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Rolling Stones Ya-Ya’s Still Unrivaled

In 1970, legendary critic Lester Bangs said, “I have no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.” 46 years later, Rob Patterson feels that still holds true, and likely will forever.

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Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Dies at 82

He wrote such hits as “Indian Reservation” (a #1 pop hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders), “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (a #6 hit for the Casinos in 1967) and “Tobacco Road”

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It’s Official: AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Retiring

Williams, with the band since 1977, had officially announced he would leave following the end of the band’s tour. Watch as Angus Young offers him a curtain call at his final show

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Class Axes & The Guitarists Who Wielded Them (Pt 2)

What constitutes a Class Axe for the likes of Jeff Beck, Slash, Angus Young and Eddie Van Halen? The answers in our list of legendary rock guitars…

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10 Great End of Summer Songs

The end of summer is always filled with emotion. Here are 10 songs including ones by the Beach Boys and Rod Stewart to mark the change of seasons

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Cat Stevens Returns to New York After 40 Years

The acclaimed singer-songwriter returned to New York City in September 2016 after a 40-year absence to perform a stunning career retrospective. Our review…

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Listen: Leonard Cohen Title Cut ‘You Want it Darker’

The first taste of the singer-songwriter’s new album arrived on the artist’s birthday. We should all be so creative at 82. Click to hear and for more details

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Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ – The True Story

The media touted how Don McLean finally revealed all about “American Pie” as its original lyrics sold at auction. But he still didn’t tell everything. How do we know? He told Best Classic Bands Editor Rob Patterson the full story of how he wrote it back in the late 1970s.

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10 Grammy Best New Artist Winners & Losers

Some of the winners will make you shake your head. Some Grammy trivia: Who won in 1970: CSN, Chicago or Led Zep? And you won’t believe who beat out Boston

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Jerry Corbetta, Sugarloaf Singer, Dies at 68

The band was best known for the top 10 singles “Green-Eyed Lady” (1970) and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” (1974). Corbetta was just 68

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Radio City Music Hall

Lynne’s gift is his ability to build complex arrangements into the simplest, most hummable of tunes. The concert was a taste of classic rock at its finest

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Ex Eagles Members Denied Kennedy Center Honors

Eagles fans had petitioned the organization to allow Don Felder, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner to be recognized with the Core Four. Only those who “carried the torch” are being honored

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Black Sabbath Paranoid Super Deluxe Set Due

The heavy metal pioneers will release a 4-disc set featuring live performance recordings from their beginnings in 1970 along with new interviews with all four members

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Danny Fields: Key Player in Rock History

Our conversation with the insider that played a role in the careers of such influential acts as the Doors, Velvet Underground, MC5, Stooges and Ramones, and is now the subject of a documentary named for a Ramones song named for him, Danny Says

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Rolling Stones Book Vegas; Desert Trip Acts Touring

All six acts that are performing at October’s classic rock festival have booked dates before, in between and/or after the two weekends

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Jimi Hendrix in Greenwich Village

Guitar World magazine’s Founding Editor heard and met Hendrix in 1966 in Greenwich Village, where he believes the guitar icon truly developed

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Donovan Interview (Part 2): His Greatest Hits

The Scottish singer-songwriter and Rock Hall inductee examines some of his greatest hits including “Season of the Witch” and “There is a Mountain”

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Ron Howard’s Beatles Doc, ‘Eight Days a Week’

A nonstop rush of adrenaline, a comfort-food feast of melodic guitars and impeccable harmonies, unbridled creativity and boundless artistic determination, cheeky wit and newness and wonder and youth. And screams—lots of screams.

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