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Ever since Spinal Tap skewered classic rock bands with their excess, egos and miniature Stonehenge stage props back in 1984, many other fictional musicians and bands have popped up in movies and television programs. While Rob Reiner’s fake-rock legends, made up of the amazingly-named David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, may have set the bar impossibly high, there have been some pretty great examples over the years. Some are composites of real-life musicians, whereas others are just farcical clichés fleshed out on-screen for laughs and satirical value. A few of the most notable acts began as comedy sketch…

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It’s that time of year again…the time to gather with friends and family and barbecue meat, drink (American) beer and randomly engage in loud chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”, preferably in the most unorthodox of locations. The word ‘spangled’ may not be used very much everyday conversations anymore, it was around when the people in charge decided to make it our national anthem. As everyone knows, it’s a song that has been covered by all kinds of musicians over the years. Below, you’ll see our Rock Cellar Magazine list of 11 of our favorite cover versions, ranging from the obvious (classic…

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Guitars share a special bond with their players, and those partnerships often outlast those between humans. These 11 are not necessarily the most recognizable guitars, or necessarily ones that defined a sound, but these are the guitars that have stood the test of time. These guitars were given names. Sometimes, we know them by that name alone… 1. “Lucille” – B.B. King Legend has it King saved his guitar from a fire in an Arkansas dance-hall where he was performing. The fire was caused by a fight he witnessed – over a girl named Lucille. Ever since, he’s named all of…

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It’s hard enough being in a band without having to deal with the added stress of expectations weighing down upon you. Throughout rock history, bands and artists have had to deal with various pressures: from themselves, fans, the media, the labels, everyone. Some handled it well, others didn’t. Too many bands and solo artists crumbled early because of heightened expectations after a stellar debut album. Others dissolved after a key member quit or passed away when the band was on the cusp of superstardom. In some cases, a band breaking up facilitated the inception of another, more important band. Examples…

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