Anvil Singer Claims Band Originated Speed/Thrash Metal

While the “Big 4” gets a lot of credit for the advancement of thrash metal, especially in the U.S., would any of those acts be considered the originators of the style? In a new chat with The Metal Interview (heard below), Anvil singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow claims his band created that sound and style first.

When initially asked about laying claim as an originator, Kudlow responded, “We’re older. What else am I gonna say? I’m two or three years older than those guys. End of story. I was in line first. [Laughs] Somebody had to do it. And let’s face it, it’s a different kind of situation.”

He then elaborated, “Our drummer, Robb Reiner, is a very, very spectacular, special drummer and inventive and innovative. So when I came up with speed riffs that I thought were like Deep Purple and he’s playing double-bass drums to these kind of riffs, that was the invention of speed metal. People never heard that done before, and that’s an innovation that’s created between a guitar player and a drummer.”

He further explained, “Only a combination of that could do that — not a guitar player and a vocalist, but a guitar player and a drummer. That’s who’s gonna create that kind of music, because the faster you play and the more parts you put in, the less important vocals are, and that’s basically the direction which speed metal took, and that’s why there’s virtually no melody in speed metal, because you can’t — there’s no time to create a melody in the spaces that you make in the songs. So it all goes hand in hand. So some of our stuff like ‘666’ is almost void of melody, but that’s the style. That’s the stuff that everything — Slayer listened to that and said, ‘Okay, let’s make a band around that sound.’ The syncopation and the ideas that were expressed in songs like ‘Jackhammer’ or even ‘March of the Crabs’ became Metallica. It’s actually quite interesting.”

Earlier this year, Loudwire analyzed 15 acts that could be considered pioneers to the thrash metal sound, with Anvil among those included. Check out more of Lips’ chat with That Metal Interview below and see our list of 15 Bands Considered Pioneers of Thrash Metal below that.

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A Heart Biopic Is in the Works

The story of sister-led Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart will apparently be told on the big screen. During a chat with SiriusXM Volume West host Lyndsey Parker, singer Ann Wilson revealed that a biopic is currently in the works.

Wilson revealed that details are still coming together as the script is still being written but Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame has been attached to write and may also direct the movie as well. The vocalist added that Lynda Obst will produce the film for Amazon.

Wilson stated, “I saw the first draft of [Brownstein’s] script, and it’s really cool.” She added that casting is underway for the roles of herself and sister Nancy Wilson and that a few actresses have come forward. She revealed that Anne Hathaway had shown interest in playing her, but added, “I don’t think she’s exactly right for it.”

She also added that the timeline has slowed due to Covid-19, but most essential details for the movie are “in development” right now. The singer also added that the film will start in childhood and at present follows the sisters’ career into the ’90s.

Heart emerged as forces in the rock world with 1975’s Dreamboat Annie album followed by a string of successful records. But after tailing off a bit in the early ’80s, the enjoyed a career resurrection with 1985’s self-titled effort and continued thriving at radio into the ’90s. “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “What About Love,” “Never,” “These Dreams,” “Alone” and “All I Wanna Do I Make Love to You” are among their biggest hits.

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Marilyn Manson Role Cut From CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’

Last year it was revealed that Marilyn Manson was planning to appear in an updated adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand and that he also recorded a cover of The Doors‘ “The End” for the CBS All Access limited series. But according to one of the series directors, Manson nor his cover will appear in the upcoming series.

Director Josh Boone spoke with EW.com after rumors began to circulate that Manson’s presumed participation appeared to be in doubt. According to Boone, Manson’s role and music were both excised from the upcoming series due to budgetary concerns. It turns out that Manson had been cast in the role of “The Kid,” who makes a brief but memorable appearance within the book. But a tight budget forced some creative decisions that left “The Kid” out of this adaptation.

Explaining how Manson’s role and participation ended up getting cut from the series, Boone explained, “Just to clarify, Marilyn Manson and I had long-discussed him taking on the role of The Kid in The Stand. He and the great Shooter Jennings even recorded a killer cover of The Doors song, ‘The End,’ that ultimately proved too expensive to use. The show was made on a very tight budget and some of the dreams we had went to the wayside. The Kid was another casualty. When Manson wasn’t able to make it work schedule-wise, the storyline was ultimately excised and never shot, which is for the best, as no one could have slayed that role like Manson would have. Hope to work with him in the future.”

In the book, The Kid is a psychopath who drives a classic hot rod and loves his Coors beer. His main purpose of The Kid in the book is to drive Trashcan Man to Las Vegas, the home base of Randall Flagg’s disciples.

“We thought we were going to be able to restore the character of The Kid, but there really isn’t a lot of reason for The Kid to exist,” show runner Benjamin Cavell previously told EW.

The Stand series stars James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Odessa Young, Amber Heard, Heather Graham, Greg Kinnear, Daniel Sunjata, Eion Bailey, Nat Wolff and more. It premieres on CBS All Access Thursday, Dec. 17.

Musically it was a good year for Manson. After a decade of collaborating with Tyler Bates, he kept the creative uptick in his career going by pairing with producer Shooter Jennings on the cinematic-sounding We Are Chaos album.

But late in the year, allegations against Manson surfaced when actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly commented on a past abusive relationship. Though she didn’t call out Manson by name, backlash followed when people traced the timeline to the period when the pair dated. Manson’s team has since commented calling the accusations rumors.

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32 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Release ‘GN’R Lies’

When Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction finally ascended to No. 1 on the charts a year after its release, it sent the music world into a frenzy, ready to consume any and all GN’R material available. The record label capitalized on the moment with the release of GN’R Lies on Nov. 29, 1988, a disc that was marketed as a new studio album but in essence was a compilation of sorts. That said, GN’R Lies contains some of the band’s all-time greatest songs.

Combining the caustic Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP and four contextually polarizing yet musically brilliant acoustic tracks, GN’R Lies drove fans into stores eager to wear down the grooves of a new LP. From the first drop of the needle, new fans were treated to some brutally raw and aggressive tracks: the Hollywood Rose-written “Reckless Life,” followed by the irony of “Nice Boys,” originally by Australian act Rose Tattoo, the original song “Move to the City” and a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Mama Kin.”

These tracks serve as a fitting introduction to where the band came from and who their biggest influences were. Though the EP was not recorded live — crowd noise from one of the Texxas Jam festivals was added in — it showcases the band’s unbridled energy with their own sonic stamp. Slash‘s signature guitar work dominates the riffing attack while Axl Rose‘s jaw-dropping range transforms them from simple covers to arguably besting the originals. However, the real star of Lies is the second half of the collection.

Guns N’ Roses, “Patience”

Leading the set of acoustic tracks is the whistled melody of “Patience,” a song which seized the success wrought by the borderline ballad “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Where the Appetite single had still showcased the band’s sleazy and savage energy mixed with palpable emotion, “Patience” realized the full spectrum of the band’s songwriting abilities. The song was released in April of the following year and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Used to Love Her” came next with its country twang and cheeky lyrics, making for a fun sing-along, revealing the band’s dark sense of humor. Falling in line thematically was the original version of “You’re Crazy,” which was changed radically in the studio on the band’s debut. One of the fastest and most aggressive songs on Appetite for Destruction was initially a mid-tempo jam. Stripped down on Lies, the song provides a different imagining of how Appetite would have sounded had the song not been altered.

Guns N’ Roses, “Used to Love Her”

Always controversial, Guns N’ Roses managed to make headlines with the seemingly offensive lyrics of “One in a Million.” The song used racial, xenophobic and homophobic slurs describing an altercation Axl had once had at a bus station when he first got to Los Angeles. The album’s cover included a proactive apology with the mock tabloid for the song’s title closing with, “This song is very simple and extremely generic or generalized, my apologies to those who may take offense.”

The artwork for GN’R Lies took the approach of a tabloid newspaper, with headlines including some of the songs on the album with brief descriptions. Some of the extra bits on the cover were removed prior to the CD release, including two quips about domestic violence.

Though the record does not take on the format of a conventional studio album, it serves as a curious time capsule back to the day when a rock band would dominate the world stage seemingly overnight. GN’R Lies was an obvious industry move to propel the ballooning success of what would become the “Most Dangerous Band in the World.” Yet, the result was a release that yielded some classic tracks that hold their own among the band’s best works.

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You Can Pay to Spend a Night in Ozzy’s Childhood Bedroom

Ozzy Osbourne was recently bestowed with a ‘Man of the Year — Lifetime Achievement’ award by GQ magazine. In the wide-ranging interview, the Prince of Darkness confirmed the person currently occupying his childhood family home charges money for people to sleep in his old bedroom.

It’s the ultimate one-night stay for any Black Sabbath and Ozzy mega fan — a wholly unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the everyday life of the pre-fame singer in the two-bedroom home located at 14 Lodge Road in Aston, a ward in Birmingham, England.

Looking back on his early life, Osbourne admitted it is now difficult to wrap his head around how a family of eight managed to occupy a relatively small dwelling and also made a joke about how much it costs to stay in his old room.

“He charges £400 a night,” the legendary metal singer told GQ when pressed about the alleged for-rent room. He then exclaimed, “The fucking house weren’t [sic] worth £300!”

“They must be doing an expensive extension on the bathroom,” he quipped before noting, “I tell you what was really weird: I went back to that house many years after I left. When you’re little everything seems massive. But that house was me, my mum and dad and my five sisters and brothers – eight of us in this house. It’s so tiny, I’m going, ‘How the hell did we do this?’

Sharing another anecdote from his childhood, Osbourne recalled an emotionally cold and distant life. When asked if he was able to tell his parents that he loved them, the singer replied, “No, never. My parents never told me they loved me. That wasn’t a thing you did in our house. If I’d told my sister I loved her I’d have had the piss taken out of me. Even now I say to my older sister that I love her and she won’t say she loves me back. When I was a kid it was a sign of weakness to tell your parents that you loved them.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Osbourne recollected the time a vicar visited his home and mistakenly ate a piece of potent hash cake, which left him an a sort of incapacitated and severely stoned state. After eventually sobering up, the vicar told Osbourne he must’ve contracted the flu while visiting his home because he had hallucinated for three days.

Read the full interview with GQ here.

Bogged down by numerous health issues in recent years, Osbourne had been forced to postpone multiple legs of his ongoing farewell tour. The pandemic has pushed retirement even further back and the Prince of Darkness is now aiming to return to the road in 2022 on a European tour. See those dates here.

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Three Slipknot Funko Figures Coming in 2021 + Maybe a New Album

At the start of the year, it was announced that three Slipknot figures would be added to Funko’s popular line of “Pop! Rocks” vinyl collectibles. They were originally expected to see an August release and, now, pre-orders are available with the product set to ship in early 2021. What’s even more exciting is that the band may release a new album next year, per Corey Taylor.

Despite Slipknot totaling nine members, and more if you were to count past members, only three figures — Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson and Craig Jones — have been announced. Obviously, with such a high rotation of outfits and masks over the course of Slipknot’s two-decade reign as one of metal’s biggest bands, there’s plenty of variants Funko could have elected to go with.

As seen in Funko’s social media post below, Taylor, Wilson and Jones are depicted in their most current state as seen on the We Are Not Your Kind album cycle. The one exception here is that Jones is wearing a blue, zip-up jumpsuit, a color which was not seen on the tour in support of the 2019 record.

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Though 2020 has been a disruptive year for artists across the globe, it’s been a productive one for Taylor and Slipknot. The singer released CMFT, his debut solo album, earlier this year and Slipknot percussionist Clown revealed Slipknot have been writing new music.

“The plan right now with Slipknot is to try and a) finish up the touring next year, and b) we’re thinking about kind of putting another album out maybe next year,” Taylor said (transcription via Blabbermouth) as a guest on the “Good Company” podcast with Scott Bowling.

Fans shouldn’t marry themselves to the idea of a 2021 record, however.

Taylor cautioned, “But I don’t know. I don’t know what the plan is yet. I just know that we all kind of feel like there’s unfinished business and we want to finish that out before we do anything. But I know that we were talking about doing it because we only have one album left on our contract [with our record label].”

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System of a Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ Hits One Billion Views on YouTube

The music video for System of a Down’s legendary breakout single “Chop Suey!” has just hit one billion views on YouTube. The milestone comes only months before the iconic song marks its 20th anniversary.

Having recruited a cult following with their debut self-titled album, System of a Down were poised to become the next great cult band in the vein of Frank Zappa or Primus, but with the release of 2001’s Toxicity, the Armenian-American band blew apart those expectations and attracted monumental mainstream success. Becoming one of the most bizarre acts to garner universal acclaim, Toxicity hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, going on to be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

“I remember when I wrote ‘Chop Suey!’ we didn’t even have a tour bus yet,” Malakian recalled during an interview with Loudwire. “We were still in an RV and I was playing my acoustic guitar in back of the RV where there was a bed. I never write on the road. That’s one of the few, very few songs that I wrote while I was on the road, I remember writing the song when the RV was on the highway. I don’t know where we were, probably [driving] to the next gig, and it all came to me just hanging out in the back of the RV playing my acoustic guitar.”

He continued, “I can always feel when I write something good and I can always tell when I write something that needs a little work. I thought it was really good, but did I think it was going to turn into this huge song that was gonna get on MTV and become a huge hit for System of a Down? No. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that it was gonna be our first [hit] single. I didn’t think it was gonna be so huge, but at the time I thought it was good. I was a fan of it.”

“Chop Suey!” — released Aug. 13, 2001 — was the first single from Toxicity. Its middle-eastern tonality and wild pacing immediately stood out from ‘90s and early 2000s nu-metal favorites, allowing System to solidify their identity as an avant-garde band, rather than just another angst-ridden clone act.

“All of a sudden I’m walking in the mall, and there are people who recognize me and know who the hell I am through the video asking for pictures, asking for autographs,” Malakian recalled. “I was a big famous rock star, yet I was still living with my parents.”

According to bassist Shavo Odadjian, “Chop Suey!” was originally title “Suicide,” the name was changed following a discussion with System’s record label. “‘Chop Suey!’ is ‘suicide’ chopped in half,” Odadjian told Loudwire. “We had to pick and choose our battles — we couldn’t battle everything. We were smart about it, we made it something cool.”

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At the end of the 2010s, “Chop Suey!” was the eighth-most watched music video on YouTube from the 2000s, accumulating more views (at the time) than Linkin Park’s “In the End” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” As of 2020, “Chop Suey!” has been certified gold or platinum in at least four countries.

By any metric, “Chop Suey!” is one of the 21st century’s definitive singles across all genres and one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Congratulations to System of a Down for reaching the incredible milestone. Watch the video for “Chop Suey!” below.

System Of A Down – Chop Suey! (Official Video)

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12 Huge Things That Didn’t Suck About 2020

Let’s get one thing out of the way — 2020 sucked. It was an absolute shit show.

We don’t have to go into detail about the COVID-19 pandemic, because it’s something that has impacted the entire world. And the music and live entertainment industries felt that impact hard.

After March, all major tours were canceled. Albums were put on hold. People were being laid off left and right because companies couldn’t afford to employ them anymore with the future of live music left unclear.

Before the pandemic even hit, Neil Peart lost his battle with brain cancer. Rock pioneers such as Little Richard and Charlie Daniels died in the midst of it. Quiet Riot‘s Frankie Banali. Power Trip‘s Riley Gale. The almighty Eddie Van Halen, and many more were lost as well.

But with each of those atrocities, we saw how tight-knit the rock and metal community can really become. The outpouring of love and support in times of mourning, the fundraisers for live industry workers and the communal Zoom sessions were all heartwarming in times that felt ice cold.

Though there were times where it seemed like nothing could get any damn worse, there were certainly a couple of highlights that are worth noting. And for the sake of not always remembering 2020 as a bottomless pit of chaos, isolation, depression and loss, we’ve compiled a list of some of the good things that have come out of this year.

Check ’em out below, and remember that the tough times won’t last. “Nothing lasts forever, even cold November Rain.”

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Scott Stapp: ‘With Arms Wide Open’ Mimicry Made Me Better Singer

Trust him. Scott Stapp‘s heard it all before, but he’s got a pretty good sense of humor in rolling with the punches over his dramatic vocal delivery in Creed‘s massive 2000 rock hit “With Arms Wide Open.” In fact, while chatting with The Ringer’s 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt (viewed below), he reveals that even his kids have had fun with him while mimicking the monster single.

Stapp first discusses the song’s history and the good that came from it. “It changed my life and I have just a sense of appreciation for that song coming to me and Mark [Tremonti] when it did and it’s still relevant in my life today,” says the singer.

But Brandt also addresses how the song changed how the band was viewed after its crossover success and even Stapp admits it got so overplayed in the early 2000s that even his wife told him she would turn away from it. From there, Brandt asked Stapp how much he’s seen people copping his vocal style in doing impersonations and Stapp revealed that even his kids have busted his chops from time to time.

“It started with my oldest son and oldest nephew. I’m driving down the street and they’re giggling in the back and I was either taking them to practice or taking them to school and was like, ‘What are you guys laughing at?’ … and they’re like ‘With arms wiiiiide opennnn,” recalls Stapp, adding, “Now, ten years later, my 13-year-old and my 9-year-old now, they were making fun of me in the car about McDonald’s always being open. They were hungry and wanted to go get something to eat. They’re like, ‘Dad, we’re hungry,’ and I’m like, ‘Where do you want to go?’ and they bust out together ‘McDonald’s wide open.’”

The singer continues, “It’s also funny to hear how other people hear you. Cause I never heard myself with this over-the-top [mimics sound] stuff, but I guess that’s the caricature voice of me and it’s funny man. I’m all about picking on myself. It’s all good man.”

In fact, there actually has been some benefit from being confronted with his vocal style by others. The vocalist told Brandt, “I don’t know where I picked up all the idiosyncrasies of how I enunciate and I’ve been called out on my vowels … But it’s actually helped me as a singer because I’ve heard that and I’ve intentionally enunciated differently on different words and syllables, so thank you world for pointing out a consistent pattern early in my 20s so I could evolve and grow as a singer. You made me better. Thank you.”

Stapp has rolled with the punches with aplomb over the years, even cheering on the 2016 Carolina Panthers after learning that one of the band’s favorite practice pastimes was something they called “Creedbombing.” It started with the idea of photobombing but instead popping up close to teammates and singing Creed lyrics with their “raspy” voices. The other key element was to offer “really deep, direct eye contact” mimicking Stapp’s delivering in the band’s videos to the person you’re Creedbombing.

Upon hearing the news in 2016, Stapp shared his appreciation for the humor and for its role in the team’s playoff run. “I just started dying laughing,” said the rocker at the time. “And then the next thing you know, my band is doing it to me out on tour. And I saw the humor in it and saw how funny it was. I think it’s awesome.”

Watch more of Scott Stapp’s interview on 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt in the player below.

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Travis Barker Adds New Face + Knee Tattoos

The body is a canvas, and the heavily tatted Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is always up for some fresh ink. He’s recently added some new pieces, including face and knee tattoos, to his growing collection of body art.

Earlier this month, Barker visited Chuey Quintanar for a late night tattoo session in which he added spiderweb and skull tattoos to his knees. Watch a bit of video of Barker getting inked during that session in his Instagram posts below.

Then, earlier this week, Barker returned for some more ink, this time from tattoo artist Dr. Woo, as he added a rose to the side of his face, slightly below a cross tattoo and close to his ear and jawline. Barker apparently is fond of the rose tattoo as he has a few others tattooed on other parts of his body.

Barker has remained one of the busiest musicians going, even with the pandemic slowing many artists down. In addition to his huge year collaborating with Machine Gun Kelly, he’s also resumed work with Blink-182, who are now eyeing a late 2020 or early 2021 EP following 2019’s Nine album.

In addition, Barker also provided narration recently for the upcoming Downfalls High musical that was inspired by Machine Gun Kelly’s Tickets to My Downfall album that Barker produced. That’s expected to arrive in January and Barker recently teased a trailer for the project that can be viewed below.

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Coheed and Cambria Issuing ‘The Amory Wars’ Action Figures

Coheed and Cambria fans have followed the band through elaborate stories with dynamic characters woven through multiple albums. Now the characters from The Amory Wars will come a little closer to life with the introduction of a new action figure line.

Frontman Claudio Sanchez has partnered with his comic book brand EVIL Ink and leading action figure manufacturer NECA to create the inaugural line of The Amory Wars action figures.

Coheed & Cambria / EVIL Ink / NECA

“Now you can bring Coheed and Cambria into your home,” states the tease on the product info. “Help them save The Keywork from the evil clutches of Wilhelm Ryan and Mayo Deftiwolf!”

Sanchez says, “Lights, Camera, Action… Figures! I’m very happy to announce the release of our collaboration with NECA in bringing The Amory Wars line to life. As a child, toys played an integral role in the foundation of who I am now as a storyteller and the excitement never fades when I get to take this step with any of my creations.”

Coheed & Cambria / EVIL Ink / NECA

Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, there is an advisory for those purchasing as a potential holiday gift that explains, “Holiday deliveries may take longer than usual. We are doing everything we can to ship the action figure set for delivery ahead of Dec. 25.” Orders can be placed at the band’s webstore. Watch a trailer for the new figures below.

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Lars Ulrich: Metallica ‘Some Kind of Monster’ Therapist Saved Us

Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich recently went to bat for Phil Towle, the therapist who memorably mediated between the veteran metal band’s members in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.

In fact, the drummer outright said he saved the group.

Metallica fans who’ve viewed the film probably haven’t forgotten Towle’s invasive but ultimately helpful role. In the movie, amid some pronounced intra-band turmoil, the band’s management brings the therapist on as a peacemaker thanks to his experience as a “performance enhancement coach.”

But Towle’s presence also makes for some surprising moments in the doc. A particularly obtrusive one was on the mind of singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers when she chatted with Ulrich for Rolling Stone on Nov. 20.

“One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen is in the Metallica documentary [Some Kind of Monster], when your therapist [Phil Towle] slides over [and suggests] lyrics,” Bridgers said. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God.'”

But although that sounds like a possible nightmare scenario between an established rock act and their group counselor, Ulrich stood up for Towle’s methods and explained the situation that led them to him.

“It was a very transitional, experimental time,” Ulrich explained. “We’d been a band for 20 years, and we realized we never had a fucking conversation about how we’re feeling, what being in Metallica is doing to everybody. It was just this fucking machine. And then [James] Hetfield had to go away and deal with some of his [substance abuse] issues, and then that opened up this whole thing.”

The drummer continued, “It was a difficult time with Phil. And as easy as a target as he is to make fun of, whenever I get asked about it now, I find myself defending him. He did save the fucking band. I think you and I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to each other if it wasn’t for him.”

Talk about a robust vindication for the band therapist who’s likely been the butt of many Metallica fans’ jokes upon viewing the film. While Towle’s approach may have seemed silly at times, Ulrich certainly appears pleased with it now. And, since that time, Metallica’s influence has only grown larger.

For her part, Bridgers is also beginning to get a taste of mainstream rock stardom. The musician grabbed a total of four nominations among Tuesday’s (Nov. 24) 2021 rock and metal Grammy nominees. Not the least of which being one of the all-female selections for the Best Rock Performance category.

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