I noticed him standing there, shirtless, back to me, heavily tattooed. He was a skinhead, as in no hair. He wore a huge, immovable grin and black wrap sunglasses. One of the guards told me he was a lifer (in jail for life, no chance of parole). The initials FTW were tattooed onto the nape of neck. Fuck The World. I doubted he was prone to outbursts of immovable grinning, or any displays of happiness come to think of it. Of course this man was excited that Metallica was here, but more than anything I sensed he was enjoying an all-too-rare feeling of being proud. Proud that theyd offered to do a show for the inmates. Proud that theyd donated $10,000 towards the San Quentin Giants baseball field, about 400 ft opposite the makeshift stage in the main exercise yard. But more than anything, I sensed that he was proud theyd volunteered to offer a little bit of relief from an endless…
Update May 1: The boys are on their way back to SQ for their one hour show. We have a short video from yesterday. Enjoy!
As previously reported, Metallica decided to shoot the video for the title track, "St. Anger", at The Big House - San Quentin State Prison. Here we are, back at Metallica HQ, after spending the last 18 hours at San Quentin. I think I am not only speaking for myself when I say that today's visit made a huge impression on everyone. There were many raw emotions going around between band members, crew, correctional officers, and inmates.
I have seen hundreds and hundreds of Metallica shows all over the world and numerous video shoots. Today's event will definitely go down in Metallica history. The band entered the prison around 7am this morning. When they took their first steps on the prison grounds, they looked at each other and knew this would not be just another…
Tomorrow, Wednesday April 30th, the band will shoot a video for the title track of their upcoming album, "St. Anger". This will be the first track from the album going out to… wherever the fuck it goes out to.
The location will not be your normal-run-of-the-mill place. Metallica is headed to the big house, not just any big house, but THE BIG HOUSE, San Quentin State Prison, spitting distance from Metallica HQ. In exchange for using the grounds, the band will perform an hour long set the next day, Thursday, for the – eh – captive audience.
The boys will be working with the Malloy Brothers to direct the video. Malloy Brothers have previously worked with, among others, the Foo Fighters, 311, plus developing and filming their own brand of Surf Movies.
Metallica.com will be there both days covering these exclusive, once in a lifetime events.
The boys will be hosting the debut of MTV2's new "Headbanger's Ball." The show will be taped at H.Q. this week (we'll have exclusive photos for you) and will air on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 PM.
Here's the full scoop: Metallica will be playing four FREE shows at the world famous Fillmore in San Francisco on May 18th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd. The only way you can be there is to win FREE tickets through the Official Metallica Fan Club (contest over), or by listening to your local radio station. (Not all stations will have tickets)
Metallica.com will be there in full force covering this extraordinary event. Stay tuned.....
Allright, the fucking cover art and new logo are done, baby! Check it out!!? What do you think? We are pretty fucking psyched. Pushead is back doing what he does best, 'TALLICA shit.
As we are speaking, the idea is to do a limited print run of 3 other color options for your choosing and viewing pleasure. We are still finalizing the exact specific details to this multiple cover run. But we wanted to give you the visuals first, so hot off the press they are still sizzzzzling!
As usual, we will keep you posted. Love, the Boys
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This experience was kindly donated by MTV Networks to the T.J. Martell Foundation for auctioning. All proceeds of this charity fundraising auction go towards leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. Donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law and the winner will receive a tax receipt.
Yesterday we finished work on our tenth album (eighth studio album) titled "St. Anger." We are looking forward to sharing the new music with the world June 9th in Europe, June 10th everywhere else.
Produced by Bob Rock, the album was recorded at our San Rafael Headquarters. In addition to the eleven tracks on "St. Anger," the package will include a free DVD of live rehearsal recordings of all eleven songs, also captured at HQ.
Here are the eleven official song titles, clocking in at just over 75 minutes:Frantic St. Anger Some Kind of Monster Dirty Window Invisible Kid My World Shoot Me Again Sweet Amber Unnamed Feeling Purify All Within My Hands
Artwork is now being finalized... details coming soon. Watch this space for more info . . .
Today, Friday April 4th, Metallica will record the second part of the free bonus DVD that will come with St. Anger. Metallica.com will be following the event, with a webcam (no audio, still pics refreshing every 10 seconds). We will also have pics & updates through out the day & night!
OFFICIAL MTV PRESS RELEASE: -------------------------- New York, NY, April 3, 2003 - MTV: Music Television today announced a stellar lineup of performers including Avril Lavigne, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Sum 41, to honor Metallica at the networks annual performance tribute event, mtvICON. These artists will take the stage before a live audience, paying homage to the band with their own musical interpretations of classic Metallica songs. The 90-minute special will also include testimonials from artists who have been influenced by the band. A list of testimonials and additional performers will be announced shortly. For the finale, Metallica will give up a show-stopping performance. mtvICON: Metallica will premiere on Tuesday, May 6th at 9:00PM [ET/PT]. Avril Lavigne will take a break from her first North American headline tour, titled TRY TO SHUT ME UP, for her mtvICON: Metallica…
Metallica's new album, St. Anger, will include a free bonus DVD featuring the band playing all 11 songs (yes, 11 songs) from the album in a live setting. Recording began last Friday, March 21st, in the rehearsal space at HQ with the band performing six songs....the first with Rob for the cameras... unless of course, you count amateur Swedish home videos.
There will be no fancy shit, just Metallica doing what they do best, kicking your ass, and don't worry, the CD will be regularly priced, we just wanna throw in some extra free shit for you guys!
Directing the project is Wayne Isham ("Enter Sandman", "Sad But True", "I Disappear", "Cunning Stunts", "S&M"). Wayne and his crew captured the awesome vibe and thunderous new tunes. The next five songs for the DVD will be shot soon.
St. Anger is scheduled to be released on June 10th.
MTV's annual music tribute event, mtvICON, will spotlight the 20-year career of Metallica. The inaugural mtvICON paid tribute to Janet Jackson in 2001, followed by honorees Aerosmith in 2002. James, Lars, and Kirk were there in 2002 to show their appreciation of the group and to give testimonials on what Aerosmith has meant to them as a band and as people.
mtvICON: Metallica will tape before a live audience in Los Angeles on May 3rd, and will premiere on MTV on May 6th from 9:00-10:30pm ET/PT. The special program will feature performances and testimonials from artists and celebrities who have been influenced by the band, their music, and their videos. For the finale, Metallica will take the stage for a show-stopping set, marking the band's debut television performance with their new bass player Rob Trujillo. A full list of talent will be announced shortly.
mtvICON is meant to…
Metallica will be featured on an upcoming European DVD titled "Later…LOUDER." This is a compilation DVD of different artists who have appeared on the BBC2's flagship music show, Later with Jools Holland. Later has been on the air for over to ten years, and is still the most respected and discerning music show on TV. On the "Later…LOUDER" DVD, Jools Holland introduces us to some of the greatest contemporary rockers of the past ten years, from Ash, Hole, Foo Fighters, Garbage, The Hives and The White Stripes to New Order, Primal Scream and Metallica.
"Later…LOUDER" also explores the Later experience further with an exclusive interview with the Foo Fighters never shown on TV, along with seven other interviews with The Hives, Courtney Love, PJ Harvey, New Order, Metallica, Garbage and Henry Rollins. In addition, you can program your 6 favorite tracks to play in a preferred…
Metallica's exclusive Jump In The Studio is a section the guys set up for YOU to follow along in the recording of the album St. Anger. This is the place where you can check out daily photos, video clips, up to the minute reports, chat room and much much more.
Today, we launched another exclusive video in JITS, this one of the guys jammin' (yes, of course, with Rob Trujillo on bass Mutha#%@!!!), and according to the rumours, there might be some noise in there you have previously not heard. *hint hint* We felt we should share this vid with all of you guys out there in 'Tallica land.
We are so psyched and proud to share the news that we are welcoming another brother to the family…(drumroll, Lars!)
ROB TRUJILLO JOINS METALLICA!!!
We've all known, and have been huge fans of Rob since the early '90s when he was a part of the legendary Hardcore / Metal band Suicidal Tendencies. We got to know Rob when we played together with Suicidal in Europe 1993, during the "Nowhere Else To Roam" tour. We were impressed by Rob's roaring bass style and his very cool, unique vibe onstage, things we got to see again during the '94' "Summer Shit" tour when Suicidal joined forces with us.
My visions of Rob are when we did Summer Shit 94 Tour with Suicidal, and Danzig. I remember being blown away by the fierce-ness and seeing Rob, as this monster on bass. He brings an awesome new strength to the band, and makes us step up. describes James.
Rob was also one of the masterminds behind the…
As previously reported, there were numerous media attending today's press conference. Chances are you will catch a glimpse of some of the interviews that were done today, either on TV or in the press. Of course, Metallica.com was present in Los Angeles. Not only are we giving you some exclusive pictures, but a here is a short video.
The Press Conference Continues...
Attending the press conference today are: Lars, James and Kirk from Metallica; Chester, Brad and Rob from Linkin Park; and Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit. We have all kinds of media here today, everything from MTV, E!, CNN, TVGuide, and more. Right now, Lars, James and Kirk are doing a radio interview w/ KSJO (to be broadcast later). More updates and pics to come.
On the way to the press conference, we spoke with James...
On the tour:"Touring in the US in the summer is always on top of our list of things we would like to…
FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE February 5th, 2003
METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK COMMITTED to the SANITARIUM
Rock fans rejoice! Three of the music world's greatest, most vital bands are joining forces for one of the most compelling tours in rock history, the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003. Metallica, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park come together for this once-in-a-lifetime live extravaganza that will kick off this coming summer, with all 3 bands playing headline length sets. The 3 groups are also delivering new albums to coincide with this unprecedented juggernaut throughout the U.S. The Summer Sanitarium Tour is slated to officially begin on July 4th. Metallica's inaugural Summer Sanitarium tour - which trekked across the U.S. in a series of sold out shows in the summer of 2000 - was one of the most successful concert events of that year, and featured some of the biggest names in rock,…
OK OK, so MAYBE we knew it was gonna happen, MAYBE we knew it was gonna be cool and MAYBE we knew that it could be the perfect gig for the perfect day...but even WE didn't know it was gonna be THIS good!
Metallica. Live. And direct. Parking lot party. Before the Raiders AFC Championship game. 'Tallica crush. Titans get stomped 41-24. YEAAAAH BABYEEEEEEEE!
The idea was hatched moments after the AFC playoff pummeling of the New York Jets, lifelong Raider (and Metallica frontman/guitarist) James Hetfield getting wild notions of flatbed trucks in parking lots with loud PAs, the Raiders themselves digging the idea and the hearty Metallica crew scrambling like Rich Goddam Gannon to make it work.
It had to be kept quiet for a variety of reasons which all basically centered around public saftey issues versus the plug being pulled if it looked dangerous. You understand. We KNOW you do!