Metallica announce new Vans collection to mark 30 years of ‘The Black Album’

Metallica have teamed up with Vans for a range of new shoes to mark the 30th anniversary reissue of the band’s self-titled 1991 LP, which is commonly known as ‘The Black Album’.

The collection features two limited-edition designs of Van’s Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On footwear with both featuring artwork designed by Metallica artist Pushead, who has provided imagery for the band’s merchandise and stage sets since 1986.

The artist’s ‘Sad But True’ design featuring facing skulls makes its way onto the quarter panels of the Sk8-Hi and opposing sides of each Classic Slip-On.

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The styles also include a graphic blue shatter pattern, silver Metallica branding and the band’s name printed on the heel stay. You can view the collection below and purchase them here from 5am BST this Sunday (July 25).

The launch marks the fourth collaboration between Vans and Metallica, with the most recent being in 2018.

Meanwhile, the band also recently shared three new versions of their song ‘Wherever I May Roam’ to mark the 30th anniversary reissue of ‘The Black Album’.

They followed recent covers from the likes of St. Vincent, Sam Fender, Biffy Clyro, Diet Cig, and Miley Cyrus.

Remastered for ultimate sound quality, the reissue will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3CD expanded edition, digital, and limited-edition deluxe boxset.

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The boxset will contain the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), six DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card.

The special 30th anniversary edition of ‘The Black Album’, is set for release on September 10. You can pre-order it here.

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Metallica share three new versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’

Metallica have shared three new versions of their song ‘Wherever I May Roam’ – you can hear them all below.

The tracks are the latest to be released from the forthcoming 30th anniversary reissue of Metallica’s self-titled fifth studio album, which is commonly known as ‘The Black Album’.

The first two new versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ are covers by J. Balvin and Jon Pardi, while the third is a previously unreleased live recording performed at Day On The Green in Oakland, California on October 12, 1991.

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Balvin and Pardi are the latest acts of the 53 assembled for ‘The Metallica Blacklist’ to share their renditions. They follow recent covers from the likes of St. Vincent, Sam Fender, Biffy Clyro, Diet Cig, and Miley Cyrus.

You can listen to all three new versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ below:

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The special 30th anniversary edition of ‘The Black Album’, which includes ‘The Metallica Blacklist’, is set for release on September 10. Pre-order is available now.

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Remastered for ultimate sound quality, ‘The Black Album’ remaster will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3CD expanded edition, digital, and limited-edition deluxe boxset.

The boxset will contain the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), six DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card.

Earlier this month, Metallica were announced among the many acts that will take part in Global Citizen Live.

Global Citizen say their “once-in-a-generation” 24-hour global broadcast, which will take place on September 25, will aim to “unite the world to defend the planet and defeat poverty”.

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Korn’s Brian Welch says bassist Reginald Arvizu isn’t touring because he needs to “heal”

Korn‘s lead guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has said bassist Reginald “Fieldy’ Arvizu is sitting out the band’s upcoming US tour because he needs time to heal and reflect at home.

The guitarist and backing vocalist said in a new interview that Fieldy has fallen back on some of his old “bad habits” and will use the time to “recharge” with his family at home.

Speaking last Friday (July 16) to 97.9 GRD’s Tommy Carroll at the Upheaval festival in Michigan, Head said: “Fieldy is good, man. He’s at home, and he’s with his kids. I wanna say that Fieldy’s a good dad. He’s a good dude, and he has his life structured. The bad habits he talked about in the press – everyone has their issues in life. But those he’ll work on in his own way.

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“But that dude is – I look up to him as a dad, actually. He’s had five kids. He always says, ‘I’ve got two thousand kids,’ ’cause it feels like it some days. But he’s a good dad. He’s gone through a lot, man, personally, and he just needs some time off to reflect on himself and his family. That’s it,” he said [per Blabbermouth].

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Earlier this month it was announced that Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz would fill in for Fieldy on the band’s 28-city outing that kicks off on August 5.

Fieldy himself had taken to social media in June to tell fans that he wouldn’t head out on the road, admitting that over the past six years he’s been “dealing with some personal issues that at times have caused me to fall back on some of my bad habits and has caused some tension with the people around me”.

Head continued at the Upheaval festival talk: “Dude, no judgment at all to anyone. I was the worst with addiction. So, it’s nothing like that. It’s all good vibes. There’s no negative vibes as far as no hard feelings on either side. So it’s all good, man.

“I think [Fieldy] and Jonathan [Davis, vocals] and Munky [James Shaffer, guitar] have gone 26 years with hardly any breaks, man – with a record cycle and a tour. I got eight years off, so I’m rested. And I come back. I’m hopefully looking at Fieldy like he’s just gonna take a break, man, and get recharged. So we’ll see.”

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Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu of Korn. CREDIT: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

He added that the band went with Diaz for their upcoming tour because they needed someone who could play slap bass well and learn songs generally quickly.

“[Diaz] came down, we jammed. He’s a really humble guy, and just very talented. He can play anything – from jazz to slap to anything. He played all the songs with, like, three mistakes out of 10 songs or something – little mistakes. I mean, not even mistakes – it was just, like, ‘I thought I heard it that way.’ They weren’t even mistakes. So we were, like, ‘Okay. You got it down’.”

Elsewhere, Korn have joined the NFT digital market with four unique audio-visual assets that “celebrate the band’s impact on rock and metal music around the world through Dreamonaut’s digital surrealist style”.

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Steel Panther announce departure of bassist Lexxi Foxx: “The end of an era”

Steel Panther have confirmed that bassist Lexxi Foxx has left the band, after 21 years in the line-up.

Foxx, whose real name is Travis Haley, was one of the glam-metal group’s original members when they formed in Los Angeles in 2000.

In a statement on the official Steel Panther website today, the band confirmed Foxx would no longer be a part of the band. “The great pandemic of 2020-2037 has affected all of us,” they wrote in the tongue-in-cheek letter.

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“For some though, it has opened doors of opportunity and been a catalyst to seek out one’s true calling in life. This is Lexxi’s story. He started his side business, ‘Sexy Lexxi’s Prettiest Pets’, to bring in money for Botox during the lockdown. But something miraculous happened. He realised that his love for making pets pretty was greater than his love for being pretty himself. Lexxi discovered a greater love. Possibly, the greatest love of all.”

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The band went on to say it was “with heavy hearts – but great heavy metal memories – that we bid Lexxi Foxx farewell”. “We love you and we wish you a wonderful future putting eyeliner on chihuahuas,” they added.

“Steel Panther will continue to rock the world. And though we may not ever find a bassist quite as beautiful as Lexxi, it shouldn’t be hard to find one to match his towering intellect.”

The band also shared a compilation video of footage of Foxx, titled “The End Of An Era – Thank You, Lexxi Foxx!” Watch it above now. “For all the laughs. For all the metal. thank you,” the screen reads at one point.

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Last year, the band played three gigs in Florida to packed crowds with no social distancing in place. Despite COVID-19 case numbers in the US at the time, crowds at the shows were seen in footage without face masks and standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the venues.

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