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Def Leppard, Chili Peppers and Tim McGraw Deliver Top Summer Concerts

It’s been nearly 25 years since Def Leppard hit their commercial peak with the $12-million-selling ‘Hysteria’ album, but they can still pack ‘em in on the road. In fact, the veteran rockers’ latest run of dates — a package tour with fellow classic rock legends Heart — was the top-grossing draw of the last three months.

They faced some pretty stiff competition for concert dollars, too; with an overall gross of $14.5 million, the Def Leppard/Heart lineup bested the latest tours from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (in second place with $9.2 million) and Tim McGraw (in third with $7.4 million). 

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Joan Jett, Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys Among Rock Hall of Fame Nominees [PICTURES]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has mailed out the ballots for its 27th annual list of potential inductees, leaving it to the organization’s 500 voters to pick the winners from an eclectic group that includes first-time nominees as well as returning contenders.

Newly eligible artists who made this year’s cut include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Eric B. & Rakim, while the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the veteran hopefuls.

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Nickelback Returns in November with New Album, ‘Here and Now’

After a three-year hiatus, Nickelback has emerged from the studio with the follow-up to 2008′s triple-platinum ‘Dark Horse.’

The new album, which the band produced itself, is titled ‘Here and Now,’ and is scheduled for a November 21 release.

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Megadeth Reveals Album Artwork and Track Listing for ‘TH1RT3EN’

 

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In 1984′s ‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ fictional guitarist Nigel Tufnel coined a lasting rock ‘n’ roll phrase when he revealed a special amplifier with volume dials that, in his words, “go to eleven.”

Well, in November, Megadeth is going all the way to ‘TH1RT3EN.’ And although you’ll still have to wait until then to hear it, you can have a look at the album cover now.

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Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, and Kid Rock to Perform at 2011 NFL Kickoff Concert

After a long, cold winter of labor disputes, lockouts, and a few months where it looked like we might not have a football season this  year, the 2011 NFL season is just about ready to begin.

And before the Packers and Saints finally take the field for the first game on September 8, some of music’s biggest stars will celebrate the new season with this year’s NFL Kickoff Concert, featuring performances from Maroon 5, Kid Rock, and Lady Antebellum.

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Slipknot Planning US Tour for 2012

Faithful maggots who have been pining away for new Slipknot since the release of ‘All Hope Is Gone’ way back in 2008 are going to have to keep waiting for awhile, because the band has no plans to record.

But fans in the US can take heart knowing that there’s an American tour on the horizon for next year, according to drummer Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan.

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What Are Rock’s Most Shocking Album Covers?

Being proudly provocative has always been part of rock ‘n’ roll — from the music’s earliest days, when simply shaking one’s hips on television was enough to send middle-aged Americans into a righteous lather, the formula for some of the best rock has been one part rhythm, one part volume, and one part shock.

This has also been true for album covers, which some of rock’s most forward-thinking performers have used as a platform to shock, disturb, annoy, and generate thought-provoking conversation (although not necessarily in that order). It’s a long rock ‘n’ roll tradition — one celebrated with a new list over at Ultimate Classic Rock.

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Velvet Revolver Album with Corey Taylor of Slipknot Killed by Slash

They have an all-star lineup and a pair of top five albums to their credit, so what’s keeping Velvet Revolver from soldiering on without departed vocalist Scott Weiland?

According to drummer Matt Sorum, the band has tried — even going so far as to record an entire album’s worth of new material with Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor. But it hasn’t panned out — so far, anyway.

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Aerosmith Offers Clip of First Song From New Album [VIDEO]

It wasn’t all that long ago that it seemed like Aerosmith might never record again — but they’re back in the studio, working on their first album of new material in a decade, and they’re giving fans an early behind-the-scenes look at the process.

The band’s latest in-studio video offers a glimpse of what appears to be one of the new songs in progress, with guitarist Joe Perry playing a blues riff while vocalist Steven Tyler works out a beat on the drums.

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Nearly Half of New Jersey Residents Would Vote Bruce Springsteen for Governor

Does New Jersey need a governor, or a Boss? According to a recent poll, many voters think the answer is both.

With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s poll numbers dropping, an organization named Public Policy Polling decided to see what would happen if Bruce Springsteen ran against Christie for the office — and found that he’d enter with nearly half the popular vote.

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Alice in Chains Working on ‘Amazing’ New Album, Says Heart’s Ann Wilson

Two years ago, Alice in Chains emerged from a 14-year hiatus — and the death of original vocalist Layne Staley — with ‘Black Gives Way to Blue.’ The band is already assembling its next album — and according to Heart vocalist Ann Wilson, they’re playing at the top of their game.

“I saw those guys just yesterday,” Wilson said in a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. “I went over to visit them in the studio where they were working on some new stuff — they sound amazing! How can Jerry not sound amazing, but I mean, it really does — they’re a monster.”

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Former Queens of the Stone Age Bassist Nick Oliveri Arrested After SWAT Standoff

Bassist Nick Oliveri has been keeping busy lately — and not necessarily in a good way.

The former Queens of the Stone Age member, who recently rejoined his former bandmates in Kyuss for a reunion tour under the moniker Kyuss Lives!, found himself on the wrong end of a standoff with a Los Angeles SWAT team earlier this week, after a neighbor called the police to report a domestic disturbance.

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