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You’ve all probably seen them a couple hundred times. Guitar Hero commercials directed by Brett Ratner, featuring sports stars and supermodels in a parody of Tom Cruise’s famous Risky Business scene. And if you’re like myself, you can’t stand them and immediately change the channel before anyone slides their goofy asses onto the screen.

In preparation for the brand new Guitar Hero: Metallica edition, though, two more commercials were filmed using the same basic premise, but these commercials are actually pretty entertaining.

The first commercial will most likely only be funny to sports fans and college basketball fans. Instead of the mega-star athletes and models, the commercial features legendary (and older) college basketball coaches: Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, and Bob Knight. After these gentleman do their best Risky Business slide is when Metallica shows up and it gets pretty funny — especially if you’re familiar with Bob Knight and his infamous temper.

The second commercial is all about Metallica and it really needs no description — you just have to watch it.

Guitar hero: Metallica will feature 28 of the band’s songs as well as 21 songs from other bands hand-picked by Metallica such as Alice in Chains, Motörhead, System of a Down, Slayer, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Bob Seger, and Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Yesterday, Rock Daily was watching the UNC Tar Heels bulldoze the Blake Griffin’s Oklahoma Sooners on their way to a Final Four spot when suddenly a TV time-out led to the above commercial, which left us perplexed for the remaining five minutes of the game. Like previous Guitar Hero ads, famed coaches like Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, UNC’s Roy Williams, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and noted hothead Bobby Knight donned tidy-whities while paying homage to Risky Business, fake-playing Guitar Hero to Bob Seger’s “Old-Time Rock N’ Roll” just like Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, American Idol finalists David Cook and Archuleta and Heidi Klum before them.

However, the curve ball here is an out-of-nowhere appearance by Metallica, whose own Guitar Hero game was released yesterday (Rock Daily talked to James Hetfield about the game at SXSW.) Together, the juxtaposition of college coaches and heavy metal icons make for the strangest pairing ever in a commercial. We get it, March Madness is going on, Metallica has a game out, but the whole synergy just seems so weird, especially when James Hetfield says, “It means you’re gonna have to put on some pants, pops.” Still, we can watch Rick Pitino cluelessly play drums with only one hand all day, so someone please make a .gif out of that.

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Metallica’s first video game will be released in multiple flavors for all the major video game consoles available March 29, 2009.  Which will you be buying?

WiiPS2PS3,  or X-Box

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To hear him tell it, Metallica’s James Hetfield wasn’t even aware that his band was eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It took Black Sabbath for him to realize it.

 

 

“I never thought much about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame until we were approached to induct Black Sabbath in 2006, and then they asked us to play, which was like, ‘OK … we will!’ ” Hetfield laughed, talking to MTV News shortly before taking the stage for a “secret” SXSW Metallica set. “So we were there, and then they were saying, ‘You know, you guys are up for this in a few years.’ And I went, ‘Wow, really?’ And I started doing the math … ‘OK, 25 years after our first record … yeah, it’s now.’ And my first thought was ‘Man, it’s gone by very quickly.’ “

And so, when the Hall came calling earlier this year to tell Metallica that they’d made the cut, Hetfield wasn’t exactly surprised. But he was humbled.

“It’s very cool. I think we’ve paid our dues, and we’ve got a few fans who probably think the same thing,” he said. “There’s a lot of gratitude around it, the fact that we were acknowledged, and that, hopefully, we can help get some heavy music in. [Ideally] we’d kick the door open even further for some friends of ours — we’ve got a lot of friends that want to come in and be noted and represent a big part of rock and roll history.”

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We proudly present the matching folio to the highly anticipated CD by these heavy metal masters – the first to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, and the first produced by Rick Rubin. Includes artist-approved notes and tab for the hit single “The Day That Never Comes” and 9 more: All Nightmare Long * Broken, Beat and Scarred * Cyanide * End of the Line * The Judas Kiss * My Apocalypse * Suicide and Redemption * That Was Just Your Life * The Unforgiven III.  Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

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DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008

This documentary traces the complete history of Metallica, from their earliest incarnation as one of the “big 4” of Thrash-Metal through the tragic death of Cliff Burton to the mega-stardom they enjoy today. With the aid of interviews with band members, archive footage, rare photographs, commentary from the finest metal journalists and a host of other features, this film gets to the heart of what made this extraordinary group the primal force they have become. buy now

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Pre-Order the upcoming Metallica release, Death Magnetic and receive a limited edition pint glass from the “Newbury Comics Artist Pint Glass Series”!

This Metallica pint glass is a Limited Edition (There will only be 1500 made). If you want to be sure you get one, order right here on newburycomics.com.

16.99$ for this one. Figure you can get the album for 9.99$ at your local Walmart, Circuit City etc. Is the glass worth 7.99$? Not so sure.

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Find out the price and how to order yours inside!

Metallica have released the deatils of their very special ‘coffin box set’ version of their forthcoming ‘Death Magnetic’ album.

Included in the package is a cd that contains the demo’s of the ten songs that make up ‘Death Magnetic’, a DVD of unseen ‘making of’ footage, an exclusive ‘Death Magnetic’ t-shirt, a ‘Death Magnetic’ flag and pick card, a coffin-shaped poster, a ‘Death Magnetic’ credit card with official download and the ‘Death Magnetic’ album itself. All of these goodies will come inside a very special coffin-shaped box set.

The box comes priced at £75 (~150$US).  source

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* Entire show with John Marshall on rhythm guitar.

* There is a tape cut during Damage, Inc.

See the setlist..

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Master of PuppetsA re-release of the 1986 classic on high quality vinyl. Release date is july 15, 2008. 

1 Disc Version

2 Disc Version

Hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal’s core audience, Master Of Puppets sold over half a million copies at its time of release without any major video/radio airplay, making it’s the band’s first record to be certified Gold by the RIAA. It has since sold over six million copies in the U.S. alone. It was the last album the band recorded with bass player Cliff Burton before his death later that year. The album has also frequently been tagged by critics as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.  Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem ( Battery and Damage, Inc. ), the band reigns triumphant through sheer force of sound, of will, of malice. The arrangements are thick and muscular, and the material varies enough in texture and tempo to hold interest through all its twists and turns. Some critics have called Master Of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn’t, it certainly comes close.

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You can pre-order Metallica’s Reading or Leeds festival shows for legal download in either mp3 or lossless FLAC versions from www.livemetallica.com. The mp3 version costs $8.95 (about £5), while the FLAC version is $11.65 (about £6). These prices save 10% on the post-tour prices. (more…)

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Rockzone Records, 1721 East Warner Road in Tempe, isn’t your typical music store. It’s more of a haven for vinyl junkies like our music columnist Steve Jansen, who prefer their sounds to flow from an old-school needle and groove instead of some new-fangled iPod or CD player. Almost 90 percent of the Rockzone’s stock consists of albums on wax, so as such, a majority of their top 10 best sellers are records. Here’s a list of what’s getting bought (with an * indicating it’s the LP version).

1. Motley Crue, Saints of Los Angeles (Eleven Seven Music)
2. Metallica, Kill ‘Em All re-issue (Warner Bros.) *
3. Portishead, Third (Mercury) *
4. Madonna, Hard Candy (Reprise)
5. Van Morrison, Keep it Simple (Reprise) *
6. Radiohead, In Rainbows (ATO) *
7. Eddie Vedder, Music for the motion picture Into The Wild (J-Records) *
8. The Rancountouers, Consolers of the Lonely (Warner Brothers) *
9. Kate Nash, Made of Bricks (Interscope)
10. Alanis Morissette, Flavors of Entanglement (Warner Bros.)
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Ride The Lightning“While we’re finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases… First up are the first two albums (duh!?), “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride the Lightning“, coming out on April 15 in North America and pretty fucking close to that in the rest of the world.

There will be two versions…one like the original on a single disc spinning at 33 1/3, the other a two disc, 180 gram vinyl, 45 rpm package all in a double gatefold. The music was half speed mastered from the original analog tapes at Mobile Fidelity to bring you audiophile quality.

Both versions will be available in the online store here and over at Met Club. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Master” and “Justice” will obviously be next and should be coming out on vinyl in June.”  source

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by Christopher Beaumont

I am not, never have been, and never will be a metal historian. I would be willing to take that statement a step further and say that I will never be a historian of any sort on any subject. That said, I will always have at least a little knowledge about the subject of music; not much mind you, but enough to get by.

I guess this lack of true historical perspective dates back to my initial interest in music. I started late and therefore missed a lot of metal’s roots. The fact that I heard any of the true metal of the ’80s is thanks to my childhood friend Matt Byrne (now of the band Hatebreed), who was into the heavy stuff. This is where I first heard bands like Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Mercyful Fate, Suicidal Tendencies, and others. Still, I did not become a real fan until years later, after I cut my teeth on hair and glam metal. What does that have to do with Aural Amphetamine? Well, it is a documentary about the emergence of thrash and the importance that Metallica played in its growth in popularity. (more…)

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