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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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Dave Mustaine has been making some very ominous noises about Megadeth’s upcoming touring schedule.

In a recent posting, Dave Mustaine has said the following: “Today is the 9th of April and I have agreed to doing something last night that I am sure a lot of people are going to be very excited about, and something that I had hoped would one day lead to another one of the potential feuds going away for good, if not for a long while. (more…)

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Download: Testament – More Than Meets The Eye

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sat down with “That Metal Show” host Eddie Trunk on January 31, 2009 before the band’s concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, Jersey to talk about the group’s latest album, “Death Magnetic“, and the future of Metallica. Click here to watch the interview before it airs on VH1 Classic this weekend.

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Artisan News Service caught up with vocalist Chuck Billy of thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT at the first-ever Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held April 7 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, to get his thoughts on METALLICA’s recent induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and why it will open a lot of doors for future metal bands.

“I thought it was great,” Billy said. “It’s wonderful, and I think, like James (Hetfield) said, it’s wonderful that it could open a lot of doors for a lot more metal acts to get inducted there. So, I think it’s wonderful. Metal in America, it’s got some legs right now.” (more…)

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Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN), Flea (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) are among the musicians who attended METALLICA private party last night (Friday, April 3) at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio ahead of the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later today.

Other people seen at last night’s party: 

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