donna D'Errico.

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AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan
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AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Wings Recordings + More Amongst 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

A list of 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees includes plenty of songs and albums familiar to classic rock fans. Hits by AC/DC, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney & Wings, Bob Dylan and Elton John are amongst the 27 recordings chosen to be honored at the Grammy Museum. The Recording Academy made the announcement today (Nov. 21).

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Vivian Campbell
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Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell Refutes ‘Garbage’ Report About Denying Wife Spousal Support

Last weekend news of Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell's divorce was unearthed by TMZ who also reported the guitarist was hoping to convince a court to deny wife Julie spousal support. Campbell owns up to the divorce on his Facebook page before taking the tabloid news site to task for irresponsible and inaccurate reporting about the spousal support.

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Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor
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Rolling Stones Welcome Former Members Bill Wyman + Mick Taylor for London Concerts

Fans can expect a Rolling Stones reunion in London, as Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor have been confirmed as special guests for both the Nov. 25 and Nov. 29 shows at the O2 Arena. The dates are the first on the bands 50 and Counting tour, which includes shows in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Newark, N.J. before year's end.

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Meat Loaf Prepares for Knee Surgery

Classic rocker Meat Loaf is preparing for knee surgery today. The 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' singer posed for this picture for his Facebook page Monday afternoon, taken just minutes before he was set to go under the knife. An unidentified poster writes that the recovery process will take about two weeks.

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Bon Jovi
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Jon Bon Jovi’s Daughter Arrested After Allegedly Overdosing on Heroin

The daughter of Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has been arrested after cops were called to Hamilton College to follow-up on a call that the 19-year-old was unresponsive. Stephanie Rose Bongiovi allegedly overdosed on heroin in her dorm room at the upstate New York institution.

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Def Leppard Announce Viva Hysteria! Residency in Las Vegas

Def Leppard has become the latest rock band to take up residency in one of Las Vegas's most famous casinos. The group announced today they'd begin a nine-show, three-week run in Sin City that includes their greatest hits, plus their 1987 album 'Hysteria' in its entirety.

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Arnel Pineda
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Journey Postpones Five Concerts

Journey has postponed five concerts after singer Arnel Pineda was diagnosed with severe laryngeal and esophageal inflammation. The rockers were scheduled to play dates through the Midwest this weekend and early next week, but won't take the stage again until Nov. 16 in Milwaukee, Wisc.

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