We’re gearing up for the second leg of the European WorldWired Tour and we’re excited to return with our new indoor show, kicking things off in London. And in the grand tradition that started a little over a year ago in Minneapolis and carried on into Copenhagen and North America in 2017, the pop-up shops are well, popping up again! We’ll be setting up stores in a few tour cities so that you can grab your WorldWired gear in advance and check out some cool new, exclusive and collectible items.
Sep 20 Update: Added Audio Preview of "For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Hampton Coliseum)"
A little over a year ago, we proudly reissued our first two albums remastered for the most advanced sound quality possible along with special deluxe editions including previously unreleased audio and video recordings. We promised to give that love to the entire catalog, and we’re back today with all the details about the release of Master of Puppets, coming to your favorite music retailer and Metallica.com on November 10th.
Everyone has a favourite band t-shirt that they’ll never throw away, no matter how tatty it gets or how many holes in the armpits it has. For me, it’s my brother’s “Off to Never Never Land” t-shirt, which I’ve kept for about 25 years. Growing up with three older brothers on a farm in the middle of nowhere meant I had little choice but to wear their hand-me-downs and listen to their music.
In this new video, Metallica frontman James Hetfield finds a few moments during the epic WorldWired Tour to talk about how a continuing partnership with Meyer Sound helps directly connect the band’s music to audiences. Intermixed with tour concert footage, Hetfield talks about visiting the “mad scientists of sound” in Berkeley and says of the tour’s LEO Family system, “Yes, it’s loud, but it’s extremely clear. You can hear every nuance…”
FOH engineer “Big Mick” Hughes, who has forged Metallica’s concert sound for more than three decades, adds: “I’ve been to many other speaker manufacturers over the years and there is nobody like Meyer...nobody.”
London department store Selfridges has partnered with Metallica and designer Justin O’Shea to create a collection of cool merch exclusive to the store. You can check out photos of the whole collection (which we nabbed from Hypebeast) in the gallery above.
Metallica's 1986 album Master Of Puppets gets the super deluxe reissue treatment in November, with more demos, riff tapes, outtakes, rough mixes and live performances than you can chop on a mirror. Pick your poison: there's the expanded CD box set, remastered vinyl, a hardcover book with unseen photos and one that collects them all. It's the kind of fan service that understands just how obsessed we are with Puppets — when Metallica, just barely in their 20s, elevated thrash to high art.
A new, super-deluxe box set will chronicle the making of Metallica's influential Master of Puppets LP, showing how the songs developed from riff fragments into the thrash epics that make up one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Metal Albums.
Dan Braun, Metallica’s Show Director, sat down with Mia Tinari, Global Head of Marketing + Communications at TAIT, and dished on his use of drones for the WorldWired Tour, what James Hetfield’s reaction was to seeing them opening night, why “ego” has no place in this business, and how Michelangelo and Vince Lombardi influence him every day.
Kirk Hammett is no stranger to horror. The Metallica guitarist has been fascinated by the film genre since he was a young child, and over the years has amassed one of the world's most extensive collections of horror-movie memorabilia and posters. He's showcased select pieces at festivals, including Metallica's Orion Music + More and his own Fear FestEvil, as well as in his 2012 book, Too Much Horror Business. But the crowning jewel came this fall when he received his first gallery showing at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. We met up with Hammett at the premiere of It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art From the Kirk Hammett Collection to get a first look at the impressive exhibit, before escorting him to the Salem Witch Museum where he received a history lesson on the real-life horror that went down in that town over three hundred years ago.
Metallica appearing twice in the top 10 of the all time greatest tours? Yup, and you can bet your ass they merit it, too. Hot on the heels of the haunting, epic video for One, Metallica set off on an arena tour that was more of a victory parade, celebrating the breakthrough success of their pivotal fourth album, …And Justice For All. The thrash masters were a breath of fresh air in contrast to the soft rock and power balladry on offer elsewhere, with the shows on this worldwide trek reflecting the speed and ferocity with which they played and their success, which was growing by the day.
Refusing to be bound by the sometimes stifling restraints of those metal fans who dismiss creative development, Metallica have always pursued a resolutely progressive path that has yielded some rather unexpected results, with almost every album stirring unrest in their following. Throughout the years, they have been accused of being too classical, too populist, and even too loud. Whatever move they made, Metallica couldn’t win. Fortunately, however, they did not give a flying fuck.
Ahead of their UK headline tour, Metallica have announced they’ll be opening a pop-up shop in London.
The shop will be open from October 18 – 23 between 12pm – 8pm, except the 23 where it will be open from 12pm – 6pm, and will be located in the pop-up hotspot of Shoreditch, in the East End Of London. So, if you fancy popping down to get your hands on some Metallica merch ahead of their O2 Arena shows, then the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
"Seriously, did they find a bottle of Beethoven pills?"
Metallica, 'Master of Puppets [Remastered Deluxe Box Set]'
With thrashers like "Battery" and "Disposable Heroes," Metallica's 1986 classic broke them out of the underground and paved the way for stadium superstardom. They revisited Master of Puppets for a set that includes 10 CDs, a coffee-table book and even a live cassette. There are rare covers – like a furious version of Fang's hardcore classic "The Money Will Roll Right In" – and demos that reveal how the songs were written; "Master of Puppets" goes from a James Hetfield guitar riff to a 12-minute epic.
Metallica has unveiled a previously unheard live rendition of their classic ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’. Check it out on NME first below.
The track was recorded at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA on August 3, 1986 – and is taken from the remastered deluxe box set and 3-CD expanded edition of the upcoming reissue of their seminal album, ‘Master of Puppets’.
Decibel: Bob Rock on Metallica: “I didn’t cater to what they were. I catered to what they wanted to do.”
Producer, engineer, and musician Bob Rock (aka Robert Jens Rock) has a storied history. Whether you’ve formed your own opinions (likely) or constructed them after observing his role as producer, mentor, and friend to the likes of Metallica, Mötley Crüe, The Cult, Blue Murder, Skid Row, and more. Or, you watched in bemusement as the minutes rolled excruciatingly on in Metallica documentary, “Some Kind of Monster”. However you slice Rock’s involvement in heavy metal–equally important (every fucking second of Metallica’s self-titled and tenuous (“St. Anger”‘s snare drum sound [defended HERE])–he’s played a pivotal role. Metallica may not be stratospheric if it weren’t for Rock. Metallica may not have ushered in commercial viability to a largely maligned art. Metallica may not have entered their rock phase (Load and Reload), giving room to others, like Pantera, Alice in Chains, and…
Rührende Szene am Rande: Ein Mann hält sein Smartphone Richtung Bühne, weil er filmen will, wie die Band den Song "One" spielt. Das Problem ist aber, dass er während des Filmens kein Bier trinken kann, was in einem Metallica-Konzert natürlich doof ist. Also ernährt ein Freund den Hobby-Filmer mit Bier aus dem Plastikbecher. Nach dem Lied boxt der Versorgte dem Besorgten aus Dankbarkeit gegen den Oberarm. Kumpelromantik
Falls am Donnerstagabend in Köln-Deutz die ein oder andere Glühbirne geflackert hat, könnte das daran gelegen haben, dass sich alle Energie an diesem Abend auf einen Ort konzentriert hat: die Lanxess-Arena. Denn dort hat die größte Metal-Band des Globus auf ihrer eben diesen umspannenden Tournee zum aktuellen Album „Hardwired…To Self-Destruct“ Halt gemacht. Mit 48 Lkw für die Technik, 83 Scheinwerfern und unzähligen Lautsprechern mit 350.000 Watt Leistung. Macht zusammen 2,5 Megawatt pro Show, mit denen man 1800 Einfamilienhäuser einen Monat versorgen könnte, wie die Musikzeitschrift „Visions“ kürzlich vorgerechnet hat.
“The best thing about music is that it’s so passionate,” says Australian designer Justin O’Shea about his upcoming capsule collection created in partnership with legendary heavy metal band Metallica and London department store Selfridges.
The collaboration is something of a reunion; O’Shea cast Metallica in Brioni’s Autumn/Winter 2016 ad campaign during his time as the brand’s creative director.
Zweimal treten Metallica, die US-Superhelden des Thrashmetals, in Köln auf, die Konzerte des Quartetts in der Lanxess-Arena sind ausverkauft. Wer mehr Metallica haben will, vier Tage lang, der macht einen Abstecher in die Luxemburger Straße 41 - 43. Dort nämlich, im Greatlive-Store, gibt es im exklusiven Metallica-Pop-Up-Shop alles für den Metaller, massig Devotionalien von Metallica.