Archive for April, 2009

“Those guys really went for it,” recalls bassist Jason Newsted. “Lars would probably be the king as far as that crazy promiscuity goes. Blowjobs under the stage during the bass solo, that kind of stuff”.

-Jason Newsted

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Rock icons METALLICA were inundated with offers of sex from groupies during their heyday – with male fans even offering up their own girlfriends to bandmembers.

Drummer Lars Ulrich admits he and his bandmates were so freaked out by the requests they rarely accepted the odd offers.

He tells Uncut magazine, “In the early days in America back in the mid-’80s, people would often ask us to f**k their girlfriend. The first time it happened to me, we were opening for Ozzy (Osbourne) in 1986 and I was slightly taken aback. But you realise people were serious and you say to yourself, ‘So now I’m f**king your girlfriend, are you round the corner, wh**king off? Are you taking pictures? Where do you fit into all this?’  “It’s pretty depraved s**t, and it’s hard to wrap your head around that when you’re f**king someone else’s girl. It’s not a good thing to ask a band to do, right?” source

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“One of these days I’m gonna put out an experimental album that’s gonna be so fucked up it will probably sell 10 copies, but I am gonna put it out.” – Kirk Hammett

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With Metallica’s in-the-round setup and 2-ton hanging coffins that double as lighting rigs positioned above the stage, the lighting rig itself doesn’t contribute massively to the system’s weight, but the PA system is rather heavy, so the super-structure to support all this has to stand up to the rigors of the tour. “Time was an issue, fitting everything in, but I tried to make everything modular, so the lighting trusses themselves are four V-shaped lighting trusses,” says designer John Broderick. “Each is a module that slides up and down independently, so on load out, some can go stage left and the rest, stage right, making the process pretty straightforward. It has to be a lean machine of a lighting rig because lesser crew members won’t survive the rehearsal.” (more…)

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“There’s always a new generation more info

of angry young men who latch onto Kill ‘Em All.”

-James Hetfield

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Adding punch to coincide with the ka-blam of John Broderick’s lighting for Metallica’s tour in support of Death Magnetic, Doug Adams of Laser Design Productions and Pyrotek Special Effects was called in for the requisite fire effects (despite lead singer James Hetfield’s onstage pyro accident in 1992) and to add lasers this time around.

 “We tried lasers before with a different technology, but it wasn’t quite right, so it went away,” says Adams. “When the band and management decided to reintroduce the idea, John said we should try it for one song only.” So it ended up that one song, seven minutes of “That Was Just Your Life” for the intro, is played with all lasers and no other lighting. The lasers include six 10W DPSS White Lasers hung in the coffins and two seated on stage run live—also not via SMPTE timecode—on a Pangolin show control system. Chris Blair is the tour’s laser crew chief, and Jason McEachern provided programming during rehearsals. (more…)

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Castro Valley rock legend Cliff Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Bay Area band Metallica this month.

Burton’s father, Ray, accepted his son’s honorary induction during ceremonies in Cleveland, Ohio on April 4.

Cliff Burton, best known as a heavy metal bass player who made use of distortion and special effects, was killed in an accident in 1986, four years after joining Metallica. It was Burton’s early influence that helped create Metallica’s unique musical style for which the band has become famous.

Also attending the induction ceremony was San Leandro photographer Rick Brackett, who knew and photographed Burton in the 1980s when the musician played in gargage bands across Castro Valley and Hayward during the early days.

“It felt like an honor to be invited to go,” said Brackett. “I even postponed a trip to Africa because I couldn’t miss this once in-a-lifetime opportunity.” (more…)

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Designer John Broderick has been working with Metallica since 1988, except for a few years when Butch Allen handled some tours while Broderick attended to other duties. The band’s latest world tour, in support of album Death Magnetic, represents Broderick’s return to designing for the heavy metal band that formed in 1981.

The design for the tour includes an in-the-round setup, complete with 2-ton hanging coffins that double as lighting rigs positioned above the stage. “We were heading for an in-the-round design the whole time; we had done it several times before,” says Broderick. Originally planning to include video, band management nixed all the video just three weeks prior to production rehearsals, after fans and critics loved the lighting-only version during some early previews in Europe. “Some reviews actually said the show was refreshing without video,” adds Broderick. (more…)

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Metallica announced on Tuesday that their digital box set is out at last. Here is what they had to say: Well it doesn’t really come in a box, but starting on April 14 our entire discography will be available on iTunes as a “digital box set” so that for one price, you can download the entire catalog.

What exactly does “entire catalog mean?” you ask . . . that would be 163 tracks including all the studio albums from Kill ‘Em All up through Death Magnetic, S&M, Some Kind of Monster, the two tracks from Live From Live Earth, and “I Disappear” from the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. Our little set here also includes the live tracks that were released as part of the album versions on iTunes: “The Four Horsemen,” “Whiplash,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Creeping Death,” “Battery,” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “One,” and “…And Justice For All.”

iTunes will be the only place you can find the digital downloadable box set

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Sessions, a leading snowboard and action sports company that designs, merchandises, sources, and distributes high-performance snowboard apparel and accessories for the core, youth-driven sports segment, has produced a special Metallica M4 jacket.

Sessions’ affiliation with METALLICA stems from company owner Joel Gomez’s relationship with Marc Reiter from the band’s management company, Q Prime Management, and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, whose similar interests in skateboarding and snowboarding led them on a snowboard trip to Squaw Valley USA in Lake Tahoe, California in 1997.

This jacket shows Sessions’ true dedication to its roots, while still looking towards the future. This special jacket comes equipped with a two speakers found in the hood, an amp, and a custom control panel on the sleeve. Experience what the slopes can bring, with a jacket made for the elements and equipped with a speaker/amp system from Skullcandy, which includes musically inspired designs from the most popular heavy metal band of all time.

To see Sessions M4 Metallica Jacket video, go to this location.

 

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Well it doesn’t really come in a box, but starting on April 14 our entire discography will be available on iTunes as a “digital box set” so that for one price, you can download the entire catalog. What exactly does “entire catalog mean?” you ask . . . that would be 163 tracks including all the studio albums from Kill ‘Em All up through Death Magnetic, S&M, Some Kind of Monster, the two tracks from Live From Live Earth, and “I Disappear” from the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. Our little set here also includes the live tracks that were released as part of the album versions on iTunes: “The Four Horsemen,” “Whiplash,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Creeping Death,” “Battery,” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “One,” and “…And Justice For All.”

iTunes will be the only place you can find the digital box set starting April 14, with your friendly other sites that you can download music from coming on board April 28. metallica.com

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“If you didn’t see them signed yourself, your Metallica autographs probably aren’t real,” says “Autograph” publisher Steven Cyrkin. Already one of the most forged bands of all time, with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Metallica forgeries have hit an all-time high. On eBay, on fan and dealer Web sites, and in many of the fancy galleries in tourist spots, criminals are preying on Metallica’s unsuspecting fans. “You can find out if your Metallica autographs, or ones you’re thinking of buying, are suspect in a 10-page feature in the May issue of ‘Autograph’ magazine that traces the band’s autographs from 1982 to today,” says Cyrkin.

 

“The number of Metallica forgeries being offered rivals the number of forged Barack Obama autographs peddled after he was elected president,” continues Cyrkin. “It’s so bad that we asked the chief authenticator of the largest autograph authentication service, PSA/DNA, to write an article that shows how to identify genuine Metallica signatures.” (more…)

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Onstage and backstage from their hairy early days to premiering “Death Magnetic” 

See Metallica through the years in photos from RollingStone.com

 

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Summer 2009 will see the premiere of a second Billabong/Metallica co-op design, the “Death Magnetic” boardshort. Featuring imagery from the “Death Magnetic” album, live fast and play hard in this limited edition boardshort available in two color ways. The style emulates the bands “thrashy riffs” and “tight patterns” while maintaining their hard-core appearance. Also set to debut is a limited edition Metallica jersey like the one bassist Robert Trujillo wears on stage. Being an avid surfer, Trujillo helps to legitimize the collaborative design and preserve the core style of Billabong’s “Death Magnetic” series. With their recent induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and “Death Magnetic” being the band’s fifth consecutive album to reach #1, Metallica has proven that they are anything BUT past their prime. Furthermore, a recent partnering with Guitar Hero enables the band’s continuous expansion and influence on younger generations. For more information on these and other hardcore products go to Billabong.com or Metallica.com. Source

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