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1 October 2020

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Rod Stewart Covered Tom Petty, but He Wasn’t Really a Fan

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Rod Stewart had to be convinced to cover “Leave Virginia Alone,” the Tom Petty leftover he eventually took to the Top 10 on the adult-contemporary chart in 1995. Stewart later said that the song “absolutely went by me; it took me two or three good listens. I had to be persuaded to do it, in […]

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30 September 2020

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Fleetwood Mac on Viral ‘Dreams’ Skateboard Video: ‘We Love This’

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Fleetwood Mac endorsed a viral TikTok video that shows a man lip-syncing their 1977 hit “Dreams” while skateboarding and drinking Ocean Spray juice. “We love this!” the band tweeted Saturday, replying to a Twitter version of the clip that earned more than 833,000 likes. (The original TikTok video has netted more than 16 million views.) As Rolling Stone […]

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30 September 2020

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Part III’ Retitled for Director’s Cut Blu-ray

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Francis Ford Coppola has retitled The Godfather: Part III for an upcoming director’s cut edition, out Dec. 8 on Blu-ray and digital formats. This updated take on the 1990 film, the final installment of the director’s revered mafia trilogy, is called Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The original earned seven Oscar […]

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30 September 2020

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How the Thrilla in Manila Changed Boxing and Broadcasting Forever

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The “Thrilla in Manila” – the famed final bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, held on Oct. 1, 1975 – did more than just change the world of boxing; it altered the landscape of professional sports broadcasting. (The bout aired in the U.S. on Sept. 30 because of time-zone differences.) The fight came at […]

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30 September 2020

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Why Motley Crue’s Label Didn’t Want to Release ‘Home Sweet Home’

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When Motley Crue presented their record label with an album that included a sentimental ballad, the label rejected it outright. But the band pushed for “Home Sweet Home” because the members knew fans supported songs by power-charged rock groups that slowed down for big emotional payoffs. The track was a reaction to Crue’s experience during their 1983 tour in […]

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30 September 2020

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Drive-By Truckers Announce New Album ‘The New OK’

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Drive-By Truckers have announced the release of a new album, The New OK, arriving on CD, vinyl and all streaming services Friday. The surprise LP is the second album from the band in 2020, following the January release of The Unravelling. The New OK was originally conceived as a quarantine EP, assembled from material recorded during sessions […]

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30 September 2020

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How Elton John Made John Lennon ‘Physically Sick’

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Elton John said he made John Lennon “physically sick” as a result of a bet the pair made. John played piano on Lennon’s song “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” and persuaded the former Beatle to release it as a single in 1974. Lennon told John if the song reached No. 1, he’d appear onstage with John. When it […]

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30 September 2020

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Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams Are Back With AC/DC

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AC/DC have confirmed that singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams have returned to the band. But that’s all they have confirmed so far. After months of speculation that they had gotten together to record material co-written by founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young before his 2017 death, AC/DC yesterday launched a new website, newsletter and […]

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30 September 2020

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Ace Frehley Says Kiss Bandmates ‘Missed Out’ by Not Partying

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Ace Frehley said his former Kiss bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley “missed out” by not partying during the band’s tours. While guitarist Frehley and ex-drummer Peter Criss became known for their hard-living ways during the ’70s, the other two members were equally well-known for staying away from the parties. In a recent interview with […]

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30 September 2020

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‘In the Ghetto’ Songwriter Mac Davis Dead at 78

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Singer-songwriter Mac Davis, who wrote “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation” for Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 78, his manager confirmed. Born in Texas, Davis began working in the music industry in Atlanta, then moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote for and performed with Nancy Sinatra. After finding fame with his […]

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