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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.
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Metallica Alumni Feud? Megadeth Boots Newsted Off Tour

Given that they are both former members of Metallica, one would think Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would get along famously. However, that appears not to be the case, as we learn that Newsted's self-titled band has been thrown off an Australian tour by headliners Megadeth.

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Nikki Sixx Offers Justin Bieber Career Advice

As anybody who has watched cable news in the past week or so knows, Justin Bieber has been having a hard time of late. Busted for DUI and drag racing in Miami, he's also facing possible assault charges and other controversies. But help is on the way from an unlikely source -- one who has seen and done it all -- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

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Metallica Pull the Plug on Orion Music + More Festival

Nearly two months after saying they were taking a year off from their Orion Music + More Festival, Metallica appear to have decided to make it permanent. In a new interview, James Hetfield says that the band has called time on the whole shebang, referring to it as a "financial disaster."

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Police Officer Loses Job Because of Guns N’ Roses Guitarist’s Wedding Proposal

One of the most romantic cases of rock star excess we’ve heard in a long time has, unfortunately, resulted in somebody losing their job. A Las Vegas police captain has left his job after breaking the rules to help Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba propose to his then-girlfriend.

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Def Leppard Will Not Sue One Direction for Plagiarism

It looks like One Direction have escaped another potential lawsuit for plagiarism. In a recent interview, Def Leppard said that they have no problems with the similarities between their anthem ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ and the boy band’s ‘Midnight Memories,’ saying, “It’s all good.”

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Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Says He’s ‘Out’ If He Can’t Pursue Solo Career

For all the benefits of being in Guns N' Roses, for Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal it has one particular drawback. In a new interview, the guitarist says that it's been very difficult to keep his solo career afloat, and that he would leave the band if he had to choose.

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27 Years Ago: Metallica Plays First Show with Jason Newsted

With their career at a crucial stage, Metallica weren't able to wait very long before replacing original bassist Cliff Burton. On Nov. 8, 1986, roughly 10 weeks after the horrific bus crash that took Burton’s life, the soon-to-be metal giants played their first gig with Jason Newsted at the Country Club in Reseda, Calif.

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