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Billy Joel (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Billy Joel Wins Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize

Billy Joel‘s fans have always thought of the pianist, singer-songwriter as an expert storyteller but now that title is official: Joel has been awarded with the Gershwin Prize for being “A Storyteller of the Highest Order.”

14 hours ago

George Harrison (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed By Beetles

The George Harrison Tree planted near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory in 2004 was recently infested by beetles—yes, beetles, b-e-e-t-l-e-s—causing it to die.

16 hours ago

The Beatles (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone/Getty Images)

Why Do Beatles Fans Care So Much About Mono?

Apple Records recently announced the September release of the Beatles‘ mono catalog reissued on vinyl. This came as welcome news to a relatively small, but passionate subsection of the Fab Four’s enduring fanbase that have been waiting for the 14 mono LPs since the group’s catalog was remastered in 2009. But, seriously, what’s all the fuss about mono?

16 hours ago

Ted Nugent (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Idaho Indian Tribe Cancels Ted Nugent Concert Citing His ‘Racist Views’

Ted Nugent is known for causing a stir with his colorful comments, but now one town is taking action against the rocker’s hate speech by hitting him where it hurts the most: his wallet.

16 hours ago

Metallica Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images for F1 Rocks in India with Vladivar)

Watch the Bloopers from Metallica’s ESPN SportsCenter Ad

Last week, ESPN aired a hilarious commercial featuring Metallica that played off the band’s providing of Mariano Rivera his entrance music, “Enter Sandman.”

17 hours ago

Don Henley (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Classic Rock Almanac July 22, 2014

Today is Don Henley’s 67th birthday. Henley is well known for his environmental activism, in particular for creating the Walden Woods Project in Massachusetts in 1990. Three years later, he co-founded another organization with the aim of protecting wetlands in his home state of Texas. What is its name?

17 hours ago

Gene Simmons of KISS (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Gene Simmons Defends the 1 Percent, Claims Half of Americans Pay No Taxes: ‘Try Being Nice to Rich People’

In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Simmons defended his one percent-er status, saying that without his ilk, “there would be chaos.”

07/21/2014

Eddie Vedder (Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)

Watch Eddie Vedder’s Poignant Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder just wants peace. A week after his anti-war plea onstage at a Pearl Jam concert in England, Vedder continues his fight for peace during a show in Portugal.

07/21/2014

Weird Al Yankovic (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Watch Weird Al Take on Corporate Jargon, Crosby Stills & Nash with ‘Mission Statement’

Weird Al Yankovic’s #8videos8days campaign wraps up a week after it started today (July 21) with the final music video from new album Mandatory Fun, and classic rock fans and haters of corporate jargon are likely to appreciate it.

07/21/2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Hampton Social @ Ross/Getty Images)

Stream ‘Hypnotic Eye,’ the New Album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

A few days after streaming five new songs on his website, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ entire new album is available to stream via NPR.

07/21/2014