29
Oct

Metallica Covers Blue Oyster Cult at Bridge Benefit


Couple of changes for the second night show. New Blue Oyster Cult cover and The Unforgiven instead of Turn The Page. Here is the full setlist:

I Just Want To Celebrate (Rare Earth)
Please Don’t Judas Me (Nazareth)
Veteran Of Psychic Wars (Blue Oyster Cult)
Brothers In Arms (Dire Straits)
Disposable Heroes
All Within My Hands
The Unforgiven
Nothing Else Matters

And here is the video clip of the new cover:

28
Oct

Metallica Surprises at the Bridge Benefit Show


Very unexpected setlist from Metallica last night. 4 new cover songs, 1 never played live original, 1 heavy favorite and 2 acoustic ballads. This is the complete setlist:

I Just Want To Celebrate (Rare Earth)
Please Don’t Judas Me (Nazareth)
Only Happy When It Rains (Garbage)
Brothers In Arms (Dire Straits)
Disposable Heroes
All Within My Hands
Turn The Page
Nothing Else Matters

Here are the highlights of the night:

Only Happy When It Rains:

Brothers In Arms:

25
Oct

Robb Flynn of Machine Head on Metallica


Robb Flynn of Machine Head updated his diary with these words on Metallica and Lars especially:

Metallica at Wembley Stadium. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude! DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!?!?!? Such an honor. Handpicked. Last minute. To be honest, we thought it might be a bit rough just because we were thrown on so late in the game, our fans might not know about it in time, etc. But oh my god dude. Let me preface this and start by saying that, straight up, the first 3 songs were literally the sloppiest we’d played on the entire Blackening run. Jesus?! Guitar cutting out, broken strings, tech hands me my guitar wildly out of tune, Phil’s wireless goes out… it was like, NOW?! Were gonna have all these problems NOW??!! Christ al-fuckin’-mighty! But you know what…it didn’t matter, the crowd went friggin’ APESHIT! The circle pit for Imperium (which Monte Conner says is the new Davidian) was… just… oh my fuckin’ GOD! We FINALLY pulled it together for Halo and Davidian, and from Halo on…the world just fell into place…everything got easy. Didn’t know it at the time but Hetfield watched us… from Halo on… whew! Check out that Imperium pit here.

Mastodon ruled, as always. But Metallica, man, Metallica… dude… untouchable that night. I’ve seen a couple bad shows from them recently, but man, they walked on fucking water that night. What a vibe. Setlist: Impeccable. Between-song banter: Hysterical. The crowd sing-a-long to the “la-da-da-da” part, from the lone post-Black-album song they played (Memory Remains)… it went on for 2 minutes after the song ended… goose bumps man… fucking… goose bumps. Hetfield hung in the dressing room, told us he’s rockin’ to The Blackening, “there’s some epic shit on there”… my brain pretty much imploded at that point… smoke out of the ears and everything… full-on frizzle fry.

The afterparty was drunken insanity, I gave and received no less than 17 skull bites to Brent from Mastodon, but the highlight of it all, was hanging out with Lars after the afterparty, drinking a small ocean’s worth of booze and picking his brain about every detail of the thrash era that I thought I knew about or wanted to know about. With Adam, and a small pow-wow of people, him and I held court for nearly an hour talking about everything from the years he followed Diamond Head around (he was in the rehearsal studio with them when they wrote Am I Evil), following Motorhead around, Dave Mustaine, Napster, Exodus, Baloff, Cliff, what their mindset was when writing MOP, who were their rivals at the time, the first time I saw them, what they thought of Slayer back then… dudes, I was in full-on Metallica history nerd/geek mode, and it RULED ’cause he was spilling all the dirt. We raged on over to some fancy-schmancy hotel his friends were at, where, in between skull bites, WWE wrestling sessions and all of us flashing all of our penises at cars passing by, we talked the pros and cons of cocaine, while he fawned hopelessly over our publicity girl… it was c-r-a-z-y!

What a night!!!!!!!

Stumbled back to the hotel at 6AM, was on a plane by 11AM, and 12 hours later, I was changing diapers with my 2 kids who couldn’t really give 2 shits about what I just did. I wasn’t Robb Flynn of Machine Head anymore, I was just Dada, and Dada needed to “change my poopy pants”, and “take out the garbage”, and “go to the store ’cause we’re out of formula”… and so on, and so on, and so on.

Life has a way checking you. Yesterday I was supporting Metallica, today I’m changing a record 5 (five!) poopy diapers in 1 day.

14
Oct

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Gets “666″ Ass Tattoo


Ross Halfin updates on the Metallica: In the afternoon headed off to the valley to the ‘hood to shoot a bit of Metallica, the highlight being Kirk Hammet insisting I photograph 666 which he’d had tattooed on his bottom after drinking “Jack” with David Lee Roth. Kirk told me his hero, Scott Ian, has got the same on his bottom. ‘We did it together!’ He was extremely proud of this…

Video footage of tattoo artist Kat Von D, who’s talking about how she tattooed Kirk and Scott (around 6th minute in the video):


21
Sep

Randall Amplifiers & Kirk Hammett of Metallica


Randall Amplifiers, a division of US Music Corporation, has announced that they have joined forces with Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Hammett and Randall will be working together to design an extensive line of signature products that emulates the distinctive tones of Metallica’s legendary guitarist. The full line of Kirk Hammett amps, heads, combos and preamp modules will allow guitar players around the world, from beginners to professionals, to harness the sound he uses both in the studio and on tour.

“Old-school tones and new-school technology attracted me to the potential that Randall amps have to offer,” said guitarist Kirk Hammett. “These considerations are the answer to my continual quest for a well-rounded tonal palette and this flexibility also enables me to make modifications on the spot. I feel tonally emancipated.”

“Everyone at Randall Amplifiers is truly honored to work with Kirk Hammett,” said Doug Reynolds, Randall Division Manager. “His sound and playing style have inspired music fans for generations. With Kirk’s collaboration and our continued dedication to create innovative, in-your-face amps, guitarists everywhere will be blown away with his new line of signature products.”

Kirk Hammett is currently using Randall gear while recording Metallica’s ninth studio album, set to be released next year. The album is being produced by Rick Rubin and will be the bands’ first release since St. Anger in 2003.

10
Sep

Metallica’s Orion Covered on Jay Leno Show


Rodrigo y Gabriela covered Metallica’s Orion on Jay Leno show.

06
Sep

Metallica to play Bridge School acoustic shows


Metallica will play two all-acoustic shows on October 27. and 28. 2007 as part of the annual Bridge School Benefit event held at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Started by Neil and Peggy Young, the Bridge School is a non-profit organization assisting individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities and is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication. The annual benefit concerts provide the majority of the funding for the school’s operation. 

Metallica also played at the event in 1997 and this was the setlist for both nights:

  • Low Man’s Lyric
  • Helpless
  • Tuesday’s Gone
  • Poor Twisted Me
  • Fade To Black
  • The Four Horsemen
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Last Caress
  • This is the Low Man’s Lyric from the 1997 acoustic show:

    12
    Jul

    Metallica: The Ultimate Rock Monsters Tell All


    British Q Magazine has a Metallica coverstory in this months issue. Here are some highlights. Check out the magazine for the full Metallica article.

    - Kirk Hammett admits using hair-loss treatment Rogaine for the last 17 years. “If I didn’t do it, I’d look like Michael Stipe”.

    - The entry under “plans” in James Hetfield’s high school yearbook read: “Play music, get rich”.

    - Lars Ulrich joked that “…and Justice for All” was originally going to be called “Wild Chicks and Fast Cars and Lots of Drugs”.

    - Lars said that there was “an awful lot of drugs around” and that he and Kirk were doing drugs “a lot and often”.

    - James said: “I did not like being around them when they were on that stuff. I resented the closeness that they had through their drug use”.

    - James often tagged along when they went to take drugs, simply to feel included. Continue reading ‘Metallica: The Ultimate Rock Monsters Tell All’

    11
    Jul

    Kirk Hammett Interview On The New Metallica Record


    Kirk Hammett was interview today before the Oslo show for the VG-TV. The full interview can be seen here. This is the transript:

    VG-TV: Your sixth time playing here. How does it feel to be back?
    Kirk: Great, I mean.. I have some really great memories of playing at some really great shows in the indoor venue here in Oslo… and you know, Norway has always been really great to Metallica and very supportive. We always feel the need to always come back whenever we have the chance. For sure.

    VG-TV: The tour is called sick of the studio. But are you really sick of the studio? How`s the studio work going?
    Kirk: You know.. I would`nt say we`re sick of the studio. It`s more so that we needed..ah.. a name to call the tour.. and then it sounded pretty..ah..pretty..ah sarcastic and funny at the same time, so we just called it sick of the studio. But things are going really well at the studio. We`ve finished, for the most part, the drums and.. ah it`s moving quite well. We`re working with Rick Rubin which is definately different from working with Bob Rock. And.. ah , we`re putting down tracks for about 14 songs at the idea of maybe putting on the album maybe 9-10 and whatever.. it all depends on wether we pick the shorter songs or the longer songs or what, but I mean.. we have some pretty long songs so… we`ll see how it goes.

    VG-TV: What can the fans expect from the new album?
    Kirk: Well.. Its really hard and difficult to describe it this time… ah.. I would say, if I looked at it in terms of comparing it to our old material, it sits somewhere in between “…and Justice for All” and “The Black Album”. It`s like..ahh.. the missing link in between those two albums, because there`s alot of songs that are really progressive .. then alot of the songs have like a very melodic touch to them, like the black album did. And..ah.. Yes, there`s guitar solos all over the place..umm.. We didn`t record it at HQ this time, we`re recording it down in LA in a couple of different studios, and so the actual sound of the album is gonna be ..ahh.. different. Ah, but you know, its really early still to really give you that good description on how its gonna be.

    VG-TV: When you`re playing with the new bassist, Robert Trujillo, has been playing some funky stuff. How`s that influence the new songs on your new album?
    Kirk: You know Rob can break out the funk when he wants to, but he can break out the metal when he wants to too, and he has a sort of ..ah progressive aspect to his music. Umm, alot of the stuff that Rob writes, or has been writing for the band has been very progressive, and we`ve been like Yeah! That`s really really great, that brings the song a couple notches up in terms of .. ah, you know , just playing abillity and technic, so I mean, he has alot to offer to the band. Wide variaty of styles. He hasn`t got that funky though, yet - but he definately has it in him.

    VG-TV: Whats the inspiration of the new songs , and the new album?
    Kirk: I think we`re just more at peace with each other nowadays, and again - having Rob in the band makes it more exciting because its new blood and we`re kind of taking advantage of the fact that all of us are writing together, the four of us writing together as a group. As for St. Anger.. it was four of us writing, but Bob Rock was playing bass. It good to have like a full time bassplayer now, you know Rob being a full time guy, and having him onboard for the entire experience. Its really inspiring, just moving away from that whole St.Anger period, which was really really difficult for the three of us. And I`m glad to say..um, its good to have all that behind us. We feel like the band we were in the 80ies, you know.

    09
    Jul

    Metallica Image Gallery

    06
    Jul

    Metallica’s James Hetfield Questioned at Luton Airport


    According to The UK Times: James Hetfield, the frontman with US metal rockers Metallica, was apparently questioned by security officials at Luton airport when arriving for the Live Earth gig at Wembley. Friends put it down to his “Taliban-like beard”.

    The story first surfaced couple of days ago at the Ross Halfin diary where he writes: …flew home in the middle of the night to Luton, got home at 6.30 am, then immigration decided they didn’t like James’ “Taliban Metallica” beard. So off we went through immigration.

    Here is Metallica group photo, incl. James’ Taliban beard from the newest collection of great Ross Halfin pictures:

    Metallica photo from the neweste Ross Halfin collection

    05
    Jul

    Metallica Live Earth Setlist Revealed


    Chris Rock will introduce Metallica. The band will play this set:

    ‘Enter Sandman’
    ‘Nothing Else Matters’
    ‘Sad But True’
    ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

    30
    Jun

    Metallica Changes Setlist For Bilbao, Spain Concert


    Metallica changed big part of the setlist for the Bilbao show. Master Of Puppets album was there in full and The New Song #2 was played. Here is the full setlist:

    Creeping Death
    For Whom The Bell Tolls
    The Four Horsemen
    The Memory Remains
    The Unforgiven
    Battery
    Master of Puppets
    The Thing That Should Not Be
    Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
    Disposable Heroes
    Leper Messiah
    Orion
    Damage, Inc.

    Sad But True
    Nothing Else Matters
    One
    Enter Sandman

    The Other New Song
    Seek and Destroy

    Here is Am I Evil? full version from the opening night of the tour in Lisbon, Portugal:

    And full “…and Justice for All” from the same concert: Continue reading ‘Metallica Changes Setlist For Bilbao, Spain Concert’

    29
    Jun

    Ross Halfin On Tour With Metallica


    Some interesting quotes from Ross Halfin’s tour diary about Lars Ulrich:

    June 29
    Don’t get back from the venue until 4am. I am in the land of Morpheus - my phone rings, ‘Oi, are we going out for a beverage?’ I look at my watch, it’s 5am. ‘No Lars, we are not!’ How does he do it…
    Wake up to a sunny warm Lisbon. Off to Bilbao later with the Danish prince.

    June 28
    I’m dying today. Writing this at 6pm and all I want to do is throw up. In fact I’ve been throwing up all day… Went out with Lars last night and destroyed Lisbon - or rather Lars destroyed me. Jesus, I drank (like a moron) red wine, gin, and rum… Ended up in Lars’ room until 8am listening to NWOBHM on his ipod. Saxon, Blitzkriez, Weapon and other “toe-tapping favourites” as Lars calls them.
    Fuck, he’s just been to my room and looks refreshed. God I’m sorry, please let me feel better - and he’s reminded me we were playing Crazy Horses by the Osmond’s over and over…
    Well I have to admit it was strange seeing Metallica live. Certain things they still do the same and I found myself knowing when they were going to do them. Disposable Heroes, 4 Horseman, and Whiplash (they played it in soundcheck the day before) were great. Am I Evil was rubbish by Diamond Head and rubbish by them - what a tedious song… “Am I evil, yes I am” Maybe it’s the hangover. I will begrudgingly admit I had a good time…

    This is Crazy Horses by The Osmonds:

    29
    Jun

    Setlist and Video of Metallica in Portugal


    Here is the setlist of the first show on the Metallica Sick Of The Studio European Tour of Summer 2007:

    Creeping Death
    For Whom The Bell Tolls
    Ride The Lightning
    Disposable Heroes
    The Unforgiven
    …And Justice For All
    The Memory Remains
    The Four Horsemen
    Orion
    Fade To Black
    Master of Puppets
    Battery

    Sad But True
    Nothing Else Matters
    One
    Enter Sandman

    Am I Evil?
    Seek and Destroy

    Here is the video of the Creeping Death and For Whom The Bell Tolls:





     


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