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

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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Brian May
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Sonisphere 2012, Set to Feature Queen and Kiss, Cancelled

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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George Harrison's Swiss Estate
Ronny Waleska, Wetag Consulting

George Harrison’s Swiss Mansion For Sale

The taxman may have been taking 95% of George Harrison's earnings at one point in time, but that didn't stop the Quiet Beatle from amassing enough money to purchase a gorgeous Swiss estate in 2001, which Radar is reporting has recently hit the market over 10 years after Harrison's death...

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Kevin Winter and Jason Merritt, Getty Images

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

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 Donovan, Freddie King and the Small Faces, respectively. An...

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Michael Buckner
Michael Buckner

Bruce Springsteen Kicks Off ‘Wrecking Ball’ Tour in Atlanta

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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