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Metallica News: 30th Anniversary ‘Kill ‘Em All’ Vans Pack, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ lullaby, new footage from ‘Orion Music + More Festival
Metallica is teaming up with Vans for some rocking footwear due out next year. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s first studio album, Kill ‘Em All, Vans is issuing a special edition slip-on and Sk8 Hi. The shoes are expected out next spring/summer of 2013.
The ‘Kill ‘Em All’ Pack will consist of both the Vans Slip On and Sk8 Hi, with each one dressed in the hand and hammer design used for the cover art. Done in red, white and black, the vibrant kicks will give anyone instant rockstar status. Rumors suggest that this won’t be the only album inspired pack to be released under the Vans line.
Check out this viral video of an adorable baby cooing and eventually falling asleep to Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters' performed by who is presumably the father, playing the chords on his guitar.
The video, which was uploaded in 2010, recently started making its way around the Web with mentions on sites like BuzzFeed and Viral Viral Videos.
Metallica closed out the second night of their Orion Music + More festival with a performance of the self-titled 1991 'Black Album.' New footage has been posted of the band performing 'My Friend of Misery' from the festival.
Metallica will be heading to both Canada and Mexico later this summer for more shows, then will begin work on the follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic.'
"In the fall, we plan on concentrating a little more on writing songs and doing nothing else but just thinking about the new album," Kirk Hammett says. "That should be interesting."
Metallica are the cover boys of the Special Summer Extra 'The Big Issue' of Rolling Stone. David Fricke spoke with drummer Lars Ulrich, singer-guitarist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo for the massive feature. The issue was initially for subscribers only, but now you can read the entire interviews here: www.rollingstone.com and watch a video clip covering the photo shoot for the issue and talking with Lars about celebrating 30 years in Metallica.
Metallica News: Rolling Stone ‘The Big Issue’, ‘So What!’ fan club publication documents 30th Anniversary Shows, Dave Mustaine apologizes to James Hetfield
All four members of Metallica are interviewed in 'The Big Issue' of the new supersize, subscriber-only special edition of Rolling Stone. In it been James Hetfield reveals that the band have nearly a thousand riffs ready for the Metallica record.
Hetfield said about the writing process: "I only have 846 riffs. In iTunes, you can see how many things you’ve got. And that does not include the soundchecks, the stuff we goof around with here. You plug in an amp. Suddenly it makes you feel good — you come up with a riff. ‘Dude, did you get that?’ You can’t get away from being recorded here."
Hetfield added, "But Lars, the hoarder of Metallica, is obsessed with revisiting every stone, turning it over: ‘That could be great!’ Yeah, it could all be great. But I’ve got a new one right now. That’s the Catch-22. You’ve got a riff from five years on tour that’s amazing. Do I still feel it? Don’t worry. Something better will show up.'
Bassist Rob Trujillo weighed in: 'I have about 20 ideas that I feel really good about, whereas on ‘Death Magnetic’ I had one or two,” adds Trujillo. “But one of them ended up being ‘Suicide and Redemption’. Hetfield — he’s a writing machine. Kirk has over 300 ideas. There’s so much stuff from the tuning-room jams, from all those years of touring.'
Lars Ulrich gets analytical: "I've been sitting with [the songs from the 'black' album] for a month now, listening to them while I'm driving, immersing myself before we play them: 'Why did we go one key up there? Why did we repeat that thing four times instead of two?' I was thinking about it again today. There was a moment in 'Sad But True' with that half-chorus in the middle. Then it went back to the guitar solo, and then there was a little break before it goes into the third verse.
"I couldn't help thinking, 'Why was it put together like that?' Maybe we can slightly borrow that?' If you can't rip yourself off, what's the point? It will be interesting to see, once we take this album out to people in different countries, what we'll come back with for the writing sessions in the fall."
Kirk Hammett reveals in the issue that a majority of their finances now come from touring: "The cycles of taking two years off don’t exist anymore. We were able to do that because we had record royalties coming in consistently. Now you put out an album, and you have a windfall maybe once or twice but not the way it used to be — a check every three months."
The first ever newsstand edition of the fan club publication "So What!" is available with a 132 page extravaganza devoted to the 30th anniversary celebration at the Fillmore Theatre in December of 2011. Check out a few pages with the e-reader preview here: http://bit.ly/JeJaVr. Order from Metallica.com here: http://bit.ly/HQa60j. Our European friends can order directly from Metal Hammer here: http://bit.ly/IU466s
Dave Mustaine’s recently spoke out loud about the fact he wanted to put together a supergroup featuring himself and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson along with Metallica’s James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.
That prompted Hetfield to tell Metallica’s fan magazine, So What!, “I see [Mustaine] healthier now. I see him as less of a bitter guy. But I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album, all this other crazy stuff. I read it and say to myself, 'Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big-mouth that wants to just go-go-go. But there is an authenticity about him when he speaks. He doesn't think too much before he does. He just goes off the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it's well-intended.”
After hearing Hetfield’s comments, Mustaine told Artisan News, “I already sent [James] a text message and said I apologized to him for saying that and that I won't ever mention it again. I like James and I thought what he said was flattering, and then it kind of went the opposite way, and then it kind of came back again. And you know, that's okay. I guess my whole thing was I just wanted them to know that I loved them and that I missed them and I enjoyed playing with them. If that's not mutual, then I understand. I still respect him, and I still care about the guy. If he doesn't wanna play [with me] anymore, that's cool. If he doesn't like the idea of what I said, that's okay, too. It wasn't like I said it was gonna happen, it was something that I kind of wished would happen. But you know, it's okay now, since it doesn't seem like it's gonna happen. And you know what?! It's off my bucket list.”
After Metallica announced the initial lineup for their Orion Music + More festival, June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, N.J., there was much talk about the lack of metal being represented. The reasoning was to present a 'diverse' lineup of music, exposing the audience to different bands and sounds they may not have heard before and having everyone accept all the different genres. That sounds good, but the people have spoken, as Metallica has announced a special Damage Inc. Stage that will feature some choice thrash and punk bands.
To be fair, the band did say there would be more bands announced, and among those scheduled to their own damage are Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Black Tusk and Thy Will Be Done.
Metallica will headline both nights of the festival and perform 'The Black Album' on June 23 and 'Ride the Lightning' in their entirety on June 24. The 'Black Album' recently turned 20, while 'Ride The Lightning' has never been aired in full.
Hungarian director Nimród Antal has been hired by Metallica to direct a 3D feature film project being described as a "marriage of narrative and concert." All the members of Metallica: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will participate in the project, with hopes for a mid-2013 release.
Los Angeles born Antal has previous directorial experience, with 2007's 'Vacancy,' co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, and 2010's 'Predators,' starring Adrian Brody. Those movies reportedly grossed over $127 million worldwide. But, it was his first Hungarian film, the award-winning 'Kontroll,' is what caught the attention of Metallica. "I've been a fan of Nimróds since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away," said Lars Ulrich. "I've watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his 'thinking outside of the box' personality. Let's get on with it!!!" The Metallica 3D movie will begin shooting in August and will be released in the summer of 2013.
An art exhibition honoring Metallica called 'Obey Your Master,' has opened in Los Angeles. The exhibition features pieces inspired by Metallica’s work, with some great artists interpreting various songs from the band in a unique fashion. Slipknot‘s percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, Black Veil Brides lead vocalist Andy Biersack and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo along with his wife Chloe also showed their work at the art exhibit.
The concept of the special exhibit is having the artists choose a song by Metallica and allow their artistic sides express their vision of the tune, based on the lyrics and music.
“As a kid in Exodus, I just wanted to be able to play guitar well and that’s all I fucking wanted to do,” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett told Alternative Press at the event. “And to see your musical vision turn into something else, a totally different sort of vision — it’s amazing, it’s astounding. It’s incredible to see what people’s vision of the music has become. It’s so fucking amazing. It’s really interesting to see how differently people interpret the music. I mean, I can’t believe how farfetched a lot of this stuff really is!"
"I have my concept of what the music means to me in a visual aspect. But to really see how other people interpret it and how other people are visualizing it is mind-blowing, bro. Totally, completely, mind-blowing. I’m so fucking overwhelmed right now!” Hammett said, looking around. “I am so completely overwhelmed. . . It’s interesting to see where the music has taken them, where it’s led them, and how they’ve gotten other bits of meaning out of it. I mean, it’s profound. It’s fucking profound!”
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan says he was once invited by Lars Ulrich to bring Hulk-a-mania to Metallica, but it "didn't work out".
Hogan told UK tabloid The Sun, "I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn't work out."
I had no previous knowledge of this, but Hogan did tell the Chicago Tribune back in 2009: "I was in England presenting an award with Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger's ex, and she told me The (Rolling) Stones were looking for a bass player," Hogan said. "I sent her a ton of merchandise that she asked for and said 'Tell Mick I'm a great bass player.' I never heard a word back.
"When Metallica was looking for a bass player, I called and never heard a word back from them either. I would have quit wrestling in a heartbeat to be a bass player for Metallica."