Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Jammed With Post Malone + Andrew Watt

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo turned 56 last week (Oct. 23), and it appears the musician celebrated by joining a jam session with rapper Post Malone and music producer Andrew Watt.

That’s what one could guess based on the photos that have since turned up on Watt’s Instagram page. The producer and close Posty associate — who recently worked on Ozzy Osbourne’s Ordinary Man album — shared plenty of images of the joint birthday jam sesh. Watt celebrated his 30th on Oct. 20.

See some of the pictures down toward the bottom of this post.

“DIRTY 30,” the producer said of one photo of himself standing amid Trujillo and Posty, all three wielding an instrument and putting on their best rock faces. Watt called it the “best jam of all time.”

The producer tagged Red Hot Chili PeppersChad Smith and Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins in the same photo message, giving credence to the idea that both drummers also took part in the birthday jam among musicians. In a follow-up photo set from Watt, an image of Hawkins does indeed appear.

But, of course, what would a birthday be without some cake? In the same subsequent set of photos, one shot shows Watt and Trujillo smiling as they each hold a birthday cake portraying their respective likenesses.

But maybe the musicians were cookin’ up something else besides just birthday cake? Perhaps a Watt-produced collaboration between Posty and Trujillo (and Smith or Hawkins) is in the making.

Either way, it sure looks like one hell of a birthday jam!

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Metallica, My Chem + Limp Bizkit to Headline 2021 Aftershock Fest

Feel the rumble? That’s the sound of the Aftershock Festival returning to Sacramento’s Discovery Park for the fall of 2021! Festival organizers Danny Wimmer Presents have announced the 2021 dates and lineup, including headliners Metallica, My Chemical Romance and Limp Bizkit.

The 2021 event expands to four days with Limp Bizkit headlining the all-new Thursday bill on Oct. 7. They’ll be joined by Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose and Fit for a King.

Though they missed out on 2020 due to the pandemic Metallica are back to headline two of the nights (Friday and Sunday) while the highly anticipated My Chemical Romance reunion leads the Saturday festivities. Check out the daily lineups below.

Thursday, October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Fit for a King

Friday, October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, SEETHER, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, Contracult Collective

Saturday, October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, ?? ??? (TBA reunion), Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, American Teeth

Sunday, October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, LAW, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, The Cold Stares

Rancid said, “We can’t wait to play at Aftershock 2021 with our Bay Area brothers Metallica. We first played with them on the Lollapalooza tour in 1996 along with the Ramones and later down the road we toured across South America together. It’s gonna be wild, see ya in the pit!”

Passes are on sale now and can be purchased for only $20 down. Payments will then be spread out over the next nine months, beginning in December.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to buy early and save since 3-Day and Single Day pass prices will increase in the coming weeks. 4-Day passes are very limited and there will be no single day passes sold for Thursday night. Passes for Aftershock have sold out for five years straight.

General Admission and VIP Aftershock passes start at following prices:
● Single Day General Admission: starting at $119.50 + fees
● Single Day VIP: starting at $249.50 + fees
● 3-Day General Admission (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): starting at $329.50 + fees
● 3-Day VIP (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): starting at $599.50 + fees
● 4-Day General Admission (Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): starting at
$379.50 + fees
● 4-Day VIP (Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): $674.50 + fees

Head to the Aftershock 2021 festival website here to get your tickets.

Also, new in 2021 is the exclusive Aftershock’s 10 Days of Shocking Giveaways which launches Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 and will include the opportunity to win amazing prize packs from festival sponsors, along with passes to Aftershock 2021. Visit the festival website and follow on social media for more details.

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Miley Cyrus Recording a Metallica Covers Album

Miley Cyrus is in the process of recording an album of Metallica covers. The singer made the revelation during a conversation with fashion designer Rick Owens for Interview magazine.

“We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album, and I’m here working on that,” the pop star explained while speaking to Owens over the phone. “We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. At first, it felt uninspiring, and now I’ve been totally ignited.”

Cyrus has covered Metallica material in the past, most notably performing their 1991 hit “Nothing Else Matters” during several of her live performances.

You can watch the singer’s rendition of the tune at the 2019 Glastonbury festival in the video below.

The pop star has made no secret of her love of classic rock, name-dropping David Bowie, Motorhead and Iggy Pop later in her conversation with Owens. Most recently, Cyrus covered the Cure and the Cranberries during the Save Our Stages virtual festival. Material by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Def Leppard and Fleetwood Mac have also made it into Cyrus sets over the years.

In addition to her Metallica covers album, the singer is reportedly prepping an LP of original material. The single “Midnight Sky” was released in August, giving fans a taste of the upcoming album.

“In my [live] sets, I cover Britney Spears to Metallica,” Cyrus explained in an earlier interview promoting the single. “So my [new] record will be reflective of who I am, which is just kind of all different pieces of inspiration and influence.”

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Miley Cyrus Working on a Metallica Covers Album

If you caught Miley Cyrus at the #SOSFest over the weekend, she covered both The Cure and The Cranberries, but for her next cover of significance she’s going for something heavier — a Metallica cover. In fact, she’s currently working on a full album of Metallica covers.

The pop star was speaking with fashion designer Rick Owens for an Interview magazine piece when she revealed the news. “We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album and I’m here working on that,” she stated, adding, “We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. At first, it felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Cyrus has tackled Metallica, pulling out a cover of “Nothing Else Matters” during an appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival (see below).

Miley Cyrus Covers Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” at Glastonbury 2019

While Cyrus is best known for her pop hits she has shown a knack for paying homage to rock as well. In the Interview piece she also adds, ”People ask me who I’ve studied for my movement onstage, and I always say Iggy Pop.” The vocalist also delivered a memorable performance at the Chris Cornell: I Am the Highway tribute show belting Temple of the Dog‘s “Say Hello 2 Heaven.”

Miley Cyrus Covers Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven”

While Cyrus stated that she’s working on the Metallica covers set, no other details including the potential release date were revealed.

In a recent interview with PopCrush, Cyrus talked about her rock influences. You can hear how Chris Cornell and Nine Inch Nails factor into her new music in the video below starting around 6 minutes and 50 seconds in.

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Kirk Hammett Played His Way Out of ‘Hair-Raising’ Blues Moment

Kirk Hammett recalled the “hair-raising” experience of trying to prove he could play blues in a room full of legends as he prepared to take part in the Peter Green tribute concert earlier this year.

The Metallica guitarist was aware he was regarded as the “heavy-metal guy” among players including Billy Gibbons, Dave Gilmour and John Mayall, and knew he had to demonstrate he understood the blues genre when he rehearsed with the house band for the show.

“I’m sitting there with people like Billy Gibbons and Dave Gilmour,” Hammett told Metallica fan club publication So What! in a new interview. “Then all of a sudden John Mayall walks into the room. Bill Wyman is there, then Steven Tyler walks in … all these people are gonna watch me rehearse ‘The Green Manalishi’ with the core band. You talk about pressure and feeling eyeballs on you? That was probably one of the most hair-raising experiences I ever had, but at the same time, incredibly inspiring as well.”

Hammett noted that he was “the heavy-metal guy. … I show up and the guys who really didn’t know me were a little hesitant, and so you know what I started doing? I started playing a bunch of blues licks. I started playing Stevie Ray Vaughan stuff. I started playing a bunch of songs off the John Mayall’s Blues Breakers album. … Two or three minutes after they see that I knew the blues, all of a sudden it was like I was a beautiful woman or something! They all came toward me, they started talking to me, asking me questions, and it was a totally unexpected icebreaker. … And then I hear over the next couple days, ‘Oh, yeah, he’s a blues guy, he can play the blues, he knows what he’s doing.’ It was amazing. I could not believe it.”

The guitarist described the moment as “validation from a bunch of musicians who were the first part of my inspiration … In that first two or three years of my guitar playing, I was just totally into British blues-based hard rock. And I learned how to play the blues; blues has always been a part of my technique. I played blues licks and heavy-metal songs. The guitar solo on ‘Hardwired’ is just the culmination of Robert Johnson licks played fast and with distortion.”

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Kirk Hammett’s New Horror Songs: ‘Best F-king Things I’ve Done’

Metallica are sorting out ways to work on new music amidst a pandemic and Kirk Hammett has some ideas of his own he’s working on outside of the band. A known horror enthusiast, the guitarist has collaborated with Edwin Outwater, who composed the S&M2 live performance, on some horror-themed instrumental songs. Hammett feels they’ve got potential to be his career-best work and said “they’re like movies.”

Hammett already has a line of horror-themed guitars and even showed off his personal horror collection at the “It’s Alive” exhibits that brought some of his favorite pieces outside the home and into an actual museums for a limited time.

Regarding these instrumentals, which sound especially enticing with Halloween just a couple weeks away, Hammett told Metallica’s fan club magazine “So What!“, “I recorded those tracks with Edwin, a small chamber orchestra and some other musicians.”

He said there’s four total tracks he’s put together and that two of them were in collaboration with Outwater. Hammett had particularly strong thoughts about these pieces, “which feel like the best fucking things I’ve ever done.”

Offering a bit more insight, Hammett went on, “One of them is called ‘High Plains Drifter’ and the other one’s called ‘The Incantation’. They’re not done yet. [They are] still in the rough mix stages. I mean, I have to get the rough mixes, but I have four tracks now. And the four tracks are like four different movies, man. They’re not movie soundtracks; they’re like movies. They tell a story.”

When asked if it was fair to say Metallica fans will “probably” get to hear new music before the pandemic is over, Hammett agreed it was “absolutely” a fair assumption.

On top of the S&M2 live album and video performance, Metallica have released a new version of “Blackened,” the song, as well as ‘Blackened,” the whiskey. The new edition whiskey was crafted using the recent live release to make it “sonically enhanced.”

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Metallica Lose Twice at 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Metallica didn’t emerge as the heroes of the day at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday (Oct. 14). Out of the two nominations the veteran metal band received, each ultimately went to a different artist.

The BBMAs categories for which Metallica found themselves nominated were Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour. After all, when the band hits the road, Metallica treks are often ranked among the highest-selling rock tours in the world.

But that didn’t seem to matter come award time at the Kelly Clarkson-hosted Billboard Music Awards this year. Metallica lost out to both Elton John and Pink.

Pink captured the Top Touring Artist award from fellow nominees the Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Metallica and Elton John, as Billboard reported. Elton won Top Rock Tour ahead of both the Stones and Metallica.

The event’s big winner was rock-indebted rapper Post Malone, who began the 2020 BBMAs as the artist with the most nominations. When all was said and done, Posty took home nine total Billboard Music Awards. Those were Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Tour and Top Rap Album for Hollywood’s Bleeding.

Of course, one could assume that Wednesday’s losses are no skin off Metallica’s collective back. They’ve faced bigger slights before, such as when the James Hetfield-led act lost 1989’s Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance to none other than Jethro Tull.

Head here to see the full list of 2020 Billboard Music Awards winners.

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Metallica Announce Livestream ‘Helping Hands’ Benefit Show

Metallica will livestream an acoustic set from their headquarters on Nov. 14 to raise money for their All Within My Hands foundation.

The show, called Helping Hands, starts at 5PM ET, but purchasing a ticket at the band’s website gives fans an opportunity to watch it as many times as they like for a 48-hour period after they begin. Prices start at $15, with three bundle options that include a digital download of the performance ($25), a T-shirt designed by WolfSkullJack ($55) and a presence on a “Virtual Fan Wall” during one song ($95).

All of the proceeds from ticket sales and a companion auction are earmarked for All Within My Hands. The band established the nonprofit organization in 2017 in order to create “sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger and other critical local services.” They recently donated $645,000 to numerous COVID-19 relief organizations and $350,000 to help those affected by the West Coast wildfires. Metallica have also previously given money to help fight the Australian bushfires and to community colleges across the U.S.

This is Metallica’s second benefit performance for All Within My Hands. It was originally scheduled to take place on March 28 at the Masonic in San Francisco, but was pushed back to Sept. 12 before the coronavirus pandemic caused it to be postponed again. The first show, which took place in November 2018, raised $1.3 million and resulted in the album Helping Hands … Live & Acoustic at the Masonic.

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Metallica’s Acoustic ‘All Within My Hands’ Show Will Be Streamed

Metallica are adjusting with the rest of the world during the pandemic, deciding to make their second annual All With My Hands Helping Hands concert and auction an online event for 2020. The band’s first worldwide pay-per-view event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, streaming live from Metallica HQ.

Just like last year, the band will celebrate the spirit of giving back by playing an acoustic show, which will serve as a fundraiser for the All Within My Hands Foundation. The stream will start at 2PM PT on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Ticket holders can enjoy multiple replays up to 48 hours from the start of the first stream. Additional ticketing info, including special VIP packages and bundle options, can be found at 2nu.gs/Metallica.

As for the annual auction, Metallica have yet to reveal the auction items and experiences provided, but details will be made available closer to the event’s date.

Metallica started the All Within My Hands Foundation in 2017, and during its existence the organization has been involved assisting food banks, donated aid to Covid-19 relief organizations, helped out with financial assistance during the West Coast wildfires and started a Metallica Scholars initiative providing financial assistance to community colleges across the country.

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That Time Metallica Covered Van Halen in Band’s Hometown

Metallica know how to play to the hometown crowd, as evidenced with their “doodles” in set lists over the last few years. During a 2017 stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, they briefly paid homage to Van Halen, and with Eddie Van Halen‘s death making headlines last week, this performance from the metal titans saluting the hometown heroes has come back around online.

For their set, Metallica surprised the crowd with a portion of “Runnin’ With the Devil.” Though a little out of his comfort zone, James Hetfield did an admirable job with David Lee Roth‘s inflections in the song and added some of those familiar Diamond Dave screams as well.

The fans seemed to enjoy the nod, audibly singing along and helping Papa Het out on the vocals, but after the first verse, Hetfield shut it down, explaining “That’s all I can sing.” While acknowledging it was fun, the singer cleared his throat as the band then launched into “Seek and Destroy.”

Metallica issued a band statement on Eddie Van Halen’s death last week, stating, “We are enormously saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen. We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in ’88, a friend. Sending love to Alex, @wolfvanhalen & everyone in the greater VH family.”

Guitarist Kirk Hammett then followed in an interview with the New York Times, “To me, he was like Tesla or Louis Pasteur or Ray Kurzweil. He might not have been working with circuits or engines or whatnot. He was working with musical notes and guitar strings and bridges and amplifiers.”

He went on to reflect, “It’s kind of mind-boggling. That first Van Halen album blew open everyone’s minds to the potential of electric guitar. My friend John Marshall, who ended up being my guitar tech in Metallica, we went out and bought that album and we could not figure out what we were hearing. Like, it wasn’t real. His right-hand technique, the way he hammered on strings, with super-wide intervals that a person could not humanly stretch. It was an incredible sound. And he was using it so effectively.”

Adding of his legacy, Hammett stated, “Eddie started this momentum of just getting sounds out his guitar that no one got. I mean no one. The first four or five Van Halen albums, he was inventing techniques that we all use now. My guitar-playing friends, we’d get the new Van Halen album and shake our heads. ‘What’s Eddie doing now?'”

Metallica Cover Van Halen’s “Running With the Devil” in 2017

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Names His Favorite Songwriter of All Time

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed his favorite songwriter of all time in a new interview. And it might be a somewhat unexpected choice coming from the veteran heavy metal musician.

That’s because the percussionist indicated that English rocker Noel Gallagher of Britpop kingpins Oasis would be his pick for an all-time favorite songwriter. Indeed, the Metallica member underscored his answer in an issue of Classic Rock as part of the magazine’s “The Soundtrack of My Life” feature.

But why Gallagher, the erstwhile Oasis mastermind and the creative voice behind Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Well, the Metallica co-founder opined that it all comes down to the simplistic beauty of Oasis compositions.

“The hardest thing in the world — trust me, we know this first hand — is to write a simple song,” Ulrich explained. “And the shorter and simpler, the harder it is.”

He continues, “Those great Oasis songs — ‘Wonderwall,’ ‘Live Forever,’ ‘Supersonic’ — if you hear Noel do them by himself, just guitar and voice, it’s pretty incredible what those songs break down to when you’re that naked and that vulnerable.”

For those familiar with Ulrich’s past listening habits, however, his fandom of the alt-rock icons is hardly a shock. At Oasis’ mid-’90s peak, the Metallica member developed a love for the British act. So much so, he once divulged, that he ended up working an impromptu light show for Oasis during one of their gigs.

“I first became familiar with Oasis in the late summer of ’94,” Ulrich told NME earlier this year. “I loved their arrogance, confidence and how every other word would be ‘cunt’ or ‘fuck.’ Then I fell in love with the music, so I flew to see them play in New Jersey. One thing led to another and I found myself tapping along to the sounds on the lighting board — I guess [they] were a man short and it was great fun … lots of crazy shenanigans.”

The drummer’s interest in Oasis has clearly impacted the rest of Metallica, as well. After all, Metallica members covered Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” during a 2017 U.K. concert. Beyond that, Ulrich has even claimed that Gallagher inspired him to get off cocaine in the early 2000s.

Anyway, here’s “Wonderwall”:

Oasis, “Wonderwall” (Official Video)

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Metallica Donating $250K to Aid in West Coast Fire Fight

With a home base in California, Metallica have seen wildfires pop up nearly annually in their home state and this year is no different. The last month has seen mass destruction take place not only in California, but up the West Coast as well. For the fourth consecutive year, the band’s All Within My Hands charitable foundation will be chipping in to aid the fire fight, donating $250,000 to five organizations.

“This year, we will be donating a sum of $250,000 to five organizations on the front line of this environmental crisis that has made its way into the lives and homes of far too many. The organizations include the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund ($100K), Oregon Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund ($75K), Community Foundation Santa Cruz County’s Fire Response Fund ($25K), North Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund ($25K), and Community Foundation of North Central Washington NCW Fire Relief Fund ($25K),” state the band.

They add, “We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or by giving your time volunteering or providing safe, temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

In total, more than 6.6 million acres of land have been burned by fires in California, Oregon and Washington, killing at least 37 people and necessitating the need for tens of thousands of fire fighters to tend to the fires.

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