Kirk Hammett joins Elthon John on stage in Las Vegas

Kirk Hammett joined Elton John on stage this past Saturday night, April 30 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada to perform “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”.

Hammett later wrote on his Instagram account: ” It was an honor and extreme privilege to share the stage with such a legend. Thanks, Elton John!”

He added: “Davey Johnstone is a great guitarist and it was an honor to play with him. I had first seen him play during Alice Cooper’s Madhouse Rock Tour [in] 1979 and he kicked major ass!!!” Continue reading Kirk Hammett joins Elthon John on stage in Las Vegas

Metallica Rock 2015 Lollapalooza With Blistering Performance

For metal fans, the 2015 Lollapalooza festival was a little sparse, but the fact that metal icons Metallica were headlining Saturday night made it all worth checking out. And, as expected, Metallica did not disappoint.
Taking the stage as Chicago’s Grant Park to a Midwestern pinkish sunset, James Hetfield greeted the fans onstage behind the band, then turned to the mic and stated, “Sorry to make this announcement, but …” before launching into the opening lines of “Fuel.” After the higher energy opener, the band dug into their back catalog for “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” a blistering “Wherever I May Roam” that found Kirk Hammett riffing away on his Dracula-themed guitar and circle pits starting in the crowd. Fans chanted along to “King Nothing,” and then the band really dug into the back catalog for old school favorite “Disposable Heroes.” The latter track concluded with the spotlight firmly on Hammett and his Boris Karloff guitar as he finished out with an electric solo.
Taking things down a notch, the band launched into the moody, yet chugging “Welcome Home (Sanitarium).” Mid-set standouts included a spine-chilling rendition of “The Unforgiven,” the heavy “Sad But True” with an extended bass solo from Robert Trujillo, heavy riffing from Hammett on his White Zombie-themed guitar during the latter portion of “One” and the power of Lars Ulrich behind the kit launching “Master of Puppets” with a deafening audience response. Continue reading Metallica Rock 2015 Lollapalooza With Blistering Performance

Metallica biography released as a comic book

Metallica’s biography has been released as a comic book.

Titled Orbit: Metallica, the 28-page comic book has been written by Michael L. Frizell and illustrated by Jayfri Hashim and tells the story of the metal band’s formation and career.

Available now, fans are able to pick one of two cover designs illustrated by Avenged Sevenfold artist David A. Frizell.

An extract published online shows the first few pages for frontman James Hetfield’s story.

“Sabbath was everything that the 60s werent, you know?” his speech bubble reads. “Their music was cool because it was completely anti-hippie. Completely. I hated The Beatles. Jethro Tull. And all that other hippie shit. Life’s not like that.”

‘There’s A Danger Of Younger Artists Coming Close To Extinction’

Lars Ulrich says that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are good for music but accepts that streaming platforms benefit established artists more than they do the aspiring ones who have yet to break through.

METALLICA famously sued the Napster file-sharing service in 2000 after the band discovered that a leaked demo version of its song “I Disappear” was circulating on the service before it was released. At the time fifteen years ago, Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio that the Napster battle was not about getting money for the band’s music, but about having control over how it was shared. “All we want as an artist is a choice,” he said. “There’s nothing to argue about that. Nobody has the right to do with our music whatever they want. We do. We’re saying as much as the next band want to work with Napster, we have the right not to.”

His views on the subject today have not changed, with the drummer telling BBC World Service’s “The Inquiry”: “I believe streaming is good for music, yeah. The one thing I read a lot is… People sit there and go, ‘I’m not getting paid very much for streaming.’ But there’s one major thing that gets overlooked in that argument and in the whole thing, [and that] is that streaming is a choice on all fronts. It’s a choice for the fan to be part of. It’s a choice for the artists who are involved in making their music available on streaming services. It’s a choice by the record companies that represent the artists. Fifteen years ago, those choices didn’t exist.” Continue reading ‘There’s A Danger Of Younger Artists Coming Close To Extinction’