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Hey, guys! I grew up listening to classical music, opera and musical theater, but somewhere along the way, discovered rock and metal. Hearing bands like Nirvana, A Perfect Circle, AFI, RED and Seether opened up a new world to me, and I’ve worked in the music business ever since. I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and started working as a reporter for Gannett Michigan. I also scored my first radio job on an alternative station in Michigan. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Billy Corgan, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and many more. Fun fact: I don’t like going to the movies. I can't sit still that long! Thanks for listening, and God bless!
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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Says Reunion Feels ‘Really Good and Natural’

Unlike many bands that get back together after several years of animus, Soundgarden – who are out on their first full-scale, North American tour in 14 years – claim they never felt outside pressure to reunite. According to frontman Chris Cornell, Soundgarden just missed, well, being Soundgarden.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Unveil ‘I’m With You’ Album Art

L.A. funk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers are on target to release their new album, ‘I’m With You,’ on August 30, and the gang unveiled the release’s cover art today. The bare-bones image shows a fly positioned on a pink-and-white drug capsule that reads “I’m With You,” and the band’s name barely detectable at the top in white text.

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Former Korn Guitarist Teaming Up with RED’s Jason Rauch on New Album

Brian “Head” Welch came into fame as the guitar leader of alternative metal band Korn-- a role that earned him six Grammy nominations and album sales in the tens of millions. That all came to a screeching halt in 2005, though, when Welch’s addiction to crystal meth got the best of him, and he stepped away from Korn -- permanently -- to regain control of his life and connect with a Higher Power.

Now, Welsh is knee-deep in his solo project, and he's teaming up with RED songwriter and former guitarist Jason Rauch on some upcoming tracks.

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MySpace Sold for Fraction of its Buying Price to Team Including Justin Timberlake

Remember MySpace? You know— that social networking site where you picked your "Top 8" friends, chatted to a guy named "Tom" and customized your page with funky designs only to learn 50% of browsers couldn’t even read the CSS?

Yeah, well, that site just got sold for a fraction of the price it was bought for in 2005.

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Disturbed’s Dan Donegan: We Keep That Mentality of ‘When We Were Garage Band’

When Chicago metal outfit Disturbed set out to record their fifth LP, they had no preconceived ideas about how they wanted the new songs to sound. If you ask guitarist Dan Donegan, the guys simply “write music for ourselves” and rarely worry about the outcome.

“…I think we stay true to ourselves and keep that mentality of how we were when we were a garage band, making music for ourselves,” Donegan told Gibson Guitar.

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Jane’s Addiction Release ‘End to the Lies’ Music Video

Alternative rockers Jane’s Addiction are plugging away on their latest album ‘The Great Escape Artist,’ but the gents are taking a brief break to release the music video for their newest track, ‘End to the Lies.’ Watch the full video, here. FYI: It’s nothing like ‘Jane Says.’

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Evanescence’s Amy Lee: New Single ‘Doesn’t Sound Like Any Evanescence Track You’ve Heard Before’

Goth-inspired rockers Evanescence are the hot topic of the moment, thanks to the news their new album will finally dropping Oct. 4. Now, frontwoman Amy Lee is speaking out about the band’s metallic new effort, and she says it’s “more mature” than anything they’ve done previously.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute to Clarence Clemons on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Pearl Jam crooner Eddie Vedder visited CBS' ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ last night (6/20) to give a live performance of ‘Without You,’ a song from his new solo album ‘Ukulele Songs.’ Vedder thrummed a teeny uke with a sticker reading "CLARENCE," paying homage to E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons. Clemons passed away last Saturday after suffering a stroke at his Florida home.

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Evanescence’s New Album Slated for October Release, Says Amy Lee

Evanescence addicts, undoubtedly, are wondering why it’s taking so long to hear new material from the goth-rockers. As it turns out, Amy Lee and company were well on their way to completing an album when Lee pulled the plug because the sessions just weren’t working.

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