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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.

Stone Sour Go for the ‘Gold’ at NYC Show With Pop Evil and Stolen Babies

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Saturday night. New York City. White suit. Packed club. Sounds like a scene out of 'Saturday Night Fever,' right? But this scene didn't star John Travolta as Tony Manero. Instead, it featured Corey Taylor in the role of Stone Sour frontman and all-around entertainer.

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Ministry Mastermind Al Jourgensen to Enter Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

Al Jourgensen
13th Planet

Legendary Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen, who helped pioneer the industrial rock movement, has announced that he is checking into a rehab facility on Feb. 3 to combat his alcohol abuse. The rock frontman, who has infamously battled addictions to drugs and alcohol throughout his career, announced the news via a series of colorful Facebook posts.

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

Rock on the Range 2014
Jason Merritt, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

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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Category: Concerts, Festivals, Metal, News, Rock

Philip Anselmo’s Mindset on Debut Solo Album: ‘There’s No Rules in Music’

Philip Anselmo

Philip Anselmo and his backing band the Illegals have just embarked on the 2014 winter leg of their Technicians of Distortion Tour in support of the 2013 album 'Walk Through Exits Only.' Prior to the trek, Anselmo and his Illegals drummer Jose Manuel 'Blue' Gonzales took some time to chat with Loudwire about the album.

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HeAd’s KoRner: Brian ‘Head’ Welch Goes One on One With Megadeth’s David Ellefson

Brian Head Welch / David Ellefson
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Brian 'Head' Welch, guitarist for Korn and frontman of Love and Death, contributes a popular monthly column called 'HeAd's KoRner' to Loudwire. In his newest entry, Head goes one-on-one with legendary Megadeth bassist David Ellefson for an in-depth interview. Check out Brian 'Head' Welch's latest edition of 'Head's Korner' below:

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Offers Latest Health Update, Outlook for 2014

Black Sabbath Tony Iommi
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

The metal world's collective heart sank when it was announced in the beginning of 2012 that the godfather of metal himself, Tony Iommi, was battling lymphoma. However, the Black Sabbath guitarist has managed to persevere despite the diagnosis, and has started the new year with his latest health update.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee in Lawsuit Over Roller-Coaster Drum Design

Tommy Lee
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

In September 2012, Tommy Lee and Motley Crue were sued by Howard Scott King, who claimed that he gave the Crue drummer the idea for the roller-coaster drum set which he has used on tour in recent years. Now, TMZ reports that a judge has dismissed the lawsuit, clearing Lee of any wrongdoing.

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Category: Metal, News, Rock

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