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Kid Rock Surprises One Lucky Fan And Gives Him The Ultimate Birthday Gift


He’s known as the American Badass and the Devil Without A Cause, but fans know that Bob Ritchie A.K.A. Kid Rock is one of the realest dudes out there and that he always gives back to his fans. Just ask Dan McGurk of Clarkston, Michigan. What was already a great birthday party became a f***ing awesome birthday when Kid Rock stopped into The Union Wood BBQ to surprise him on his big 3-0. An invitation had been sent to Kid via Facebook, so the rocker showed up at the restaurant to sing him “Happy Birthday” and gift him with a guitar case full of swag including a genuine “Badass” electric guitar. Some guy’s get all the luck but being as Dan is Kid Rock’s #1 fan it only makes sense, and looks like the birthday boy was pretty happy with his presents. Watch the video and see for yourself.

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Exclusive: The Doobie Brothers Collab With Casey James And Reunite With Michael McDonald


One of the mainstays of classic rock radio, The Doobie Brothers sound encompasses crunchy guitars, funk and R&B influences and the sweet vocal harmonies of country music. Their connection to the latter has just gotten a lot stronger with the release of Southbound, which features collaborations with country music’s A-list on a slew of Doobie classics. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Zac Brown are just a few of the artists to appear on the record and watch this exclusive video to see what song country star and former American Idol finalist Casey James got to sing with the band. Read more…

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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute To Cream Bandmate Jack Bruce With New Instrumental Posted Online

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Classic rock fans and fellow musicians were saddened this weekend by news that influential bassist Jack Bruce died at the age of 71, succumbing to liver disease. The tributes poured in from members of The Beatles to Black Sabbath, and chief among them was those by his former Cream bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, with whom Bruce had pioneered the power trio format and hard rock genre. Now Clapton, who called Bruce “a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me,” has posted a musical tribute to the bassist on his Facebook page.

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Legendary Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At 71

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Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist and singer for rock icons Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, died as his home in Suffolk, England today at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his family via Facebook earlier this morning. “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the statement read. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

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Exclusive: Find Out Why Bob Seger Is Still Proud To Be “Detroit Made”


It should come as no surprise that Detroit, Michigan is ground zero for real American rock n’ roll. From Ted Nugent to Iggy Pop & The Stooges, all the way up to the present day with Jack White, the Motor City has given us some of the greatest rockers of all time, and high on that list is singer-songwriter Bob Seger. The “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” is back with a new album Ride Out which is garnering up rave reviews with its mix of powerful originals and astute cover choices that showcase all Seger’s talents as a writer and performer. Read more…

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Joe Perry On Steven Tyler “You Can Love Your Brother, You Don’t Have To Like Him”


It’s no secret the sibling rivalry between Aerosmith‘s “Toxic Twins,” A.K.A. guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler, has been flaring up over the past few years. It’s gotten so bad at times they’ve almost come to blows. But as Perry said when he sat down with VH1 On Tap‘s Nik Carter, conflict is to be expected when you consider the two’s long history. As Nick succinctly put it, “It’s complicated.” Read more…

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The Case Against Led Zeppelin: Is Hard Rock’s Greatest Band Guilty Of Musical Plagiarism?

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As the old adage goes, good artists copy, great artists steal. The victims of such artistic theft, however, might contest the veracity of such a statement. And while the musical greatness and innovations of classic rockers Led Zeppelin are an uncontestable fact, so too is it true that they have more than once used other artists riffs and lyrics and failed to properly credit or compensate them. On Monday a Pennsylvania judge ruled that relatives of deceased guitarist Randy California, nee Randy Craig Wolfe, could move forward with a lawsuit claiming Led Zeppelin stole the music from their career-defining 1971 epic “Stairway To Heaven” from his band Spirit’s 1968 recording “Taurus.” The intros of both songs are startlingly familiar, and the band’s were familiar with each other, however actually proving copyright infringement is a harder task. Read more…

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Find Out About Heavy Metal’s Latino Heritage In Honor Of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th and finished up a couple days ago, pays tribute to Hispanic Americans’ rich contribution to the history and culture of the United States. One thing that most metalheads know, is Hispanic Americans have also made huge contributions to the history and culture of heavy metal music. Some of metal’s biggest acts include members from a variety of Hispanic backgrounds, from Chilean-born Slayer frontman Tom Araya to journeyman bassist Rudy Sarzo who lived in Havana, Cuba until the age of 11. It’s a story that doesn’t get told much and surprises those ignorant of the genre and we thought it was time to set the record straight. Read more…

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The Good, The Bad & The Ofay: A History of White Musicians Playing Reggae

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Canadian band Magic! had a smash hit and viral sensation this year with their single “Rude.” Its melody and lyrics are pure pop but it’s music and title reference a genre with origins in a far sunnier climate, Jamaican reggae. They are far from the first white musicians to experiment with reggae’s offbeat rhythms and seductive grooves. Since the late 1960’s, some of music’s biggest acts have tried their hand at the style with varying degrees of musical (and chart) success. Read more…