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Nick DeRiso has also explored jazz, blues, rock and roots music for Gannett News Service and USA Today, All About Jazz and Blues Revue, among others. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006.
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Kiss To Play Acoustic Concert A Week Before Hall of Fame Induction

After a period dominated by squabbles over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's time for Kiss to unplug -- literally. They'll play a rare acoustic show a week before their controversial induction ceremonies, offering stripped-down Kiss favorites and telling stories sans makeup.

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Ted Nugent
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Ted Nugent Pledges to ‘Stop Calling People Names’

Ted Nugent remains one of the most complicated, polarizing figures in rock. He apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," even while denying that the term was racist. Nugent now says that he will "stop calling people names," but he's still characterizing the president as a "liar."

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David Lee Roth Sings ‘California Girls’ With The Beach Boys’ Mike Love

David Lee Roth joined honoree Mike Love for a spirited rendition of 'California Girls' as the Beach Boys singer was honored as recipient of the 21st Ella Award in Beverly Hills. The award is given out annually by the Society of Singers. 

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Hall & Oates’ ‘Rich Girl’ Wasn’t About A Girl

You're forgiven to have believed that 'Rich Girl' became the first of six No. 1 songs for Hall and Oates on the strength of its snarky put-downs toward a particularly haughty girlfriend. But John Oates says that's not even close, as Daryl Hall had another inspiration entirely.

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Ted Nugent Unleashes Epic 44-Tweet Political Rant

The war of words between Ted Nugent and the media continues to heat up, with the politically outspoken rock star reeling off 44 rapid-fire tweets about the evils of the world last night, even as a series of politicians lined up to condemn his most recent remarks on President Obama.

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Queen’s Brian May Looked to Freddie Mercury For Inspiration During Health Scare

Brian May says he's often thought of the way Freddie Mercury handled his final illness when dealing with the aftermath of the Queen guitarist's own health scare. Mercury died in 1991 from complications relating to the AIDS virus.

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Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward Calls John Bonham The ‘Finest Rock Drummer’

Co-founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward paid tribute to his contemporary in Led Zeppelin on his 'Rock 50' radio show (embedded above), saying, "If you want to strive toward something, just listen to John Bonham."

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