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Dave Lifton

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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45 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Temporarily Quits the Beatles

Although they wouldn't officially disband until April 1970, the first signs that the four-headed beast known as the Beatles was starting to come apart at the seams took place on Aug. 22, 1968. A little more than six years to the day that he performed his first show with the group, drummer Ringo Starr walked out during the recording sessions for 'The Beatles.'

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Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Video Gets Release Date

Back in June it was announced that the tribute concert held in 1992 in memory of Freddie Mercury would soon be released on DVD and Blu-ray in a remastered and expanded package. Now it has been revealed that ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition’ will be available on Sept. 3, two days before what would have been the Queen frontman's 67th birthday.

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Journey’s Arnel Pineda Says His World Has Been ‘Turned Upside Down’

On Aug. 20, Journey will release the DVD of the documentary 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey,' which chronicles the rise of Arnel Pineda from an unknown singer in the Philippines to fronting one of classic rock's most durable bands. In a new interview, the band members looked back at Pineda's debut with the superstars.

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45 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s Earth Play First Show

Before he was signed as a solo act, Bruce Springsteen gained a reputation as the "Fastest Guitar in Asbury Park" in a series of bands on the Jersey Shore. One of them, Earth, gave its first performance on Aug. 16, 1968, at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, N.J.

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Elton John Considered for Fight Scene in ‘The Secret Service’

Director Matthew Vaughn has lined up Sir Michael Caine and Colin Firth for his upcoming adaptation of the comic book series 'The Secret Service.' Now he's looking to bring a third British icon, albeit one with considerably less film experience, into the movie: Sir Elton John.

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Bruce Springsteen Discusses Burgers With Fan

At a legendary concert at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Penn., on Feb. 5, 1975, Bruce Springsteen covered Chuck Berry's 'Back in the U.S.A.,' emphasizing the original rock poet's line about being "where them hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day." Nearly 40 years later, Springsteen went into greater detail about the classic American food with a fan.

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