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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.
Led Zeppelin
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Led Zeppelin’s Spotify Deal Hits Tribute Bands Hard

Led Zeppelin’s decision last week to finally allow their music to be streamed on Spotify may be a financial boom to the two parties involved, but it is likely to negatively affect the bottom line of those who were covering the band’s catalog on the popular online service.

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Tom Petty and Ringo Starr Play on Benmont Tench Solo Song

He’s been one of rock’s premier sidemen for nearly 40 years. Now Benmont Tench, the keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is stepping into the spotlight with his debut single, and he's brought along some old friends.

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Freddie Mercury Ben Whishaw
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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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42 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Concert Fire Inspires ‘Smoke on the Water’

On Dec. 4, 1971, the small town of Montreux, Switzerland, became a place forever linked to rock history. A fire at the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention inspired Deep Purple's classic 'Smoke on the Water.'

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David Bowie, Rolling Stones Lead Classic Rock Nominees for 2014 Grammys

David Bowie and the Rolling Stones were among the classic rockers who have been nominated for 2014 Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced last night (Dec. 6).

Bowie, the Stones, Black Sabbath and Paul McCartney each have three nominat

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