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Robert Trujillo Recalls Blowing His Fuse in Metallica Rehearsal

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo recalled a tense backstage exchange with frontman James Hetfield, saying the moment was an illustration of how easy it can be to lose composure in a band environment.The incident took place a few years ago while they were warming up for a concert in Italy. Trujillo had been asked to perform a bass solo, which was already making him feel tense, and he was also under pressure to deliver […]

todayMay 20, 2022

Rock News

James Hetfield’s Heartfelt Revelation Prompts Metallica Group Hug

James Hetfield got emotional during Metallica’s recent performance in Brazil, thanking his bandmates for helping to lift him up during a bout of insecurity."I've gotta tell you I wasn't feeling very good before I came out here,” the frontman admitted to more than 60,000 fans assembled at the Estádio do Mineirão on May 12. “[I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like I'm an old guy, can't play anymore, all […]

todayMay 16, 2022 1

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A Baby Was Born at a Metallica Show in Brazil

At a Metallica concert in Brazil on May 7, a fan who was 39 weeks pregnant went into labor near the end of the show and gave birth inside the stadium to a baby boy as the band was closing out the night with "Enter Sandman."Joice M Figueiró documented the event on Instagram and her Story posts were even re-shared by Metallica, who helped spread the news of what is now […]

todayMay 9, 2022

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Kirk Hammett Rushed ‘Portals’ Completion for Record Store Day

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed he’d been given a week to complete his debut solo EP Portals once it was decided to release it for Record Store Day.The vinyl fanatic was presented with the option to tie in with the annual event, even though it meant he had to rush to get the work finished.“It was all about the timing,” Hammett told Kerrang in a recent interview. “I got a […]

todayMay 2, 2022

Rock News

40 Years Ago: Metallica's Five-Piece Lineup Plays Their Only Show

On Friday, April 23, 1982, a metal bill capped by J. P. Fires, Leatherwolf and Riptide played the newly-opened Concert Factory, a short-lived Costa Mesa venue that had replaced storied California punk club Cuckoo's Nest. An old flyer advertises Switzerland’s Krokus headlining, though apparently that didn't happen. But that show is still questioned and speculated on today, not so much for Krokus’ absence, as for the one-time appearance of a […]

todayMay 1, 2022

Rock News

Record Store Day ‘Exploded’ Thanks to Metallica, Says Co-Founder

Record Store Day's co-founder credited Metallica with helping make the event successful after he struggled to find support early on.Michael Kurtz said he found little enthusiasm in music stores when trying to develop the concept ahead of its 2007 launch — until he approached the metal giants and asked them to participate.“In the beginning it was very hard, because almost nobody carried vinyl unless it was used, and most used […]

todayApril 24, 2022

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Kirk Hammett ‘Shocked’ When Metallica Encouraged His Solo EP

Kirk Hammett admitted he’d been “shocked” when his Metallica bandmates encouraged him to pursue his solo EP Portals – and even persuaded him to release it sooner than he’d planned.In 2001 bassist Jason Newsted quit the band after being prevented from working on his own side-project. The moment contributed to the band’s famous near-collapse as documented in their Some Kind of Monster movie.But in a new interview with Rolling Stone, […]

todayApril 23, 2022