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Matthew Wilkening is the Editor in Chief of UltimateClassicRock.com. He is determined to raise his child in a world without competitive singing television shows.
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Hear Metallica’s Ronnie James Dio Tribute – ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’

Metallica have unveiled their contribution to the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album 'This is Your Life' -- and it's a stunning, nine-minute long medley featuring four songs from the singer's time in Rainbow.

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Nastiest Rock Feuds

What's the recipe for some of history's nastiest rock feuds? Take talented, outspoken and occasionally emotionally sensitive artists, then pit them against each other -- in a competition that can't possibly be measured in any objective way -- for the hearts and wallets of the record- and ticket-buying public. 

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Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel + More Voted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens have been elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 class. That means Deep Purple, Yes and the Zombies are among the nominees who were not chosen this year.

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Slayer Christmas Lights Show Honors Fallen Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

We jump outside our usual classic rock realm to bring you the most glorious Christmas light show we've seen all year. This eight-minute-plus tribute to Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away earlier this year, is a must for any hard rock fan.

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Ted Nugent Cuts Hair, Eyes Presidential Run

"Bring a machete, and let's do this!" With those seven words to his wife's hairdresser, Ted Nugent removed himself from the ranks of longhaired rock stars last week. But is his sharp new look part of a plan to run for President of the United States of America?

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