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.
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…
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.
Black Label Society Tap Dario Lorina as New Rhythm Guitarist
One month after announcing the departure of guitarist Nick Catanese, Black Label Society have revealed his replacement, Dario Lorina of the band Lizzy Borden.
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.
Dir En Grey Guitarist Kaoru Discusses Latest EP, Next Album + Scream for the Truth Campaig…
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).
Drummer Bill Ward Reveals He ‘Can’t Listen’ To Black Sabbath’s ’13’ Album
While the rest of of the world has embraced Black Sabbath's latest album, '13' with open arms, one person who can't bare to listen to the disc is the band's estranged drummer Bill Ward.
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 …
Young Woman Plays Guns N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on Ancient Chinese Instrument Guzhen…
'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 Chines…
Metallica Rock ‘Enter Sandman’ for Mariano Rivera During Yankee Stadium Ceremony
The day after rocking New York City's famed Apollo Theater, Metallica made their way to another historic Big Apple venue when they showed up Sunday (Sept. 22) at Yankee Stadium to rock 'Enter Sandman' in honor of New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of thi…
Disturbed / Device Singer David Draiman and Wife Welcome Baby Boy Into the World
Congratulations to Disturbed / Device singer David Draiman and his lovely wife Lena on the birth of their baby boy, Samuel Bear Isamu Draiman! The little rocker entered the world at 12:58AM on Thursday (Sept. 12)! See a picture of the cute kid below.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Son Jack Osbourne To Compete on ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Will we be seeing a waltz to Black Sabbath's 'God Is Dead?' on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' this season? That could be the case, as Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack has signed on to be one of the celebrity competitors on the show.
Avenged Sevenfold’s New Album ‘Hail to the King’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Hail to Avenged Sevenfold! The California rockers have topped the Billboard 200 album chart with their latest album, 'Hail to the King.'