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Chad Childers

Chad Childers has been a music lover since his parents dragged him along to an Aerosmith/Bachman Turner Overdrive show as an infant. His love of music turned into a career in the mid-90s when he left a job in the Midwest as a librarian and moved to California to intern for Westwood One Radio. That led to work researching for Casey Kasem's countdown shows, writing and producing the alternative and active rock-related prep services SpinFax, The Fax, and Rip, Read and Rock as well as doing interviews across all music and entertainment formats.
The Pretty Reckless
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The Pretty Reckless Rock Acoustic Version of ‘Heaven Knows’

The Pretty Reckless is one of the hottest bands in rock at the moment, with their current single 'Heaven Knows' topping the rock charts for three straight weeks. In addition, the band's 'Going to Hell' album just debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Album Chart. With 'Heaven Knows' starting to cross over to pop, Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips recently dropped by PopCrush to perform an acoustic version of the track, which can be seen above.

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Smashing Pumpkins Working on Two New Albums, Billy Corgan Tracks Over 150 Demos

If we've learned anything in recent years it's that Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan is not afraid to tackle large projects. That prolific streak is about to continue as the rocker just inked a new deal with BMG for two new Smashing Pumpkins albums that will arrive in 2015. Furthermore, Corgan has currently demoed over 150 new tracks for the upcoming records.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett + Rob Trujillo Named Keynote Speakers At Surf Summit 17

Music is a passion for the members of Metallica, but it's not their only passion. Guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo have also found enjoyment riding waves, and their love of surfing has led them to being named the keynote speakers at the upcoming Surf Summit 17.

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Philip Anselmo, Tool + Members of Extended GWAR Family Salute Dave ‘Oderus Urungus’ Brockie

 

The music world suffered a big loss on Sunday (March 23) with the death of GWAR frontman Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie. The tributes continue to roll in, with Philip Anselmo, Tool and more findings special ways to pay their respects.

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Pop Evil + Nonpoint Lead 2014 Operation Rock Fest

There are already quite a few rock festivals scheduled for the spring and early summer, but the Operation Rock Festival is the one that stands out for its commitment to the military men and women who serve our country. The event, which features headliners Pop Evil and Nonpoint, will take place June 21 in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Five Finger Death Punch Unveil Cinematic ‘House of the Rising Sun’ Video

After teasing audiences with a trailer last week, Five Finger Death Punch have unveiled their cinematic new video for 'House of the Rising Sun.' Upon announcing that the video was coming, the band stated that it was "an experiment" and their "initial steps toward something we always wanted to do … make a full length movie." Mission accomplished!

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Slipknot Taking Knotfest to Japan in 2014

Slipknot are bringing back their Knotfest music event in 2014, but taking a page out of Ozzfest's book, Slipknot will be staging the fest in Japan. Slipknot were actually part of last year's one-off Ozzfest performance in Japan and will now deliver their very own festival to the country on Nov. 15 and 16.

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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Rocks ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ at Billy Joel’s New York Show

Yes, while Billy Joel is known as 'The Piano Man,' he did have his fair share of upbeat rockers back in the day. But Joel, who is in the midst of a Madison Square Garden residency in New York, surprised fans by upping the wattage even more than usual. AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson turned up as a surprise guest, rocking the house with a rendition of 'You Shook Me All Night Long.'

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