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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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Five Finger Death Punch: ‘Wrong Side of Heaven Vol. 2′ Release Date + New Single ‘Battleborn’

Five Finger Death Punch fans waiting for the second portion of the band's two-part album release 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell' now know when they can expect 'Volume 2.' That disc will see the light of day on Nov. 19.

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Will Metallica Rock ‘Enter Sandman’ During Mariano Rivera’s Retirement Celebration?

For nearly 20 years, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has been mowing down opposing batters en route to becoming the greatest closer of all time. And throughout the majority of his career, his entry to the mound has been powered by Metallica's 'Enter Sandman.'

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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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Nikki Sixx Mourns Death of His Mother

Sad news to report, as Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's mother Deana Richards passed away yesterday, June 8, at the age of 74. The musician announced the news via a simple tweet that reads 'RIP Mom 5-5 1939 to 6-8 2013.' No further details are known about her passing at this time.

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Nine Inch Nails Announce 2013 North American Arena Tour Dates

The big news keeps piling in for Nine Inch Nails fans! Shortly after unleashing a brand-new single, 'Came Back Haunted,' and details of their new album, NIN have announced dates for a 2013 North American arena tour kicking off in the fall.

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2013 Rock Allegiance Tour With Volbeat, HIM, All That Remains + Airbourne: More Dates Unveiled

This summer's Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour, featuring the international lineup of Volbeat, HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne, has unveiled several more dates of its itinerary. The trek now spans from Aug. 23 through Sept. 28.

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David Draiman Ensures Eventual Return of Disturbed, Asks for Support of Side Projects

Disturbed singer David Draiman is currently finding success with his new band Device, whose single 'Vilify' recently topped the Active Rock chart. Meanwhile, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren are taking off with their new outfit Fight or Flight, as bassist John Moyer continues to work with Adrenaline Mob.

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