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40 Years Ago: AC/DC and Journey Both Play Their First Concerts on the Same Night

It's impossible to predict the future, but it seems safe to say that no matter what happens this New Year's Eve in the world of classic rock, it won't measure up to Dec. 31, 1973, when future rock titans Journey and AC/DC both played their very first concerts on the same night.

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Gene Simmons Wages One-Man War on Twitter’s CAPS LOCK Rule

Nobody tells the God of Thunder how to type. Gene Simmons is confusing, angering and amusing his Twitter followers by brazenly defying social media convention and writing exclusively in capital letters. And to answer your first question, Yes, it is a slow news day.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Class
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Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel + More Voted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens have been elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 class. That means Deep Purple, Yes and the Zombies are among the nominees who were not chosen this year.

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Billy Joel Announces Monthly Residency at Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel will be joining hockey's Rangers and basketball's Knicks and Liberty as a permanent franchise resident of New York City's Madison Square Garden. The rock legend will perform one show a month at the famed venue for "as long as there is demand."

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Phil Collins ‘Thinking About’ Genesis Reunion, Ending Retirement

Four years after back injuries caused him to stop playing the drums, and three years since the release of his last solo album, Phil Collins says he's considering returning to the stage, possibly even as part of a Genesis reunion. The legendary rock band hasn't performed together since 2007.

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Joan Jett Forced Off Parade Float by Protesters

The small, plucky band of rebels known as meat eaters struck a mighty blow against the vegetarian forces that otherwise dominate our society so strongly... by forcing Joan Jett to move her (still happening) performance from one float to another at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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