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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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Van Halen Perform First Show of 2013 in Sydney

It's not just Black Sabbath who are opening up their touring season along the Tasman Sea. At the same time earlier today (April 20) that the metal giants were playing in Auckland, New Zealand, Van Halen began their concert schedule of 2013 at the Stone Music Festival, which is being held at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

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Boston’s Tom Scholz Suing Former Bandmate For Trademark Infringement

Tom Scholz of Boston has filed suit against Barry Goudreau, who played guitar of the band's first two albums. The guitarist-songwriter-inventor claims that Goudreau is using his former band's name in a manner that both violates a legally binding agreement they made.

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Slash ‘Speechless’ at Video of Seven Year Old Girl Playing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

We have a new addition to our growing collection of 'Really Talented Little Kids Playing Classic Rock' videos. Earlier this month we saw a six-year-old drumming along to Van Halen's 'Hot for Teacher.' and now we have a seven-year-old girl playing Slash's guitar part on Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' Mine.'

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Black Sabbath Debuts ’13′ at L.A. Press Event

Last night (April 10) in Los Angeles, Black Sabbath threw a party for a hand-picked group of media members and VIPs to get the first listen to their upcoming album, '13.' Although Ultimate Classic Rock received an invitation, we were unable to attend. However, our sister site Loudwire and fan site black-sabbath.com were there. A recap of their impressions follows.

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Richie Sambora Reportedly Kicked Off Bon Jovi Tour for Drinking

We're starting to learn more details -- or at least, hear some depressing theories -- about the "personal issues" that led to Richie Sambora's departure from the current Bon Jovi tour. According to one source, the decision was the result of Sambora's continuing issues with alcohol.

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Sammy Hagar Would Love to Hang Out With Eddie Van Halen Again

The relationship between Sammy Hagar and Van Halen has been strained, to say the least, for quite a number of years now. However, in a new interview, the singer and alcohol magnate says that he'd love to try to patch things up with Eddie Van Halen.

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Duff McKagan, Lars Ulrich + More Appear in Alice In Chains Promotional Video

One of the knocks on the grunge scene of the 1990s was that its musicians took themselves way too seriously. However, Seattle's Alice in Chains, one of the defining bands of the genre, are looking to refute that charge thanks to a new video promoting their upcoming release, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,' which features a handful of classic rockers appearing as themselves.

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Metallica’s Manager Thinks Justin Bieber Deserves A Spanking

In his years as a rock n' roll manager, Peter Mensch has certainly seen more than his share of childish behavior. Now, Mensch, who manages such big names as Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers, wants to bring his expertise to help put formerly squeaky-clean pop star Justin Bieber in his proper place.

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