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.
Will Ferrell vs. Chad Smith Drum-Off Features Surprise Red Hot Chili Peppers Performance
It all went down on the 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' last night (May 22). Actor-comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers stickman Chad Smith faced off in an epic drum battle.
Green Day Bassist Mike Dirnt Reveals That His Wife Is Battling Breast Cancer
Tough news to report, as Green Day's Mike Dirnt has revealed that his wife Brittney has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The bassist posted the news on Green Day's Facebook page today (May 16).
Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray’s Doctor Acquitted of Involuntary Manslaughter Charges
A verdict has been reached in the involuntary manslaughter case involving Daniel Baldi, who was accused of recklessly prescribing medications to late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray and six other patients. After two counts of involuntary manslaughter were thrown out by the judge midway through the trial,…
Note Found at Kurt Cobain’s Death Scene Newly Unveiled by Seattle Police
Following the unveiling of a number of photos of Kurt Cobain's death scene in recent weeks, CBS has obtained a copy of a note found in the Nirvana frontman's wallet at the time of his death.
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.
New Testimony by Paul Gray’s Widow Details Slipknot Bassist’s Final Days
The involuntary manslaughter trial involving the doctor who treated Slipknot bassist Paul Gray in the days before his 2010 death is now under way at the Polk Country District Court in Iowa, and the big story to come out of yesterday's courtroom proceedings was the revealing testimony by Gray&ap…
Loudwire Music Festival Set to Launch in 2015
Get ready to rock! We are proud to announce that the inaugural Loudwire Music Festival will take place in Summer 2015 at the 240-acre Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, Colo. While we're not set to reveal the exact date or the lineup right now, we can promise the event will feature big names from the…
Godsmack Complete Work on New Album
Big news from the Godsmack camp, as frontman Sully Erna has revealed that the band has completed work on its upcoming sixth album. Moreover, the singer promises that the disc's first single will be surfacing soon.
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.
Motley Crue Bassist Nikki Sixx Marries Courtney Bingham
A big congratulations to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx as he kickstarts his married life with his beautiful bride, Courtney Bingham! The pair wed yesterday (March 15) at the Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Join Forces for 2014 North American Summer Tour
Two of rock's biggest bands -- Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden -- have announced that they're teaming up for a co-headlining 2014 North American summer tour! The trek kicks off July 19 in Las Vegas and runs through an Aug. 25 gig in Los Angeles.
Rock and Metal Musicians Share Their Biggest Real-Life Spinal Tap Moments
The legendary mockumentary 'This Is Spinal Tap' celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. The film hit theaters on March 2, 1984, and became the stuff of legend. The movie followed the fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap, who experienced a string of comedic mishaps during their U...