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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. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Styx, REO Speedwago, Ted Nugent
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Styx, Ted Nugent + REO Speedwagon Announce New Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express Tour Dates

A successful two-month run in 2012 has lead to more shows together for REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent in 2013. The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour will begin again in April, with 20 dates announced through May 19. 

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Elton John to Appear on Next Queens of the Stone Age Album

Dave Grohl can now add Elton John to his growing list of famous collaborators. The classic rocker has joined Queens of the Stone Age, with whom Grohl is drumming while Foo Fighters are on hiatus, to record a song on their upcoming album. During an interview the two indicated that the style is very different from what fans have come to expect from the famous piano player.

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Elton John to Join Grammy Awards Tribute to Levon Helm

Elton John will join a stagefull of musicians to honor the late Levon Helm during the in memoriam moment at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 10). The all-star lineup will perform the Band song 'The Weight' as the Academy honors musicians who died in the last 12 months.

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Guns N’ Roses DJ Ashba Defends Axl Rose, Says ‘He Treats Us Like Gold’

He might not be Big Ben of rock stars, but Axl Rose is not the jerk he's portrayed as in the media, his guitarist says. Guns N' Roses' DJ Ashba explained why they are often late to the stage and defended his lead singer as a nice guy in a recent interview.

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Rush Adds New 2013 Tour Dates

Rush has added nine new 'Clockwork Angels' tour dates in North America, in order to satisfy high demand. After mounting a successful 2012 tour and releasing an acclaimed album of the same name last June, the band will visit venues in Florida, Texas, Tennessee and states along the East Coast, with more American and Canadian dates to be announced soon.

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Rolling Stones’ ’50 and Counting’ Tour Tops Earnings List

The five shows the Rolling Stones played between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15 raked in over $38 million, landing the group on top of the most recent Hot Tours list at Billboard.com. All five shows -- two in London, one in Brooklyn, N.Y. and two in Newark, N.J. -- were sell outs.

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Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Documentary to Hit Theaters on Jan. 31

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 18, Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' documentary will be released to theaters in cities across the country. The one-night-only event will take place in over 40 cities on Jan. 31, with additional one-night showings on Feb. 1, Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 20 and Feb. 22.

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Kiss’ Tommy Thayer Says He Was Ace Frehley’s ‘Heir Apparent’

Tommy Thayer didn't officially take over as lead guitarist of Kiss until 2002, but in a recent interview he admits he was prepared to hop on stage in a moment's notice as early as 1998. Due to recurring problems with Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made Thayer the "heir apparent."

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Def Leppard Re-Recording Hit Songs to ‘Wrestle Back Career’ From Record Label

In 2012, Def Leppard re-recorded two of their biggest hit songs and made them available digitally. The once-unusual move was done just before the Tom Cruise movie 'Rock of Ages' was released, but Joe Elliott says his band's inspiration for heading back to the studio was to one-up their record label.

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