A coalition of Bay Area business and community leaders have joined forces to organize a major fundraising campaign supporting recovery efforts for the recent firestorm that swept through Northern California, kick-started by a concert featuring Metallica, G-Eazy and Dave Matthews at AT&T Park scheduled for Nov. 9.
11/6 Update: The Band Together Bay Area concert will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter this Thursday, November 9th kicking off at 5:45 PM PST. Head over here to Metallica.com, our YouTube channel or Facebook page to watch the five-hour event... we’ll be up last for a 75-minute set after G-Eazy, Rancid, Dave Matthews, Dead & Company and Raphael Saadiq. The show will also be available to Twitter's logged-in and logged-out audience in the U.S. via @tippingpoint and also here. Contribute to fire relief during the live stream by clicking the “donate” button on the stream or texting “TOGETHER” to 20222.
Metallica are in England at the moment, getting ready for their October 24 show at London's magnificent O2 Arena. Ergo, it's no surprise that Kirk Hammett took some time to visit the gang at the UK's Guitar Interactive.
The band wore black. The audience did too. My most enduring memory of Metallica at the O2 Arena, London, is not any individual moment or song but the sight of a seething sea of people repeatedly punching the air in unison, and shouting out guttural bellows, in response to a towering noise of distorted guitars, thunderous drums, and barking vocals.
The heavy metal monsters were in town as part of their WorldWired Tour, in support of their latest album Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct.
Alas, before the moshing could begin, fans had to endure hour-long queues to enter the arena, with many taking to social media to vent their frustration.
Inside, the stage was positioned in the centre of the arena, like a boxing ring, and the band came out swinging with Hardwired. “We’re so f***ed, shit outta luck, hardwired to self-destruct,” growled frontman James Hetfield, 54, suggesting a worldview as black as the band’s wardrobe.
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.
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.
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’.