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04/10/16 Lars Inducts Deep Purple Into Hall of Fame [link]
On Friday, the 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony took place. In it Lars inducted Deep Purple. Metallica.com has posted a full transcript of his speech which you can read here.
Good evening. I'm Lars and I'm seriously fucking honored to be here.
This night is the culmination of two musical journeys. One is mine. The other is that of the band that changed my life... and rock and roll.
When I was 9 years old, my dad took me to see Deep Purple in Copenhagen, Denmark on a dark, cold Saturday night in February 1973. Everything was larger than life: the sound, the spectacle, the songs, the musicians, all doing things with their instruments that I had never seen before and didn't know were even possible. Deep Purple were a beautiful contradiction, like you had just walked in on 5 musicians at the top of their game, jamming one classic after another with raw intensity - as if they were in a garage playing for no one but themselves, yet at the same time projecting a 1000-yard stare deep into the bowels of the arena.
Let me break this down for ya...
Singer Ian Gillan, center stage, a magnet for the eyes, personifying every trait of epic frontman coolness, screaming his lungs out and reaching notes so high Iím sure he was breaking glass all over town.
Behind him, on drums, little Ian Paice, a rock n roll cocktail of hair, sweat, spit and precision, somehow managing to wipe the steam off his glasses as he pressed this freight-train forward...and doing it in 8-inch platform heels!
At stage right, the regal Jon Lord... I had never seen anyone get so physical with his organ - but, hey, I was only nine! He did things with the Hammond C3 that no one had ever done before, firing the results through a wall of Marshall amps and Leslie speakers, uniquely heavy-ing up the sound into uncharted territory. Let me emphasize this: Jon Lord was the first to truly amplify and distort the Hammond organ. Sadly, we lost him in 2012.
Bassist Roger Glover, cowboy hat, paisley shirt, next level smoothness, the one keeping it grounded, groovy and dare I say, sexy. His egoless stage presence supported the crossfire energies of his bandmates, disguising a firm vitality as both songwriter and co-producer of their biggest records.
And then there was... Ritchie fucking Blackmore. What he did with a guitar did not seem feasible. He played it straight, he played it sideways, upside down and all around, his fingers, hands and arms in a constant ballet of movement and unpredictable motion. The sounds, the screeches, the pick slides...grinding it against the speakers, playing it with his ass, his boots, throwing it in the air, all the time projecting a peculiar mix of showmanship, control and aloofness. It was like Blackmore was showing off, but mostly for himself, hovering on the edge of electric narcissism. At the same time he was so beyond cool. It was impossible to look away.
These guys could play. They could improvise. They were in a constant, and curious cutthroat competition with each other to take the music some place new, some place unknown, and never, ever, the same place twice.
Fast forward 12 hours later, to the local mom and pop record store where I requested anything and everything by Deep Purple and was promptly handed the Fireball album. My life had officially changed - forever.
With almost no exceptions, every hard-rock band of the last 40 years, including mine, traces its lineage back directly to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. And as far as I'm concerned, these three bands should always be considered equals for their songwriting, their recordings and their accomplishments. Where I grew up, and in the rest of the world outside of North America, all were equal in stature and influence... So in my heart, and I know I speak for many of my fellow musicians and millions of Purple fans when I confess, that I am somewhat bewildered that they are so late in getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - decades after the mighty Sabbath and the brilliant Zeppelin. This is of course no disrespect to those great bands or the Rock Hall...I just have to make clear that Deep Purple are as revered everywhere else in the world.
Deep Purple became big the old fashioned way: they worked. Hard. Constant touring; making an album a year, sometimes two; never giving a shit about "image" or critical acclaim. And in the golden age of rock and roll debauchery, they were known primarily for their music...in the sex and drug sense, they were, reportedly, gentlemen through and through (cough). In fact, if you must dig, the main dirt on Purple was the revolving door of personnel: 10 different band members in the first seven years, 14 in total.
Let me of course give a well-deserved shout out to everyone who has played a part in this story, including the other three inductees tonight. I saw two of them in their live debuts when Deep Purple came back to Copenhagen in December 1973. Singer David Coverdale, who blew me away with his unique bluesy pipes and quirky mike stand. And bassist Glenn Hughes, white satin suit and way-cool rocker hair to go with his R&B-influenced vocals. And not last, but actually first, original singer Rod Evans, who was the voice of the formative Purple in the late '60s, and on their first hit single "Hush."
So from the 8 inductees tonight, to the 14 members who have played in this band, it's obvious that great music often comes from tension... and what great music it is!!!
The albums, just to name a few: The Book of Taliesvn, In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Burn, Stormbringer.
And with phenomenal songs, just to name a few: "Wring That Neck," "Black Night," "Speed King," "Child in Time," "Strange Kind Of Woman," "Highway Star," "The Woman From Tokyo," "Mistreated."
You know, one total mindfuck is the difference between the studio and the live versions. Take Space Truckin'. On Machine Head it clocks in at just over 4 minutes. On the legendary album Made In Japan, it's almost twenty minutes long!!! The solos, the jamming, the impulsive force in every Deep Purple performance, are the reasons Wikipedia lists 42 official live albums. Because they were that good, that different, and that inspired every night. And still are.
But wait!...there's one more song, right? The one everybody knows about Frank Zappa and a burning casino on a Swiss lake, and fires up in the sky or something, the one featuring perhaps the most classic guitar riff of all time, the first thing anybody learns on a guitar, the riff that has actually been banned from being played in music stores to preserve the sanity of the staff. It is a riff even I, the most illiterate guitar player on Planet Earth, can actually play.
You know the title: "Smoke on the Water." It's the signature hit and the biggest single. And so huge that Deep Purple may have been mistaken for a "one-hit wonder". But if that's all you know, even to this day, think of it as a big, heavy door into a legacy without end - one that remains as vital as ever in its latest incarnation, touring 'round the world, blowing minds and still changing lives.
There is a picture on the nightstand next to my bed, given to me long ago by my buddy Frank. It is a photo of Deep Purple - with my face photoshopped on top of Ian Paice...sorry Ian! That's how much Deep Purple still means to me, to the fans here tonight, and to the millions of followers around the world, who look upon Deep Purple as:
And ultimately timeless
Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice.
They should have been here long ago. They are now here, where they belong.
I've always wanted to say this: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage... and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
04/02/16 April Fools! [link]
Did we get you with yesterday's April Fool's story about James guest staring on Justin Bieber's upcoming album? It was not true, but we hope you enjoyed the laugh!
03/31/16 Free Record Store Day Show [link]
To celebrate Record Store Day, Metallica will perform a free show at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA. You can enter to win tickets in the store or at Metallica.com - but due to limited space each winner will only receive one ticket. This is sure to be a very special occasion, so head over to enter the contest!
03/29/16 Third Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure [link]
James will once again be teaming up with Sammy Hagar and their friends for the third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Childrenís Hospital. On Sunday, May 15, 2016, the show will return to the Fillmore. Joining James and Sammy will be Melissa Etheridge, Tommy Lee, John Mayer, Pat Monahan, and Joe Satriani. Tickets go on sale on Friday April 1 at 10am at LiveNation.com with a two ticket limit per customer. For more information see Acoustic4ACure.org.
03/23/16 Master of Puppets Added To The Library of Congress [link]
Today Master of Puppets was one of 25 new sound recordings added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The registry catalogs works that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The program began in 2002 and ads 25 recordings each year; there are now a total of 250 recordings. This year's selections include icons such as John Coltrane, Merle Haggard, Santana, and George Carlin.
For more information see the Recording Registry, the Metallica.com story, and the Loudwire story.
03/18/16 Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica! [link]
Metallica has posted the cover art and an audio sample from their upcoming Record Store Day release Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France - June 11th, 2003. Check them both out over at Metallica.com.
03/16/16 Another 2016 Show! [link]
Metallica will be part the opening weekend of the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday August 20, 2016. They'll be headlining the first ever rock show at the stadium along with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat to kick off the new football season in the new home of the Vikings.
Tickets go onsale through Ticketmaster on Friday March 25th at 10am CDT, and Metallica fan club members can purchase tickets at a presale on Tuesday March 22nd at 8am CDT.
03/10/16 Lars Hosts "Everyone Wants Some" Q&A [link]
Lars will be hosting an exclusive screening of the upcoming release "Everybody Wants Some" a new film by acclaimed award-winning director Richard Linklater. Lars and Richard will host the screening and a Q&A afterward. It will be on Tuesday March 15th at 7pm at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. MetClub members have a chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets - for information see Metallica.com.
03/07/16 30 Years of Puppets [link]
Lars and Kirk spoke to Rolling Stone reflecting back on Master of Puppets, Cliff Burton, and the year that changed their lives for ever.
03/07/16 Metallica Named 2016 Record Store Day Ambassadors! [link]
Metallica has been named 2016's official Record Store Day Ambassadors! To celebrate - in addition to the aforementioned reissues - the band will be releasing Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France - June 11th, 2003. The nine-song live recording has been remixed and will be available on CD exclusively to independent record stores and on Metallica.com. All profits will go directly to the victims of the Parisian attacks (see Give For France for details).
Metallica recorded a special video to celebrate - check it out at Metallica.com!
03/07/16 KEA and RTL: Remastered and Reissued [link]
Metallica has announced two very cool re-issues to be available on Record Store Day. Both albums have been remastered and will be available in three formats: CD, vinyl, and a deluxe box set. The box sets are incredibly special! Each box set is numbered. The Kill 'Em All set includes 4 vinyl records, 5 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 hardcover book including rare photos, and 1 patch. The Ride The Lightning set includes 4 vinyl records, 6 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 hardcover book (again, including rare photos), a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by James, and 3 posters. Much of the content of those CDs include rare never-before release shows! Check out the full tracklist a Metallica.com! These are limited edition so pre-order yours now!
03/07/16 Front Row [link]
Lars recently hosted Front Row - a special gathering put together by himself and student curators at Cal Performances. Lars brought together tons of his friends from musicians to activists to film makers to CEOs - not to mention James Hetfield himself - to discuss creativity, the creative process, and the Bay Area. It was an incredibly special night that certainly can never be repeated. Check Steffan Chirazi's brilliant wrap-up. Rolling Stone also posted a 10 Things We Learned At Lars Ulrich's "Front Row" Summit.
03/07/16 Night Before Recap [link]
The ever eloquent Steffan Chirazi has posted a recap/review of both the The Night Before The Night Before (aka sound check with 200 fans) as well as The Night Before (aka the main event). Check out words, pictures, and of course MetOnTour video!
Not enough? Check out coverage from Billboard, KRON4, San Jose Mercury News, and SFGate.
03/07/16 Canadian Tribute Band [link]
In January, Sandman, a Canadian Metallica tribute band was served with a cease and desist letter from Metallica's lawyers over using their logo. Metallica got wind of this and reached out to the band, told them to throw the letter away. The lawyers had acted without the knowledge of either the band or their management. Metallica reiterated their support for tribute bands and Sandman in particular on their website.
03/07/16 Rob To Perform at London Bass Guitar Show [link]
Rob will perform on both days of this year's London Bass Guitar show - appearing with Mass Mental and some other special guests! The event is March 12 & 13 at the London Olympia. He will also be screening Jaco. Check out more information at LondonBassGuitarShow.com.
03/07/16 Lars and Rob speak at Lemmy's Funeral [link]
Lars and Rob spoke at Lemmy's funeral. Both told heartfelt stories - and you can watch the video as well as read thoughts from all 4 band members at Metallica.com.
03/07/16 Kirk releases Nasferatu Guitar [link]
Back in December Kirk released another ESP custom guitar - this time Nosferatu themed. However, unlike previous custom guitars, only 13 were made and they weighed in at $2400 (including shipping and insurance). Each guitar ame hand-numbered and signed by Hammett and included a giclee print of Nasferatu signed by Basil Gogos, a Famous Zombies Jr. figurine of Kirk and a certificate of authenticity. While sold out, you can check out specs and the video over at KVHToys.com
12/23/15 Metallica Early Christmas Present [link]
Metallica has posted a video with a small clip of music from their upcoming album. The video, entitled "Happy Holidayz from Metallica" features James and a cat (Tabs) with a holiday wish and then they play a small clip from the studio.
12/23/15 James' Top Thingz of 2015 [link]
James has posted a list of his top things from 2015 - Metallica Club members should head over to Metallica.com to check it out!
12/23/15 Book Cover Sneak Peak [link]
Last year we reported that Metallica and Matt Taylor wanted your stories from the Master of Puppets tour for an upcoming book. The book is entitled "Metallica: Back to the Front" and Metallica has a sneak peak at the cover and some more info over at Metallica.com.
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