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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Reveals His Christmas-Day Miracle

Billy Gibbons
Christian Almanana, Getty Images

Billy Gibbons doesn't have to think hard about his best Christmas presents of all time. In an interview with Men's Journal, the ZZ Top guitarist remembered one that changed his life. It was in 1962, and the young (likely clean-shaven) Gibbons was just 13-years-old.

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31 Years Ago: Eddie Van Halen Joins Michael Jackson on ‘Beat It’

Eddie Van Halen Michael Jackson
Hulton Archive / Larry Morano, Getty Images

Eddie Van Halen didn't even get a mention on Michael Jackson's mega-smash album 'Thriller,' which celebrates it's 31 year anniversary today (Nov. 30), despite having a heavy hand in the success of the third radio single. The guitarist says he did the solo on 'Beat It' for free -- and even wound up re-arranging the song while Jackson was out of the room.

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41 Years Ago: Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band Dies

Berry Oakley
Allman Brothers Band

Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is always quick to celebrate the importance of Berry Oakley's contributions to the legendary southern rock band. Before Oakley died on Nov. 11, 1972, he was responsible for some of the most iconic Allman riffs, including the opening of 'Whipping Post.' He's remembered for the way he died more often than the way he lived, and Betts works to fix that.

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10 Years Ago: Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Shot

Bruce Kulick

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick took time today to remember a moment that almost became the next great rock tragedy. Ten years ago (Oct. 16, 2003) Kulick was walking with a friend on Sunset Blvd. when two stray bullets struck him in the leg and head. A couple of inches -- or less -- either way and Kulick says he could have been killed.

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Jon Bon Jovi Gives Bride Surprise of Her Life

Jon Bon Jovi
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

One Bon Jovi fan made it her mission to convince Jon Bon Jovi to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, and it worked! The singer showed up to escort Branka Delic to her groom during a ceremony at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Saturday. The singer offered picture proof of the accident.

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Mick Taylor to Join Ronnie Wood at Bluesfest

Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood
Scott Wintrow / Simone Joyner, Getty Images

The Ronnie Wood Band's finale at BluesFest in London next month will include an appearance by Mick Taylor, who held down the guitar-player role in the Rolling Stone before Wood replaced him in 1975. Wood and group will pay tribute to the late Jimmy Reed during their Nov. 1 set at the Royal Albert Hall, where BluesFest runs from Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

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Grateful Dead Beer’s Secret Ingredient Is Something Very Grateful Deady

American Beauty
Dogfish Head Brewery

A new Grateful Dead beer will be hitting the market this fall. The band worked with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to create American Beauty, a "bold pale ale made with 100 percent U.S.-grown ingredients." But it took a suggestion from a fan to get the mix just right.

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