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No. 90: Ram Jam, ‘Black Betty’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Ram Jam
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Their lead singer and guitarist played with the Lemon Pipers, of 'Green Tambourine' fame. The rest of the band members never even played on this highly offbeat entry on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list. Welcome to the wild and crazy story that is 'Black Betty' by Ram Jam.

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Sonisphere 2012, Set to Feature Queen and Kiss, Cancelled

Brian May
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The 2012 Summer Olympics: concert killer.

Following in the footsteps of at least four U.K. and Ireland-based music festivals planned for this summer, Reuters is reporting that the producers of Sonisphere Knebworth, a mammoth rock festival featuring Kiss, Queen with Adam Lambert (!), and Faith No More as the headliners, has pulled the plug on the event. The statement from the organizers is very carefully worded, but the subtext is clear: they can't afford to do it.

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Soundgarden Reveal Preview of ‘Avengers’ Single ‘Live to Rise’

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden
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The calendar might say it's spring, but it's time to break out your flannel, because Soundgarden have released a teaser video for 'Live to Rise,' the first single from the soundtrack to the summer blockbuster-in-waiting 'The Avengers.' The full track will reportedly be on sale May 1.

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John Mellencamp, Steven Van Zandt, ZZ Top Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presenters

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Kevin Winter and Jason Merritt, Getty Images

The list of presenters at this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony is arguably as prestigious as the class they're inducting. John Mellencamp, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band will all be introducing

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Bruce Springsteen Kicks Off ‘Wrecking Ball’ Tour in Atlanta

Michael Buckner
Michael Buckner

There was some understandable consternation on the eve of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's US tour, their first since the death of Clarence Clemons last June. It would be tough not to notice the gaping hole onstage where Clemons used to roam, which is why Springsteen acknowledged his absence early, and often.

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