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04/13/14 Heartbleed and IPOM Security [link]
Many of you have heard of heartbleed, a vulnerability in SSL, the technology used across the internet to send data securely such as credit card numbers and passwords. IPOM used the affected SSL software (OpenSSL), to protect users logging into the site so your password would always be safe.

We take security very seriously here at IPOM. Our software was updated Tuesday, the same day the vulnerability was announced and updates were available. However, to be truly safe, all keys need to be regenerated, and it took a few days working with our Certificate Authority to get new certificates. As of Thursday evening all new keys and certificates were deployed. If you have an account with IPOM for a Personal Tour Report, we highly recommend you change your password.

While re-visiting security, we also decided to enforce a higher quality of encryption on the secure parts of the site in order to better protect users. Unfortunately this means we had to drop support for IE 6. We officially stopped supporting IE6 quite a while ago, but it mostly meant things might not look right for IE6 users; now they will be unable to log in. While we work hard to support as many platforms and browsers as possible, IE6 is nearly 13 years old and is no longer supported by Microsoft. We feel that lowering security for the larger internet is not worth supporting IE6. With Windows XP no longer being supported by Microsoft either, we will drop support for IE7 and IE8 before 2015.

If you want to learn more about heartbleed and how you can protect yourself, you can see a write-up from your webmaster, or two other user-friendly guides here and here.

03/31/14 Robert To Do Record Store Day Meet And Greet [link]
Robert will be doing a Meet and Greet on Record Store Day (4/19) at The Sound Garden record store in Baltimore! At 4pm he will be there with his wife for the meet and greet and at 6pm, Trujillo will join jazz bass legend Jaco Pastorius' sons John and Felix at Vale Tudo for a couple hours to spin R&B and jazz records from Jaco's personal record collection. Watch for details.

Thanks to Brad Dier for the heads up!

03/24/14 Metallica's Dio Tribute [link]
Rolling Stone has premiered Metallica's Dio Tribute! Read the article and check out the amazing song here.

03/19/14 Lords of Summer Lyrics [link]
In the great tradition of IPOM, we have spent the evening deciphering the lyrics from the Lords of Summer demo and are the first to bring them to you! They're probably not perfect, but we believe they're very close! Check them out!

03/19/14 Lords of Summer Demo [link]
Metallica has posted the studio demo of Lords of Summer (yes, they've dropped the "the" from all references on, which you can find on YouTube.

03/17/14 MusiCares MAP Fund [link]
Metallica will be performing at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert when Ozzy Osbourne will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award on Monday, May 12 in Los Angeles, CA.

The event takes place at Club Nokia and general admission balcony seats for $50 per person are available only through AXS and are on sale now.

03/16/14 The Lords of Summer [link]
Metallica premiered a new song tonight: The Lords of Summer! Official video will be up soon, but in the meantime, check it out on here or here.

03/16/14 One More Chance To Request The Setlist [link]
If voting on the setlist ahead of time wasn't enough, Metallica is making it even better! The bottom 3 songs are put on the screen during the day and people can vote via text message for the song they want. During the show in Bogota tonight, while Whiskey was winning during the day, James dropped hints all night to vote for Ride and by the end of the show, Ride had won.

02/15/14 Metallica On Dio Tribute [link]
Metallica recorded a medley of A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, and Kill The King the band calls Ronnie Rising Medley for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album. The album will be released April 1st and you can find more details out here.

02/15/14 Lars does an AMA [link]
Lars did a Reddit Ask Me Anything - check it out at Reddit!

02/15/14 Grammy Wrap-Up [link]
Metallica's performance with Lang Lang at the 2014 Grammy's was incredible. You can see a unofficial copy of the performance here. Metallica has posted video of the rehearsals on YouTube, and you can purchase the recording done at rehearsals on iTunes.

02/15/14 2014 MetClub Membership Package [link]
The 2014 MetClub t-shirt has been announced! If you're a member, check it out at

02/15/14 Enter Sandman Used In Motorcycle Commercial [link]
Metallica's Enter Sandman was used in the latest teaser for the 2014 MV Agusta Dragster 800. Given how rarely Metallica's music gets permitted for these sorts of things, it's worth checking out.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the heads up.

02/15/14 Through The Never Movie Vest Missing [link]
Metallica posted...
Luggage at San Francisco Airport containing the vest worn by James Hetfield during Metallica Through The Never movie has gone missing. This piece of movie memorabilia is still unaccounted for and any help finding this piece of heavy metal history will come with a no questions asked reward and gratitude from the band if returned. If you have any information regarding the missing vest, please email

02/15/14 Antactica Wrap-up [link]
As you know, Metallica played a show in Antarctica on December 8. As expected, Metallica has posted photos, video, and a great review from wordsmith Steffan Chirazi at

02/15/14 No Orion in 2014 [link]
According to C3 Promoters, Metallica will be taking a year off from its Orion Music + More festival due to their touring in Europe. It may return in 2015, a C3 spokeswoman said.

02/15/14 Garage Inc. EPK [
Metallica posted a rare 50-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) from Garage Inc. on YouTube. The EPK was previously released on a couple of Whiskey in the Jar singles back in 1999.

02/15/14 Metallica Night Returns To AT&T Park [link]
The San Francisco Giants will be doing a second annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park! That night the Giants will take the field against the Miami Marlins, and the band will kick it off once again with the National Anthem and the first pitch, with the rest of the night having other various Metallica-related fun. If you don't already have tickets, check out the details.

02/15/14 Lars Writes Foreword For Cookbook [link]
Lars wrote a foreward to "A Work in Progress: Journal, Recipes And Snapshots," a three-book set by Rene Redzepi, head chef of NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. Redzepi asked Ulrich to write an essay on creativity as his foreword. You can read an excerpt of the rather along foreword

02/15/14 Little Kids Rock [link]
James was at the Rockin' the Bay Benefit concert on November 9, 2013. The event was a benefit for "Little Kids Rock," a national education movement providing public school students with access to music classes and free training for teachers. The event took place at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

Hetfield was recognized for his support and contributions to the organization and received the inaugural "Living' The Dream Award," which was created to honor Facebook Chef Josef Desimone who spearheaded the benefit and was a huge Metallica fan.

You can check out video of James performing with the kids in two parts.

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