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    July 04, 2011


    Guitar World presents the 100 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs of All Time, complete with stories from the bands that made them. Our ranked listing includes Fifties hits like Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and Link Wray’s “Rumble,” Sixties tracks such as Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction,” classic rock tunes including Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb,” and loads of songs from the previous 30 years, like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” Van Halen’s “Eruption,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and much more.

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  • Take Five... American Idiot by Green Day (2004)

    An angst-ridden teenager meets a freedom fighter and an apathetic female and they go on a rebellious spree. Spawned by the hit punk album American Idiot, it went on to be adapted for Broadway with the Green Day lead singer and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong also playing the lead role.

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    July 03, 2011


    Katie McPansy is working on her 6th Green Day collaboration video. Send your submissions now!

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  • Billie Joe Armstrong and his American Idiot director Michael Mayer took part in a discussion with producer Jordan Roth at the 92nd Street Y Sept. 19, 2010 The event was part of the venue’s “Broadway Talks” series.

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  • While this seems like an outrageous statement, statistics do back this claim somewhat. In the July 2, 2011 edition of the Chicago Tribune, reporter Robert Channick takes a close look at the state of Chicago radio. As he points out in "The Volume of Rock on Chicago Radio Is Quieter These Days," conglomerate Merlin Media recently purchased three bundled stations: WKQX (Q101), WLUP (The Loop), and New York's WXRP, all at a greatly reduced price. Rumor has it that the company may turn Q101 into an all-talk format, leaving only three all-rock stations standing: WLUP, WXRT, and WDRV (The Drive). Stations such as the all-oldies WLS may air some rock as part of their format, but are not classified as "rock" by Arbitron Ratings. Only WDRV remains in the top ten ratings; the rest are either talk, news, urban, or pop stations. Channick quotes Chicago radio veteran John Gehron (current consultant for Merlin Media) as saying that rock radio is struggling in several major markets: "It's not the dominant sound that it was in the '60s and '70s, when rock really was the sound of a generation," he explains. Is the state of Chicago rock radio symptomatic of rock in general?

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