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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Rock Father's Day 2014: Artist Spotlight - Lucky Diaz #RockFathersDay

"I started when Ella was about one," explains Lucky Diaz, discussing the musical introductions for his now 10-year-old daughter. "One of the first things I purchased Ella was a cute little boom box. Every night before she went to sleep I would play a CD of something I wanted her to be exposed to. She learned about so many artists this way. THE BEATLES, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, MILES DAVIS, THE BEACH BOYS, BUDDY HOLLY,  the list goes on and on." Leading LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND, he, along with his wife, Alisha Gaddis, have become some of the biggest names in the growing "kindie" movement - their prolific output resulting in no less than four albums since 2012 - two of them in Spanish. Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, Diaz and the entire family are on the road in the midst of a 60-day road trip and tour, where he took a few moments to talk Fatherhood during a stop in Gallup, New Mexico...

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Giveaway - Win TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES from Shout! Factory

Rock Father HQ has just intercepted an urgent message from Cybertron: Shout! Factory has just-released TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES, marking the first time that the entire 42-episode collection has been available. The 6-DVD set is an Amazon Exclusive, but with TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION headed for theaters later this month, it's time for a celebratory giveaway! Shout! Factory and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to get one lucky reader hooked up with this new box set for themselves! Now - choose your side: Autobot? Or Decepticon?

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WWE PAYBACK: An Adventure for My Girls, and a Lesson About Commitment to Family and Community... #WWEDads

#WWEDadsNovember 7, 1985. I was just two weeks past my ninth birthday when my Dad and I hopped in the car and headed north to the Rosemont Horizon for THE WRESTLING CLASSIC, a WWF pay-per-view event for the newly-launched WRESTLEVISION service. It was there that I witnessed some of the true "legends of wrestling" live and in-person... and I can still vividly recall those larger-than-life figures like The Iron Sheik (who entered with a giant Iranian flag), Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Miss Elizabeth, Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Junkyard Dog and Nikolai Volkoff, all flying from the ropes and hitting the mat hard. This was at that time when Sports Entertainment was really becoming a huge deal, and it was something that families would enjoy together, kids would discuss at school, and "Hulkamania" would become widespread while Hogan and others began appearing in cartoons, in movies, recording albums, and selling a ton of action figures. Nearly 20 years later, history is repeating itself... but on a little different level.

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METAL + TRANSFORMERS? Yes, TRANSFORMERS: KNIGHTS OF UNICRON are coming!

Imagine if you will that Cybertron was once a planet rich in music - and instead of spawning warring factions of Autobots and Decepticons, it gave birth to bands. In an alternate-reality spin-off for the 30th Anniversary of TRANSFORMERS, this has happened, and along with an elaborate backstory that spans 1975-2014 (I've read it, and it's good) the basic gist is that the band split in '84 and will reunite on July 26, 2014. Who are the KNIGHTS OF CYBERTON? It's OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, SMOOTH JAZZ and SOUNDWAVE like you've never seen them before, and they're coming to SDCC this year as a limited-edition box set that rivals some of the best box sets out there. While the story borrows heavily from QUEEN, GUNS N' ROSES and even METALLICA, I'm seeing some serious nods to MOTLEY CRUE and IRON MAIDEN in the set... and look at Optimus Prime rockin' some of that David Lee Roth, VAN HALEN "1984" look...

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Watch: STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT - Electronic Arts Unleashes a Trailer (and a teaser) at E3 #EAStarWars

It has been a really long time since I've had the chance to get into a STAR WARS video game. There were some really good ones along the way, but I sort of moved away from it. That said, I've been hoping for a new chance to become immersed in a galaxy far, far away - and 2015's STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT just might be the game. At the in-progress E3 event, Electronic Arts unleashed the first official trailer for the game (which includes an introduction to the development team). See that trailer, along with the teaser that first appeared at last year's E3 below...

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Celebrating the #PowerOfDad with Oral-B and the BLACK 7000 #RockFathersDay

For the second year in a row, I'm fortunate to be working with Oral-B as a #PowerOfDad Ambassador in the days leading up to #RockFathersDay. While I'm not exactly "smiling" in the picture above (taken with my dad back in 1978-ish while he put my first Big Wheel together), creating healthy smiles is what Oral-B is all about, and with two daughters and a supportive wife - I have a lot to smile about as a grownup.  Want to see 15-seconds of what makes THE ROCK FATHER smile? Watch this video to find out...

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New Poster for BIG HERO 6 Arrives...

On November 7th,  the first property to cross-over into Disney Animation from the MARVEL comics world will arrive when BIG HERO 6 - the 54th Feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios - hits theaters. Tonight, a new poster for the film hit my inbox here at Rock Father HQ, so I'm sharing it with you below...

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#RockFathersDay Gift Guide: The Gibson Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul

What do you get for the "Rock Father" who has everything this #RockFathersDay? Specifically... a "Southern Rock" Father that digs bands like ZZ TOP, THE BLACK CROWES, BLACK STONE CHERRY, or THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND? And what, if by some chance, said "Southern Rock" Father is an axe-slinger himself? Well, the new Gibson Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul is an idea... if you have some bucks to splurge with...

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Rock Father's Day 2014: Spotlight - Tom George of FiXT Publicity #RockFathersDay

"Tracy already had a son, Armand, who was 15, and we had planned to have a child," explains Tom George, recalling the moment when he discovered that he'd soon become a father for the first time. "She hadn’t been feeling well and took a pregnancy test. When she told me I was extremely happy," he continues, sharing some thoughts on Fatherhood ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014. A work-at-home Dad and fellow "Rock Father," Tom runs the rapidly-growing FiXT Publicity, and has been featured almost weekly here on THE ROCK FATHER, taking part in the 2014 Fitness Challenge

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Watch: Dove Men+Care returns for #RockFathersDay with more #RealDadMoments

With Rock Father's Day less than a week away, there's quite a few companies that are showing respect for Dads and the changing face of Fatherhood... some of which you've even seen featured here on THE ROCK FATHER. While the efforts of all are appreciated, Father's Day wouldn't be complete without an appearance by one company that has been championing Dads from the start, featuring #RealDadMoments each and every day, 365 days a year, spreading smiles through their social networks and helping to show Dads in a positive light. Just this morning, my friends at Dove Men+Care have issued a new video - one that even features a few guys I know - and it's a video you should definitely watch. Take a look...

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Giveaway: Win THE WHO - QUADROPHENIA LIVE IN LONDON on DVD! #RockFathersDay

This week, THE WHO will release QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON, a concert captured in High Definition last summer, at the end of their 40th Anniversary Tour that celebrated the original album's 1973 release. Now, just ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and THE ROCK FATHER are getting two (2) lucky readers hooked-up with the concert on DVD - the full album performed in it's entirety, along with some favorite hits!

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More FOO FIGHTERS Lullabies Hit the Streets... and the Nursery

After releasing LULLABY VERSIONS OF FOO FIGHTERS back in 2009, the crew over at Roma Music Group have just released LULLABY VERSIONS OF FOO FIGHTERS VOLUME 2, serving up a second dozen songs originally performed by Dave Grohl and Co., each re-worked into a nursery-friendly jam for baby. Having already covered NIRVANA back in 2011, perhaps a Lullaby Version of PROBOT should be cooked up? Check out "Walk" and the full tracklisting below.  

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The #WorldsToughestJob is Unscripted. Time to make a Card for it. #RockFathersDay

Parenting is Unscripted. No matter how well-planned, life moves in unexpected directions and brings new adventures with each and every day. With Rock Father's Day coming up fast, Cardstore from American Greetings and Life of Dad presented me an interesting question: What would the life of THE ROCK FATHER be as a "reality show" - but told in 15-seconds? I think it might look something like this...

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