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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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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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Crosby Stills & Nash Announce 2013 Tour Dates

Crosby, Stills & Nash will give fans an encore of their critically acclaimed 2012 tour this spring and summer, although you may need to travel to see the trio play. The rockers have announced 23 shows for 2013, including 13 in the southeastern United States and 10 in Europe. 

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John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks + More to Join Dave Grohl’s All-Star Sound City Players Band

The band Dave Grohl has assembled to support his 'Sound City' documentary wouldn't fit into the legendary studio at one time. John Fogerty and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks are just two of Grohl's Sound City Players. The group will make their live debut on Jan. 18 at Park City Live.

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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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Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates New Year With New Granddaughter Pearl

Jack Osbourne's first child spent time with two colorful characters over the holidays. After meeting Santa Claus for the first time, Pearl hung out with grandpa Ozzy Osbourne on New Year's Day. Jack Osbourne shared this picture with his followers on Twitter, writing, "Pearl making her granddad laugh!"

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Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Members Need to ‘Move On’

Led Zeppelin have had a big 30 days, including the release of 'Celebration Day' and being honored at the Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month. It doesn't seem likely the momentum will carry in 2013, however. During a recent interview with Charlie Rose on CBS singer Robert Plant explains he's looking for different creative endeavors.

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Olivia Harrison, Widow of Beatle George Harrison, Eulogizes Ravi Shankar

The widow of the late Beatle George Harrison, Olivia Harrison, joined friends and family to pay respects to Ravi Shankar on Thursday (Dec. 20). Over 1,000 people gathered at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, Calif., including Shankar's daughter Norah Jones and jazz great Herbie Hancock.

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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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Paul Simon Performs at Funeral for Slain Newtown Teacher Victoria Soto

Paul Simon joined mourners for the funeral of slain Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Victoria Soto on Wednesday (Dec. 19). According to the New York Daily News, the singer picked up his guitar with no introduction and performed 'The Sound of Silence' midway through the memorial service for the 27-year-old, to her gathered family and friends. It was Soto's favorite song. Afterward, he returned to his seat without applause, "just a hushed and reverent silence."

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Paul McCartney, Nirvana Song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ Available for Sale

Paul McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana wasn't as unlikely as it seemed on Wednesday night. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic joined the Beatle to close the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden. They sang 'Cut Me Some Slack,' which they wrote and recorded for Grohl's upcoming 'Sound City' documentary soundtrack, and the studio version is now available for sale on iTunes.

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