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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.

Guns N’ Roses Confirm 2014 Las Vegas Residency: ‘No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction’

Guns N' Roses
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After teasing fans with clues and billboards throughout the past few weeks, Guns N' Roses have confirmed that they will indeed perform a second residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in 2014. Axl Rose and company's latest Sin City invasion will take place over nine shows running in late May and early June.

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Eddie Vedder Joins Bruce Springsteen + Tom Morello Onstage for AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’

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Talk about a legendary performance! Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello onstage Saturday (Feb. 15) in Melbourne, Australia, for a performance of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell.' That's a lot of iconic names in one sentence.

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Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival To Return in 2014

Housecore Horror Film Festival
Housecore Horror Film Festival

After a successful inaugural run in 2013, Philip Anselmo is bringing back his Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival in 2014. The event will once again take place in Austin, Texas, running Oct. 23-26.

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Sascha Konietzko Talks Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, the ‘Devil’s Chord’ Comic Book + 30 Years of KMFDM

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Illustration by Sam Shearon for 'The Devil's Chord' Comic Book

It was recently revealed that Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen was teaming up with artist Sam Shearon to create a new comic book series, 'The Devil's Chord,' due sometime in 2014. With that news came word that some of Jourgensen's fellow industrial music legends would appear as superheroes in the comic book. One of those musicians is KMFDM mastermind Sascha Konietzko.

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Fan Dies After Stage Dive at Swiss Concert Headlined by Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Records

Tragic news to report out of Switzerland, as a fan has died from injuries sustained in a stage dive at a concert headlined by Suicidal Tendencies. The Jan. 22 show was part of the Persistence Tour that also featured Terror, Strife and Evergreen Terrace.

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SnoCore Tour, Featuring The Pretty Reckless, Canceled as Taylor Momsen Battles Illness

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Disappointing news for those fans hoping to check out the return of the SnoCore Tour this year, as it has been called off just a couple of days before it was set to kick off. Unfortunately, Taylor Momsen, lead singer of headliners the Pretty Reckless, is battling walking pneumonia and acute laryngitis, forcing the band to pull out of the tour. As a result, the entire trek has been canceled.

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