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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 [
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 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, 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

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.

07/30/14 Hammett's Daisy Bell [link]
Kirk released a video of his version of Daisy Bell which is part of a new limited-edition charity album release The Gay Ninties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell. The album has various covers of the song which was popularized in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Check out the video here. Read more about it at

07/30/14 Metallica Night At Giants Game [link]
Metallica once again rocked the national anthem at the Metallica Night at AT&T park, this time in white guitars instead of black. In addition to that, Lars threw the opening pitch again, and they added to the festivities with James announcing the starting lineup. Check out the Rolling Stone coverage. And don't forget is offering a download of the national anthem performance for free!

07/30/14 James in Guitar Center Commercial [link]
James stars in a new commercial for Guitar Center. The commercial (video) is 30 seconds and is cut from a larger 13-minute video.

Thanks to Blabbermouth.

07/30/14 MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit Report [link]
Metallica covered Rare Earth (I Just Want To Celebrate), Deep Purple (When A Blind Man Cries), The Beatles (In My Life), and Ozzy Osbourne (Diary of a Madman) in their 4-song set at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit. All four songs were played on acoustic instruments. Loudwire has tons of pictures from the event and you can download whole show at

07/30/14 Rob Zombie Covers Sandman [link]
Rob Zombie recently covered Enter Sandman - check out the video here. See the story at RollingStone.

07/30/14 Lars And Gammel Dansk [link]
Along with his recent Carlsberg Lars bottles, Lars also teamed up with Gammel Dansk, another Danish alcoholic beverage to start in a campaign titled "Not Like The Others." He's in commercials as well as being part of a jury for contest. You can see that video here (Danish only).

07/30/14 Limited Edition Carlsberg Lars Bottle [link]
Lars is part of a Carlsberg ad campaign called "Stand Out Collection." Six people were chosen by the Danish brewer to design a special bottle. For his, Lars chose a photo take by Ross Halfin at a Metallica show in May 2012 at the Stade de France in Paris. Carlsberg and Lars also released a video (Danish with English subtitles).

07/30/14 Hetfield's Black Perl Wins Car of the Year [link]
James' "Black Pearl" won car of the year at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. The car is built from scratch based on designs from Hetfield himself. The entire car is custom. The body is custom built on a modified 1948 Jaguar saloon chassis with a 375 horsepower Ford V8 engine. You can check out video and get more details at

07/30/14 Kirk and Robert to Keynote Surf Summit 17 [link]
Kirk and Robert were keynote speakers at this year's Surf Summit 17 in May at the Melia Cabo Real resort in Cabu San Lucas, Mexico.

07/30/14 Last Two Metallica By Request Shows Announced [link]
Metallica added July 13th Istanbul, Turkey and August 9 in Montreal, Canada to their By Request tour.

07/30/14 Free Metallica Show MP3s [link]
As part of the anniversary of Master of Puppets, Metallica has made MP3s of their 1986 concert at The Hammersmith Odeon in London available for free. You can download the whole show at

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