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The Big 4

Tickets go on general sale at 10am for the Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax show happening at Yankee Stadium.

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The Big Four

They hit the west coast last weekend, and now "The Big 4" will make the journey east for their second show together in The Bx. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax will play Yankee Stadium on September 14th. According to Metallica's site, "tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10:00 AM via www.ticketmaster.com. Met Club members should log in for more information about a special pre-sale starting on Wednesday, May 4. Yankees season ticket holders will have their own pre-sale, also on May 4, starting at noon."

Hopefully by the time the NYC show rolls aroundm Slayer will have founding member Jeff Hanneman back in the fold, though he did made a brief appearance in Indio last weekend...

Slayer hit the stage and even the sun appeared slightly scared as it sank behind the mountains. They were the hardest and most relentless band of the day. Dave Lombardo's double bass drums were thunderous, not so much supporting but propelling the music as Kerry King delivered frequent guitar-shredding solos...They played a new song "America" (sp?) that fit right alongside the classics. As he has been since February, Gary Holt of Exodus sat in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman who is suffering from necrotizing fasciitis in his arm. To the crowd's great delight, Hanneman appeared and played during the last two songs of the set, "South of Heaven" and "Angel of Death". -[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
Check out a video of "Angel of Death", one of "Am I Evil" and a trailer for "The Big 4" show, below...

Continue reading "Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax (The Big 4) playing Yankee Stadium! (played Indio, CA)"

Brochella

Coachella sold out in less than a week, but the festival that is going to occupy the same fairgrounds exactly one week later, goes on general sale Friday at 10am (presales happening now), and that is "The Big 4" which will bring together Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax ("together for the first and only time in the US") for one big Indio, California classic metal show on Saturday, April 23rd .

One week after that, Goldenvoice (also responsible for Coachella and The Big 4) will host its annual Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field (same place). "California's Country Music Festival" is being headlined by people you probably don't care about, but will also include sets by names like Wanda Jackson, Loretta Lynn, the Punch Brothers, the Secret Sisters and Phosphorescent who is also playing Coachella. Tickets are on sale.

I unfortunately could not find a ticket link for Brochella. Full lineup (real poster) for Stagecoach, and a Big 4 video trailer, below...

Continue reading "Tickets still available for Stagecoach & "The Big 4""

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Brian Gibson and Jason Kendall of Megasus at Acheron (more)
Megasus

After releasing their punishing self-titled LP with 20 Buck Spin (and playing an equally punitive live show at Acheron), Megasus is back to release a new 5" mini-EP with Brutal Panda Records. The Menace of The Universe 5" features a pair of new tracks from the Providence beatdown artists including "Damned Hammer" and the title track, which is streaming below. Guitarist Ryan Lesser is responsible for the (impressive) artwork duties on the release, which will include die-cut six-panel packaging. You can see the art and pre-order the EP at Brutal Panda's site.

Megasus, the only band that has the distinction of having a record on Brutal Panda and 20 Buck Spin all while having a song in Rock Band 2, currently have no dates on their calendar. Neither does Lightning Bolt who share drummer/bassist Brian Gibson.

In between working on his fretwork and art for the upcoming release, Ryan Lesser also found time to tell us what his favorite things were in 2010. Check out that list while you listen to the song stream for "Menace Of The Universe" below.

Continue reading "Megasus releasing an EP (listen to a track), Ryan Lesser told us his 20 Favorite Music Things of the year (check it out)"

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Slayer at Nassau Coliseum (more by Matthew Eisman)
Slayer

Why are metal fans so demanding? We demand our clothes in one color (black). We have our own section on BrooklynVegan. And now we have our own version of Record Store Day:

The Music Monitor Network, largest of the independent record store coalitions with stores in both the US and Canada --is proud to announce the launch of Metal Club. Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases, starting with ...Metallica.
Metallica will release a live LP, Live at Grimey's, on standard CD/limited-edition 2x10" vinyl with a gatefold jacket on 11/26/10 ("Black Friday") which will only be available at "Metal Club" stores (which include J&R Music World in NYC and Vintage Vinyl in NJ - full list of stores here). Additional releases available on "Black Friday" will include a reissue of Queens of the Stone Age's debut on vinyl, The Sword's "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" on Hexagonal 12" Picture Disc, and Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell: The Demos" on 180 gram vinyl, among many others.

To celebrate Metal Club, and record stores in general, I have up for grabs the limited edition Slayer vinyl box set, The Vinyl Conflict (a $150 value!), which includes almost their entire recorded output (everything from Reign in Blood on) on 11 LPs. Details on you can win a copy are at the bottom of this post.

Some video, the Metallica tracklisting, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "Metal Club = Heavy Metal Record Store Day -- exclusive releases + a chance to win a Slayer box set "

Ray Davies

Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).

"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.
The full list of collaborators is below.

Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.

All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...

Continue reading "Ray Davies re-recorded Kinks songs w/ special friends, playing NJ & other dates "

Velvet Underground

Former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule will make an extremely rare joint public appearance on Dec. 8 at the New York Public Library. The three will discuss the Velvet Underground's music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke as part of the "LIVE from the NYPL" series.

The unprecedented reunion of the legendary New York band comes on the heels of the publication of "The Velvet Underground: New York Art," a new compendium of previously unseen photographs, poster and cover designs by Andy Warhol, Lou Reed's handwritten music and lyrics, underground press clippings and other reviews, flyers, handbills and posters. The book, published by famed Italian book house Rizzoli, contains a recorded conversation between Reed and Tucker as well as contributions from Vaclav Havel and Jon Savage.

The event will take place in New York City at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Ave. and 42nd St. General admission tickets are $25, and $15 tickets are available for library donors, students and seniors through the NYPL website. [Billboard]

It's tricky wording ("unprecedented reunion of Reed, Tucker and Yule, on Tuesday, December 8th, LIVE from the NYPL!", but I guess we have to assume that the three band members will NOT be playing music. Anyone know for sure?

The book that the library event is celebrating (The Velvet Underground: New York Art), is not the one pictured above. The pictured book is another new one (by music critic Jim Derogatis) called The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side.

The Velvet Underground changed lineups many times. Notably missing from the library event are John Cale (alive and well) and Sterling Morrison (RIP). The band formed in 1965. Doug Yule replaced John Cale in 1968. Lou Reed left in 1970, and then the band didn't even break up until February of 1973. Drummer Maureen Tucker was in the band the longest (though technically she's not an original member - the very first drummer was Angus MacLise - RIP).

Lou Reed is playing (or maybe not actually playing) music at Columbia's Miller Theatre on Friday, February 5, 2010.

On October 30th, Lou Reed joined Metallica at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame concert at MSG in NYC for a rendition of "Sweet Jane". It will be aired on TV Thanksgiving weekend, but you can watch audiences videos of it below. Metallica just returned for two headlining shows at the same venue the other day.

Moby performed "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" at a concert in Paris on November 13th. Video below.

One day later (11/14), Lou himself performed in Prague with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlavek. It was a concert in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (not to be confused with Lou's band with a similar name). Renee Fleming joined Lou for a beautiful and operatic version of "Perfect Day". Suzanne Vega also performed at that show. Check those videos out below too...

Continue reading "3 Velvet Underground members reuniting in a NYC library, Lou Reed played w/ Renée Fleming (video) + 2 new VU books "

photos by Paul Bachmann

Metallica

"It's Metallica weekend here in New York and they owned the greatest stage in the entire world last night at the legendary Madison Square Garden. It seems like it's been an awfully long time since they have been at the Garden, at least ten years (obviously not counting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts a couple of weeks ago that they participated in). A lot has happened over that time and sometimes you can start to think that there are other bands out there that put on the best live performances. Well Metallica is back to remind everyone that it is them first, then everyone after that. Folks I'm telling you that last night's performance was the best I have EVER seen them (and I have been to at least twelve of their shows dating back to 1986). They were so tight, so phenomenally talented and I know everyone who was at the show last night will agree-there were times when it felt like the Garden was shaking. There were two songs performed last night that will forever go down in the history of the Garden as moments one can never forget- "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" was two of the most unbelievable highlights that I have ever witnessed on that stage. The total frenzy created by James, Lars, Kirk and Rob was a sight to behold. There is nothing like a Metallica show and if you have never seen them live, you are totally missing out on a once in a lifetime moment every time that they take the stage, it can happen at any moment." [Errol]
Metallica played MSG on Saturday and Sunday night. Lamb of God opened. Both setlists and more pictures from the first night, below...

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"Metallica songs played with front man Gallagher."

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The hippie in me doesn't approve of the waste of food. The kid in me rejoiced in rocking out to "Battery" while avoiding pieces of smashed watermelon (in the rain). More pictures, and some video, from Metallagher's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday, below...

Continue reading "Metallagher = Metallica + Gallagher (pics from FFF Fest) "

Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...

After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]
Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.

HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).

Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.

Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...

Continue reading "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosted 2 very long shows @ MSG (setlists), will air on HBO Thanksgiving weekend"

Bruce Springsteen @ Izod Center in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Reports on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show have been confirmed. The two-night event will be happening at Madison Square Garden on October 29th & 30th. The lineup for those shows will include...

October 29:
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
Paul Simon
Stevie Wonder

October 30:
Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin
Metallica
U2

"Stay tuned for more information on special guests yet to be announced."

"American Express cardmembers have access to advance tickets Monday, July 27 at 9AM to Sunday, August 2 at 9PM, before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3 at 9AM. For once-in-a-lifetime VIP Benefit Packages priced from $25,000 to $100,000, email rockhall@eventassociatesinc.com. For other Special VIP Benefit Packages priced from $750 to $5,000, go to ticketmaster.com." The cheapest ticket price is $79.50.

More info on the show's various sets and collaborations from Rolling Stone, who is helping to produce it, below...

Continue reading "Hall of fame shows @ MSG confirmed - tickets, lineup (U2, Bruce, Metallica, Simon, Garfunkel, Clapton, Stevie, Aretha) "

UPDATE: These shows are confirmed

Bruce Springsteen @ Izod Center (more by Tim Griffin)
Bruce Springsteen

Reports are circling around the web about a 25th Anniversary Event of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame slated to take place at Madison Square Garden on Oct 29-30. Although so far unconfirmed by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame site showbiz411.com reports...

Tentatively scheduled for the Thursday show are Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon as a solo act, Stevie Wonder, and the whole posse that includes Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and friends.

Then on Friday: Aretha Franklin headlines, with U2, Metallica, and Eric Clapton. Those are the names I've heard so far, but we won't be surprised if Paul McCartney, Sting, the Rolling Stones and a few other big names like Bob Dylan.

Amazon.com seems to semi-confirm some details with respect to an upcoming book, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the most famous rock and roll institution in the world. In 2009, the Hall of Fame celebrates its twenty-fifth year with numerous events in Cleveland and a two-day anniversary concert on October 29 and 30 at Madison Square Garden that will be filmed. A four-hour edited version will appear on HBO in mid-November. While we are not a liberty yet to give out the names of the artists confirmed, you can be assured that the top names in music will appear. Artists that have been approached include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, The Eagles, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and other artists of this calibre. The event is being produced with Tom Hanks' company Playtone; Tom and award-winning writer and director Cameron Crowe will be involved in the creative. The Hall of Fame is just beginning to reach out to sponsors. The publication of this book is timed to release with the HBO television special and the induction of the 2009 nominees.
On Saturday night (7/18), Stevie Wonder was in town to play the Mandela tribute concert at Radio City. The Star Ledger reports that "Mandela didn't attend the concert, through he did send a taped message, as did President Obama."

Paul McCartney is playing Citi Field tonight (7/21) (assuming it is rain or shine), one of three shows at the venue from the legend (pics from night one here).

Metallica are also playing Madison Square Garden, just a couple weeks after the supposed Hall of Fame show. Those sold-out shows, slated for 11/14 and 11/15, will feature support from Lamb of God (who are headlining a show at Wellmont Theater with Gwar).

Metallica were inducted into the Hall of Fame in April. Videos below...

Continue reading "Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts @ MSG?"

photos by Ryan Muir

The Dodos

The Dodos will release their third album, Time To Die (produced by Phil EK), on September 15th via Frenchkiss Records...

Time To Die introduces one major addition to the Dodos' creative core: Keaton Snyder, a 21-year-old music school dropout who plays a mean vibraphone. As Long puts it, "He's a better musician than Logan and I combined. I don't even know what's going on with his music theory ideas half the time." On a similar note, Snyder-a classically-trained musician-is constantly learning what 'being in a band' entails. In fact, he didn't even know how to react when a chord was yanked during his Dodos debut. "After the show," says Long, "he was like, 'Yeah, I've never had to plug anything in before.' It was hilarious."
I wasn't expecting Studio B to be so crowded when I showed up for their 5pm Northside Festival show on Sunday (6/14). I wonder if the Miller commercial has helped ticket sales. It was so beautiful outside, and so dark and packed on the inside (not counting the roof deck - it was nice up there). I couldn't really get a good spot and was pre-occupied, so I don't really have an opinion on the actual show, but I loved the Dodos all the other times I've seen them, so I'll probably try and go check them out again when they come back in the fall. No exact NYC dates - just a bunch in Europe and Canada, and some festivals for now. All dates, the new album tracklist, and more pictures from studio B, below...

Continue reading "The Dodos played Studio B (pics), releasing 'Time To Die'"

Metallica and AC DC

Metallica have added a 2nd show at Madison Square Garden. Both the November 14th and 15th shows are on sale @ 10am. More dates HERE.

Tickets are also on sale (@ 10am) for the AC/DC show at Giants Stadium.

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Tickets are on sale (@10am) for the recently added Unwigged & Unplugged (Spinal Tap) show at The Beacon Theatre.

Tickets for Metallica's MSG show go on "Internet Presale" at 10am [ password(s) = TRUNK and/or hemetal ]. Regular sale starts Saturday.

Lions and tigers and bears

Tickets are on sale for the recently added late Dan Deacon show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the recently added Grizzly Bear show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the 2nd Animal Collective show in Prospect Park. Tickets are also still on sale for the first.

Tickets for Metallica's MSG show are now on "Met Club Presale". An "Internet Presale" starts Friday. Then regular sale is Saturday.

Phish added a third (June 2nd) show at Jones Beach. You can currently request tickets at their site. They go on general sale Friday, April 17th.

Tickets are on sale for the Secret Chiefs 3 show at MHOW.

Tickets are on sale for the recently added, and third, Throbbing Gristle show in NYC.

Metallica @ Stubb's for SXSW (more by Fresh Bread)
Metallica

"European Summer Vacation, part 2,347 will end on August 2, so that can only mean one thing ... more dates in the U.S. and Canada! We just rocked Austin at SXSWand are super psyched that we'll be back in North America visiting our friends in the Fall as the World Magnetic Tour keeps rolling on. We had an amazing time on the last run in '08 and early '09 and we are so ready to do it again!

Tickets go on sale either April 4 or April 11 - please see dates below and keep watching here for more information about on sale times and support acts." -Metallica

Love turned to hatred for Metallica long ago, but lately that's turned into something in the middle which is a mix of my love/hate, and their classics-filled setlists. I figured I shouldn't miss the opportunity to see them at the small-for-them venue that was Stubb's during SXSW, but then I didn't try very hard to get in, and I ended up just listening to most of it from the street with lots of other people (many of whom were singing along to good ones like Master of Puppets). The only other venue I would probably make an effort to see Metallica at again, is Madison Square Garden in NYC, which is where they're playing on November 14th (thx Joe). All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Metallica - 2009 Tour Dates (MSG) "

photos by Fresh Bread

Metallica

Invading South By Southwest, Metallica attempted to pose as one of the hundreds of smaller bands there just hoping to get a record deal.

"We're a young band from Norway and we want to get signed," Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the audience at the heavy metal band's SXSW performance Friday night.

It was a widely expected but not officially announced show at a venue (Stubb's) that for a band like Metallica is downright minuscule, holding about 2,100 people. The band played for slightly more than an hour, performing both classics and, as Hetfield called it, "new stuff" off their 2008 album "Death Magnetic" -- a disc widely considered a return to form for the 28-year-old group.

But despite Hetfield's mock camouflage (and poor Norwegian accent), Metallica stood out on the SXSW landscape Friday. With more than 50 million albums sold, Metallica has probably outsold the other 1,900-plus bands at SXSW combined.

Droves of die-hard fans, catching wind of the rumors, lined up all day outside Stubb's, where Metallica 18-wheelers parked outside. [AP]

More pictures from Friday night's show below...

Continue reading "Metallica @ Stubb's, Austin, TX (Guitar Hero SXSW) - pics "

photos by James Trevenen

Playboy

As suspected, the reunited lineup of Jane's Addiction took the stage at the annual Playboy Rock the Rabbit party in Austin last night (3/19).

In a move that was either pure coincidence or pure brilliance, the Playboy bash was held in an empty grocery store attached to a slightly skeevy strip mall in a decidedly unsafe area of Austin. It's difficult to think of a more perfect setting for Jane's tawdry, tarty rock (the bevy of Bunnies parading around the party were a nice touch too). Whether it was due to the joy of feeling at home, or the joy of playing music together again, Jane's came out feisty, fiery and fierce.

On this night, there were no selections from Jane's softer side, just plenty of pummel, from opening number "Three Days" to the incredibly raucous set-closer "Stop!" Showing a swagger that only the best bands possess, Jane's threw haymakers, with guitarist Dave Navarro pulling solo after solo out of his axe, frontman Perry Farrell patrolling and posing, and the reformed rhythm section of Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins remaining in lockstep.

Songs like "Standing in the Shower ... Thinking" (during which Farrell patted his crotch dry with a towel, then tossed it into the crowd), "Ted, Just Admit It ..." and a particularly massive "Ocean Size" sent the crowd into hysterics -- there was even some crowd surfing, which sent the Bunnies scattering -- and showcased a band still very much at the top of its game. Navarro and Farrell shared a smooch, Avery and Perkins exchanged knowing nods, and frankly, it was as if those 17 years never happened. [MTV]

Metallica plays a more-official SXSW party tonight (3/20) at Stubb's. Kanye West is rumored to appear as the guest at the FADER House where Kanye's label GOOD Music is having a showcase (makes sense). More pictures from the Playboy party below...

Continue reading "Jane's Addiction last night (pics), Metallica tonight (at SXSW)"

Volsung

"In Norse mythology, Völsung was murdered by the Geatish king Siggeir and avenged by one of his sons, Sigmund and his daughter Signy who was married to Siggeir. Völsung was the common ancestor of the ill-fortuned clan of the Volsungs, including the greatest of Norse heroes, Sigurd. Their legend is known in Norse myth through Volsungasaga and Dráp Niflunga and in Old German through the Nibelungenlied.

In the English epic Beowulf, when the Geatish warrior Beowulf has killed Grendel, a Danish bard at Hrothgar's court sings about Sigmund and his father Waels." [Wikipedia]

The above picture is a screenshot of SXSW's recently updated Stubb's schedule. Friday is now the "Guitar Hero Metallica" showcase and "Volsung" from "Somewhere, Norway" is playing at 10:30 pm.

PREVIOUSLY: Metallica playing SXSW??

P.S. Katy Perry has vanished from the Stubb's schedule, thus removing the (not)awesomeness that was Katy playing back to back with the Meat Puppets.

Janes Addiction

Metallica. And Jane's Addiction! (maybe)

In possibly related news, "Stay tuned for more info on the Annual Late Night Playboy Party presented by Jack Daniel's in partnership with C3 at SXSW in March."

In definitely related news, Jane's Addiction is playing Sasquatch and will soon announce more tour dates with Nine Inch Nails.

photos by Eric M. Townsend, word by Black Bubblegum

Metallica

Metallica played three NYC area shows in a row this past weekend, the final stops on their Death Magnetic US tour including Nassau Coliseum on 1/29 and a two night stay at the Prudential Center in beautiful Newark, NJ (on 1/31 and 2/1, the latter coinciding with the Superbowl). Machine Head and The Sword supported on all three nights, with The Sword adding a show at Bowery Ballroom on 1/30. The Metallica pics are from 1/31, I attended the 2/1 show.

I headed into the doors of the Prudential Center right around 6:45, settling into my GA "seats" (the floor) a few moments before The Sword hit the stage. My early arrival gave me a few moments to thoroughly inspect the unique "in the round" set-up. Placed in the center of the arena floor, with six mics positioned at various parts of the stage, members of the band were within ten feet of me at times, and on the opposite side at others. Overhead, seven sheet metal "coffins" the size of a Cadillacs containing lighting rigs and lasers rotated up and down and in a circular motion. On stage, located behind a short wall of amps was a line of pyro.... I guess James didn't learn his lesson? Later on, we would learn that Lars Ulrich's kit was also on a swivel. Low-budget, this show was not.

The Sword took the stage at 7PM, playing a shortened 25+ minute set and drawing from both of their Kemado releases. The Austin crew were simple and effective and it was truly surreal to see the band on THAT stage as opposed to the last time I saw them (Bowery Ballroom in 2007).

Machine Head were next, and even if I wanted to hear them (I didn't), I wouldn't have been able to. The mix was absolutely abhorrent, and if it wasn't for the metal-requisite whammy pedal, I probably wouldnt have been able to hear ANY guitars. My life-long Metallica fan friend commented:

"Those dudes are straight up corny".

Mostly. That said, the masses in Affliction/Don Ed Hardy tees, mohawks, and mock wallet chains were contented. Thankfully, guitarist/vocalist Rob Flynn is a good showman, spraying water about and leading the crowd in chants of "Ma-sheen-head" and "Machine-fuckin-head". At least he, unlike the music, held my interest.

Metallica took the stage a shade after 9PM, emerging with their usual intro music, "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack. Kicking off with "That Was Just Your Life" from the new LP, Death Magnetic, the band was accompanied a laser-light show of epic proportions.... Daft Punk is jealous. Although the concentration was on Death Magnetic material (six songs in total), the band did dip into the classics ("Master of Puppets, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Blackened", Seek & Destroy"), the records that propelled them to the top ("Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters"), and deeper fan favorites (a cover of "Die Die My Darling" by the Misfits, "Breadfan" by Budgie) over the course of the evening.

As a fan of the Cliff Burton & Justice era of Metallica, I would say this show was alot like a Jerry Bruckheimer film: loud, lots of explosions, an obscene amount of special effects, a little something for everyone, a touch on the dumb side, but big time entertainment.

More pictures from 1/31 and setlists for all three shows below...

Continue reading "Metallica @ Prudential Center - pics, a review, three setlists"

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A Brewster police officer is on paid administrative leave after allegedly urinating on a fellow music-lover at a Metallica concert in Boston and then refusing to leave TD Banknorth Garden when security guards ejected him for disorderly conduct.

A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police report from that night identifies Brewster Police Officer Joseph Houston, 29, as being thrown out of the Jan. 18 rock concert by security guards at around 10 p.m.

Although he has been charged only with trespassing, Houston appeared to be drunk, flashed his badge in an attempt to get back into the concert, called a black MBTA officer "Obama," and had been asked to leave the concert after he allegedly urinated on another patron, according to the report. [CapeCodTimes]

In related news, "Rumor going around Austin is that Metallica will be performing on March 21st @ Stubbs BBQ. Anyone else heard this rumor? That place only holds around 1500 people, so that would be killer is it was true."

Devo is definitely playing SXSW.

Metallica, who was recently inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, is definitely playing Nassau Coliseum in Long Island Thursday, and the Prudential Center in Newark this Saturday and Superbowl Sunday.

Metal Up Your Ass

January 14, 2009-New York - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its inductees for 2009. The induction ceremony on April 4, 2009 will take place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997, and will be broadcast live on Fuse TV in a new three-year broadcast deal between the Foundation and Fuse. The ceremony will be supported by a weeklong series of events. In addition, for the first time in its 24- year history, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be accessible to the public.

"This year's class of inductees truly represents what the Hall of Fame is all about. From classic artists that began their careers in the 50's and 60's to those that have defined the modern sound of rock and roll," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman. "These artists demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself. We are proud to honor these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll's place in our culture."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently opened an annex of the museum in NYC. This year's full inductee list, and Cleveland ticket info, below...

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Britny Fox

1. "Into the Crypts of Rays," Celtic Frost
2. "Behind the Crooked Cross," Slayer
3. "Intervention," Corrosion of Conformity
4. "The Thing That Should Not Be," Metallica
5. "Tribal Convictions," Voivod
6. "Long Way To Love," Britny Fox
7. "Wasted Years," Iron Maiden
8. "Soul on Fire," Danzig
10. "Raging Embers," Saviours
11. "After Forever," Black Sabbath
12. "Over the Mountain," Ozzy Osbourne
13. "The Prison of Mirrors," Xasthur
Ryan also provided explanations for each song. You can read it all at Blender. And for his favorite albums of the year, see what he told Filter. Britney Fox video (kind of boring really), below...

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