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Spencer Kaufman is the Editor-in-Chief of Loudwire. He grew up playing stickball and basketball in Brooklyn, N.Y., before graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Communication Arts. He has been a professional music journalist for more than a decade in New York City. He digs punk, hardcore and industrial music, and fondly remembers the time Iggy Pop landed on him after a stage dive. His favorite movie is 'Taxi Driver' and he once played in a fictional college band called the Raging De Niros.
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Deftones Issue First Statement Regarding Death of Bassist Chi Cheng

The rock world was saddened over the weekend to hear the news that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng had passed away. The musician died after spending four years in either a coma or semi-conscious state as the result of a devastating 2008 car accident. After reactions and condolences from many in the rock community, the first official statement from Deftones themselves came today via a message from the band's guitarist Stephen Carpenter.

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Alice in Chains Rock ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ with ‘Stone,’ ‘Man in the Box’ and ‘Hollow’

Fans lucky enough to attend last night's taping of ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' were treated to an outdoor gig by Alice in Chains. The televised portion of the show aired AIC's performance of their current single 'Stone' off their upcoming album 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.' However, the band also rocked out their classic track 'Man in the Box' and their new album's first single, 'Hollow,' with the video of both posted on the official 'Kimmel' website. Watch all three performances below.

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David Draiman’s Device Unleash ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ Collaboration With Lzzy Hale

One of the more intriguing tracks on Device's upcoming debut album is the cover of 'Close My Eyes Forever,' in which frontman David Draiman shares vocal duties with Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale. Now, the song has been unleashed for everyone to hear. Check it out below, as well as some insight Draiman gave Loudwire into recording the duet with Hale.

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Nirvana Members and Paul McCartney Perform ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’

After a triumphant performance of their new song 'Cut Me Some Slack' at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, one-time Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear again joined forces with Beatles legend Paul McCartney to perform the song during last night's episode of 'Saturday Night Live.'

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2013 Grammy Nominees for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance: Anthrax, Halestorm, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson + Megadeth

While hard rock and metal bands were snubbed in most of the categories for the 2013 Grammy Awards that were announced tonight (Dec. 5), the one category devoted to those genres features a diverse range of nominees.

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Phil Anselmo Open to Pantera Tour Featuring Zakk Wylde Filling in for Late Dimebag Darrell

Throughout the past year, the surviving members of Pantera have commented on the possibility of Zakk Wylde filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell if the band were ever to reunite. While it's all been speculation thus far, singer Phil Anselmo now reveals that he recently discussed the topic with Wylde himself.

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Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin Claims He Was Wrongfully Arrested in Airplane Incident

As reported recently, Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested on Sept. 4 after an alleged altercation with a Jet Blue flight attendant forced a plane scheduled to fly from Boston to Los Angeles to divert by landing at in Austin, Texas, instead. Now, the musician not only claims that he was wrongfully arrested, but that cops roughed him up in the process.

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