“We both never felt comfortable going down the same path that everyone else was doing. Metallica’s always been autonomous, and Lou Reed is the godfather of being an outsider, being autonomous, marching to his own drum.”
Metallica aren’t exactly the band you’d associate with Justin Bieber. But, it turns out the band who once called themselves Alcoholica and wrote the songs “Harvester of Sorrow” and Call of Ktulu” call themselves Bieber fans.
Metallica is a global phenomenon and have played every continent but one. That’s going to change when the thrash metal legends cross Antarctica off of their to-do list for a one-off show, when they play the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on December 8.
Last week, we gave you the lowdownon Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal, which takes you from the ’60s to today. It’s a great history lesson, and a very readable one. On the flip side is The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, which gets into a crucial part of the heavy metal culture, namely, arguing about who is great, who sucks, and who is a poser.
We sat down with some of the icons of the last few decades of heavy metal and hard rock to talk about the culture, why it’s so enduring, and how it has changed. Unsurprisingly, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and Jason Newsted (Metallica), all had a lot to say on the matter.
Metallica has been doing the film festival circuit (and even played at San Diego’s ComicCon) promoting their cinematic event. This isn’t supposed to be just a Metallica concert film. There’s a narrative.
“For all those that didn’t get to see Kill ‘Em All, Master of Puppets, we have all those props and there’s a story line to give it longer legs so it’s just not a concert footage film.”
As far as concert films go, if it isn’t the most beautifully shot one of all time, it’s close. You actually do feel like you’re onstage with the band. But – ostensibly – this isn’t supposed to be just a Metallica concert film. There’s a narrative.
This is Metallica in 1993. The pioneering, American Heavy Metal band had just finished a long co-headling stadium tour with Guns N’ Roses in which frontman James Hetfield was torched during a performance accidentally thanks to some faulty pyrotechnics. The group’s […]
Country music superstar Eric Church introduced himself to rock fans a few years back via his song “Springsteen,” which named dropped several songs from, well, Bruce Springsteen. Since then, he’s also played Metallica‘s Orion Festival […]