Metallica Rock Three Songs During ‘Howard Stern’ Appearance

If you’re in need of a Metallica live fix, the group provided it, playing a three-song set during their appearance on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show. The band, teasing their upcoming drive-in show, have been rehearsing of late and took the opportunity while on Stern’s show to play “Wherever I May Roam,” “The Unforgiven” and “All Within My Hands” for the listening audience, as heard below.

The band hit on a number of topics while speaking with Stern, including going through Covid screenings and wearing masks (minus Hetfield) during rehearsals, discussing the bubble performance space they’ll have for the upcoming show and reflecting on their collaborations with Lady Gaga and Lou Reed.

Metallica also have their Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 live album coming on Aug. 28. In addition to the three Metallica songs played, the guys also toyed with bits of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” during the broadcast.

In other non-Stern related Metallica news, it’s been revealed that Metallica have another $1.5 million in grants going to over a dozen community colleges as part of their Metallica Scholars program. The grants are coming from the band’s charitable branch, the All Within My Hands Foundation. This comes a day after it was revealed that Metallica were also teaming up with Wolverine boots for a pair of limited edition Metallica branded boots with the proceeds going to help fund scholarships for community college trade school students. See Lars Ulrich speaking about the second year of their Metallica Scholars program below.

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Metallica, Pantera, Guns N’ Roses + More Donated to Live Nation

Earlier this year, Live Nation launched the Crew Nation Global Relief Fund to raise money for crew members in the entertainment industry that were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Metallica, Pantera and Guns N’ Roses were among the artists who donated to the fund.

Live Nation initially committed $10 million to the fund. The company contributed the first half, and then matched the next $5 million donated by others, dollar for dollar. The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation has announced that $15 million has been raised for the fund, which has helped 15,000 crew workers in more than 30 countries around the world. Additionally, the goal has been increased to $30 million.

Several other rock and metal bands have contributed to the fund in addition to the aforementioned three, like Motorhead, Lamb of God, KISS, Aerosmith, Awolnation, Kid Rock, Sum 41 and more. See a video discussing the organization’s updates below.

Crew Nation has created a new line of merchandise, and all proceeds go toward the fund.

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‘Metallica’ Sold Thousands of Copies Last Week, Re-Enters Chart

Whether you love or hate Metallica‘s Black Album, its legacy is undeniable. Nearly 29 years after its release, the album has re-entered the Billboard 200 and pushed over 6,000 units in the last week — roughly a third of which were actual album sales.

Ryan J. Downey’s Stream N’ Destroy newsletter reports that Metallica pushed 6,409 total units in the last week, which combines streaming and album sales — 2,235 of those units were pure album sales. That’s laughably more than… never mind, let’s stay on track here.

The last few weeks have been full of Metallica news. There’ve been confirmed reports that they are working on a new album, the announcement of the upcoming S&M2 live album, James Hetfield‘s birthday, a clip of all four members rehearsing “Creeping Death” together for the first time since the pandemic started and a live show announcement. To top it all off, tomorrow (Aug. 12) is the 29th anniversary of the iconic Metallica.

Perhaps all of the aforementioned bits contributed to the spike in the Black Album’s popularity once again, but it’s certainly no stranger to the Billboard 200. In December of 2019, it became the fourth album in American history to have spent over 550 weeks on the chart. That’s over 10 years.

Metallica currently clocks in at No. 200 on the chart — but this is now its 580th week, which is over 11 years.

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Metallica Branding Boots to Benefit Trade Program Students

Metallica continue to find ways to expand their philanthropic efforts, with the latest being a partnership with work boot brand Wolverine, helping to create a limited edition line of boots that will help to fund trade school scholarships.

The band’s All Within My Hands charitable foundation has partnered with Wolverine, with a limited edition line of 1000 Mile Axel and Hellcat UltraSpringTM boots now available for pre-order.

“Wolverine shares the same vision that we had when creating the Metallica Scholars Initiative – that it’s incredibly important to create and sustain a strong and resilient American workforce. AWMH is our way of giving back and building future generations,” said James Hetfield, adding, “More importantly, we are helping these students achieve their dreams and transform their lives through the workforce education programs offered at community colleges all across the country.”

Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation will channel the funds received by sales of the boots to community college trade programs at Grand Rapids Community College, Lone Star College and WSU Tech, with all three receiving a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars.

The Wolverine X Metallica Scholars 1000 Mile Axel boot is based on the classic Wolverine 1000 Mile boot silhouette, with a Metallica key logo-inspired metal heel and the “All Within My Hands” metal toe kicker on the front. There are also metal-tipped laces and a metal guitar pick tag.

The Wolverine x Metallica Scholars Hellcat UltraSpringTM boot combines traditional work boot durability with the modern performance of Wolverine’s patented UltraSpring cushioning. It too comes with Metallica-inspired features, including a custom-molded Metallica key logo stitched into the boot and a custom metal “Metallica Scholars” guitar pick tag.

Both boots are now available exclusively via the Wolverine website. Check out the Metallica Scholars 1000 Mile Axel here and the Hellcat UltraspringTM boot here. All proceeds from the sales of the boots will go to the 2021 Metallica Scholars recipients.

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Jim Breuer Didn’t Party Hard Enough for Metallica’s Lars Ulrich

Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich is one hard partier. That’s according to the drummer’s onetime friend and comedian Jim Breuer. But it seems the Half Baked star couldn’t keep up with the rocker during a night on the town.

“I used to hang out with him until one disastrous night when he decided I wasn’t up to his partying standard,” Breuer recalled on The Howard Stern Show in 2009. At the same time, the funnyman (and musician in his own right) showed off his hilarious impression of the Metallica co-founder.

“Lars, first of all, [is] a great guy — we would hang out,” Breuer told Stern. “He’s brilliant; he’s really brilliant. He was living in New York for a while, and he’s like, [affecting Lars’ voice] ‘Jim, if you’re playing some clubs, let’s fuckin’ go downtown, we’ll hang out for the night. You going to hang out?'”

The pair did indeed meet up. However, when the comedian happened upon a backpack full of schoolbooks, he hung onto it to return to the student the next day. Unfortunately, that didn’t seem to be Ulrich’s idea of fun.

“This rubs Lars the wrong way,” Breuer remembered. “[He said] ‘Dude, why would you fuckin’ carry a fuckin’ knapsack with us all night? It’s ridiculous. Get rid of the fuckin’ knapsack, huh?’ So, I’ve got this stupid thing, and it’s starting to slowly irritate him.”

The comedian continued, “Now, he’s starting to drink a little. We’ve drank before; I’d just never seen the wild, wild side. You know, we’ve hung out and moshed on busses. … But I never really saw this side [of him].”

After the two visited a nightclub, an apparently intoxicated Ulrich took the backpack and “tosses it across the street,” Breuer explained. “The thing slams by some chick’s foot, book scatter all over. He’s going, ‘Huh! Here’s your fuckin’ knapsack! Fuck that kid; he’s fuckin’ irresponsible!'”

The pair then ended up in an exclusive venue attended by Hollywood’s A-list before the comedian called it a night around 2AM. But even leaving at that hour was inexcusable, it seemed, for Ulrich — the Metallica member who, according to this account, walked into oncoming traffic just for fun.

“I swear to you, if they wrote this scene in a movie, you’d go, ‘This is a little over the top,'” Breuer said. “He stepped on the back of a car, walked along the windshield, over the top, down on the hood.”

Still, the comedian’s early exit seemed to have been the last straw for Ulrich. And, evidently, the Metallica drummer continued to get his party on.

“Couldn’t get him on the phone after that night,” Breuer added.

Jim Breuer Talks About Lars Ulrich on The Howard Stern Show – April 8, 2009

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Metallica to Record New Concert for Drive-In Theater Broadcast

Metallica have announced plans to record a new and socially distanced concert that will be broadcast at drive-in movie theaters across North America on Aug. 29.

Tickets for the show go on sale Aug. 14, but members of the bands’s Fifth Member fan club can get access to a special pre-sale two days earlier. Tickets will cost $115 per vehicle, with up to six people allowed per car. A list of participating drive-in theaters can be seen at Ticketmaster.

According to a statement issued by the band, “Drive-in theaters hosting the concert will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidelines as well as all state and local health mandates. Staff will wear personal protective equipment and enforce at least six feet of space between cars. The series will also use contactless payment and ticketing systems and limit capacity in restrooms. Guidelines around concessions will be enforced to abide by individual state regulations.”

Each ticket will also come with four sets of download codes for an MP3 version of their upcoming live album S&M2. The September 2019 shows featured the band’s second collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony.

Last week, the band posted a brief video of themselves rehearsing in the same room. It was the first time they’d played together in person since the second S&M2 show, which took place Sept. 8, 2019.

“It’s been a crazy, hectic, thrilling and exciting time at Metallica HQ as the four of us have all been in the same room making music for the first time in almost a year!” reads a statement on the band’s website. “’What’s going on?’ you ask? We’re recording a concert to appear at your local drive-in theater … that’s what! We’ll be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set screening Aug. 29 at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada. We’ve been rehearsing at HQ for a show that will be shot specially for the drive-ins at a location nearby later this week, and then we’ll pass it off to our award-winning production team to then be edited and mixed at the highest standards possible to be beamed into your cars from the big screen.”

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Watch Metallica Play in the Same Room Again

Metallica run through the intro of “Creeping Death” in a new Instagram video, showing all four members — James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo — together in the same space.

You can watch it below.

The clip, which shows Hammett, Ulrich and Trujillo in face masks, appears to be set at the band’s headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. It’s unclear if the group is rehearsing or taking part in a particular project.

Fans previously saw Metallica in a socially distanced format, recording a new lockdown version of their 1988 track “Blackened.” Ulrich recently said the quartet is staying productive during the pandemic, connecting for weekly Zoom meetings and bouncing around the idea of a quarantine album.

“The people that make all the software and all the stuff that we use to record are sitting right now trying to figure out how Lars and James and Kirk and Rob can make a Metallica record from four different locations from four different states,” he told Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in April. “That’s obviously something that we’re circling and we’re very excited about.”

Like virtually every other touring act, Metallica were forced to cancel and postpone their 2020 live shows due to COVID-19. But the band’s schedule still includes the release of their S&M2 project, which documents their two dates last year with the San Francisco Symphony. The set is out Aug. 28 in multiple formats, including a deluxe box set that features vinyl, CD and Blu-Ray, among other extras.

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Metallica Release ‘Moth Into Flame’ Video From ‘S&M2’

Metallica have been so giving lately. Between streaming full concerts every Monday throughout the pandemic and the recent announcement of the upcoming S&M2 album, fans still get to be just as connected as ever with ’em. Now, they’ve dropped another song from the live album — “Moth Into Flame.”

Moth Into Flame” was the second single released from Metallica’s 2016 album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. According to Setlist.fm, the song was debuted live for the first time at Webster Hall in New York on September 27, 2016 — the 30th anniversary of Cliff Burton‘s death. A few months later, the group performed the song with Lady Gaga at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in 2017.

S&M2, which will be available Aug. 28, features performances from Metallica’s 2019 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Several different sets are available, ranging from the album only, to the DVD version, to a special-edition box set.

Pre-order your S&M2 here now, and check out a video of Robert Trujillo unboxing the deluxe version below.

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame (Live)”

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Watch Metallica’s ‘Moth Into Flame’ Video From ‘S&M2’

Metallica have released a video for “Moth Into Flame” from their upcoming live album Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2. You can watch the clip below.

The song first appeared on 2016’s Hardwired … to Self-Destruct and received a high-profile slot at the Grammys the next year when Lady Gaga joined the band onstage. But the performance didn’t go as planned after someone accidentally unplugged James Hetfield‘s microphone just before Metallica went onstage. The two singers wound up sharing a mic for much of the performance. The problem was fixed near the end of the song, but Hetfield was nonetheless angry about the mishap. He knocked his mic stand down and reportedly threw his guitar backstage.

“We get offstage, we get back there, and I haven’t seen [Hetfield] like that in 20 years,” drummer Lars Ulrich later said. “I mean, he was livid. He’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun.”

Longtime Grammy producer Ken Erlich publicly apologized to the band. “These kinds of things are horrible when they happen,” he said. “That’s one of the risks of live television.”

S&M2 combines the two shows Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony played in September 2019 at the Chase Center, a reprise of their critically and commercially acclaimed 1999 collaboration. The concert will be available in both audio and home-video formats, with Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions that add artwork, sheet music and collectible guitar picks. All versions will be released on Aug. 28.

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26 Classic Rock + Metal T-Shirts Everyone Has Owned at Some Point

Ah, the band tee. One of the most beloved, but also controversial, pieces of fabric in the rock and metal world.

You only know three songs by a band, and you’re shunned if you’re caught repping their logo. You’re an enormous fan, and you’re ridiculed for sporting their most “mainstream” album cover. There’s truly no winning, but you take the risk and throw one on anyway. Whether you got your Metallica top from Target, Hot Topic or at the merch stand outside their show 30 years ago, you better be prepared to answer some questions.

And for the rest of you who don’t give a shit what anyone says, you understand that wearing the shirt in public may earn you a few new friends because music tends to bring people together.

Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum, if you’re a fan of rock and metal you most likely own or have owned one of the shirts featured below at some point. Even if it’s not the exact shirt, you’ve probably had a shirt from at least one of these artists. We’re not judging — we got ’em too. See 26 classic rock and metal T-shirts that everyone’s had at some point below. And if you haven’t, click the link under the picture to change that.

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Jamey Jasta Wants to Reimagine Metallica’s ‘Lulu’ Vocals

Hatebreed bandleader Jamey Jasta has proposed that the vocals on Metallica‘s 2011 collaborative album with the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed, Lulu, should get a redo from himself and some other rock and metal stars.

He’s not joking. Suggesting that Dee Snider, Crowbar‘s Kirk Windstein, Sebastian Bach and Machine Head‘s Robb Flynn join him in such an endeavor, the Hatebreed vocalist promised a $50,000 donation to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation for the opportunity.

On Twitter Tuesday (Aug. 4), Jasta made clear he meant no disrespect to Reed, the late rock icon who provides the majority of vocals on Lulu. Reed’s spoken word performances drive the effort that features instrumental contributions from Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. It’s the last full-length studio album with which Reed was involved before his death from liver disease in October 2013.

“50k donation to @Metallica’s @AWMHFoundation if they let @deesnider @crowbarrules @sebastianbach @TheGeneralMH myself & others write our own vocals over Lulu’s instrumentals!” Jasta said. “Couldn’t hurt! No diss to Lou Reed I’m just brainstorming recording ideas while we’re aren’t touring.”

In a bid to draw Metallica’s attention, the Hatebreed figurehead proceeded to tag some of the band’s members on the social networking service. “This could be killer bro!” Jasta told Hammett. “We can honor Lou Reed & make this amazing,” he directed to Hammett and Trujillo.

From there, the idea expanded to notionally include several further rock singers. Names Jasta added to the mix included Corey Taylor, Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen, King Diamond, Sacred Reich’s Phil Rind and more.

At least one of the suggested musicians appears to be fully on board with the project. In a tweet from Snider, the former Twisted Sister singer endorsed the idea with a hearty exhortation of “C’MON BOYS!”

Perhaps more than its music, Lulu‘s often remembered for the polarizing reviews it garnered. In a contemporaneous assessment, Pitchfork noted it had been ‘preemptively crowned ‘The Worst Album of All Time.'”

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Jerry Cantrell: Why Metallica’s James Hetfield Is ‘The Godfather’

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell called Metallica‘s James Hetfield a “godfather” among rock icons in an interview that emerged on Monday (Aug. 3), a day that also happens to be Hetfield’s 57th birthday.

The Alice in Chains member’s commendation came as he shared a fond memory of working with the Metallica frontman. Namely, an occasion when Cantrell teamed up with Hetfield alongside Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Alice in Chains’ Sean Kinney for a benefit concert in Los Angeles.

Looking back on that time, Cantrell saluted Hetfield as a revolutionary figure in rock.

“What makes James such a great frontman is his physical presence,” the Alice in Chains guitarist recently told Louder. “Nobody else commands the same kind of respect and attention without it being self-seeking or egocentric.”

Cantrell continued, “He’s all about the music; all about the fun and the celebration and the connection with the fans. And that to me is really inspiring. Especially because he’s done this for so long, and he’s been at the top of his game for so long and he continues to search for a deeper meaning.”

Saying that he “can’t wait to see what [Hetfield] does next,” the Alice in Chains guitarist claimed that jamming with Hetfield during the aforementioned benefit gig “was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my whole life.” The group played a version of Metallica’s The Black Album single “Nothing Else Matters.”

That concert also saw Cantrell sing Alice in Chains’ “Them Bones” and “Would?” with the Hetfield-backed benefit band. And it certainly cemented the Metallica rocker’s status as a rock and metal legend in the guitarist’s mind.

“He took an underground thing and took it worldwide,” Cantrell added. “Metallica is a huge thing for me and for any hard rock or metal band. … Will he go down in history as a rock icon? He already has — he’s the godfather, man.”

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