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08/25/14 Music Agents Against NFL's Pay-To-Play Half-Time Plan [link]
The NFL is reportedly asking artists to submit bids to pay to appear at Half Time at next year's Super Bowl. Various sources predict major artists won't go for it. Dennis Arfa (manager agent for Metallica, Billy Joel, and Rush) said "If I was a young band, and I had a billionaire backer, I'd buy my way to the Super Bowl - everybody would know me after the Super Bowl. Is Paul McCartney going to pay? I doubt it." Read more at Rolling Stone.



08/25/14 Hetfield's Black Pearl Featured at Wheels of Time [link]
This past weekend was the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod and Custom Jamboree in Lehigh Valley. The event features an estimated 1500 street rods and custom cars. This year's special guest was Rick Dore the man behind Hetfield's Black Pearl who brought said creation with him. The vehicle won every category in its class at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show.



08/25/14 Trujillo Joins Rodrigo Y Gabriela On Stage [link]
Trujillo once again joined Rodrigo Y Gabriela on stage - this time on August 17th at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. to perform a medley of Metallica covers. You can check out fan-filmed footage: part 1 and part 2.

Thanks to Blabbermouth.



08/25/14 Two Classic Rock Roll of Honour Nominations [link]
The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music's most prestigious events in the UK and is coming state-side this year for its 10th anniversary. Taking place at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA, it will features Sammy Hagar as the master of ceremonies. Metallica has been nominated for Band of the Year and Film of the Year. Fans can vote and see all of the nominations at ClassicRockMagazine.com/Awards.



08/25/14 Hammett and Randall Make New HK103 Amp [link]
Kirk Hammett has worked with Randall for years making a variety of signature series (KH120RHS head, KH412 cab, KH75 combo, KH15 practice amp, KH3 preamp), and are now coming out with the KH103 amp. After 3 years of meticulous prototyping and being on the road with Hammett for battle-testing, it is definitely worth of carrying the Hammett name. The 120-watt three-channel all-tube amp has the sound Hammett has "been chasing for a long time." It will be released this fall with a $3,749.99 price tag. You can find more info at Guitar World.



08/25/14 Lloyd Grant Plays Lights and Seek [link]
Lloyd Grant who performed on the original Metallica demos took the stage with Night Demon on August 4th in Los Angeles to perform Hit The Lights and Seek And Destroy. Check out video here.

Thanks to Blabbermouth.



08/25/14 Fear FestEvil After Party: Hammett and Trujillo Videos [link]
Video from various Kirk and Rob appearances at the Fear FestEvil After Party at Comic-Con can be seen here: Thanks to Blabbermouth.



07/31/14 Metallica Wants Your Puppets Stories [link]
Metallica has teamed up with Matt Taylor - author of the much respected account of Steven Spielberg's escapades as he was making Jaws - on a book detailing the story of Master of Puppets and the tour that followed. In addition to all of the interviews Matt has done with the band and crew and friends, they're looking for stuff from fans: old pictures, stories of meeting the band, etc. They stress they want anything: " No photographs, anecdotes, or stories are too insignificant." See the details for submission at Metallica.com.



07/30/14 Kirk Joins Exodus at Comic-Con After Party [link]
Kirk hosted the Fear FestEvil After Party on July 25th and played with his former band Exodus. He performed Exodus song Piranha and Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" with the band. Kirk then spoke to RollingStone about the show.



07/30/14 Robert's Mass Mental Project [link]
Robert is resurrecting his Mass Mental project for a couple special appearances: August 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, and September 6 in Markneukirchen at Warwick Open Day 2014. Tickets for the CA show can be purchased at TicketWeb.



07/30/14 New ESP Ride The Lightning Model [link]
ESP Guitar has released a new guitar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ride The Lightning The limited edition model features artwork from the album - see it here.



07/30/14 Metallica Record SportsCenter Commercial [link]
Metallica recorded a hilarious commercial for ESPN's SportsCenter which you can see here. Also, see the bloopers here.



07/30/14 Robert Supports Miles Davis Film [link]
Robert recorded a video message to support the Indiegogo campaign to fund the tribute movie to Miles Davis entitled Miles Ahead.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the heads up.



07/30/14 Random Interviews [link]




07/30/14 Metallica Rock Glastonbury [
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Well aware of the petition petition to ban Metallica from Glastonbury, Metallica had a response ready - a response only Metallica could pull off.

Part way through Metallica's traditional opening video of a scene from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, fans were treated to this short film by Julien Temple. It's an incredible, classy, and hilarious statement.

Not to let the fun stop there, the concert t-shirts had newspaper clippings with negative stories about Metallica playing Glastonbury covering the back.

Fun and games aside, Metallica dominated the festival as usual, and by all reports, won over the immense crowd. Be sure to see the recap by Steffan Chirazi and the story at Loudwire.



07/30/14 Lords of Summer - First Pass Version [link]
Metallica released a new version of Lords of Summer, called the "First Pass Version" on iTunes worldwide to celebrate the first day of summer. They note, "Those of you with astute ears will notice some minor differences from the version we streamed on YouTube and released on LiveMetallica.com... it's still a work in progress, but we wanted to share it with you as it stands today... it most probably will change again!" You can download it here.



07/30/14 World Premiere of Frayed Ends of Sanity [link]
Metallica played Frayed Ends of Sanity for the first time ever in Helsinki in May. It's hard to describe the excitement of the band and the crowd. If there was ever a show you were going to buy from LiveMetallica.com, this would be it!



07/30/14 Black Album Hits 16 Million [link]
Metallica's self-titled album, aka The Black Album, has become the first album to ever sell 16 million albums since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991! Congratulations to the guys! See the story over at Billboard.com.



07/30/14 Hetfield to Narrate The Hunt [link]
James will narrate the History Channel's new docu-series The Hunt. The series will chronicle the hunting of brown bears on the island of Kodiak in Alaska across eight episodes.



07/30/14 Hetfield Rocks Acoustic-4-A-Cure [link]
Hetfield and Hagar got together to create and co-headline the first-annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert. The event benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

The event was very unique. The night had a very casual feel to it with each artist chatting with the audience a lot and joking with other artists. There were tons of collaborations among the various artists performing that night.

James played a 4-song set of Nothing Else Matters, Until It Sleeps, The Beatles In My Life and a mash-up of Bob Seger's Turn The Page and Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Joe Satriani joined Hetfield for that last song. Be sure to check out the videos and story over at HenneMusic.



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