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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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Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Alter Bridge, 5FDP + Rob Zombie Lead Welcome to Rockville 2014 Lineup

The lineup for the two-day 2014 Monster Energy's Welcome to Rockville Festival at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Fla., has been announced, and it features an all-star lineup of today biggest rock acts. Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie are among the many bands set to rock the annual event.

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The Pretty Reckless Rock Acoustic Version of ‘Going to Hell’ – Exclusive Video

With the Pretty Reckless gearing up to release their new album, 'Going to Hell' on March 18 via Razor & Tie Records, lead singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips stopped by the Loudwire studio to perform a stirring rendition of the disc's infectious title track.

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Rock on the Range 2014
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Rock on the Range 2014 Lineup: Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Kid Rock, 5FDP + More

The lineup for the 2014 Rock on the Range festival has just been announced, and it just might be the strongest yet for the premier U.S. hard rock event. The three-day extravaganza will boast headlining performances from Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, with a bevy of hard rock and metal powerhouses joining them on the bill.

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Five Finger Death Punch
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Five Finger Death Punch: ‘Wrong Side of Heaven Vol. 2′ Release Date + New Single ‘Battleborn’

Five Finger Death Punch fans waiting for the second portion of the band's two-part album release 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell' now know when they can expect 'Volume 2.' That disc will see the light of day on Nov. 19.

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Korn Unveil Lineup for 2013 Family Values Festival

Last week, Korn excited fans with a short video teaser announcing that they were resurrecting 'Family Values' as a one-night-only festival. While the teaser featured bands like Rammstein, Stone Sour and Deftones, it turns out that those acts were just a celebration of past Family Values tours. Now, Korn have revealed the actual lineup for the 2013 Family Values Festival.

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Pearl Jam
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Pearl Jam Debut Two New Songs During Epic Show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field

What looked like a lost night turned out to be one to remember for Pearl Jam fans who attended the band's show last night (July 19) at Chicago's famed Wrigley Field. Seven songs into the set, torrential rain and lightning forced a nearly three-hour delay, but the band eventually returned to the stage to deliver an epic show that included two brand-new tunes.

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Metallica James Hetfield
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Metallica to Promote 3D Film ‘Through the Never’ at 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego

Metallica will be roaming where they've never roamed before, as the metal giants are set to hit this summer's Comic-Con gathering in San Diego. The band will be there to promote their upcoming 3D film 'Metallica Through the Never,' which arrives in theaters this fall.

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
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Nine Inch Nails Unveil Track List + Guest Musicians for New Album ‘Hesitation Marks’

More and more details are pouring out about the return of Nine Inch Nails. Now, the band has unveiled the full track list for their upcoming album, 'Hesitation Marks,' as well as a few guest musicians who appear on the disc.

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Nikki Sixx
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Nikki Sixx Mourns Death of His Mother

Sad news to report, as Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's mother Deana Richards passed away yesterday, June 8, at the age of 74. The musician announced the news via a simple tweet that reads 'RIP Mom 5-5 1939 to 6-8 2013.' No further details are known about her passing at this time.

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Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor
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Nine Inch Nails Announce 2013 North American Arena Tour Dates

The big news keeps piling in for Nine Inch Nails fans! Shortly after unleashing a brand-new single, 'Came Back Haunted,' and details of their new album, NIN have announced dates for a 2013 North American arena tour kicking off in the fall.

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Scott Weiland Files Multimillion Dollar Countersuit Against Stone Temple Pilots Members

Scott Weiland's feud with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates seems to be getting uglier by the minute. After learning he had been replaced in STP by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and being slapped with a lawsuit by the band's three other founding members, Weiland has filed a multimillion dollar countersuit.

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