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"Do you always do that?" Metallica's hulking frontman, James Hetfield, asks Lars Ulrich, a hint of agitation in his voice. The two are facing each other in the "Tuning Room," where the band typically rehearses before a show. It's roughly 20 minutes to showtime on the first night of the tour, at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, and they're trying to get their 1991 classic "Wherever I May Roam" right, but the drummer is playing a strange off-kilter rhythm.
At one point in Metallica’s sold-out show at Soldier Field Sunday night, singer James Hetfield turned to an 8-year-old boy sitting on top of his father’s shoulders and asked him point-blank, “What does the next generation want to hear? … Do you want it heavy?” before the boy (and the crowd) roared with applause and the band chugged its way into ’91 staple “Sad But True.”
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You’d never know these four guys are in their fifties. Nor that they’ve been doing this for — wait for it — 36 years.
To put that into perspective, when Metallica first came on the scene in 1981, Ronald Reagan had just become president, a gallon of gas was a buck 35 and “Three’s Company” and “The Jeffersons” ruled the airwaves.
Metallica lead singer James Hetfield let an eager crowd at AT&T Stadium on Friday night in on the meaning behind one of the metal mainstay’s new tracks, “Moth Into Flame” before the show took a righteous trip down Metal Memory Lane.
“This song is about fame and how it draws you in,” Hetfield said, in a moment that might as well have described the last 25 years of the band’s history. “But it’s just a trap.”
KFMX deejay Driver sat down with Metallica's Robert Trujillo to discuss the band's return to form with "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct," writing music with James Hetfield and the death of Chris Cornell.
Long before you could hear Metallica songs echoing through aisles at HEB during your Sunday afternoon shopping, metal was a socially disruptive and noisy genre that signified rebellion, a challenge to the status quo.
The genre still carries a similar spirit today, but Metallica were one of those pivotal early metal bands that pushed the genre into the mainstream and carved a path for other bands that would emerge with a similar sound. Wednesday night at The Alamodome, the band reminded us why by pummeling the Alamodome with quakes of lightning fast guitar riffs, literal explosions, and vocal melodies that we’ve kept close to our heart since the first time we heard James Hetfield sing them.
When Metallica says they love you, they’re done.
Such was the muttered sentiment of one the 48,000 or so fans filing out of the Alamodome on Wednesday after Metallica’s final encore song, “Enter Sandman.”
Guitarist and frontman James Hetfield wanted to make certain the message was conveyed loud and clear after the more than two-hour concert. After all, the heavy-metal legends have a history here dating to a nightclub gig in the early 1980s.
San Antonio metal heads threw their horns up to the sky with a highly anticipated Metallica show taking over the Alamodome Wednesday.
Swarms of fans with classic T-shirts promoting “Master of Puppets” and “Ride the Lightning” nostalgia were captured by our mySpy photographer heading into the show.
Advice from Metallica's Robert Trujillo: If you ever find yourself standing before Zakk Wylde, longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society metal frontman, do not, under any circumstances, slap him, even for fun. "The last person I'd want to have a play slap fight with is Zakk Wylde when he's liquored up, because Zakk Wylde doesn't know how to have an innocent slap fight," the veteran bassist says, by phone from a tour stop in Denver. "The moment you connect with him, you get a fist to the jaw, instantly."
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Heavy metal legends Metallica put on quite a show at NRG in front of about 50,000 fans Sunday night for their WorldWired Tour.
It was a concert that has been several years in the making. It's been a while since the band has played in Houston, but they are no strangers to the Bayou City.
As people streamed into NRG Stadium from all sides on Sunday evening, it was hard not to wonder if we’d ever see such a sight again: a pack of tried-and-true guitar-slingers convincingly filling up the biggest venue in town. Guns ’N Roses did it last year. U2 did it last month. On Sunday, it was Metallica — perhaps the last (and biggest) torchbearers for stadium rock.
Metallica returned to Houston Sunday night for the first time since late 2008, making good on months of hype and a week's worth of fan excitement over the monolithic metal act's visit to the Bayou City.
The band is currently on the road showing off material from a new, double LP (November's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct") which is textured, sturdy, and expansive, a perfect fit for the cavernous NRG Stadium.
“Tonight, we’re all Iowans,” said metal legend James Hetfield to tens of thousands of screaming Metallica fans at the band’s Iowa Speedway concert Friday night.
All proceeds from the massive spectacle in little Newton benefited the Native Fund, which provides assistance to Iowans in their times of need. Hetfield said the band was glad to be here to support a good cause.
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In 1988, Metallica released their pivotal album … And Justice for All and went from thrash-metal renegades to mainstream stars. But when their manager suggested an arena tour to support the LP, the band wasn't convinced. "I was like, 'Seriously?'" drummer Lars Ulrich recalls. "We knew we could do L.A., New York, San Francisco, but the American heartland didn't seem like a great idea. No band as extreme as ours had ever done a full arena tour. So we used Indianapolis as a yardstick. If we were cool there, we were cool almost anywhere. When the tickets went on sale in Indianapolis, we ended up doing 13,000 or 14,000, which in 1988 was an insane victory."
It shouldn’t look that easy, playing for thousands of people.
The music shouldn’t fill every inch of space as seamlessly as it does. The sound of four humans playing instruments shouldn't without hesitation shake you to your bones so relentlessly and unapologetically.
Ashton Kutcher and Dallas Clark’s charity, the Native Fund, brought living legends Metallica to the Iowa Speedway Friday night to raise money for the Iowa-focused charity. Danish rockers Volbeat opened the show with metal heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold playing a high-energy set full of songs spanning their discography.
Metallica played over two hours of music, including tracks from their new release Hardwired… To Self Destruct and reaching back to 1983’s Kill ‘Em All, the band’s first release. Metallica’s James Hetfield proclaimed, “Music makes everything better,” and, “Today we’re all Iowans,” when speaking about the importance of charities like the Native Fund.
Metallica pulled out all the stops for their WorldWired Tour 2017 stop at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
The lightning that surrounded the stadium proved to be a fitting backdrop for the band behind “Ride the Lightning,” and a rain storm that accompanied did not hamper the energetic crowd.