Entries tagged with: Metallica
by Doug Moore
Prince Harry in martial regalia
It's always a little weird to hear that the offspring of famous political figures listen to metal. Chiara de Blasio apparently gets down with the riffment. According to Dominic West -- best known for his roles as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire and the traitorous Greek politician Theron in 300 -- the UK's Prince Harry also enjoys shredding guitars and yelling dudes, with a particular interest in the Big Four of American thrash metal. (That's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax, if you're not familiar.)
According to the Daily Star, the two went on a charitable South Pole expedition together for Walking With the Wounded, a British organization that serves wounded military veterans. (Harry is a captain in the British Army and a veteran attack helicopter pilot.) West was apparently none too taken with the contents of the prince's music collection:
"Harry has a terrible selection on his iPod. It is the sort of thing soldiers listen to. Hardcore thrash metal."On one hand, it's not all that shocking to hear that a military man in his late 20s is into metal, regardless of his lineage. On the other, it's pretty awesome to imagine "Chemical Warfare" rattling the walls of various British royal residencies.
West offers a few more chestnuts about Harry's predilection for extremely dirty jokes and elaborately-constructed field latrines in the Daily Star story. Read it here.
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.
Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."
Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.
Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.
Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.
Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.
Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.
Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).
Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.
Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.
The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.
Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...
By Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo Theater, 2013 (more by P Squared)
You may recall that Metallica's Kirk Hammett is holding a metal + monster movie-themed festival called Fear FestEvil (groan) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8, where he'll play encores with Exodus and Death Angel. (Tix are on sale.) We caught up with Hammett over at Invisible Oranges for a chat about the festival:
How did your passion for horror films and heavy music evolve to the point where you are now?Other subjects of conversation include, his relationship with his former West Coast thrash peers, last year's 30th anniversary of Kill Em All, and Metallica's upcoming plans.
I would say that now my collection has reached a certain point, and I've done my book Too Much Horror Business, and I've done the two Orion Festivals, which had Kirk's Crypt in it, and now I'm finally doing this convention. I really feel that I've finally been able to bring my two real passions together into one solid format. It's taken thirty or forty years of evolution to come to that point [laughs]. But, more importantly, it's taken me that long to come to that point and actually be serious about it and feel like I actually have something to offer and feel like I have something that's new and different and something to potentially be a very unique experience for anyone who wants to experience it. It's a huge victory, a huge triumph for me to be able to blend these two things together.
For instance, Metallica had previously announced that they'd debut a new song on their upcoming European and South American tours. Hammett waffles on the subject in this interview, though: "I don't know [laughs]. We know that we've gotta do something, and so whether or not that happens or not, we don't really know." Hammett has expressed tepid sentiments about Metallica's upcoming studio time elsewhere recently, telling Billboard that the band were "procrastinating greatly" on their new album and that they had "run out of excuses" for not starting it. Such enthusiasm!
Read our whole interview over at IO, and don't forget that Metallica will be performing at the Grammys on 1/26, alongside the likes of Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, and more. With friends like those, who needs a new album?
Check out all of Metallica's upcoming international dates below...
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.
And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.
by Doug Moore
Combination horror-film/heavy metal culture festivals curated by aging thrash icons: they're a thing now. Last year brought us the inaugural edition of Phil Anselmo (Pantera)'s Housecore Horror Festival, which was excellent by all accounts. This year, we get Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil (see what he did there?) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8. Early-bird tickets are on sale.
The fest will split its time between celebrity panel discussions, including both movie-biz types like prominent zombie-makeup man Gregory Nicotero and big-name rockers like Slash, and actual metal performances from (mostly) long-running bands: Carcass & Exodus on Friday (2/7), and Death Angel, Orchid, and Death Division on Saturday (2/8). Metallica fans no doubt recall that Hammett got his start playing guitar with Exodus. He'll be offering those fans some nod-and-wink service by joining Exodus on guitar during their encore at the festival. Oddly, he'll do the same with Death Angel after their set, though he doesn't have the same history with them. On the other hand, the West Coast thrash bands of that generation have always been an incestuous bunch -- Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is effectively a full member of Slayer now too.
Rewind to the beginning of thrash history with Exodus's very first demo (featuring Hammett on guitar), plus a promo video for Fear FestEvil, below:
by Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo Theater, 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
You may remember Metallica setting the highly-sought-after world record for "rock band that has played on the most continents" a few weeks back by playing a gig in Antarctica for a selection of South American fans. You can watch a video of the entire set below if you missed it the first time around.
In a move that will hopefully surprise nobody, the band have elected to monetize this momentous occasion by making the audio available for paid download in a variety of formats. They're calling it Freeze'em All, missing yet another opportunity for a well-placed Trapped Under Ice joke. Seriously, guys, if you're gonna get punny about this show, pluck the low-hanging fruit. I personally wasn't at all impressed by the amp-modeler guitar tones that the band employed for the Antarctica gig, especially given that there are tons of nice-sounding modelers on the market these days. You can score an Axe FX II for a couple grand -- chump change for these guys. Or maybe their guitar techs are just terrible at dialing modelers in? Pure speculation, but again, you can check the video out below and judge for yourself.
In related news: Metallica will continue their globe-trotting next year with a South American tour in March and a European tour in May, June and July. Ticket purchasers get to choose 17 of the planned 18-song set list by vote; the 18th tune will be their first new song since their infamous LuLu collaboration with Lou Reed.
The European tour has another notable feature -- it conflicts with the now two-year-old Orion Festival, thus nixing the fest for 2014, according to Rolling Stone. (It was in Detroit last year.) Its future is now up in the air; the band hasn't ruled out the possibility of resurrecting it in 2015 but don't seem to have definite plans.
Check the aforementioned Antarctica video, the Freeze'em All (seriously, come on!) track listing, and Metallica's 2014 dates thus far below.
by Doug Moore
Metallica in Antarctica (via Metallica.com)
Back in October, Metallica announced that they'd be playing a Coke Zero-sponsored show in Antarctica of all places for a select few South American contest winners. Metallica followed through on this bizarre premise this past Sunday (12/8), and slick footage of the entire gig is now available on Youtube (and streaming below).
This show was, alas, not Metallica's best effort, but the footage is still interesting and fun to watch. Some observations:
--How the hell did they not play "Trapped Under Ice"? Where was their PR and management on this one?PREVIOUSLY:
--There's a reason that the guitars and bass sound weirdly plastic and cheap -- the band couldn't or didn't want to deal with the considerable logistical hassle of getting real amps to Antarctica, so they're piping artificial tones directly into the headphones that everyone in the vid is wearing. You'd think that Metallica could manage better D/I tones, though.
--As ever with modern Metallica, there's some cringe-inducing moments here, like Hetfield responding to a crowd-sung lyric with "YOU BETCHA!!"
--There are also some more warm 'n fuzzy moments, like the "olé olé olé" football chant between that breaks out at one point.
* Metallica are sort of Beliebers
* Metallica played the Apollo
* Metallica going 3-D in new movie, 'Through the Never'
* Metallica did a "surprise" Orien Fest set playing 'Kill Em All' in its entirety
Stream the Antarctica show and check out the set list below...
Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.
As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.
QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.
All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Metallica at The Apollo in September (more by PSquared Photography)
Justin Bieber is on the record as a Metallica fan, and he gave a shout out to Metallica classics "One" and "Fade to Black" in particular in a GQ profile last year. "Those are my jams," Bieber said. In case anyone doubted him, crying "False!" a video of Biebs singing the guitar solo to "Fade to Black" hit Youtube a couple of weeks ago. You can watch the video below.
Metallica was recently asked in an interview with Q magazine if the feeling for their fellow artist's work was mutual. It is, sort of.
When asked if Metallica are Beliebers, James Hetfield replied, "Are we believers? Yes." Lars Ulrich qualified Hetfield's response, asking:
Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes "One," and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.Bassist/wildman Robert Trujillo had some ominous words for Bieber: "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber," he said.
Metallica's manager, Peter Mensch, is not a Belieber. He has reportedly warned Bieber that his off-stage antics would ruin his career. Mensch called Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun out in UK tabloid, The Sun, earlier this year, saying "His manager Scooter Braun is scared s***less," that Bieber will go off the deep end. He continued, "I don't know what Bieber's problem is. His career is over in three years anyway."
"I'd take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him," Mensch added. Shot across the bow.
In other Metallica news, Lars Ulrich spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what it was like to work with Lou Reed and to pay tribute to the departed legend. Reed and Metallica released Lulu together on Halloween in 2011. Here's an excerpt of Lars's interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he talks about meeting Reed before the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show, when Reed and Metallica first worked together:
A day or two before the festivities, we were in a rehearsal room somewhere in midtown and he walked in and didn't say a whole lot. He turned on his guitar and started complaining about everybody being too loud, and this was wrong, and that was wrong, and it was like, 'Ah! His reputation proceeds him!' Like they didn't send a doppelgänger--it really was him. He just cursed and complained and was annoyed for the next hour. We started fiddling around a little bit, and at some point we just had a conversation that was like, 'Hang on, let's just talk.' So we talked, and I was like, 'Listen, let's find a way to make this work.' And then somehow he thawed, and for the rest of the day it was beautiful. I can't remember exactly what was said, though the other guys thought I was at my diplomatic best...Read the rest of Lars's interview about Lou over at Entertainment Weekly and check out Bieber's Metallica "cover" below...
So he let his guard down, and when he let his guard down then it was totally cool. Over the course of the sound check and the gig, it got better and better and we connected more and more. Eventually we realized we were long lost soul mates in terms of attitudes and ways of looking at the world. By the time we were done at Madison Square Garden, he asked if we could make a record. It really went that quickly. As we were leaving the elevator in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, he asked me--he didn't ask me even, he said to me, 'Let's make a record together.' And I said, 'That's great Lou, that sounds fantastic,' not thinking anything would ever come of it. But he called like two weeks later! That kind of purity and that kind of follow through and that complete f--ing lack of bulls-- was so unusual and so refreshing.
by Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo, 2013 (more by P Squared Photography)
Metallica have made some weird live performance choices lately. Some of them, like their "surprise" rendition of Kill 'Em All in its entirety at Orion Fest and their recent performance at the Apollo, have been pretty cool. Others, like their confusing concert-film-zombie-flick mashup Through the Never, have been less so.
This one, however, definitely takes the cake for weirdness: this December, Metallica will be playing a concert in friggin' Antarctica, exclusively for Colombian fans whom Coca-Cola will fly down to the continent if they win a contest. The contest applies only in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Villavicencio, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. As if that wasn't strange enough, the fine print for the contest specifies that the winner must be between 18 and 24 years of age...presumably because hardy youngsters are more likely to endure the ravages of the Antarctic winter without dying? Who knows.
So if you're a Colombian of the correct age who lives in or near one of the listed cities, drink three Coke Zeroes, pop their labels in an envelope, and drop them in a labeled mailbox for a chance to win eight Gibson guitars, a Marshall amp, some Sony headphones, and, y'know, the opportunity to see Metallica in one of the most metal places on earth.
by Wyatt Marshall
Some of those logos look different...
Clothier, dorm room furnisher, vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works. Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?
In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...
photos by P Squared, words by Wyatt Marshall
I hope someone's figured out time travel at this point, because I need to hightail it back to the mid-nineties and high five ten-year-old me--space-time continuum be damned. Seeing Metallica would have been cool as hell then, but seeing them in a venue like the 1,500 cap Apollo would have had me more amped than clearing out a pantry-full of Squeezits.
Metallica played the Apollo Theater Saturday night (9/21) for a Sirius XM sponsored show, a celebration of the new limited-run Sirius XM (9/13-10/6) Mandatory Metallica channel and part of the continuing drumroll for the forthcoming action/concert IMAX 3D movie Metallica Through the Never. That film and Metallica's trajectory over the past twenty years leaves many fans of classic Metallica shaking their heads, and for good reason. But one thing that was made abundantly clear at the Apollo was that Metallica still delivers one hell of a performance, and they know to lean on the early portion of their discography.
The crowd at the Apollo was mostly older, and there were a number of dads with their teenaged or younger sons. Those kids were lucky--they're unlikely to have the chance to see Metallica in a venue smaller than a stadium again. People were aware of that, and some Craigslisters were offering up to $600 for a ticket. Given that the tickets were given away to Sirius XM subscribers, it was a hell of a return for whoever decided to let theirs go.
Metallica opened the show, which aired live on Mandatory Metallica, the same way they opened Kill 'em All. "Hit the Lights" gave way to a classic back-to-back of "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning," and it was then, with Kirk Hammett masterfully soloing while Hetfield riffed-out and Lars pummeled the kit like, well, Lars, that it sunk in that Metallica was playing the same venue where James Brown and Etta James used to bring the house down--which, to be honest, is kind of weird. Hetfield even joked about it early on, after "Ride the Lightning," when he said, "I can't believe they're letting us play this place." Jokes aside, Metallica seemed genuinely proud to play the Apollo. Hetfield was beaming throughout, and the band looked like they were soaking it all in.
Metallica, if you haven't seen them live, sound great on stage. The songs from the band's early years are bigger and richer than the tinny production on the original albums--there's a whole lot of charm in those relatively lo-fi recordings, but the classics take on a different nature live. Though inevitably someone has gripes with some of the choices on the setlist at the Apollo it was, on the whole, pretty damn good. Sure, I may have gone for a beer when "The Day That Never Comes" off of Death Magnetic came on (and ran into a friend from another music website seizing the same opportunity), but hey, it gave me the opportunity to get a beer without missing something I really wanted to see.
The show was long--over two hours--and throughout the entire performance, Metallica didn't skip a beat. That's what almost 35 years of touring will get you. Inevitably, at the end of the set we got "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." The nearly half-hour encore, though, was back to basics--"Creeping Death," "Battery" and "Seek and Destroy." Full, fast and pummeling, Metallica sounded awesome in Harlem.
The next day (9/22), Metallica played "Enter Sandman," Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera's entrance music, at Sunday's Yankees game to honor Rivera's retirement (not the first time they played Yankee Stadium). Video of that below.
Continuing their media blitz, Metallica played "One" and "Enter Sandman" on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM this morning (9/23). Howard was in attendance at the Apollo, and caused a minor sensation when he had to walk through a beer line to get to his seat.
More Apollo pictures, along with video and setlist from the show, the Yankee Stadium video, and a clip of "Master of Puppets" from Metallica's "Through the Never" movie, below...
Like Paul McCartney before them, Metallica is playing the Apollo! More details on the 9/21 SiriusXM show and the film they're realeasing around the same time, below....
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
After baring their feelings in documentary Some Kind of Monster, Metallica are really going Hollywood with Through the Never, a feature film that is part concert movie (Vancouver 2012) and... part something else. Here's the synopsis:
As Metallica performs a roaring live set for fans in a sold-out arena, a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is sent on a mission to meet a disabled truck and retrieve a particular item. However, the routine task turns into a surreal odyssey when Trip's van is hit by another vehicle and he subsequently finds himself up against a death-dealing horseman. As Trip flees through desolate streets, he has only his wits to help him avoid the deadly horseman and deliver Metallica's cargo.The film is also in 3-D, so expect some guitar picks flying right at your head. The film opens in IMAX on September 27, and October 4 on slightly smaller screens. Check out the trailer, which premiered at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, below.
Metallica at their 'KIll 'Em All' set at Orion 2013 (via Metallica Instagram)
While Governors Ball was going down in NYC, another festival, the Metallica-headlined/curated Orion Music + More Festival went down in Detroit. (They happened at the same time last year too, but last year they were both in the NYC-area). Like last year, some bands played both festivals (Japandroids, Foals), and there was some other killer stuff like the fact that it was one of the few dates on the Rocket From the Crypt 2013 reunion (related band, Hot Snakes, played last year's Orion fest).
But most interesting was the surprise Metallica had in store for those in attendance. Last year, they headlined both days, performing Ride the Lightning and Black Album in their entireties each respective night, but this year, they weren't billed to perform any specific album. However, the "mysterious" band Dehaan, billed for Saturday (6/8) at 4:45 on the Damage Inc. stage ended up being none other than Metallica performing their 1983 debut album, Kill 'Em All (30th anniversary!) in its entirety. Rolling Stone writes:
James Hetfield walked out as if to introduce this "band from Baltimore," but his hints on Instagram earlier in the week had tipped off that something special would be happening.Check out videos of the entire Kill 'Em All set and the setlist from Sunday's headlining set, below...
The no-frills set drew the majority of the crowd to the comparably smaller stage, tucked into the corner of the festival grounds, and all simultaneous stages were briefly suspended to avoid overlap. The quickly surging crowd ate up songs like "Motorbreath" and "Whiplash," and the band delivered the tight, 10-song set without much stage banter, production or hooplah.
Reis of Rocket from the Crypt with Hot Snakes, Sept 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Governors Ball isnt the only festival going on this weekend. The Metallica-curated Orion Music & Arts Festival happens this weekend in Detroit as well. with Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, and more playing Saturday and Sunday.
Orion isn't exactly in the black, but regardless Metallica and co have signed on for another three years:
"I wish we broke even last year," Lars Ulrich, Metallica's drummer and co-founder said with a laugh in a phone interview. "I'd obviously like to get into a situation where it's not costing us, but that will probably be another couple of years away. You've got to be in it for the long haul."The band goes on to say in the Bloomberg article that they want to try and make Detroit the permenant home for the festival.
It's a festival custom-made for Metallica's loyal fans, with so many opportunities to meet and interact with Ulrich and his fellow bandmates James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo that it can feel like a backyard barbecue with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
"What worked last year was a sense of intimacy and a sense of connection that we made with the fans," said the 49-year-old Danish native. "There was a very cozy family spirit significantly different than other festivals we've played. If we treat this right over the next couple of years, maybe we'll be able to establish a long-term type of thing."
by Fred Pessaro
Ozzy's old guitarist and Pantera's drummer are part of the (Republican?) party too...
Megadeth at MSG (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth's Gigantour, a colossal carnival of major label mediocrity, will roll back out on the road this summer. There the ex-Metallica lead-guitarist-and current-Megadeth-mainstay Dave Mustaine will collide with former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and his new project, er-Newsted (who meanwhile is on a headlining tour), for dates with Zakk Wylde's band Black Label Society (current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is an ex-member), Device, Hellyeah (featuring Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul), and Death Division. All dates are listed below.
Interested parties can catch Gigantour in NYC on August 7th at a location TBA, August 9th in Camden at Susquehanna Center (on sale today), July 5 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT (on sale today) and July 6th at Marvin Sands PAC in Canadaigua (on sale today). Get your tickets.
Full tour dates are below alongside some classic Megadeth (not Megadeath, New York Times). No word on when the masses will figure out that Hellyeah is actually terrible, but we'll keep you posted...
Jason Newsted is back on the road with a band that isn't Metallica or Voivod. The bassist's new project, named simply Newsted, features a stripped down three-piece approach, and he's taking the show on the road for a North American trek. Full tour dates are below including a stop at Highline Ballroom on May 21(tickets) and Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on May 23 (tickets).
For the curious, yes, Newsted (the band) is running on the steam of his new and poetically titled EP, Metal. Out now, you can check out the first single "Soldierhead" below.
Metallica with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton
Today, March 5, is a significant day in the lore of one of the most influential bands in metal, the one and only Metallica. Thirty years ago, legendary bassist Cliff Burton joined the Bay Area crew, taking the band to a new apex with his amazing abilities and unique take on the instrument. Pictures from the era, courtesy of Brian Lew, the author of Murder in the Front Row, can be seen at Invisible Oranges. Not to be missed.
Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.
Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica debuted their Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City this year, which saw the legendary thrashers playing two of their albums in its entirety while a lot of indie/alternative rock bands (and also other metal bands) played throughout the day. The festival was great and we were excited to hear they'd be doing it again, however it's not going to be as close to NYC this time. They just announced that the 2013 festival will go down in Detroit, Michigan on June 8 and 9. More details TBA this February.
Frank Ocean at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Frank Ocean stopped by a Spotify press conference in NYC this past Thursday (12/6) to play a mini set, during which he prefaced his track "Voodoo" with a portion of Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees." You can watch a video of Frank singing the track below (via NME).
It was the same event that Glassnote CEO Daniel Glass announced Phoenix's new album at, and Rolling Stone also reports that the event featured a Q&A between old enemies Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Napster founder Sean Parker:
Ulrich and Parker represented a reunion of the two most public figures in the Metallica-Napster copyright battle in the late 1990s. The two play nice these days - Metallica announced today they are putting their music on Spotify - but it wasn't always that way.Glad to see they're playing nice.
"We just wanted to control what was going on with our music, because that's what we'd always done," said Ulrich, explaining his band's position at the time. "It became Metallica against its fans, which was never the fucking point."
Frank Ocean video is below.
We've already published Amanda Hatfield and Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite photos that they took in 2012 and here's the list from BV photographer Dana [distortion] Yavin. While she's still got a month worth of shooting to do, here's her current favorite photos from this year that she herself shot, #1 being Moz at Terminal 5. (And if you're in Miami for Art Basel, you can check out her photo show.) The rest of her picks are below.
We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.
More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.
Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?
Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.
Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.
Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.
Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.
Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.
LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.