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.
Axl Rose Soars and Slash Shines as Guns N’ Roses Turn Madison Square Garden Into a Rock ‘Paradise’ [Photos + Recap]
See photos and read our recap of Guns N' Roses' dominant Oct. 15 performance at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Joe Perry Rushed to Hospital Mid-Show During Hollywood Vampires Gig in Brooklyn
Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was rushed to the hospital in the middle of his band Hollywood Vampires' show in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday night.
Dave Grohl To Perform at 2016 Oscars
Dave Grohl will give a 'special performance' at the Oscars. The Foo Fighters frontman is one of several new celebrities added to the Oscar lineup.
AC/DC Confirmed To Rock 2015 Grammy Awards
After a rumor floated around a couple of weeks ago that AC/DC would be performing at this year's Grammy Awards, that news has now officially been confirmed.
Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Black Veil Brides Pay Tribute to ‘Huge Influence’
Black Veil Brides share their thoughts on Dimebag and his influence on their music.
Judas Priest Unleash New Song ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ Announce New Album of Same Name
Rejoice, Judas Priest fans! The legendary metal band has unleashed a brand-new song, 'Redeemer of Souls,' and has announced the release of a new album of the same name. The disc will be the first Judas Priest studio album in six years.
Wrestling Legend The Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54
Sad news to report from the world of professional wrestling, as former WWF champion The Ultimate Warrior suddenly passed away at the age of 54 on Tuesday (April 8). The wrestling legend had just made a triumphant return to the WWE with a series of high profile appearances over the past few days.
KISS Won’t Perform at All at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Once Kiss were revealed as Class of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, the big question that arose was whether the band's original lineup would perform together at the ceremony. Now, to the disappointment of their fans, it's been announced that KISS won't perform in any form at the April 10 event in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Open Letter to the Grammys: Give Metal and Hard Rock the Respect They Deserve
We recently published an open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, asking them to consider some of the greatest hard rock + metal acts ever for induction. But now we point our dissatisfaction at the 2014 Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday night, Jan. 26, and featured one rock and metal snub after another.
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 update.
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.
Young Woman Plays Guns N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on Ancient Chinese Instrument Guzheng
'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 Chinese instrument the guzheng.