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 Metallica.com!
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.
‘Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal’ documentary creators kick off fundraising campaign
The creators of 'Inside Metal: The Pioneers Of L.A. Hard Rock And Metal' Documentary Film Series, which features the biggest names of '80's Metal, offers Metal fans a chance to be included in these historical movies!
The early '80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, 'Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,' chronicles the entire scene.
Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, 'Inside Metal' features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up at WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM - which will help strengthen the film's distribution, marketing and promotion.
This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).
'Inside Metal' is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.
To check out some sneak previews, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzWl795u0E
Early feedback has been exceptional, including renowned video director Jonas Åkerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raving, "This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You’re hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn’t get back, not until I saw this film. I can’t get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!"
Metalrock Films ask - and want - real and serious metal fans to be a part of this historic documentary and spread the word that this was the scene where it all began, ground zero.
"Our Fanbacked campaign will raise the direly needed financial support to bring this film to one and all in the US and Internationally in order to pay for the marketing and promotion to get it noticed by the general public. We want to bring this film to your theatre, town, bar, club and living room! Unite and support us. We have created some one of a kind opportunities for our friends and fans to participate with us in birth of this film. Get your name on the screen and let the world know that you support metal and the bands that create it. Help us tell the story of the music you love and let the world know you love it. Join in the festivities of our, and your, accomplishments by being at the premiere of the movie and interact with the artist that participated in its creation. Commemorate your participation with a plaque, t-shirt, poster or other limited edition merchandise items that says 'Metal Rules.' Keep checking back as we add more tasty premiums."
And thanks to you and your donation, 'Inside Metal' will finally get the true story of the scene heard - worldwide!
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."
After its success last year, Metallica's hometown San Francisco Giants will be teaming up with the band once again this season for Metallica Night.
“We had such an amazing time last year supporting our local team and hanging at the yard that we jumped at the chance to do it all again with the San Francisco Giants as the second annual Metallica Night will take place on Friday, May 16, 2014,” the band says. “When the Giants take the field that night against the Miami Marlins, we’ll be on hand to kick it off with the National Anthem and first pitch, joining the orange and black faithful for the rest of the evening for all kinds of Metalli-fun and games.”
A special event ticket package is available that includes a ticket, an exclusive Metallica/Giants-themed inflatable guitar and a Metallica/Giants-themed guitar pick tin.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bay Area chapter of Little Kids Rock.
For tickets got to: www.sanfranciscogiants.mlb.com
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: www.acousticforacure.org