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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.
Sting Puff-Daddy
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Sting Earns $2,000 a Day Because Puff Daddy Didn’t Say ‘Please’ Back in 1997

It’s safe to say that Sting never has to work again if he doesn’t want to. On top of all his income from touring and his incredibly popular back catalog, a new article reveals that he earns $730,000 a year — $2,000 a day — in royalties from only one song, ‘Every Breath You Take.’

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Police Officer Loses Job Because of Guns N’ Roses Guitarist’s Wedding Proposal

One of the most romantic cases of rock star excess we’ve heard in a long time has, unfortunately, resulted in somebody losing their job. A Las Vegas police captain has left his job after breaking the rules to help Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba propose to his then-girlfriend.

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Paul Stanley: Original Kiss Lineup ‘Unlikely’ to Perform at Hall of Fame

It looks as if the saga of which members of Kiss will perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will mirror the Guns N’ Roses will-they-won’t-they controversy of 2012. The newest wrinkle came early this morning (Jan. 4), when Paul Stanley said that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would probably not join the group onstage this April.

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Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’ Leaks Two Weeks Early

Bruce Springsteen fans temporarily got a bit of an extended Christmas yesterday (Dec. 28) when his upcoming album, ‘High Hopes,’ was made available for download -- accidentally perhaps -- from Amazon’s mobile site. The scheduled release date is Jan. 14, 2014.

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Paul Stanley
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Paul Stanley Discusses His Struggle With Deafness In Memoir

Given the rock n’ roll lifestyle he’s led, we can expect a lot of juicy gossip in Paul Stanley’s upcoming autobiography. But in a new interview, the Kiss singer says that, in the book, he also discusses something a lot more serious, his lifelong struggle with microtia and partial deafness.

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Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie Returning to Stage

For the first time since one of their founders was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac will return to the stage with a couple of concerts. The band will say goodbye to an eventful 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a public show tonight and a private date on New Year’s Eve.

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Billy Joel Donates Piano to University

Billy Joel has long taken an interest in educating younger generations of musicians. This runs from his acclaimed Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music series to today’s news that he has given a piano to the music department of Stony Brook University on his native Long Island.

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