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Chad Bowar

Chad has been writing about music since the mid '90s in genres ranging from mainstream pop to extreme metal. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites across the globe. He's currently the heavy metal editor for About.com and contributes to many other publications. Chad has worked in radio for more than a quarter century and resides in Charlotte.
John Petrucci of Dream Theater
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Dream Theater Announces 2014 North American Tour Dates

Dream Theater will be getting plenty of frequent flyer miles in 2014.

They have a previously announced European tour lined up beginning in mid-January, and have now revealed dates for their North American Along for the Ride Tour that begins March 20 in Toronto with stops April 4 in Detroit and April 5 in Chicago.

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‘Deal With the Devil’ Lands Grand Rapids’ Pop Evil Another No. 1 Hit

Grand Rapids' Pop Evil has managed to claim the top spot on the Active Rock chart for the second time this year with its single "Deal With the Devil."

That follows Pop Evil's other 2013 chart-topper "Trenches."

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Metallica
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Metallica To Debut New Song and Let Fans Pick Setlists on 2014 European Tour

Metallica will head to Europe next summer for a string of concerts, and ticket holders will have the opportunity to vote for songs that the band will play during each show. Metallica will let fans pick 17 of the 18 songs they play. The 18th will be a brand new track, as the band declares they are "ready to make another album."

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Scott Stapp Announces 2014 Tour Dates, Unveils ‘Slow Suicide’ Video

After releasing his solo album 'Proof of Life' earlier this month, Creed singer Scott Stapp has announced that he will hit the road in support of the disc beginning in March (dates below). In addition, the video for 'Slow Suicide,' the album's first single, has just been released (watch above).

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
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Philip Anselmo Announces 2014 ‘Technicians of Distortion’ Tour Dates

Philip Anselmo supported his debut solo album 'Walk Through Exits Only' with a summer trek featuring his backing band The Illegals. Now, the legendary Pantera frontman has announced a second leg of the 'Technicians of Distortion' tour set to kick off in January.

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James Hetfield
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Metallica’s James Hetfield Jams With Kids at Rockin’ the Bay Benefit Concert

James Hetfield has been a long time supporter of Little Kids Rock, an organization which provides music instruction and instruments to public schools. The Metallica frontman was honored with the charity's inaugural 'Livin' the Dream Award' at their annual Rockin' the Bay Benefit Concert in Menlo Park, Calif., over the weekend, and Hetfield performed "Enter Sandman" with some of the kids during the event (watch the videos below).

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Category: Metal, News, Videos

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