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Billy Dukes

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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.

Queensryche Announce New Album

The members of Queensryche that split with vocalist Geoff Tate last summer have signed a new record deal with Century Media Records, and announced their first album with vocalist Todd La Torreis on the way. Century Media is a company whose A&R representative officially supported Tate's injunction to prevent anyone from using the name Queensryche until legal issues were settled. That injunction was denied last July.

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Mike McCready, Duff McKagan
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Pearl Jam’s McCready, GN’Rs McKagan Form New Supergroup

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Duff Mckagan of Guns N' Roses and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees have formed three-fourths of a rock supergroup that will rely on a cast of vocalists to finish their debut album. As of now, the group doesn't have a name but that hasn't dammed their inspiration.

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Stevie Nicks
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Stevie Nicks to Speak at SXSW

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac has become the third member of Dave Grohl's Sound City Players to be announced as a performer or speaker at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas next month. A performance from the all-star band hasn't been officially announced, but it seems as likely as the sun rising.

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Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton – Stopping Touring at 70

There's just 25 months left to see Eric Clapton on tour. The legendary guitarist says that he's going to quit the road life when he turns 70 years old because getting from show to show is too much of a pain. "The bit on stage, that's easy," he says before insisting he'll stay active playing around his hometown.

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David Lee Roth
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Roth on Difference Between Him, Van Halens: ‘I’m Truly a Wanderer’

David Lee Roth doesn't mince words when it comes to what's kept Van Halen from playing Australia in recent years. The group announced they'll play the Stone Festival in Sydney this April. Roth suggests they'd tour the world regularly if it were up to him.

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Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ to Be State Rock Song of MA?

Politicians in Massachusetts are divided when it comes to the state's official rock song. One group is pulling for 'Dream On' by Aerosmith, while another proposed piece of legislation calls for 'Road Runner' by '70s rockers the Modern Lovers to be the official jam of the Bay State.

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Iggy Pop

Iggy and the Stooges-‘Ready to Die’ Release Details

The Iggy and the Stooges album 'Raw Power' turns 40 this month, and the group is also planning a new release. Iggy Pop, James Williamson and Scott Asheton have united to record 'Ready to Die,' their second album featuring the surviving members of that lineup. (2007's 'The Weirdness' featured the surviving members of the Ron Asheton-fronted Stooges lineup.)

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Ted Nugent
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Ted Nugent Explains ‘Black Power 2013′ Tour Name

Rocker Ted Nugent, who by his own proclamation has less than two months to live (at least as a free man), has named his upcoming summer tour Black Power 2013 to honor the African-American musical heroes that inspired him. In a column at World Net Daily, Nugent explains how he is standing up for blacks, and how Democrats and President Obama are "a clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America."

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