Hang with James and Kirk at HQ!

What do James and Kirk do when they’re not on tour?  Hang out at HQ!  And now you have the chance to hang with them!  In conjunction with our friends at Ernie Ball, makers of fine guitar strings and instrument accessories, three lucky winners will be coming to the San Francisco Bay Area to spend the day with James and Kirk at HQ AND get their choice of a Hetfield or Hammett Signature ESP Guitar.

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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.

NME: Metallica unveil unheard classic live version of ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

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’.

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September 20, 2017 In the Press

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…

September 19, 2017 In the Press

RP Online: Zweimal ausverkauft: Metallica-Festspiele in Köln

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

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September 17, 2017 In the Press

General-Anzeiger: Metallica setzen Köln unter Strom

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.

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September 15, 2017 In the Press

The Business of Fashion: Justin O’Shea and Metallica Reunite on Music Merch

“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.

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September 15, 2017 In the Press

Koeln.de: Nur vier Tage in Köln: Pop-Up-Shop für Metallicafans

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.

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September 14, 2017 In the Press

The Independent: Metallica, Ziggo Dome, gig review: Luminaries of metal still manage to inspire with a magnificent spectacle

It’s been over 35 years since a quartet of young, volatile, New Wave of British Heavy Metal fanatics (NWOBHM for short) played their first ever show supporting denim and leather traditionalists Saxon at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood. The four youthful, perma-drunk reprobates were paid a mere $16 for that first show and it’s fair to say that the pay cheque is not the only thing to have changed considerably in the intervening years. From modest beginnings, Metallica went on to conquer the world, achieving bona fide status as the quintessential household heavy metal band (their 1991 self-titled fifth album, affectionately known as ‘The Black Album’ has sold over 16.4 million copies at a rate of on average 5,000 units a week in 2016 alone).

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September 13, 2017 In the Press

RTL2: Metallica donne un concert furieux et spectaculaire à l'AccorHotels Arena de Paris

Metallica est une machine de guerre, un rouleau compresseur. À 50 ans passés, les Four Horsemen ne montrent aucun signe d’usure, ils jouent toujours aussi fort. Très fort (les bouchons d’oreilles s’imposent si vous souhaitez les conserver). Cinq années après avoir fait trembler le Stade de France lors du 20e anniversaire du mythique Black Album (interprété en intégralité), les Américains étaient de retour pour deux dates à Bercy (rebaptisé AccorHotels Arena de Paris), les 8 et 10 septembre, une salle qui a vu tant de leurs concerts homériques...

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September 11, 2017 In the Press

Le Figaro: Metallica, retour sur un concert de tous les diables à l'AccorHotels Arena

Il lève les deux bras et fait le signe des cornes cher aux métalleux. Le jeune homme au t-shirt noir est juché sur les épaules d'un camarade sur One, un des nombreux hymnes que compte Metallica, qui revient sur scène pour un premier rappel après deux heures de concert déjà très intenses. Les yeux du fan coulent soudain, il semble parvenir difficilement à retenir l'émotion qui l'étreint face au groupe venu défendre son dernier album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct . .

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September 11, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone France: Metallica retourne l’Accor Hotels Arena

Cinq ans après avoir secoué le Stade de France, Metallica a de nouveau retourné la capitale française ce weekend

20 heures. Tout ce que Paris compte de t-shirts aux couleurs de Metallica s’est donné rendez-vous devant l’Accor Hotels Arena. Faute de pouvoir consommer de l’alcool à l’intérieur de la salle, les carcasses de bières et autres spiritueux s’entassent au pied des platanes. Cela promet !

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September 11, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Metallica, Logic Join 'I'm Listening' Suicide Prevention Campaign

Metallica, Logic, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and pop singer Halsey are among the various musicians set to participate in a new mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign, "I'm Listening." The broadcast company Entercom organized the initiative, which will include a two-hour radio special airing live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, at 10 a.m. ET on all Entercom platforms.

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September 7, 2017 In the Press

The Pop-Up Stores Return

We’re back... and so are the pop-up stores!  We are so excited to return to the road and bring our brand new indoor show to arenas all over Europe.  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.

Metro: Metallica-bassist Trujillo is de man van een miljoen

Het leven van Robert Trujillo veranderde in 2003 plotsklaps toen hij de nieuwe bassist werd van Metallica. „Ik wist niet welke richting ik op wilde en opeens kwam deze kans voorbij. Met mijn vorige band Suicidal Tendencies stond ik in 1993 en 1994 in het voorprogramma van Metallica en tien jaar later maakte ik opeens deel uit van de grootste metalband ter wereld. Ik wist niet wat me overkwam.”

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September 6, 2017 In the Press

Lust for Life: Metallica in de Ziggo Dome

Wat een geluk dat Metallica gisteren de bijna 2,5 uur onvervalste metal in de Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam vol kon maken. Zanger/gitarist James Hetfield maakte tijdens Now That We’re Dead van het jongste album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct namelijk een flinke smak. Er was net een schuif opengegaan in het vierkante podium, dat midden in de zaal stond. “Met mijn ego gaat het op dit moment wat minder goed”, aldus Hetfield kort na zijn val. Maar al snel schudde hij het ongeluk van zich af en ging hij onverstoorbaar verder. Hetfield en Metallica hebben dan ook voor veel hetere vuren gestaan.

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September 5, 2017 In the Press

Anmelder jubler over Metallica: Majestætisk!

Se, det er sgu fristende efter en SÅ overbevisende og så veloplagt en opvisning selv efter så mange år simpelthen at udråbe Metallicas koncert lørdag aften i Royal Arena til én af de bedste, man i Danmark nogensinde har oplevet med Hetfields herrehold.

Men da jeg de sidste 30 år har oplevet et antal Metallica koncerter, så jeg gennem årene og fremdeles er blevet fremhævet som et skrækeksempel på hvor galt det kan gå på adfærdsterapeuternes årskonference, vil jeg i første omgang ”nøjes” med at konstatere følgende:

Dette var den bedste Metallica koncert, det har været min lykke at opleve siden bandets legendariske 2003 optræden på Roskilde Festival, og koncerten var med afstand bedre end Metallicas tre første show i Royal Arena tidligere på året.

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September 4, 2017 In the Press

Inden braget i Royal Arena: Lars Ulrich afslører - her er Metallicas værste koncertoplevelse

Lørdag aften giver Metallica den længe ventede, udskudte koncert i Royal Arena. Oprindeligt blev koncerten, som var en af fire for at fejre Københavns nye arenas åbning, aflyst 5. februar i år, da forsanger James Hetfield grundet sygdom måtte sige fra. Helt åbenlyst ikke et af den populære metalgruppes højdepunkter.

Men hvad har været den bedste og den værste koncertoplevelse for Metallica gennem årene? Det fortæller bandets danske trommeslager, Lars Ulrich, til BT.

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September 4, 2017 In the Press