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Metallica to release 1982 demo on cassette for Record Store Day next month

by on Mar.03, 2015, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Metallica to release 1982 demo on cassette for Record Store Day next month

Metallica are celebrating Record Store Day by taking a huge leap back in time to their humble beginnings. The band's 1982 demo "No Life 'til Leather" will be released on April 18 as a limited edition cassette at your favorite independent record store and!

It will be an an exact duplication of the original. "Twelve people will be able to play it, but everybody else will be able to hold it in their hands and, uh, have a great time with it," drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone with a laugh. The band will release the cassette on Record Store Day before expanded CD and vinyl editions arrive this summer. This is the first time any of their demos will have been officially released.

During this period, the band included vocalist-guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and an 18 year old Ulrich on drums. The band has remastered the original tapes for the reissue, keeping the mix intact. The artwork has been made from Ulrich's own copy and will feature the Danish drummer's handwriting.

The release is part of a new series of upcoming reissues on Metallica's own label (Blackened Recordings). The band own the master recordings to their catalog, and are planning further releases of unreleased material in the future.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield to narrate new History Channel series ‘The Hunt’

by on May.21, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Metallica’s James Hetfield to narrate new History Channel series ‘The Hunt’

A new series set to premiere June 8 on The History Channel about the pursuit of the Kodiak Brown Bear has tapped a man with a legendary roar of his own to narrate. James Hetfield of Metallica will be the voice of an eight- episode series that documents one of the most dangerous pursuits known to man. 'The Hunt, will document a select group of hunters that head into the wilderness battling the elements and looking out for the largest land predator on Earth – the Kodiak brown bear.

Hetfield lists hunting as a hobby, so he was game to be a part of the show. An official press releases says:

"Bear hunting on Kodiak goes back millennia, tracing back to the early Alutiiq people who sought these enormous creatures to provide food and raw materials. Today, the bear hunt remains a cultural fixture on Kodiak and is crucial to the delicate natural balance on the island. Strictly regulated by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, every year thousands of hunters apply for one of 496 tags that are given via a lottery system. While Alaskan residents may hunt by themselves, outsiders must hire seasoned guides who are experts in both the Kodiak brown bear and the island terrain. At the root of their craft, these guides have a profound reverence for this animal.

The average Kodiak brown bear hunt is 10 days, most of which are spent living off the land with only the supplies carried on the backs of the guide and hunter. During that time, expeditions trek miles of treacherous terrain, often enduring ferocious weather changes that can become extremely dangerous at a moment’s notice. The game they’re hunting can grow to be 12 feet tall, 1500 pounds, and are armed with razor sharp claws and powerful jaws. The Kodiak brown bear also possesses an eerie elusiveness and a sharp intelligence that is not to be underestimated. They have the ability to blur the lines between the hunted and the hunter.

Most of the hunters look at Kodiak as the hunt of a lifetime, yet less than half walk away with their tag filled. While getting a bear is no easy task, most hunters still value time-honored traditions by hunting with bow-and-Arrow, black powder single-shot rifles, and/or use the minimum amount of technology possible. Honoring the animal is paramount and taught to all hunters who come to the island. Hunters have an ethical and legal responsibility to strive for clean kills that is taken very seriously. There are pages of stringent regulations they must follow that ensure respect for the animal and the land."

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1st Annual ‘Acoustic 4 A Cure’ benefit concert to feature all-star lineup including Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Nancy Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong and more

by on Mar.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

1st Annual ‘Acoustic 4 A Cure’ benefit concert to feature all-star lineup including Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Nancy Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong and more

On May 15, Sammy Hagar & James Hetfield will unite an all-Star lineup featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart, Billie Joe Armstrong, Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan of Train and more for the 1st annual “Acoustic 4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The event will be held at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Tickets will go on sale this morning, March 21 at 10AM via Live Nation
Tickets are priced $125 each for General Admission. A very limited amount of VIP will be available at $500 each. VIP tickets include access to the VIP

“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation: “I’ve seen first hand the great work they’re doing and how vital community support is,” Hagar said. “I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we’ve got an epic event –the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure.”

For more info and to get tickets go to:

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Metallica Rock Comic-Con 2013 (video)

by on Jul.21, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Metallica Rock Comic-Con 2013 (video)

Metallica rocked Comic-Con in San Diego, CA. on Friday (July 19), promoting the upcoming 'Metallica Through the Never' movie, that hits IMAX theaters on Sept. 27 followed by a wider release on Oct. 4.

First, the band was part a panel discussion along with the movie director Nimrod Antal, producer Charlotte Huggins and lead actor Dane DeHaan. That was followed by a premiere of the new trailer for the film in front of 6,500 fans and an unveiling of a new poster for the movie, then a 13 song set at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego.

When asked about a new Metallica album while promoting the movie, drummer Lars Ulrich replied, “We’ve had a couple of jams at HQ. [Next year] we’ll be all about a new Metallica record. In about another year and a half you’ll probably see one.”

Here's James Hetfield and director Nimrod Antal breaking down their new movie, the new trailer and poster and some fan-filmed video of the show below.

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Metallica announce new Blackened Records label, ending a 28 year association with Warner Music Group, and they are now streaming on Spotify

by on Dec.06, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Metallica announce new Blackened Records label, ending a 28 year association with Warner Music Group, and they are now streaming on Spotify

Metallica announced that they have taken ownership of all their master recordings, including all music and videos. It is an almost unprecedented move for musicians signed to recording contracts. Under a provision of their renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all masters reverted back to the band as of November 30, 2012. The band have also announced their new record label, Blackened Records.

"We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America," said James Hetfield.

The band's new label, Blackened Recordings was created by the band for all of their audio and visual recordings, and anything else related to the band for release. Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties and have a North America distribution and manufacturing deal with Rhino Entertainment. Blackened Recordings will license their releases to the Universal Music Group internationally.

"It's always been about control for us as a band," said drummer Lars Ulrich. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."

Blackened Records first release is the "Quebec Magnetic" live DVD capturng the two World Magnetic live shows from Quebec City in the fall of 2009. The setlist for the DVD was voted on by over 35,000 fans at this past September.

Metallica posted an official statement in regards to the new label for their fans: "We like to make it a point here not to bore you with the not-so-exciting business aspects of making and sharing music, but we're so psyched about our new adventure that we just had to tell you about it as we officially launch our very own record label, Blackened Recordings.

"Some of you, who have followed along throughout the years, are aware that in 1994 we renegotiated our contract with the Warner Music Group, which resulted in a joint venture with our record company for releasing all of our recordings including longform videos. Per that agreement, as of today we have taken ownership of all of our master recordings and Blackened Recordings will be the home of all of our current albums and videos along with all future releases including the December 10 release of the 'Quebec Magnetic' DVD and Blu-ray.

"You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things 'TALLICA to give you 110% on every single level every single time. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny. We're looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way."

The band have also announced a music streaming deal with Spotify, releasing this statement: "We're beyond excited to announce that music from every single Metallica album is now streaming on Spotify! In our never ending quest for total control of the way our music is presented, we always make it a point to be sure that we are offering you the very best service by partnering with ground-breaking technology companies. So with that said, we are extremely proud to be a part of Spotify, who not only has a proven track record, but is by far the best streaming service.

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 and has grown into a massive world-wide service with on-demand access to over 20 million songs. You can create and manage all your play-lists, share them with your friends and add to them by importing MP3's you already own. Now you can also take Spotify with you through their new mobile app.

We're always looking for more ways to get our music out to you, whether it's streaming live videos through our tour page on this site or offering downloads of live shows through Connecting with Spotify was the next logical step and we can't wait to see what the future brings!"

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