A Busy Week for Metallica

Damn, things in 'Tallica land have been heating up lately and this week was no exception. From working on the Ramones tracks, to a secret gig in San Francisco in front of 100 people, to a NEW SONG played at that secret gig.

100 people in the crowd at this gig

Then the guys decided to jump in the Fan Club's chatroom and spend some time with the 20 unsuspecting fans in there. They were talking about everything from movies, bass players, how the new material sounds, to revealing the working title for the NEW song that was played the day before ("Dead Kennedy Rolls").

They are asking us what?

In the upcoming week, we will have more exclusive pictures from all of these happenings. In the meantime, here is an EXCLUSIVE Metallica.com video featuring clips from the secret gig earlier this week! How about "Hit the Lights" and "Leper Messiah"? The video would of course not be complete without…

Spun - Live at Kimo's

"Damn, I have not seen that much gear being loaded in to this place before" was the first thing the bartender of Club Kimo's in San Francisco said while one of the opening acts were loading in their gear. The band with all the extra accessories was called SPUN and no one really seemed to have any information about them. Around 11pm SPUN hit the stage and introduced themselves as "Hi, we are Bob's band". Now the cat was definitely out of the bag as the surprised crowd recognize their hometown boys.

Bob's Band?

SPUN consisted of Bob Rock (on bass), James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. The band started by busting out four Ramones songs: "Commando," "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World," "53rd & 3rd," and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." "That was our little tribute to the Ramones" said James with a grin.

"Hey close your eyes, we've got a surprise" he continued, and looked back…

Jump in the Studio!

As we previously reported on May 1st Metallica is now back in the studio. As promised we are bringing you exclusive shots from the heart of the recording studio. The pictures below were taken on May 22. We are working on getting you more regular updates so keep on checking back....

Everyone, including the video documentary crew, hard at work

Got some new cool lyrics there James?

The view from the control room

All photos: Niclas Swanlund

Ramones Tribute

Metallica is in the studio working on their new record, and as rumored on other sites, it's true that they are also working on a track to contribute to the upcoming Ramones tribute record. When Kirk was asked by his friend Johnny Ramone if the band would do a song, the yes part of the answer was easy. Now comes the hard part - picking a song! The guys have jammed on eight songs, narrowed it down to four, but still haven't made the final decision yet. No, they won't tell us what the front runners are - we'll just have to get back to you after they pick one.

Bob (Rock), James, Lars and Kirk in the studio May 2002

Launch Party is Re-Launched

Last year Metallica.com held a contest to celebrate the launch of the new website. 110 lucky winners were drawn. What was the prize? Well, 10 of those were Grand Prize winners who received a paid trip to San Francisco, as well as an exclusive tour of the coolest 'Tallica spots guided by the boys themselves, have dinner with them, and then join the official launch party at night. The remaining 100 winners got an invitation to this exclusive launch party. Did we mention that there was also going to be bass player auditions at the party? Some lucky fan would have had the chance to be Metallica's bass player for one night and one night only. Well, as you probably heard, the party was postponed, BUT now the band is back and ready to make good on all of their promises.

The party for all of the lucky winners is rescheduled and will take place on Saturday, July 6, 2002 and is to be held…

High Maintenance!

Last night at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas played their last of three shows. In the middle of the show Sammy invited his friend and Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony on stage. They played a few Van Halen songs and got the crowd goin'. After that he asked Michael:

"Hey Michael, do you remember who was on the Monsters of Rock tour with us? Let's see...it was Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Kingdom Come, and then it was...... METALLICA!"

Historic jam last night at the Fillmore

Suddenly, Lars and Kirk walk on stage and the crowd's ecstatic roar would not end. Sammy introduced the band as "High Maintenance" (an inside joke). They kicked into 4 songs from the first Montrose album (Sammy Hagar's first band) - Rock the Nation, Space Station #5, Rock Candy, and Bad Motor Scooter. The "High Maintenance" band consisted of: Sammy Hagar - Vocals,…

The Boys Are Back...

In the studio, that is. Metallica entered their Northern California studio today to resume work recording their eighth original album. Full details and photos to come.

James on Upcoming Gov't Mule Release

As Metallica prepares to enter the studio, you can get an early taste of Hetfield as James performs with Gov't Mule on the track "Drivin' Rain" from an upcoming multi-artist album titled Crank It Up. MCA Records, in a joint venture with NASCAR and Fox Sports, will be releasing the album in North America on May 21, 2002. With cars and driving as the theme, the record features new recordings and remixes not found anywhere else by Buckcherry, Tantric, Fear Factory, Static X, Slipknot, Slayer, Staind, Les Claypool, Rob Zombie, and others.

Metallica Pays Tribute to Aerosmith

Today in Los Angeles, April 14th, MTV was taping their latest episode of "mtv:ICON." This show is a tribute to the legendary band Aerosmith. James, Lars, and Kirk were there to show their appreciation of the group and to give testimonials on what Aerosmith has meant to them as a band and as people. This was the first public appearance of Metallica since James Hetfield's exit from rehab.

The event was held at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA. On the way to the event I rode with Kirk and he was preparing his speech. I could see the excitement in his eyes: "Damn, I am running out of paper, I've got so many things I want to say." He was talking about how much of an impact Aerosmith has had on him and said, "I saw them in 1978 at the Day On The Green festival in Oakland and that changed my life. They blew everyone else on the bill away, including AC/DC and Van Halen."


Do You Call This an Update?

Last Friday we bumped into Lars and Kirk. We thought this would be a great time to get an update from them about what is going on in 'Tallica-land. By asking a serious question, of course we did not receive a serious answer. Even though we did not get any real Metallica news, we still wanted to share this video with you all. Please do not take it too seriously, 'cause we don't!

We have some news for YOU guys (yeah right...)

Another Update from James

In the latest issue of the Met Club Magazine, So What!, there is an update from James... a handwritten note. We thought we share it with the rest of the world.

Berlinger and Sinofsky Film Project

Eagle-eyed viewers of the Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, DVD will have noticed that filmmakers, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, mentioned in their biographical section that there was a future project centered around Metallica. It's all true. At the invitation of the guys, Berlinger and Sinofsky were invited to start filming the band writing and recording, as well as gaining unprecedented access to their private worlds, starting last April. Nothing has been off-limits, meaning the duo have amassed hundreds of hours of footage embracing everything from Phil Towle sessions to 2 am riffs, and there's a lot more to be done. "We've only shot 30 or 40% of it, so Joe and I would be hard-pressed to define the project because it's constantly changing," says Sinofsky. "We told Cliff (Burnstein) when he asked what kind of film it's going to be, 'why don't you ask Lars, James and Kirk what…

To All @Metallica.com E-mail Users

We're very sorry to tell you that we will no longer be offering the metallica.com e-mail for free or as a subscription service. The free metallica.com e-mail had been offered for about two years, and while we know that the service was not always up to our usual high standards (cough!), every effort was made to provide you, the fans, with a cool FREE e-mail address.

Digging back into our somewhat technologically underdeveloped brains, two years ago it seemed like everyone was stoked about the endless possibilities on the web. As we were bombarded with technology companies promising us new and amazing features with bells and whistles, we waded through some crazy propositions. The e-mail service seemed like a no brainer - the cost of the service would be covered by a few tolerable banner ads, and anyone who is a Metallica fan lets the world know with their e-mail address. All for…

Paul Baloff... Memories from Kirk Hammett

Paul Baloff, the original singer for Exodus, passed away on Feb 2, 2002. Exodus were true pioneers of metal, rising from the infamous Bay Area Thrash scene which produced such bands as Testament, Violence, Forbidden Evil, Death Angel and Metallica.

EXODUS Pre-82(Tom Hunting, Kirk Hammett, Paul Baloff, Jeff Andrews, Gary Holt)

Between 1981-1983, before joining Metallica, Kirk Hammett was a guitar player for Exodus. He wanted to share some personal thoughts with you on Paul.

Another Addition to the Hetfield Family

James Hetfield and his wife Francesca gave birth to a healthy baby daughter on Thursday January 17th. Marcella Francesca Hetfield, born in San Francisco, weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 1/4 inches. Marcella, her proud parents, sister Cali, 3 1/2 and brother Castor 20 months, are home and doing well.

Kirk - Hall of Fame & Behind the Music

HALL OF FAME:Recognized for his guitar virtuoso, Kirk Hammett has been selected by the readers of "Guitar World" magazine as the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award.

The March issue (on newsstands February 1, 2002) will include an interview with Kirk tracing the history of Metallica, as well as covering the present with a look into the future. The piece will include new pix along with never before seen photos.

Kirk hard at workGuitar World Photo session

"Guitar World" editor Brad Tolinski thinks the readers made a great choice with Kirk saying "he's really contributed something significant to modern music."

BEHIND THE MUSICVH1 will have an episode of "Behind the Music" focusing on the band Anthrax. Anthrax and Metallica were formed around the same time and have a great history together. Kirk was one of the guests to be interviewed for the episode.

After Metallica signed…

Lars Babble...

What is Lars and Kirk up to these days? We tracked them down on November 20th and found them over at Kirk's house. They spent the afternoon doing a long in depth interview for their Fanclub magazine So What!

Interview Time

"It's all good, alive and well. Got a couple of interesting things to tell you about, very soon. Lot's of rumours out there to be addressed and lots of truth coming your way."

"I am sitting here in Kirk Hammett's game room. We have sat here for the last couple of hours and spilled our guts out...", explained Lars. The interview that was conducted will be published in issue #4 of this years mag. Issue 3 is at the printer right now and members of the fanclub can view the cover and read about some of the content in the Members Area.

Update from James

Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather good about life. And as he has since this process started for him, James thoroughly appreciates all the support, messages and patience you've all offered.

"My rough road has become smoother reading the show of support from the friends I've met through Metallica," he says. "Thank you. They move me deeply."

And we can say with absolute certainty that (such has become the Metalli-mantra) your patience will be rewarded. "My music and lyrix have always been therapy for me," James added. "Without this God-given gift I don't know where I'd be. And now I TRULY feel the impact and connection it's made with others."

We're sure you join us all in saying "nice one James and see ya soon buddy."

Surfers Beware

Surfers in Santa Barbara, CA at the end of August did not have to fear sharks, but instead they were faced with the threat of Kirk Hammett joining them. According to reports nobody got hurt...

We wanted to find out what was going on in his mind and his world lately and therefore Metallica.com joined him for a weekend of fun. And yes...how did the Police get involved in all of this?? Answers to this and much more will come in an in-depth report in issue #3 of the FanClub members So What! magazine as well as in the Members Area. Video clips and exclusive pictures from Kirk's personal collection will be shared too. As Kirk explained, "I have found my third reason for living...family, music and now surfing."

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September 12, 2001 News

MetalliBash Surprise

"By the fans, of the fans, for the fans", was the slogan of the night at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco on September 1st. A Metallica convention was held that was put together by various fans across the U.S. Throughout the evening fans interacted with each other and goodie packs were raffled out. A few hours in to the night the cover band Creeping Death took the stage.

When asked how long their set would be, the answer was "We are going to play at least 2 hours, but we have material for about 6 hours". The set consisted mainly of songs up until the Black Album. About 1 1/2 hours in to the set we suddenly had some familiar faces headbanging in the crowd. Lars and Kirk watched the song "One" and then they got the request from Creeping Death to join them on stage to jam.

Without hesitating Lars and Kirk took the stage and burst straight into "Die, Die My Darling". After that…

September 12, 2001 News