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.
David Bowie, Iggy Pop Collaboration to Be Subject of Movie
The creative and personal relationship between David Bowie and Iggy Pop will form the basis of 'Lust for Life.' The film will soon be shopped to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Metallica to Have Themed Night at San Francisco Giants Game
As residents of the Bay Area, Metallica are undoubtedly proud of their San Francisco Giants. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are joining forces with the 2012 World Series champions for a special Metallica Night at AT&T Park.
Guns N’ Roses to Headline 2013 Governor’s Ball Festival
For the first two years of its existence, the Governor's Ball Festival has been a haven for indie rock, hip-hop and electronic music lovers. This year's incarnation, however, will get a dose of old-fashioned rock n' roll, with Guns N' Roses named as one of the headliners.
Win a $2,400 Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Model Fender Stratocaster
To celebrate the release of the 30th anniversary edition of Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, 'Texas Flood,' we're teaming up with Sony Legacy, Fender and GuySpeed to give one lucky reader a Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model Stratocaster valued at $2,399.99. 10 runners-up will also win the Legacy Edition two-CD set of 'Texas Flood.'
Marnie Stern — Celeb Crush
Back in the early days of rock and/or roll, it was common for teen magazines to offer contests in which your typical American teenage girl -- let's call her Becky Sue Girlnextdoor - would win a date with the singing heartthrob du jour. Now, one of our biggest current crushes Marnie Stern is putting a modern spin on the idea by offering one lucky guy an opportunity for a night on the town. Read Mor
Lynyrd Skynyrd Don’t Mind People Yelling ‘Free Bird’
We've all been at concerts where some guy, who's usually had a few too many, shouts out a request for 'Free Bird,' even if it's not a Lynyrd Skynyrd show. While many of us would love to have security go to town on him - if for nothing else a lack of originality - the members of band, unsurprisingly, have a different take. In a new interview, founding guitarist Gary Rossington spoke about what it m
Rush to Release DVD of ‘Clockwork Angels’ Tour
Future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush will release a DVD chronicling their recent 'Clockwork Angels' tour on May 21. The news comes courtesy of the Rush Is a Band fan site.
Jimi Hendrix’s First Two Albums to be Released on Mono Vinyl
On March 5, mono vinyl versions of the first two Jimi Hendrix albums, 'Are You Experienced' and 'Axis: Bold as Love' will be released. The news was announced yesterday (Jan. 8) via press release.
Beatles, Led Zeppelin Featured in New Mash-Up
Mash-ups - the art of taking elements of two or more songs and creating something new out of them - are a hit-or-miss proposition. Too often the soungs don't match up musically in an attempt to create an interesting or ironic juxtaposition.
Bruce Springsteen Photobombs Usher – Pic of the Week
The popularity of social media has caused a spike in the art of photobombing, which is the act of throwing yourself into someone else's picture just as it's being taken. Still not sure what that is? Check your snapshots from your most recent vacation. See that stranger in the background making a face at the camera? He's photobombing you.
Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Discusses Upcoming Vegas Residency
On March 22, Def Leppard will begin a three-week residency at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that will see them perform the 'Hysteria' album in its entirety. In a new interview, guitarist Phil Collen talks about the challenges of playing their biggest album in Sin City.
AC/DC Concert Videos Now on iTunes
It may have taken AC/DC a bit longer than most bands to take the digital plunge and get their music up on iTunes, but since then, the band has been making up for lost time. Yesterday (Dec. 19) the band announced that they have uploaded six concert videos to the online retailing giant.
Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters + More Make List of 2012’s Top 25 Tours
With 2012 coming to a close, Billboard has taken the time to compile the numbers from this year's tours, and the two musicians who played the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show on Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters, placed very high on their list.
Album Signed by John Lennon for Killer Up For Sale
We realize this piece of news borders on tasteless, but one of the most macabre pieces of rock memorabilia in history is for sale. NME is reporting that the copy of John Lennon's 1980 album 'Double Fantasy' that he signed for Mark David Chapman hours before the ex-Beatle was killed by Chapman, is being auctioned off. And it is of a sad coincidence that this news arrived on the anniversary of that
New Fleetwood Mac Cover Album Tackles ‘Rumours’
Covering Fleetwood Mac seems to be a hip thing to do these days. Back in August a tribute album came out featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Marianne Faithful and a strong crop of some of today's most acclaimed young groups. Next month will see a CD featuring more indie bands tackling Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 album 'Rumours.'
Dave Grohl Says Queens of the Stone Age Are ‘The Baddest Band in the World’
It's only been a few weeks since Dave Grohl began his second stint as drummer with Queens of the Stone Age, but he's already laying down some serious smack. In a new interview, he heaped praise upon his current (and past) musical partners.
2013 Jimi Hendrix Album ‘People, Hell & Angels’ Release Date and Track Listing Announced
We're learning more about 'People, Hell & Angels,' the most recent collection of previously unreleased material from Jimi Hendrix that was announced last week. For starters, we have the names of all 12 tracks (listed below) as well as a release date of March 5, 2013.
Mick Jagger Says One Direction are Like the Rolling Stones
Musical genres come and go, but one thing has remained constant throughout the years: adoring fans who want to take their idols apart. In a new interview, Mick Jagger says that he sees a connection between the Rolling Stones and England's newest hitmakers, One Direction.
Richie Sambora to Serve as House Band for ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’
Fans of 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' will soon get a musical surprise when they tune in before falling asleep. TV Guide is reporting that, for the week of Dec. 3, Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora will serve as the house band for the popular CBS show.
Watch ZZ Top’s Virgin Mobile Freefest Performance Here
According to legend, some people will risk going into labor in order to see ZZ Top in person. But if you want to catch the Texas blues-rock greats without even leaving the comfort of your own home, you can do that tonight (Oct. 6). Their slot at the Virgin Mobile Freefest will be streamed online. We have the video embedded below.