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Maynard James Keenan Celebrates His 50th Birthday in Style

Charles Epting for Loudwire
Charles Epting for Loudwire

There are 50th birthday celebrations and then there's what Maynard James Keenan did this past weekend at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The two-night residency at the famed outdoor theater will no doubt go down as a great tour de force of rock and metal music.

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Metallica, Slash, Dave Navarro + More Honor Ozzy Osbourne at MusiCares Event [Photos]

Ozzy Osbourne Slash
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

On Monday night (May 12), metal fans and philanthropists alike packed Los Angeles' Club Nokia for the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert. Proceeds from the event went toward MusiCares’ programs aimed at helping musicians struggling with addiction, and the entire night was filled with success stories from musicians who have overcome their struggles through the work of such programs.

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Sevendust Thrill New York City Crowd With Moving Acoustic Set

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

With no opener needed, the Southern gentleman of Sevendust rocked New York City’s Highline Ballroom with an emotional and very moving acoustic performance. The band is touring in promotion of their new acoustic record ‘Time Travelers & Bonfires,’ as well as their latest studio album, ‘Black Out the Sun.’

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Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Trivium, Hellyeah + More Rock Rise Above Fest in Maine

Rise Above Festival
Micah Gummel

Rocking for a cause is something Seether know a lot about. Their Rise Above Fest was born in 2012 and made its triumphant return to New England again this year on May 10 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. The festival, the brainchild of Seether frontman Shaun Morgan, aims to raise funding and more importantly, awareness about suicide-- something that Morgan has a deeply personal connection with after the loss of his brother Eugene in 2007.

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Black Label Society, Down, Devil You Know + Butcher Babies Rock Golden Gods Tour

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

The 2014 class of the Revolver Golden Gods tour tore through The Palladium in Worcester, Mass., last night (May 8) like a tornado, living up to the name on the marquee. The titans of metal packed the house for a show that offered up enough raucous revelry and riffs that would have made Atlas himself proud.

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Killswitch Engage Rock Long Island, New York With Empowering Performance

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Since vocalist Jesse Leach rejoined Killswitch Engage, the band is more explosive live than they've ever been. A packed house at the Paramount in Long Island, N.Y., witnessed a killer headlining performance with support from Into Another, Battlecross and My Ticket Home.

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Mastodon, Gojira + Kvelertak Unleash Brutal Sets in Los Angeles

Mastodon
Photo by Steve Appleford, steveappleford.tumblr.com

On a hot night in Los Angeles, Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak turned up the heat indoors, as well, as they took over Club Nokia for a brutal and sweaty performance that left fans thoroughly pummeled.

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Blessthefall Move ‘Bodies’ at NYC Tour Stop With Silverstein, The Amity Affliction + More

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Irving Plaza got sweaty recently as Blessthefall brought their headlining ‘Hollow Bodies’ tour to New York City. The lineup also included Silverstein, the Amity Affliction, Secrets and Heartist.

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Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel Rock New Jersey

Red Dragon Cartel
Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire

Jake E. Lee emerged from an '80s metal scene that celebrated excesses of every sort. Not the least of which was over-the-top guitar playing, many times at the expense of the music that was being created. Lee, however, stood out for being able to shred with the best of them but never at the expense of the song. From the lighting fast solos during his period with Ozzy Osbourne, to the bluesy-swagger of Badlands, to the heaviness of Wicked Alliance, there has always been something new and incredible up his sleeve.

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Santa Cruz Rock Acoustic Set in New York City

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

The Finnish rockers of Santa Cruz treated a small group to a very intimate acoustic performance in New York City. They played a handful of tracks, including a couple of brand-new songs, an older single and a cover.

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