Entries tagged with: Metallica
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.
50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:
Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.
We premiered a new Strife song today.
More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:
Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.
Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.
Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.
Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.
When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."
26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.
Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.
Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.
More stuff below...
Real flyer on Grand Ave. 'HIPSTERS ONLY Please!' (via @adelaloconte)
Guy Fieri, Smashmouth frontman Steve Harwell and Sammy Hagar are teaming for what is likely to be the most exclamation-point-filled cookbook of all time. Also, maybe the worst.
Bruce Springsteen plays again in NJ
tonight tomorrow. Meanwhile check out his setlist from last night.
Fiona Apple got busted for hash possession at the same Texas checkpoint that got Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. She's out on bail, but tonight's ACL Live show is canceled (which means no pictures tonight on the BVAustin Instagram).
Speaking of Austin, Ume is funding a new record via Kickstarter.
Speaking of Kickstarter, Gawker discusses their accountability problem, Amanda Palmer included.
Meanwhile, if you're looking for backers for your Kickstarter, Forbes listed the 400 richest Americans, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas included.
Speaking of money, Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and more will appear as guests on Ke$ha's new album, Warrior.
The first track from Neurosis's new LP Honor Found in Decay has slipped out. Stream "At The Well" at NPR now.
more stuff below...
photos by Amoreena Lucero
Metallica / Sigur Ros at Outside Lands - 8/11/12
Metallica's headlining set on Saturday featured lots of the band's classic material ("Master of Puppets," "Ride the Lightning," "Creeping Death") paired with a fair amount of pyro and endless shout-outs to San Francisco. "We're very grateful to be playing in the backyard of the greatest city," said frontman James Hetfield. He also noted that a friend of his who lives a good distance from the park told him earlier that he could hear the band soundcheck all the way from his house. "So we're not only playing for you," said Hetfield. "We're playing for all of the Bay Area." [Rolling Stone]The 2012 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival continued on Saturday (8/11) in San Francisco after kicking off a day earlier (8/10). Saturday's portion of the festival gave us a headlining set by Metallica, who, unfortunately for Jonsi, Sigur Ros was playing their set at the same time on a different stage. Saturday also saw sets by The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, and more.
Pictures of day 1 are HERE. More of day 2 are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin , words by Andrew Sacher
Metallica / A Place to Bury Strangers at Orion Music Fest 6/24/2012
Day 2 (6/24) of Orion Fest kicked off with sets by two different, but both very dark Brooklyn bands: Liturgy in the Frantic tent and A Place to Bury Strangers (whose new album, Worship, is out this week) on the Fuel stage. Unfortunately, I showed up a bit too late for Liturgy, but I was able to catch the tail end of APTBS' set, which saw Oliver Ackermann turning his monitors to face the audience and putting his vocal mic up to his guitar amp, creating even more noise than the trio already make. You can catch APTBS in their hometown on 7/27 at MHOW with Hunters.
Then I headed over to the Orion stage for Sweden's Ghost, who were introduced by James Hetfield (who is openly a huge fan). James intro-ed the band saying, "It's never too early for scary," and despite the bright sun shining over their stage, he was right. The band, who always come decked out in white ghoul cloaks with singer Papa Emeritus in face paint, crown, and black cloak, were creepy as ever. Papa Emeritus lead the band with demonic priestlike conduction as he bellowed the vocals to a number of songs off their 2010 LP, Opus Eponymous. The only time he wasn't in the spotlight is when the band took an instrumental break and he stood in the back of the stage, hands pressed together and remaining completely still.
I left about halfway through Ghost for the second half of The Black Angels, who were playing the Frantic tent. They supplied a huge dose of droning psychedelia, and though singer Christian Bland's vocals are often delivered stoically, he's quite charismatic on stage. During their last song, which saw bassist (and Elephant Stone frontman) Rishi Dhir switch over to sitar, they went into an extended jam which eventually saw Rishi playing the sitar riff of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" (which the Black Angels recorded an exclusive performance of at Coachella) and was soon joined by the rest of the band who covered about half of the song. Slowly, the band exited the stage until only Rishi was left, sending waves of sitar over the head-nodding audience.
Around 4 PM, Best Coast began their set at the Orion stage. Diplo was probably wondering what the faces of Metallica fans would look like during Liturgy's set, though I was also pretty curious about what they'd look like for Best Coast, who played the same stage Metallica would later headline with many anxious fanatics already claiming their front row spots. I think I did actually see one guy sleeping (or maybe he was just really zoning out to the music?), but overall they actually got a pretty great reaction from the people who gathered to see them. The new album, The Only Place (which came out last month), is lacking compared to their debut (it's not bad, just too much of the same), but this was definitely the best I've ever seen Best Coast -- no doubt due to their decision to finally add a bassist. When mixed into a setlist, some of the new songs, like "Why I Cry," actually proved themselves to be standouts, and the songs from her debut sounded great as well. In response to a fan request, they played "When I'm With You" earlier than planned, and before going into it, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino promised a Fleetwood Mac cover too. That cover presumably would have been "Rhiannon," which the band are contributing to the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute LP, and premiered on NPR this morning... but they never got around to it.
Next band on my schedule was Titus Andronicus, who were playing the Frantic tent. Before they began, I heard a crowd member ask someone, "So are these guys metal, or is it regular music?" A few minutes later, they fired up their set of regular music, riling up everyone in the tent. The crowd was pretty small -- everyone else was waiting for Metallica or watching Avenged Sevenfold -- but the people who were there were loving it, singing along, pumping their fists, and starting push pits. When the band began fan favorite, "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future," the crowd's singing was overpowering frontman Patrick Stickles and if anyone wasn't taking part, they joined in on the ending's repeated "you will always be a loser!"
When Metallica took the stage a bit before 8:30, they started their set exactly the same as the night before. Everything including AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" playing through the PA directly before the band walked out, the "Ecstasy of Gold" strings with accompanying video clip, followed by "Hit the Lights" and "Master of Puppets," was there, just like it had been the night before. I realize that Metallica have a routine for their shows, but at a festival where much of the crowd had shown up for both nights, it would have been an appropriate time to throw a few curveballs into the set. The only pre-Black Album songs included in Sunday's setlist that wasn't in Saturday's were ...And Justice for All's "Blackened" and "The Shortest Straw," which were great but it would've been nice to hear more/different tracks from Master of Puppets or Kill 'Em All.
That said, I had already been going into Black Album night with less anticipation than I had for the performance of their 1984 colossus Ride the Lightning the night before, and they did deliver well. The bigger Black Album tracks like "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," and "Nothing Else Matters" were still tons of fun and the crowd goes nuts for them. One of the biggest highlights was "Through the Never," which of all the Black Album tracks is most similar to their thrash roots. Regardless of your thoughts on the album's material though, they performed it flawlessly and was a welcome dip into Black Album's deeper cuts that are less likely to see the light of day at other Metallica shows.
Pictures and review of Day 1 are HERE. More pics from Day 2 below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin ; words by Andrew Sacher
Metallica / Fucked Up at Orion Music Fest, June 23, 2012
Metallica's Orion Music & More festival went down in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field this weekend, featuring the band performing Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album on Sunday (6/24), in addition to many other bands across four stages. Bader Field, which was previously used as an airport, was filled with rockers of all kinds -- from the satanist metalheads to the Gaslight Anthem-shirt bearing rock and rollers. In addition to the bands, you could check out Lars Ulrich's curated film screenings, James Hetfield's classic cars, Kirk Hammett's horror memorabilia, rock memorabilia with everything from old Velvet Underground postcards to Melvins posters, and much much more. And all of this went down just across the water from the towering, lit-up excess of Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, Caesars Palace, and the like.
I showed up to the festival on Saturday about halfway through Baroness' opening set on the main Orion Stage. Though the crowd was still pretty thin (they went on at 1 PM), the band delivered a strong set filled with a great mix of hooks and sludge, winning over most of the people who had showed up early enough to catch them.
Next stop for me was Lucero, also on the Orion Stage. "This song's called 'Women and Work,' it's about whiskey," said singer Ben Nichols of the title track off their most recent LP, making what was only one of many whiskey references during their set. They had a solid mix of the upbeat ones like that, and their sprawling slow-burners. The band sounded best on those slower cuts, as they drifted across the hot, sunny, mid-afternoon Bader Field, though I'm sure the foot-stompers would have taken charge in a smaller, tightly packed venue like their drunken NYE show at Brooklyn Bowl. The band did crank up the distortion on "Sounds of the City," and got great crowd reaction during "All Sewn Up," which he dedicated to the audience: "Plenty of fucking bad tattoos out there, so this one's for all y'all."
After Lucero's set ended, the Fuel stage saw what might have been the wildest set of the day with Fucked Up. Frontman Damian Abraham began by saying, "Last year we were thinking... who would be the craziest band we could play with, and we were like... METALLICA!" before kicking into "Queen of Hearts" off 2011's epic David Comes to Life. As per ushe, it only took about three seconds into that song for Damian to barge into the crowd (where he spent most of the show) and another few minutes before he took his shirt off. They relied most heavily on material off of David, playing other highlights like "The Other Shoe," "Turn the Season," and more. In the past I've said that Damian's in-the-crowd antics tend to be less successful in larger venues, but at Orion fest he did everything in his power to make his way through the entire crowd. He must have been part of every single mosh pit that broke out, and traveled everywhere from the kids pushing against the barrier to the people standing in the very back.
The Gaslight Anthem followed, taking to the Orion Stage, and came out with an introduction from Lars (as many other bands that day did). After his introduction, the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" began playing through the PA as the band walked out, with frontman Brian Fallon decked out in an "RIP MCA" shirt (written in Run DMC typeset). I didn't notice it during Baroness or Lucero (and maybe Fucked Up's loud mayhem was to blame), but the sound at Orion Stage was significantly lower for all the non-Metallica bands that played, and it became easy to feel removed during The Gaslight Anthem's set. Despite the conditions, the band still sounded on point. They played "45," the single off their upcoming album, which is easily their best song since The '59 Sound, and older favorites as well, like "Old White Lincoln," "The Patient Ferris Wheel," and of course, "The '59 Sound."
Lars Ulrich introducing Hot Snakes
I then made my way over to the Frantic tent -- undoubtedly the best stage to watch bands -- for Hot Snakes, who were also introduced by Lars. Lars acknowledged the stage as well ("this is becoming my favorite stage of the day... this is where all the cool kids hang out!") and said tons of flattering things about Hot Snakes. The band thanked him a couple times for his compliments, before asking the crowd if any of us had heard of them, to which they were greeted with massive cheers that they seemed pretty surprised about. After all the intro-ing, the band began playing the buzzsaw guitar riff of "I Hate the Kids," the opening track off 2002's classic Suicide Invoice. They reunited last year after breaking in 2005, and they've definitely still got it. They played a good amount of Suicide Invoice, including "LAX," "Who Died," "Gar Forgets His Insulin," and the punishing title track.
After Hot Snakes' set, Modest Mouse took over the Orion Stage, and like with The Gaslight Anthem, the sound and setting of this stage did them absolutely no justice. We got some great songs -- "Bury Me With It," "Dramamine," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- but they were mostly drowned out by the talking of the uninterested crowd, many of who had begun gathering for Metallica. Not surprisingly, "Float On" was the one song that stopped the crowd from talking and got 'em singing along. Things probably went over better for Modest Mouse at the more indie-centric Governors Ball, which they played on Sunday.
Suicidal Tendencies meanwhile were playing to a giant crowd on the smaller metal-centric Damage Inc. stage, with help from their ex-bandmate, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo who joined them for a bunch of songs.
Suicidal Tendencies/Arctic Monkeys
Hands down, my highlight of the pre-Metallica portion of the festival was Arctic Monkeys, who played the Fuel stage directly before the headliners took over Orion. It goes without saying that Lars took the time to introduce this band (their first record is his favorite of the '00s) and he said tons of appreciative things about the band, including that he's seen them every time they've played his city. They opened their set with the attack of "Brianstorm," which sent the band into a frenzy that didn't let up once during the set. Though the band's latter two records have been a bit less popular than their first two, they've really shown a maturation in sound on them and especially on a festival with a mass of heavier bands a lot of their newer material fit right in. Songs like "Pretty Visitors" and "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" border on sludge metal and stood out just as much, if not more than older classics like "Teddy Picker," "Fluorescent Adolescent," and "Dancefloor." In keeping spirits with the festival, during "Don't Sit Down," Alex Turner changed the line, "bite the lightning," to "Ride the Lightning," and pointed across the field at the Orion stage where Metallica's stage hands were gearing up for the band to play said album in full.
Alex takes complete control of the crowd and throws in a bit of playful arrogance, like pointing to Matt Helders and saying, "check this shit out," before one of Matt's more technical drum parts. The band pretty much kept their whole set in full throttle mode, eschewing many of their lighter songs, and they delivered with colossal power. Over ruthless drumming, stoner rock guitar solos, and overall ceaseless energy, Alex effortlessly topped it all off with his soaring vocals, almost of all of which were met by singalongs from the crowd.
Finally, after the rest of the festival had wrapped up, the strings of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Metallica's S&M album began playing through the PA, which meant the band -- who for many, were the sole reason of coming to the festival -- were about to take the stage. They opened with a bunch of live staples, like "Hit the Lights," "Master of Puppets," "Sad But True," and "The Four Horsemen," plus a newer one as well. Then the lights went black and on the stage's screens, popped up a video of clips from Metallica's Ride the Lightning period, which was greeted by huge cheers of the thousands of people that knew the band's performance of the album was on the way. When soundclips of Cliff Burton surfaced on the video, even more applause came, honoring the band's bassist who performed with them on their first three albums before passing away in a tour bus accident in 1986. After the video ended, an animated play on the Lightning album artwork took over the screens and the album's final track, "Call of Ktulu" began playing (they performed the album in reverse). Once "Ktulu" picked up, the lights came back on, revealing the band members on stage playing the song, and yielding more and more applause.
After the instrumental track, live favorite "Creeping Death" came in, sending the band pummeling into a spiraling vector of thrash. The band's theatrics, rock star approach, and tendency to play hits-heavy sets can give off the feeling that they've reached the point where their shows are simply crowd-pleasers, but it's really not the case. The band whole heartedly rock the fuck out on stage, and despite everything else going on, simply watching them play is pretty mind blowing.
According to Lightning's reverse tracklist, after "Creeping Death," came "Escape," which the band have never performed live, mainly because James absolutely hates the track. For anyone who didn't know, he made it abundantly clear at the show and even looked like he was having a bit of trouble getting into it while they played it live for their first time ever, but by the end, the crowd had welcomed its live debut more than excellently. Though James wouldn't hear of it -- "NO!" he yelled when the crowd tried convincing him that they loved it.
Then came "Trapped Under Ice," followed by "Fade to Black," which was by far the loudest singalong on the album during the acoustic guitar-led verses and, as occurs at Metallica concerts, the melody to Kirk's guitar solo in the intro. After the song's headbanging second half, James, with a smug smile, responded to the fanatic cheers with, "Yeah, I like that one too." The level of noise stayed above 10 for the following song, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," whose chorus saw tons of \m/-raised arms attached to bodies screaming along. Following the album's title track, Metallica wrapped up their performance of the album with much anticipated opening thrasher, "Fight Fire With Fire," for which the screens behind the band showed the masses of audience members singing along to the song's choppy vocals.
Directly after the performance of the album ended, the band stayed on stage and went immediately into more live staples -- "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." They then left the stage before returning for an encore which began in the dark with the acoustic intro of "Battery," and then hitting the lights for the song's slaying mile-a-minute riffing. The encore wrapped up with loud fireworks, black Metallica beach balls thrown int the crowd and two more live staples, "One" and "Seek & Destroy" and after the members of the band continued to thank the crowd for coming and making their festival a success.
More Orion Music Fest coverage to come. Lots more pictures, including Roky Erickson, Red Fang, Suicidal Tendencies, and more are below.
Can't make it to Atlantic City this weekend to catch bands like Lucero, Gaslight Anthem, Modest Mouse, and Metallica who will be playing both "Ride the Lightning" and "The Black Album" in their entirety. Fuse's livestreaming YouTube page has you covered. Preview video and both streams (which will start at their respective times) below..
As mentioned, Orion Music & More happens this weekend in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field from June 23-24 and is being headlined by Metallica both nights, who play Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album in full on Sunday (6/24). Other bands playing include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and more, plus a heavy stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, Thy Will Be Done and others. The heavy stage (aka "Damage, Inc.") isn't the only place you can catch heavy bands though. The festival also includes Baroness on the Orion stage, The Sword on the Fuel stage, Liturgy on the Frantic stage, and Ghost on the Orion stage. You can check out the full schedule of both days and all four stages HERE.
Orion Music & More is the first NYC-area appearance for Hot Snakes since the reunited band played The Bell House and Maxwell's in December. They'll play another area show (also in NJ) at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in September.
As mentioned, it's the first time in a while that Modest Mouse will be in the NYC area. They play Orion on Saturday (6/23) before heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball, which also happens this weekend.
There's a ton of stuff going on at Orion other than live music too. You can pick up rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium, check out film screenings hand-picked by Lars Ulrich at Hit The Lights Films, skate the Motorbreath Mini Ramp, have a glimpse into Kirk Hammett's creepy personal collection of horror film memorabilia at Kirk's Crypt, surf, nerd out at the ESP Guitar Experience, check out the Metallica Museum, show your support for a variety of charities, or check out the car show.
If you're heading out to Atlantic City for the fest this weekend, head here for directions. If you're driving, there's no on-site parking at the field, but there are a number of parking areas nearby and free shuttles that run from the lots to Bader Field. If you're taking the train, you can get there via the Amtrak or the NJ Transit Rail and there will be a free shuttle from the Atlantic City terminal to the festival. Once you're there, this map should help you get around. We're also told that it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the boardwalk.
Tickets for the festival are still available.
In related news," Kirk's Crypt" isn't the only place Mr. Hammett will be indulging in his love of all things creepy. He'll be publishing a book titled Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection this October via Abrams Image with photographs of his personal collection of horror memorabilia. The book also includes Kirk's own handwritten captions for many of the photographs. He'll be putting out limited edition toys, like the ones he's been collecting his whole life, along with the book this October. You can pre-order the book at Kirk's online toy store. He'll be discussing the book at Kirk's Crypt at 4 PM each day.
Maybe his old friend Glenn Danzig will add it to his book collection...
Metallica, who will be performing the Black Album and Ride the Lightning (but not Master of Puppies) at their own Orion Festival in Atlantic City which is coming up soon (tickets are still on sale), recorded a PSA for the Virginia State Police, that you can watch below...
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....