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Aaron Lewis Launches Charity Golf Tournament + More Rock News

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Staind singer Aaron Lewis and his It Takes a Community Foundation, which he founded with wife Vanessa, will host its first-ever charity golf tournament.

The tourney will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the award-winning Crumpin-Fox Golf Club in Bernardson, Mass. All the proceeds will benefit R.H. Conwell Community Education Center in Worthington, Mass., an educational institution at the heart of its small community. The tournament entry fee includes a round of golf with cart, a tee gift package, contests, lunch, a cocktail and dinner reception plus an evening concert featuring a performance from Lewis. That’s quite an event!

“Our philosophy at It Takes a Community Foundation is that it takes a community to sustain a community,” said Lewis, who supports rural communities and their concerns with his charity. “With diminishing public services and towns in crisis, we are looking for ways to support local groups that strengthen, engage and enrich the communities near our home in western Massachusetts.

“The R.H. Conwell Community Education Center is certainly one of them. We fought against the school closing two years ago, when the state’s misappropriation of funds would have forced the kids from Worthington and the surrounding areas to bus one hour each way to school and back. The community pulled together to reopen the school but it takes donations, corporate sponsors, grants and multiple fundraisers such as this one to keep the doors open for these kids.” [Via Press Release]

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Death metallers Broken Hope will perform at the 2013 edition of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, MD, which is set for May 23 through May 26 of next year. Other acts set to perform include Carcass, Venom, Repulsion, Pig Destroyer and more.

Founding member/guitarist/lyricist Jeremy Wagner commented, “Broken Hope on Maryland Death Fest 2013? This is fan-fucking-tastic! I’ve always wanted to perform at MDF since it started about decade ago but I never got the opportunity because Broken Hope was in hibernation. Now that Broken Hope has returned, I’m thrilled that MDF has brought us aboard for their 2013 edition! MDF is such a stellar U.S. fest for real savage metal. MDF has a history of bringing in only the best in metal bands…especially those of a brutal nature. I’m really honored, grateful and stoked that Broken Hope is on the MDF in 2013.” [Via Press Release]

Want to know how Korn, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Anthrax, Staind, Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria and more, got into Slipknot, one of the most important metal bands of the past 20 years? Well, our pals at ARTISTdirect.com polled ‘em all and then some. The artists and acts shared how they first discovered the masked marauders from Des Moines. Slipknot’s “best of” set Antennas to Hell out now and the band is wrapping up its headline stint on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. [ARTISTdirect]

Want to get up and close and personal with Jimmy Drescher of Murphy’s Law? Well you can, thanks to this interview conducted by Damian Burnz, a lifelong New Yorker with a rolodex of people who make this world that much more interesting. He’s opening up said rolodex -People still use those? Smartphone contacts lists are more “in!” Burnz caught up with the NYHC mainstay near his old stomping grounds in Astoria. He reminisced about touring with the Beastie Boys and about Public Enemy‘s Chuck D. [Animal New York]

If you’ve managed to avoid Olympics fever this summer, well, you can still partake in some competitive fun. There are some Olympic Games of the different sort going on in the digital space. Loudwire has launched their extreme metal Olympics, which we think are more fun than swimming and gymnastics. So go ahead, compete in a whole other way! [Loudwire]

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