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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.

Rise Against, Slayer, Bring Me the Horizon + More Highlight Riot Fest Chicago + Denver Lineups

Riot Fest featured

Following the recent announcement of the Toronto lineup, the organizers of Riot Fest have now unveiled the list of bands performing at the Chicago and Denver editions of the festivals, as well. While there are a great deal of alt-rock acts, there are a number of heavy hitters on the bills.

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Judas Priest, ‘March of the Damned’ – Exclusive Song Preview

Judas Priest
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Judas Priest are set to unleash their newest album, 'Redeemer of Souls,' on July 15, and have already shared the title track with their fans. Now, Loudwire brings you an exclusive preview of the disc's first official single, 'March of the Damned' (watch and listen above).

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Peter Criss Joins Rob Zombie for Performance of KISS’ ‘God of Thunder’

zombie criss

A few days ago, Rob Zombie promised that KISS legend Peter Criss would be joining him onstage at their Camden, N.J., show on Saturday night (May 10), and that's exactly what happened. The veteran stickman rocked the KISS classic 'God of Thunder' with Zombie and his band.

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Zakk Wylde’s Stolen Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson LP Custom Guitar Recovered

Zakk Wylde With Pelham Blue Guitar
Photo by Scott Uchida (Courtesy of eOne)

Back in March, we reported that Zakk Wylde's Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson LP Custom guitar was stolen out of the back of his tour bus during the Chicago stop on the Experience Hendrix trek. Now, there's some good news to report, as the Black Label Society frontman's prized axe has been recovered.

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Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray’s Doctor Acquitted of Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

Slipknot Paul Gray
Jo Hale, Getty Images

A verdict has been reached in the involuntary manslaughter case involving Daniel Baldi, who was accused of recklessly prescribing medications to late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray and eight other patients. After two counts of involuntary manslaughter were thrown out by the judge midway through the trial, Baldi has been acquitted of the remaining seven counts following a two-day deliberation by the jury.

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My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, ‘The Way We Live Now’ – Exclusive Song Premiere

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult have been pumping out their unique brand of industrial music for more than 25 years, and the Chicago outfit is still going strong. In fact, the group is set to release 'Spooky Tricks,' its first studio album in five years, and we've got the exclusive premiere of the track 'The Way We Live Now' (listen below).

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