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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.
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Rolling Stones Joined by Tom Waits at Oakland Concert

Tom Waits took the stage unannounced to help Mick Jagger sing 'Little Red Rooster' during Sunday night's Rolling Stones concert in Oakland, Calif. The rarely-seen singer/songwriter was in top form trading verses with Jagger. It's rare someone steals the spotlight from the legendary frontman, but that's what took place at the Oracle Arena.

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Axl Rose Planning to Buy a Tiger?

Only a man of some social significance knows where to buy a tiger, and it seems Axl Rose may qualify. The Guns N' Roses singer was heard discussing his plans to purchase a big cat during a wild Monday night that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and a "harem of ladies."

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Bob Weir ‘Unable to Perform in Any Capacity,’ Furthur Band Cancels Show

The two incidents may be unrelated, but five days after Bob Weir collapsed onstage during his band Furthur's set in Port Chester, N.Y., the group has canceled its headlining set at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival in Napa, Calif. They were set to perform on May 9.

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Ozzy Osbourne Claims Bill Ward Wasn’t In Shape for Black Sabbath Tour

It was a contractual dispute that supposedly kept Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward from joining his mates for their upcoming tour and album, but Ozzy Osbourne says there is another side to the story. The singer questions if Ward was physically up for touring and recording.

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Billy Joel, David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler Share Memories of Each Other at Stone Festival Press Conference

Aerosmith, Van Halen and Billy Joel are the headliners for this weekend's Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Aus. During yesterday's press conference to kick off the weekend, media and fans learned that there's a mutual respect and admiration amongst the legendary rockers. "I tried to do the thing in 'Jump' but I split my pants," Joel said. "I couldn't do the move."

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Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBrain’s Wife Accused of Assault

The wife of Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested and charged with domestic battery earlier this year, and she'll have her date in court next month. Rebecca McBrain will face a judge on May 3 after being accused of trying to stab her husband*, and throw logs at him.

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Elton John to Queens of the Stone Age: ‘The Only Thing Missing From Your Band Is an Actual Queen’

Earlier this year Dave Grohl revealed that Elton John would join his band Queens of the Stone Age on a song when the rock album hit stores later this year. Frontman Josh Homme had a chance to explain how that collaboration came about during a recent interview.

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Rush Perform With Foo Fighters at Hall of Fame Induction

Rush were the runaway stars at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night. And one of the show's highlights found the trio onstage with two members of the Foo Fighters, who performed the final minute of '2112''s classic 'Overture' with the newly inducted band. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins even dressed in vintage Rush outfits  -- Grohl as Alex Lifeson and Hawkins as Neil Peart -- complete with wigs.

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