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Chad Bowar

Chad has been writing about music since the mid '90s in genres ranging from mainstream pop to extreme metal. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites across the globe. He's currently the heavy metal editor for About.com and contributes to many other publications. Chad has worked in radio for more than a quarter century and resides in Charlotte.
Guns N' Roses
Ian Hitchcock, Getty Images
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Guns N’ Roses Book 2014 South American Tour

Guns N' Roses will be back on the road in 2014. The eight-piece band consisting of vocalist Axl Rose, guitarists DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus and Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thai, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer heads to South America in March for several concerts.

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Black Sabbath Shoes
Converse
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Black Sabbath and Converse Team Up for Footwear Collection

When it comes to band merchandise, t-shirts and hoodies are pretty standard. Every band has those. Lately, a few bands have been unveiling their own lines of footwear. Making the newest entry into the shoe business are the legendary Black Sabbath, who are collaborating with Converse for a line of various sneakers.

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Organizes All-Star Black Sabbath Tribute Benefit Concert

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and Spiralarms/Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero have put together an all-star tribute band that will perform classic Black Sabbath songs at an upcoming benefit concert. The show will be Jan. 17 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, Calif.

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Motorhead
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
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Motorhead To Play 2014 Coachella Festival

The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has a diverse lineup every year, but the event is not known for having a lot of metal acts. You're more likely to see hip-hop artists like 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan or indie and alt rock bands like Mumford & Sons, Black Keys and Radiohead. But in 2014,  will be performing at Coachella.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
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Philip Anselmo Unveils Promo Videos for Upcoming ‘Technicians of Distortion’ Tour

As Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals prepare to hit the road for the next leg of the 'Technicians of Distortion' tour, they have released a couple of promo videos talking about the upcoming trek with Author & Punisher and Hymn. The tour launches on Friday (Jan. 10) in Houston.

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Alice in Chains
Antonio Marino Jr.
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Alice In Chains Raise Money for Philippines Typhoon Victims

In November of last year, Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage throughout Southeast Asia. Now, Alice In Chains are helping raise money for the typhoon victims.

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Venom
Venomslegions.com / Tim Tronckoe
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Record Company’s Vulgar Rejection Letter to Venom Unveiled

Venom are one of the most influential bands in metal history. Their second album, 1982's 'Black Metal,' helped spawn an entire subgenre. However, their 1981 debut 'Welcome To Hell' was released on Neat Records after Venom were apparently rudely rejected by EMI in a vulgar letter (see it below).

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The Devil Wears Prada Mike Hranica
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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The Devil Wears Prada Join Lineup for 2014 Vans Warped Tour

It's still several months away, but band announcements are already being made for the 2014 edition of . The Devil Wears Prada are the latest addition to the lineup of the annual festival, which kicks off its 20th year June 14 in Salt Lake City (watch a preview video above).

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Cooking Hostile
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Episode 2 of ‘Cooking Hostile’ With Philip Anselmo Unveiled

The initial episode of 'Cooking Hostile' debuted in October, featuring animated versions of Pantera / Down vocalist Philip Anselmo, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Suicidal TendenciesMike Muir participating in a cooking show. Now, the second episode has been posted (watch above).

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
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Iron Maiden Story on File Sharing and Touring Turns Out To Be Bogus

Last week, a story made the Internet rounds (including on Loudwire) about how Iron Maiden used data on what countries were pirating their music the most to plan a lucrative South American concert tour. Turns out the story was not accurate.

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