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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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As I Lay Dying Members Issue Statement on Frontman Tim Lambesis’ Murder-for-Hire Arrest

Yesterday (May 7), the metal world was shocked at the news that As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis had been arrested on suspicion of solicitation of murder charges for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. This evening (May 8), Lambesis' bandmates have issued a statement to their fans in regard to the arrest.

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Jeff Hanneman
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Jeff Hanneman Passes Away: More Rockers Honor Late Slayer Guitarist

The tributes to founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman from the metal community continue to pour in tonight following the news he passed away earlier today at the age of 49. After such artists as Slash, Corey Taylor, Pantera and more paid respect to Hanneman earlier in the evening, several more rockers have offered their condolences via Twitter.

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5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show - Inside
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Halestorm + David Draiman Perform Led Zeppelin Classic at 2013 Revolver Golden Gods

Halestorm rocked their Grammy-winning song 'Love Bites (So Do I)' and 'I Miss the Misery' at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods on May 2, but really raised things to a fevered pitch by introducing Device's David Draiman. While many might have expected Lzzy Hale and Drai

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Alice in Chains
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Alice in Chains Uproar Festival Flyaway Contest

The year 2013 is shaping up to be a big one for Alice in Chains, as they prepare to release their new album 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' on May 28 and co-headline the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. In celebration, Alice in Chains are teaming up with Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm to offer a flyaway trip for two to the Sept. 13 stop of the Uproar Festival in Phoenix, Ariz., that includes a meet & greet with the band!

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Alice in Chains Jane's Addiction
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2013 Uproar Festival Lineup Boasts Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction + More

The lineup for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival was announced this morning (April 22), and the headliners are Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction, two '90s alt-rock goliaths who are still going strong.

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Deftones
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Deftones Issue First Statement Regarding Death of Bassist Chi Cheng

The rock world was saddened over the weekend to hear the news that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng had passed away. The musician died after spending four years in either a coma or semi-conscious state as the result of a devastating 2008 car accident. After reactions and condolences from many in the rock community, the first official statement from Deftones themselves came today via a message from the band's guitarist Stephen Carpenter.

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Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Drug and Alcohol Relapse, Apologizes to Family, Friends + Fans

In a surprising Facebook message posted tonight (April 15), heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has admitted to "drinking and taking drugs" over the past 18 months. The revelation comes after rumors earlier today that he has split with his wife Sharon.

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Alice in Chains Rock ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ with ‘Stone,’ ‘Man in the Box’ and ‘Hollow’

Fans lucky enough to attend last night's taping of ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' were treated to an outdoor gig by Alice in Chains. The televised portion of the show aired AIC's performance of their current single 'Stone' off their upcoming album 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.' However, the band also rocked out their classic track 'Man in the Box' and their new album's first single, 'Hollow,' with the video of both posted on the official 'Kimmel' website. Watch all three performances below.

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Black Sabbath
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Black Sabbath Performing New Single on Season Finale of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’

Dying to hear the first single off Black Sabbath's upcoming '13' album? Better yet, would like to see the metal legends perform the tune? Well, next month you can catch Ozzy Osbourne & Co. rock out 'End of the Beginning' on the season finale of CBS' hit show 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.'

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David Draiman-Lzzy Hale
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David Draiman’s Device Unleash ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ Collaboration With Lzzy Hale

One of the more intriguing tracks on Device's upcoming debut album is the cover of 'Close My Eyes Forever,' in which frontman David Draiman shares vocal duties with Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale. Now, the song has been unleashed for everyone to hear. Check it out below, as well as some insight Draiman gave Loudwire into recording the duet with Hale.

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