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Exclusive: Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder Trade Awesome Beatles Stories

It's hard to find a rock musician who wasn't strongly influenced by the Beatles, and in a new exclusive video interview Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder talk extensively about their life-changing initial experiences with the Fab Four.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Responds to Super Bowl Miming Controversy

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has issued an open letter admitting that the band wasn't playing their instruments live during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, and explaining why they chose to accept the gig despite their views against pre-taped performances.

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Grammy Awards: Led Zeppelin Wins Best Rock Album and Black Sabbath Best Metal Performance

Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin each won an award at the Grammys' annual Pre-Telecast Ceremony this evening. Which is something that probably should have happened in 1974, but whatever we'll take it.

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Former Toto Singer Dennis ‘Fergie’ Frederiksen Dies [Video]

Former Toto, Trillion and Le Roux singer Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen died Saturday after a nearly four-year battle with cancer. He was 62 years old.

A Grand Rapids native and Central Michigan University-educated, Frederiksen sang on Toto's 1984 "Isolation" album, which featured the hit single "Stranger in Town."

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40 Years Ago: AC/DC and Journey Both Play Their First Concerts on the Same Night

It's impossible to predict the future, but it seems safe to say that no matter what happens this New Year's Eve in the world of classic rock, it won't measure up to Dec. 31, 1973, when future rock titans Journey and AC/DC both played their very first concerts on the same night.

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