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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.
Mick Mars
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Mick Mars Reveals That He Nearly Left Motley Crue

Since forming in 1981, Motley Crue's lineup has remained relatively stable. While both Vince Neil and Tommy Lee tried their hands at solo careers, they were eventually brought back into the fold. Recently, Mick Mars revealed that he came dangerously close to quitting during the recording of 1997's 'Generation Swine,'

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The Doors’ Jim Morrison Gets the Setlist Wrong – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

 

One of the reasons why 'This is Spinal Tap' continues to resonate is because it's not only heavy metal groups on the downside of their career that experience real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories, but also bands that are trying to make a name for themselves on the road to classic rock immortality. Years before the brain trust behind the movie even came up with the concept, the Doors had a moment that could found its way into the script. 

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Bruce Springsteen Stayin' Alive
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Bruce Springsteen Performs The Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ in Australia

Bruce Springsteen closed out the Australian segment of his 'High Hopes' tour in Brisbane today (Feb. 26) with a show that confounded even the most devoted of his setlist followers. Springsteen revisited his past in unprecedented fashion and shocked everyone with a cover of the Bee Gees' 'Stayin' Alive.' Here it is for your viewing enjoyment:

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Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen to Release Four New Songs on Record Store Day

For Record Store Day, many artists will often package previously released songs with some new photos on the sleeve and/or colored vinyl and call it a "new" product. Not Bruce Springsteen, who announced today that he is releasing 'American Beauty,' an EP with four new songs, on April 26.

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32 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested for Urinating on (Well Really, Near) the Alamo

Let's see: you're a rock star, stumbling around an unfamiliar city while wearing your girlfriend/manager's dress. You feel the call of nature and, not knowing where the nearest gas station or hotel is, relieving yourself on a nearby statue seems like a good idea in your drunken state. But in the middle of the afternoon, with all sorts of people around, it's a good way to get yourself in trouble, and that's what famously happened to Ozzy Osbourne in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 19, 1982.

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