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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.
Pearl Jam
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Pearl Jam Debut Two New Songs During Epic Show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field

What looked like a lost night turned out to be one to remember for Pearl Jam fans who attended the band's show last night (July 19) at Chicago's famed Wrigley Field. Seven songs into the set, torrential rain and lightning forced a nearly three-hour delay, but the band eventually returned to the stage to deliver an epic show that included two brand-new tunes.

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Pearl Jam’s Countdown Clock Suggests New Album and Tour News on the Way

There is buzz in the Pearl Jam universe, as the veteran rockers have set a countdown clock on their official website. There's been talk of a new Pearl Jam album for several months now, and it looks like Monday, July 8, might be the day the band's fans hear the first official news of a new disc and possibly a new tour.

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
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Nine Inch Nails Unveil Track List + Guest Musicians for New Album ‘Hesitation Marks’

More and more details are pouring out about the return of Nine Inch Nails. Now, the band has unveiled the full track list for their upcoming album, 'Hesitation Marks,' as well as a few guest musicians who appear on the disc.

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Scott Weiland Files Multimillion Dollar Countersuit Against Stone Temple Pilots Members

Scott Weiland's feud with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates seems to be getting uglier by the minute. After learning he had been replaced in STP by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and being slapped with a lawsuit by the band's three other founding members, Weiland has filed a multimillion dollar countersuit.

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Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Died of Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis; Band + Family Planning Memorial Event

Following last week's tragic passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman on May 2, his official cause of death has been revealed to be alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, according to a statement from the band. In the same press release, Slayer also announced that a public memorial will be held to honor Hanneman at a yet-to-be-revealed date.

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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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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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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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