I’M LOOKING AT THE SPACES BETWEEN EVERYONE’S HEADS…
The January 2019 So What! sort-of-round-table-catch-up-NFL-punctuated-sarcasm-saturated-chit-chat-session from Little Rock, Arkansas.Read (& Watch!) More
Feb 7, 2018FIFTH MEMBER REPORTS: MADRID NIGHT TWO
I still remember when we got our tickets in March 2017 to follow the band during their three first shows (Lisbon and two nights in Madrid) of 2018. The wait was really, really long, but finally the time was here and our WorldWired Tour started with a great show in Lisbon and an amazing first night in Madrid. But what would happen with our last show? In short, BETTER, BETTER AND BETTER!
Feb 2, 2018WorldWired 2018 Fires Up in Lisbon!
The backstage air crackled not with tension, anxiety, or rust...it crackled with laughter, smiles, and the energy of a gang which hasn’t had the chance to hang for a long time (nearly too long). You can be sure that Lars, James, Kirk, and Rob were seriously excited about being back together, having fun, and throwing down tunes in front of loud fans.
Rob Koenig has bathed Metallica in glorious illumination configurations for several years now, and the WorldWired Tour is the latest in a series of adventures on that road. Alongside video director Gene McAuliffe, he shines a light on some of the visual production details.
"I think what first drew me to Richey’s stuff is that it’s super detailed, like beyond detailed. And as an artist, when we get into our craft the world goes away and it’s like a tunnel vision or you just… you forget about everything. The clock stops. I mean time stops. And you’re into what you’re doing."
A pretty brilliant Zen-conversation with Hans Lundberg who blows shit up and sets fire to things for a living.
Dec 11, 2017FRIGGIN’ IN THE RIGGIN’! - A Chat with Chad Koehler
When you meet Chad Koehler, you meet a man who is friendly, polite, firm, and who it’s clear does not suffer fools at all. This is probably not surprising when you account for the fact that Chad’s work involves working at great heights with thin margins and multiple tons of weight. It is not a profession where fools can afford to be suffered; the consequences for slack or stupid behavior are far too great. In fact, it is not too big a stretch to say that Chad occupies one of the single most important positions on the WorldWired Tour – not that he will have any of it! To Chad, he is simply part of the WorldWired brotherhood, but So What! knows better.
Dec 4, 2017THERE WERE THESE THREE TECHS IN AN ARENA - A Chat with Justin Crew, Chad Zaemisch & Jimmy Clark
The last thing Justin Crew, Chad Zaemisch, and Jimmy Clark need is some busy-body with mics and cameras asking them questions when the gig is hours away. Cue Steffan Chirazi’s timely and welcome arrival (assisted by Brett Murray).
When Master of Puppets came out, James Hetfield was a care-free, rampaging rager of a young man. Pedal to the metal? Oh I’d say so. I knew him back then from our interactions when I was a Sounds reporter. I attended some of the mixing sessions for the MOP album. But like every other metal-fanatic at the time, as I soaked up and thrashed out to the likes of “Disposable Heroes” and “…(Sanitarium),” I took them at face value. Most of the words on MOP are angry. They’re delivered with ferocity and a clear intent to hit hard and to hit true.
Meeting first responders (those firemen and women who were first on the scene to fight the fires and offer relief effort) as the boys did pre-show would certainly have reinforced the already deeply-felt determination to hurl every last ounce of performance and delivery into the audience.
With only one week remaining until the release of Master of Puppets (Remastered), take a look behind the scenes as told by the people who made it all come together.
Nov 1, 2017The Birthplace of Heavy Metal Hails Metallica
The Greater Birmingham area... Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Diamond Head, a fair deal of Led Zeppelin... this is a heavy metal heritage site! So yes, there was an extra twinge of excitement at Metallica taking the Genting Arena (more of a large, imposing and raw barn like structure) and making it theirs for the first time in nine long years.
Oct 29, 2017FIFTH MEMBER REPORTS: MANCHESTER EDITION
What can I say? After 20 years’ worth of Metallica gig attendance, there’s always a risk that one day I'm going to turn up and at the end of a show think, “This is the beginning of the end,” and walk away with a heavy but grateful heart for what the band have meant to me over the years. Well folks, if tonight is anything to go by, this is still the beginning.