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James Hetfield Reveals Who Metallica Originally Wanted as Singer

James Hetfield's iconic "Yeah!" is one of the signature components of Metallica's music, but the frontman has actually revealed that he wasn't the band's first choice to be their singer.Hetfield hosts a segment on SiriusXM's Mandatory Metallica channel called "Road Dog Brothers," where the vocalist tells stories from touring with other bands throughout Metallica's career. During this particular installation, Hetfield focused on Armored Saint."A lot of those early memories were celebrated with […]

todayOctober 14, 2021 3

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77 Must See Photos of Metallica + More From 2021 Aftershock Fest

Sacramento was the place to be this past weekend as the Aftershock Festival return for its ninth installment after skipping 2020 due to the national pandemic. This marked the first year that Aftershock moved to a four day event, and there was plenty of rock to go around for those in attendance.Metallica were the big draw of this year's event, playing a set heavy on their '80s material on Friday […]

todayOctober 12, 2021 3

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Jordan Rudess – Classical Playing Didn’t Prepare Me for Metallica

Longtime Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess admits to not quite being prepared to perform Metallica songs before his band covered Metallica's Master of Puppets, despite his years of playing classical music.Listeners can hear Rudess' progressive metal act perform the landmark 1986 thrash LP in full on Master of Puppets – Live in Barcelona, 2002, the tribute set that was reissued last month as part of Dream Theater's new throwback series, the Lost Not Forgotten Archives."Wow!" Rudess […]

todayOctober 8, 2021 1

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‘It Makes Complete Sense’ That Newsted Left Metallica

Time and distance can be a good thing for adding perspective to a situation, and in a sit down chat with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich reveal they now understand why bassist Jason Newsted left the band, though there were some hard feelings at the time.Hetfield says he has a better understanding of relationships now, telling Lowe, "My theory now is I could love anybody […]

todayOctober 7, 2021 3

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Musicians Talking About Metallica

Metallica are the most commercially successful and genre-defining metal act in history, and it seems like every musician has talked about the band at least once.“James Hetfield is definitely one of the best guitar players to have ever walked this Earth,” Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge said in an episode of Loudwire’s Gear Factor. “Even though I sort of know theoretically how to play ‘Master of Puppets,’ it’s impossible to play it […]

todayOctober 5, 2021 2

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Lars Ulrich Says Metallica Were Nervous to Play Live Shows Again

For many artists, 2021 marked their first time performing in several years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though legacy acts such as Metallica have been playing live shows for several decades, Lars Ulrich admitted that they were "definitely nervous" to play their first real concert again.The drummer described getting onstage in front of an actual audience again as "very emotional on every level" during an episode of Eddie Trunk's Trunk Nation [via […]

todayOctober 4, 2021 1

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10 Best Metallica Cover Songs

At this point, there isn't much need to argue Metallica's global influence. Forty years into their career and 125 million albums sold, the rock legends are no doubt one of the biggest bands in the world. Much of that prestige is centered around the massive success of their fifth studio album, Metallica, affectionately known by fans, critics and even the band itself as the "Black Album."Released on Aug. 12, 1991, the "Black […]

todayOctober 2, 2021 5

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Hayley Williams Compares Paramore Album to Metallica Documentary

Paramore singer Hayley Williams recently compared her band to Metallica in a message celebrating the 12th anniversary of Paramore's 2009 album, Brand New Eyes.Released that year on Sept. 29, Brand New Eyes arrived at time when Paramore, then encountering a surge of success that was their biggest yet, were undergoing a difficult period of conflict between band members. The circumstances led to guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro leaving the emo-indebted pop-rock group the […]

todaySeptember 29, 2021

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Metallica Play Surprise San Francisco Show

Metallica announced a last-minute, intimate club show at The Independent in San Francisco last night (Sept. 16) and played a 16-song set which marked their first full concert performance since November of last year.News of the concert spread quickly after Metallica invited fans to come down on social media, reportedly stating, "Hey! Gonna let you in on a little secret .. We're playing tonight at The Independent in downtown SF. Grab […]

todaySeptember 17, 2021 12

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