Metallica make night one of 30th Anniversary available for digital download, release new E.P.

Metallica make night one of 30th Anniversary available for digital download, release new E.P.

Dec 17, 2011

Night one of Metallica's epic four-night stint at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA in celebration of their 30th Anniversary is now available for digital download at here.

Night one took place on Dec. 5, and the guests included former bassist Jason Newsted, John Marshall of Metal Church, Sean Harris and Brian Tatler of Diamond Head, Biff Byford of Saxon, Apocalyptica, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Metallica have also released an EP titled ‘Beyond Magnetic’ that features roughly-mixed versions of four tracks that were originally recorded for ‘Death Magnetic’ in 2008 but didn’t make it on the final album. Metallica debuted the songs at the 30th Anniversary shows last week, one each night. The track titles are: ‘Hate Train,’ ‘Just A Bullet Away,’ Hell And Back’ and ‘Rebel Of Babylon.'

The ‘Beyond Magnetic’ EP will be sold only through iTunes for one week, after which it will be available via other digital retailers.

Metallica issued this statement regarding the release of the EP:

“During the ‘Death Magnetic’ album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you’ve all come to know over the last three years. Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on ‘Mission Metallica’ (remember ‘Mission Metallica’?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process, and wondered, ‘What ever happened to those other four songs???.’ We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March ’08. These four songs were released as gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they’re being made available to you.”

Metallica 30th Anniversary Shows kick off with special guests Biff Byford of Saxon, Diamond Head, John Marshall of Metal Church, Apolcalyptica, return of former bassist Jason Newsted and more!

Metallica 30th Anniversary Shows kick off with special guests Biff Byford of Saxon, Diamond Head, John Marshall of Metal Church, Apolcalyptica, return of former bassist Jason Newsted and more!

Dec 7, 2011

The first of the four anniversary shows at The Fillmore in San Francisco kicked off Monday night (Dec. 5) and began with a big-band jazz tribute by the Soul Rebels. The New Orleans ensemble joyfully reinterpreted Metallica classics, including "Enter Sandman" and "One." The brass section marched to the stage while the members of Metallica rocking along from an overlooking balcony.

The mood was electric in the building as audience members had to win a fan club lottery just to get tickets. The Fillmore's Poster Room is serving as a makeshift Metallica Museum with artwork, instruments and other group memorabilia. Comedian Jim Breuer, who hosted several "game shows" using contestants plucked from the audience. The first competition focused on band trivia while a second game was entitled "Name That Riff." Apocolyptica was up next and played a set of their arrangements, including "Master of Puppets" and "Nothing Else Matters."

Slipknot, Scorpions, Kid Rock, Rolling Stone's David Fricke, celebrity chef Guy Fieri, Beavis and Butthead all contributed filmed tributes. U2 also filmed a short skit in which they were in a therapy session, comically referencing Metallica's 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster. James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett then welcomed late bassist Cliff Burton's father, Ray, who shared stories about the band his son had shared with him.

The band then hit the stage, playing "Carpe Diem Baby" from their 1997 release, ReLoad, followed by another first-timer, "Hate Train", a previously unheard outtake from 2008's Death Magnetic. According to Hetfield, the studio version will be available "sometime next week" on iTunes. They also did an acoustic version of Nazareth's "Please Don't Judas Me."

Guests included Kirk Hammett high school classmate John Marshall of Metal Church, who has filled in for Hetfield on guitar in the past when he's been injured, Diamond Head, Biff Byford of Saxon, and former bassist Jason Newsted. The man who was in Metallica for 14 years performed "Harvester of Sorrow" with his replacement, current bassist Robert Trujillo, then Hetfield begged him to stay for a second tune, "Damage Inc."

Here's the best and most thorough reviews of night one of the concerts  and

Check out an awesome photo gallery from the show on Metallica's facebook page here.

Dec. 5 Setlist:
1. The Call Of Ktulu
2. No Remorse (full version)
3. The Shortest Straw
4. Leper Messiah
5. The Day That Never Comes
6. Carpe Diem Baby (first time performed live)
7. Hate Train (previously unreleased song from "Death Magnetic" sessions)
8. Please Don't Judas Me (acoustic; NAZARETH cover)
9. Wherever I May Roam (with fan-club member John Dent)
10. Sad But True (with John Marshall)
11. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (impromptu jam by Robert Trujillo)
12. No Leaf Clover (with APOCALYPTICA)
13. One (with APOCALYPTICA)
14. Harvester Of Sorrow (with Jason Newsted)
15. Damage, Inc. (with Jason Newsted)
16. Motorcycle Man (with Biff Byford)
17. The Prince (with Sean Harris, Brian Tatler)
18. It's Electric (with Sean Harris, Brian Tatler)
19. Helpess (with Sean Harris, Brian Tatler)
20. Am I Evil? (with Sean Harris, Brian Tatler)
21. Seek & Destroy (with everyone)

James Hetfield is hoping hoped Ozzy Osbourne and Motorhead bassist/singer Lemmy Kilmister will be among the guests at the shows, which continue tonight (Dec. 7) and with the final shows Dec. 9 & 10.

Metallica and Lou Reed talk “Lulu” and hanging with eclectic crowd in GQ Magazine 2011 Music Issue

Metallica and Lou Reed talk “Lulu” and hanging with eclectic crowd in GQ Magazine 2011 Music Issue

Oct 26, 2011

The GQ 2011 Music Issue is out now, and in it the magazine profiles rockers Keith Richards (covered in my last post), the Black Keys, David Johansen of New York Dolls, Mick Jones, Debbie Harry, Robert Plant, Jack White, Iggy Pop, Beck and more. The website is releasing a new profile each day, and have already posted this one on Metallica and Lou Reed:

This from Hank Shteamer:
GQ: What were each of your preconceptions of the other before you started working on this project?

Lou Reed: I've loved Metallica since I was a kid.

Lars Ulrich: The reason we formed was to fulfill Lou's vision of one day working with us. I think we go back not only many years; we go back many lives, many planets, many solar systems.

GQ: I didn't realize! I'm curious, though, because Metallica has always been very vocal about its influences: Misfits and Diamond Head and things like that. But we've never really heard you talk about the Velvet Underground.

Lars Ulrich: Lou, the Velvet Underground, his solo material, the New York scene, all of that was inspirational to me in a bigger picture, get-out-of-bed type of way. Find a way to get on board and change the world in your own little way. Diamond Head and the Misfits and some of that stuff, they were more of a direct musical influence. This is more inspirational—on the level of wanting to be alive and wanting to do things to the best of your ability.

When I was growing up in Denmark in the '60s, my father [tennis player Torben Ulrich] had a steady stream of people through the house—jazz musicians, writers, and poets filtered through the door, to a soundtrack of everything from the Doors, to Jimi Hendrix, to the Velvet Underground, to Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins.

Lou Reed: Dexter Gordon.

Lars Ulrich: Dexter Gordon, right. [Gordon was Ulrich's godfather.] It was a pretty rich cultural household and upbringing. What I got from my father in those years before I rebelled was to try to be open to all these things that were going on in the house.

Read the entire interview here.

Big 4 European tour update: Dave Ellefson checks in, Big 4 jams, Anthrax performs with Andreas Kisser of Sepultura filling in for Scott Ian (video)

Big 4 European tour update: Dave Ellefson checks in, Big 4 jams, Anthrax performs with Andreas Kisser of Sepultura filling in for Scott Ian (video)

Jul 4, 2011

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson checked in from the July 3rd Big 4 show in Gothenburg, Sweden at Ullevi Stadium.

Says Ellefson - "We had a great jam last night (in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at Veltins Arena)! A new song - another Diamond Head song called 'Helpless' which I know Dave (Mustaine) was excited about because he used to play it with Metallica back in the day. Who knows, that may open things to other songs we will jam on."

Check out fan-filmed footage of 'Helpless' featuring Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax (with Sepultura's Andreas Kisser replacing Scott Ian) below (Slayer couldn't join in the jam due to travel arrangements to get to Sweden's show:

Here's Dave Ellefson in Sweden

Upcoming Big 4 European dates:

July 6 - Milan, Italy - Fiera Open Air Arena
July 8 - Knebworth, UK - Sonisphere Knebworth House
July 9 - Amneville, France - Sonisphere Snowhall Parc

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is taking time off to spend time with his wife and new baby from eight tour dates this month. Sepultura's Andreas Kisser was tapped to fill in during Ian's time away and he made his live debut with Anthrax on July 2nd in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at Veltins Arena as part of a Big Four show featuring Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

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Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has checked in with the following update (July 4):

"The last three days have been done with only a few hours of sleep and jet lag. I was running on fumes...

"Joey (Belladonna, vocals) and I get picked up at 12:15 to go to the listening session (for the new Anthrax album, 'Worship Music'). We play the record for a few select journalists. We listen and comment on things about the songs and what not, and then we do some interviews. We finish that at 3:00 and make our way to the gig. This place is HUGE! It's the biggest soccer stadium in Germany...I am intimidated by its size.

"The first ('Big Four') show (of the current tour) was good in Germany. Andreas (Kisser of Sepultura, who is filling in for Scott Ian] played great and I think we were way tighter than I thought we would be. 'Medusa' made an appearance in the set.

"Metallica decided that the ('Big Four') jam (at the end of their set) would be (a cover version of Diamond Head's) 'Helpless'. I went into the tuning room with them and jammed it with James (Hetfield), Kirk (Hammett) and Robert (Trujillo). That was fun! Got back to the hotel at 1:00 a.m., had to be in the lobby for a 4:30 a.m. to catch a flight to Sweden at 6:30.

"I have no idea how I got on the plane, but I did, and a few coffees later i am at the [second 'Big Four'] gig doing interviews. [Sunday night] they were broadcasting the entire show all over Swedish TV, We needed some make up to get rid of the dark circles under our eyes. (Hahaha) Great crowd, big Anthrax chant and we are on our way into 'Caught In A Mosh'. Smile for camera and have fun! 'Only' makes an appearance in the set.

"'Am I Evil?' (by Diamond Head) was the jam (in Gothenburg). Shawn Drover (Megadeth) and I decide to wear DEVO-like hard hats. Lars joins in and we become the three red construction workers doing 'Evil'!

"I had a blast but then I'm reminded of the 4:30 a.m. lobby call... FUCK!!!!! I hate these fly dates.

"We got a great review in the Gothenburg Post for the concert, I try reading it on the plane and drift off to never, never land. We land in Zurich, head to the hotel and i sleep...ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

"I am once again [saying to] myself, WHERE THE HELL IS THE STARBUCKS?"

“Big 4” Concert roundup #1: Video, pics, interviews from Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax

“Big 4” Concert roundup #1: Video, pics, interviews from Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax

Apr 28, 2011

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman rocked onstage with his band at this past Saturday's "Big Four" concert in Indio, California, marking the first time he has played with Slayer since last October. This past January, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, which was likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since.
Backstage in Slayer's dressing room after the set, Hanneman relaxed on a couch and said, "I'm the happiest man in the world."

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Members of Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth joined Metallica on stage for a cover of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?" before Metallica ended the night with its set-closer, "Seek And Destroy" from the band's 1983 debut, "Kill 'Em All".

In introducing the members of the other three bands immediately prior to the "Am I Evil?" performance, Metallica frontman James Hetfield said, "Can you believe it? Thirty years, man (he was speaking to how long each of the 'Big Four' bands has been together). I don't know how many of you have been around that long, you know?! It doesn't matter; you're here right now to see the 'Big Four,' and we're getting this prepared for a big jam, alright? It's pretty important. We just wanna take the time to say 'thank you' to all of you metal fans out there who have supported all the bands — not only the 'Big Four,' but the big however many out there. There's many, many other bands that have been around as long as us, and, unfortunately, broke up because of business or some other crap. There's a lot of great bands out there and we'd like to celebrate all of them, and especially the 'Big Four', getting out here and jamming, and just saying 'thank you' to the world of metal fans for just giving us your support, giving us your heart and giving us your passion, man, 'cause that's what it is for us."

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Here's an Artisan News Report that recaps the "Big 4" Show and features interviews with the bands and scroll of full setlists:

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The bands were were presented with double-platinum plaques for the two-disc DVD release of "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria", containing footage of the June 22, 2010 Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival featuring all four groups.

photo credit: Andrew Stuart

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