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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.
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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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Stevie Nicks Officiates Wedding of Two Music Stars

Having lived a very public life for nearly 40 years, you’d think there wasn’t much that we didn’t already know about Stevie Nicks. But today (Dec. 28) we learn that she can officiate weddings. Yesterday she presided over the marriage between singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton and John McCauley, the frontman of indie band Deer Tick.

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Carlos Santana
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Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Former Band Member

If you thought reconnecting with your old high school friends on Facebook was awesome, we’ve got a story for you. Thanks to a Bay Area TV-news report, Carlos Santana has reunited with Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, who was once a percussionist in Santana and is currently homeless in Oakland.

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Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen Discusses ‘High Hopes’

Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming album ‘High Hopes’ is a collection of covers and outtakes, with a few reworkings of existing songs. In a new interview, Springsteen discussed how the process of recording it differed from his previous practices, calling the album an “anomaly.”

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Freddie Mercury Biopic Gets a New Star

After months of delays, word is now circulating that Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic. Perhaps more importantly, Ben Whishaw will play Freddie Mercury, replacing Sacha Baron Cohen, who left over the summer.

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Def Leppard Will Not Sue One Direction for Plagiarism

It looks like One Direction have escaped another potential lawsuit for plagiarism. In a recent interview, Def Leppard said that they have no problems with the similarities between their anthem ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ and the boy band’s ‘Midnight Memories,’ saying, “It’s all good.”

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