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Graham Hartmann is a 30-year-old music addict with a taste for punk, metal and the touch of a keyboard. He is the current Senior Writer for Loudwire, producer of each YouTube Loud List and is the creator and host of our 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' series. Graham has been active in the music and entertainment industries since high school, having worked for Metal Injection, Earache Records, The End Records, The Opie and Anthony Show and the Le Scandal Burlesque Show as a musician and stage manager. Favorite bands: The Ramones, Iron Maiden, Strike Anywhere, Poison the Well, Tool, Puscifer, Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Bad Religion, Rufio, Salome, Shining, Descendents, Gwar, System of a Down, The Beatles, Suffocation, Bloodbath, Polaris, Mark Mulcahy, Nirvana, Dead Kennedys ---> //
Kurt Cobain
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Kurt Cobain Nearly Banned Dave Grohl From Performing at Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ Concert

On Nov. 18, 1993, Nirvana took a trip to New York City and taped their iconic 'Unplugged' set for MTV. The special aired less than a month later on Dec. 14, adding yet another immortal moment to Nirvana's vast list of achievements. However, 20 years later, MTV has revealed that at the insistence of Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl almost didn't perform at the 'Unplugged' set.

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Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Receives Honorary Doctorate of Arts From Coventry University

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is already the 'Rock 'N' Roll Doctor,' but the iconic guitarist is now an actual doctor thanks to Coventry University. On Nov. 19, Iommi received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts "in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music."

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Metallica Reveal DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Releases for ‘Metallica Through the Never’

Metallica's concert film 'Metallica Through the Never' is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray, along with digital and video-on-demand platforms on Jan. 28. Additionally, exclusive fan club deluxe packages will include an autographed lithograph signed by all four band members and an actual piece of Metallica's concert stage seen in the film.

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Bill Ward and Tony Iommi
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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Sends Best Wishes to Bill Ward After Drummer’s Recent Surgery

Although original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward may be estranged from the pioneering heavy metal band, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi definitely still cares about his former bandmate. Yesterday, we reported that Ward had successfully undergone surgery for diverticulitis. In response to the news, Iommi wished Ward the best via the guitarist's official website.

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Kurt Cobain / Gene Simmons / Ian Gillian
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Nirvana, KISS, Deep Purple + More Nominated for 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its nominees for the class of 2014. Among those being considered for a 2014 induction include Nirvana, KISS, Deep Purple + many more.

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Joko Widodo / James Hetfield
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Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo Expresses Love for Metallica, Led Zeppelin + Napalm Death

Update: Joko Widodo was elected President of Indonesia in July 2014.

If you had to guess, which country do you think would have the most metal politician? Could it be England, arguably the birthplace of heavy metal? Nope. The musically rich countries of Sweden or Norway? Wrong. How about the good ol' USA? Not even close. The answer is Indonesia, with its current Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo.

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K.K. Downing
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K.K. Downing on Leaving Judas Priest: I Did Not Retire, I Quit

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has been relatively quiet since his departure from the iconic heavy metal act in 2011. After 41 years of making heavy metal, Downing put down his axe and bid farewell to Judas Priest, which he recently addressed in a new interview.

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Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee Reportedly Involved in Backstage Altercation with Nicolas Cage’s Son

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Nicolas Cage's son Weston, who is a notable black metal musician, reportedly had a bit of an altercation over the weekend which nearly ended in fisticuffs. After a Motley Crue performance on Sept. 22, a backstage brawl nearly occurred after Weston was reportedly blocking the entrance to Lee's dressing room.

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The Colbert Report

Metallica Discuss ‘Through the Never’ Film + Perform Classic Tracks on ‘The Colbert Report’

Last night (Sept. 24), Metallica made a rare television appearance by gracing the set of Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report.' Promoting their new 3D concert film 'Metallica: Through the Never,' the four horsemen sat down for a hilarious interview with Stephen Colbert before performing 'Master of Puppets' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.'

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Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield
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Metallica Reminisce About Napster Battle, Megadeth Feud + More

As you may know, there's a truly unique sense of humor within the metal community. Many specific and pinpointed topics of hilarity are playfully aimed at Metallica, whether it be the lack of Jason Newsted's bass on '…And Justice for All,' drummer Lars Ulrich's snare sound on 'St...

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