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Blondie, Somerset House, London

The audience for tonight's gig includes many who were not even born when the New York band adopted their Blondie moniker in 1975, but everyone knows all of the words anyway.

Aerosmith recording new album

The 'Walk This Way' rockers went into the studio with producer Jack Douglas to lay down tracks for their first album since 2004's 'Honkin' on a Bobo' covers album.

Bon Jovi live! Watch Saturday's gig from the comfort of your home

Bon Jovi will be giving fans across the globe a chance to experience the live European show from the comfort of their homes on Saturday.

Rock 'n' roll politics: Steve Richards and John Bercow

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Petty's "breakthrough" album, his third, from 1979, the big-sounding, hi-gloss, monster-drumming Jimmy Iovine production which blasted the 'breakers out of their UK-only taste corner and propelled their leader towards American superstardom on the back of "Refugee".

The Word On: Mojo, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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