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U2 Make Surprise Appearance at Benefit Event

If you want to make a big splash with your charity event, it helps to have friends in high places, and Sean Penn knows more than a few. Case in point: Penn's third-annual Help Haiti benefit, held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 11, lured none other than U2 to the stage for the first time in three years.

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Quits the Beatles

In early 1969, while their fans were still swooning over the recently released White Album, the Beatles were holed up in London's Twickenham Studios, trying to figure out their next move. These famously fractious sessions eventually produced the band's final studio release, 'Let It Be' -- but not before bringing long-simmering tensions between the group's members to a raging boil.

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Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ Leak: The Inside Story

If you're interested in Guns N' Roses, 21st-century copyright law or just love any story in which federal agents draw their weapons on a music writer in his boxers, you'll want to pack a lunch and pull up a chair, because the 8,000-word tale of how Antiquiet publisher Kevin Cogill got himself in legal hot water for leaking GNR's 'Chinese Democracy' has finally been told.

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Stevie Nicks Says John McVie Is ‘Gonna Be Fine’

It takes a lot of fortitude to log nearly five decades in a band as infamously tempestuous as Fleetwood Mac, so even though he isn't the most vocal fellow in the group, we know John McVie is a strong person. And according to McVie's longtime bandmate Stevie Nicks, it's that strength that will pull him through his recent cancer scare.

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Rocker Says the Stones, the Who and Metallica ‘Blew It’

We've all been disappointed by a late-period record by one of our favorite bands, and to one extent or another, we've all engaged in an endless debate over whether it's better to burn out or fade away. For Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, the answer is neither; creativity takes effort, and he expects great artists to keep trying.

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39 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash the Boston Garden

Early 1975 was an exciting time for Led Zeppelin fans, with an upcoming tour and the impending release of the band's sixth LP, 'Physical Graffiti.' Unfortunately, a particularly passionate contingent of Zep-heads in Boston got a little out of hand on Jan. 6, 1975, unwittingly botching the group's chances of ever performing in the city again.

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