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.
April 2015 New Music Releases
The list of April 2015 New Music Releases is a bit longer than a typical month. But then again, not every month has Record Store Day, which happens on April 18.
Everything You Need to Know About Norman Greenbaum and ‘Spirit in the Sky’
Norman Greenbaum's 1969 hit "Spirit in the Sky" is, along with Nena's "99 Luftballons" and Lipps, Inc.'s "Funkytown," one of the definitive one-hit wonders of the rock era.
Listen to Sammy Hagar and the Circle Perform ‘Poundcake': Exclusive Premiere
On May 19, Sammy Hagar will release At Your Service, a live album culled from dates of his 2014 tour with his new band the Circle.
Norman Greenbaum of ‘Spirit in the Sky’ Fame Critically Injured in Car Crash
The singer was a passenger in a car when it was hit by a motorcycle.
How the Yardbirds Ended Up Replacing Eric Clapton With Another Legend in Jeff Beck
On Eric Clapton’s suggestion, the Yardbirds initially approached a session guitarist they knew as a possible replacement. Jimmy Page instead suggested Jeff Beck.
Why Has Las Vegas Become a Home for Classic Rock?
For generations of music fans, Las Vegas has always been seen as the place where showbiz, the antithesis of rock, reigned supreme.
Dee Snider: Twisted Sister Will Probably Continue for AJ Pero’s Family
Dee Snider said that continuing to perform will financially benefit the family of drummer AJ Pero, who died last week.
Def Leppard to Sail on the ‘Hysteria on the High Seas’ Cruise
Def Leppard will take off on its own cruise in January 2016.
Twisted Sister Drummer AJ Pero Dies at 55
AJ Pero, the drummer for Twisted Sister, has died at the age of 55.
Led Zeppelin Release Song Listing for Concert Movie
On March 30, theaters across the U.S. will, for one night only, will screen a movie comprised of concert footage from throughout Led Zeppelin's career.
This Metallica + Hall & Oates Mash-Up Works WAY Better Than You Would Expect
Somebody made a mash-up of "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" and "Enter Sandman."
Motley Crue-Themed Food Truck Explodes in Minnesota
The Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill food truck exploded when parked in the Lakeville, MN home of its owners.