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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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Open Letter to the Grammys: Give Metal and Hard Rock the Respect They Deserve

We recently published an open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, asking them to consider some of the greatest hard rock + metal acts ever for induction. But now we point our dissatisfaction at the 2014 Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday night, Jan. 26, and featured one rock and metal snub after another.

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Ministry Mastermind Al Jourgensen to Enter Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

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

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

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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Former Pearl Jam Management Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Band

Back in June of this year, we reported on the case of Ricky Charles Goodrich, an executive at Pearl Jam's former management company who was charged with stealing $380,000 from the band over a four-year period. Now, Goodrich has pleaded guilty to 6 counts associated with those charges.

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Dir En Grey Guitarist Kaoru Discusses Latest EP, Next Album + Scream for the Truth Campaign

Dir En Grey just wrapped up a North American tour and we were able to catch up with guitarist Kaoru for a brief interview prior to the band's gig at New York City's Irving Plaza (check out our recap and photos of that show here).

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Discuss ‘City of Angels,’ ‘Love Lust Faith + Dreams’ + More

Thirty Seconds to Mars are riding high with their new album 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams' and their latest single 'City of Angels.' Singer Jared Leto and drummer Shannon Leto recently stopped by the Loudwire studio to discuss both the album and the single, along with a few other topics. With the short film for 'City of Angels' coming out today, we present the first portion of our interview with Jared and Shannon (above) along with the 'City of Angels' video (below).

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Young Woman Plays Guns N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on Ancient Chinese Instrument Guzheng

'She's got an instrument that seems to me / Reminds me of ancient memories' ... A young woman from Vancouver, Canada, has become a YouTube sensation after posting a video of herself playing the Guns N' Roses' classic 'Sweet Child O' Mine' on the ancient Chinese instrument the guzheng.

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