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11/26/13 Metallica By Request [link]
Metallica are heading back into the studio, and of course that means they will take a summer vacation doing some festivals in Europe - 2 short trips - but this time with a new twist. They will be letting the ticket holders vote on what songs they will play!
Metallica has only pre-chosen one slot in the setlist: they'll play a new song! The other 17 slots in the setlists will be chosen by those attending the show.
More details and more shows will be announced soon, but the first three are: Sonisphere on June 4, 2014 at Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany (tickets on sale November 29 at 11:00 AM local time), Rock Am Ring on June 5-8, 2014 in Nurburgring, Germany (tickets on sale November 27 at 9:00 AM local time) and Rock Im Park on June 6-9, 2014 in Nurnberg, Germany (tickets on sale November 27 at 9:00 AM local time).
10/27/13 Metallica To Sell Unused Riffs? [link]
Lars make an off-handed comment (so take it with a grain of salt) in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine that they've considered selling their unused riffs. Read the interview at ClassicRockMagazine.com.
10/27/13 Trujillo Debuts Animated Short [link]
Robert Trujillo debuted his Metallica-centered animated short, 'Tallica Parking Lot at Fantastic Fest in Austin. A collaboration with Titmouse Animation includes animations panned through 2D and 3D views of the fans that pre-game at Metallica shows as well as cameos from South Park, Beavis & Butt-head, and Lemmy all put to an original soundtrack written by Trujillo with help from Hetfield. The animated short will be available on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Through The Never.
Thanks to Blabbermouth for the heads up.
10/27/13 Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil [link]
Kirk Hammett will be hosting his own horror convention, Fear FestEvil. The event will have live music, panel guests, signings, tours of Kirk's "crypt" and more. Tickets are on sale now, check it out!
10/27/13 Special Metallica Shirt Raises Money for Harringtons [link]
Nearly four years after Morgan Harrington vanished after leaving a Metallica concert in Virginia, the band continues to help the family work to solve her murder. Most recently over $61,000 was raised from the sale of a special Enter Sandman/Virgina Tech t-shirt for a scholarship at Virginia Tech, where Morgan was a student. You can find the exclusive t-shirt at the Virginia Tech bookstore. Check out video of coverage from WSLS.
10/27/13 TTN Interviews [link]
Tons of interviews about the movie have been done, here's a few of our favorites. The band and Dane spoke to RogerEbert.com, Lars did a Q&A at the London premiere, Nimrod Antal, Kirk and Robert were interviewed at Fantastic Fest, and finally the whole band spoke to BBC
10/27/13 Metallica Ugly Holiday Sweaters! [link]
It's a holiday tradition: ugly Christmas sweaters! You always need one, if only for that ugly-sweater-party someone will throw. Now you can have an ugly Christmas sweater that's actually awesome at the same time: Metallica has created 2 Metallica-themed ugly Christmas sweaters! Check them out at Metallica.com!
10/27/13 Various New York Reviews [link]
It's a bit late on this stuff, but we wanted to do a small round-up anyway.
If you haven't already checked out all the coverage of Metallica's Apollo shows, we recommend Metallica's own recap, then the Billboard story.
We can also tell you a few things from first-hand experience. It was unlike any show the guys have ever played before. The band was clearly beyond excited to be on such a legendary stage. But it wasn't just the stage. The first row of seats was right at the stage, so there was no barricade! Despite that, fans were on best behavior and one of the most unique experiences in Metallica history went off without a hitch.
Meanwhile, two recaps of the Yankees Game performance worth reading are Metallica's recap as well as the NY Daily News story. You can see our our original story for links to videos.
And finally, Metallica.com posted a recap from Steffan Chirazi about Metallica's NY media blitz: The Yankee's game, the Howard Stern Show, the Colbert Report.
10/24/13 Antarctica Confirmed [link]
Metallica has confirmed the gig in Antarctica! Winners will take a 10 day cruise from Argentina down to Antarctica and see Metallica play a unique show without amplification - sound will be delivered via headphones! Check out all the details at Metallica.com's story.
10/22/13 Metallica in Antarctica? [link]
The Columbian site for Coke Zero has announced a Metallica concert in Antarctica and a concert to send a winner to see it. You can get a translated version of that site here, but the short version is the winner will travel between December 2 and 10th.
At this point we are still considering this to be a rumor - until we hear official word from Metallica. However, this could be the big "frontier" Lars mentioned Metallica would hit in December.
Thanks to Russell Wilson and Blabbermouth.
09/24/13 TTN Band Introductions [link]
Various members of Metallica will be hitting up theaters around the country to introduce Metallica: Through The Never. Check to see if they'll be in your town at Metallica.com!
09/24/13 Metallica Performs At Yankees Game [link]
Baseball legend Mariano Rivera is known for - among other things - coming onto the field to Metallica's Enter Sandman for the last 14 years of his 19 year career. Sunday was his last game before retirement and Metallica joined in the celebration by performing the song live for him at the game.
If you don't follow Baseball, Rivera is the greatest closer in baseball history with 652 saves; Yankees #42 is a hero to baseball fans everywhere.
In addition to performing, the band presented Rivera with an autographed custom amp. Watch a small clip of the performance here and watch the the presentation here.
Thanks to Metallica.com!
08/31/13 Metallica To Play Yankee's Game? [link]
Mariano Rivera has been entering the field to Metallica's Enter Sandman for years and his last game ever will be the day after Metallica plays at the Apollo Theater. Rumors are abound that the band will play Enter Sandman live for him at the game on Sunday. There has been no confirmation of this either from the Yankees or Metallica, but the media has been speculating.
08/31/13 Hometown Premiere of Through The Never [link]
The first public screening of Through The Never will be in San Rafael at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Join the band on Tuesday September 17 at 7:15pm for as the band kicks off the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival with the US premiere of the film. The band will be present for a interview and audience Q&A after the movie. You can find ticket information at MVFF.com.
08/31/13 Metallica Live At the Apollo and Mandatory Metallica [link]
Metallica will be playing at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater in New York City on September 21st! The concert is a collaboration with SiriusXM and marks the return of the Mandatory Metallica channel. The show will air live nationwide on the revitalized channel. Mandatory Metallica will be back 24/7 commercial-free from September 13 through October 6 on channel 40 (Liquid Metal) or online on channel 714. After October 6, Mandatory Metallica will continue online through Summer 2014.
The Apollo Theater has hosted such legends as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, and more recently Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen among many, many others.
MetClub members can enter to win tickets to the show by logging in to Metallica.com and entering the contest.
08/31/13 World Piemiere of Through The Never [link]
The world premiere of the film will be at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 9 at 7:30pm. You can find tickets at tiff.net. The band will be on hand for the red carpet premiere, to introduce the film, and of course do press.
08/31/13 Metallica To Release China Gigs on Video [link]
Lars said that Metallica filmed the two sold-out shows in Shanghai and want to release the film saying the idea was fairly last minute and still in progress. "Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up to celebrate it and to try to document it and to try to get the experience out. As you know, there are a lot of you, and there may be 20,000 of you who came to this arena yesterday and today, so we figured that if we filmed and shared the experience then maybe we could get to more of you and maybe there could be a next-level relationship between Metallica and China that could last for decades," said Lars. He continued that the idea came together in the last few weeks of "filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the Through The Never movie that we made in the United States." He noted "We are making this up as we go along, but it's all being documented - everything we do is always documented - so we're excited about that and we think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we're not quite sure yet, but we'll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody's while."
You can watch the interview on YouTube.
Thanks to Blabbermouth.
08/31/13 Lars on KROQ [link]
Lars spoke to KROQ about Through The Never and you can watch the video here.
08/31/13 Metallica Videos on iTunes [link]
Metallica has released six of their videos on iTunes:
- A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
- Live Shit: Binge & Purge
- Cunning Stunts
- Francais Pour une Nuit
- Orgullo, Pasion, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de Mexico
08/31/13 Metallica To Perform on Howard Stern? [link]
According to Blabbermouth, Metallica is set to guest on an up[coming episode of The Howard Stern Show where they will take part in an interview and perform two of their "classic" songs.
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