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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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Jason Newsted Finally Explains Exact Reason He Quit Metallica

Nearly 13 years to the day after he quit Metallica, former bassist Jason Newsted has finally opened up about his reasons for the split. In a new interview, he reveals that the final straw came when James Hetfield quashed their management's involvement with Newsted's side project, Echobrain.

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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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41 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Released

It would take a few years before anybody realized it, but 41 years ago today (Jan. 5) a rock and roll revolution was launched from an unlikely place. Bruce Springsteen's debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,' was released upon an unsuspecting world on Jan. 5, 1973.

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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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44 Years Ago: Keith Moon’s Chauffeur Killed

The history of the Who is littered with tragic events. From Pete Townshend's abuse when he was a child to the 1979 deaths of 11 fans in Cincinnati to John Entwistle's overdose in 2000. One of the lesser known stories occurred on Jan. 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Keith Moon's driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over by Moon's Bentley.

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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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32 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Records ‘Nebraska’

Following the massive success of 1980's double album 'The River,' many expected Bruce Springsteen to follow up his first No. 1 album with another set of radio-friendly rock songs. Instead, the songwriter released 'Nebraska,' a stark acoustic record that was mostly recorded in one session, on Jan. 3, 1982.

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