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Dave Lifton

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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56 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Quarry Men

The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958. George Harrison joined the Quarry Men, the John Lennon-led group that Paul McCartney had joined as a second guitarist and singer the previous summer.

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Metallica Alumni Feud? Megadeth Boots Newsted Off Tour

Given that they are both former members of Metallica, one would think Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would get along famously. However, that appears not to be the case, as we learn that Newsted's self-titled band has been thrown off an Australian tour by headliners Megadeth.

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55 Years Ago: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper Killed in Plane Crash

Rock 'nā€™ roll was still in its infancy when it suffered its first tragedy. On Feb. 3, 1959, three of the biggest stars of the day ā€” Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as the Big Bopper ā€” were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Nikki Sixx Offers Justin Bieber Career Advice

As anybody who has watched cable news in the past week or so knows, Justin Bieber has been having a hard time of late. Busted for DUI and drag racing in Miami, he's also facing possible assault charges and other controversies. But help is on the way from an unlikely source -- one who has seen and done it all -- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

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Metallica Pull the Plug on Orion Music + More Festival

Nearly two months after saying they were taking a year off from their Orion Music + More Festival, Metallica appear to have decided to make it permanent. In a new interview, James Hetfield says that the band has called time on the whole shebang, referring to it as a "financial disaster."

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Food Fight With Sharon Osbourne Gets Pop Manager Fired

A high-profile skirmish between two powerful managers has left one of them with a smaller revenue stream. Jordan Feldstein has been fired by one of his clients, Sara Bareilles, after clashing with Ozzy Osbourne manager and wife Sharon Osbourne.

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