It’s hard to keep a band together for a year. It’s rare to stay together for 10 years. 20 is amazing. And 30, well damn… that’s a miracle.
30 years ago, after a few ads in the local newspaper, and some wise firings, 4 nobodys formed what would be a thundering shockwave that would resonate throughout the musical community and rattle the very foundation of popular music. Metallica formed on October 15 1981. Read more
Metallica and Megadeth are both thrash metal pioneers who helped usher in the modern era of heavy metal and both bands have enjoyed great success and popularity amongst rock music fans the world over. The question before us today is simply which band is better, which is a subject sure to cause much controversy and discussion. Both bands are part of the Big Four (along with Anthrax and Slayer) that redefined metal music in the 1980’s and provided an alternative to the many hairspray-addicted bands that dominated the radio during that time. Both bands have maintained long careers and kept their identities and their fan bases through up and down periods and the inevitable lineup changes that most bands with such long histories must endure. Read more
Lars Ulrich of Metallica promises that fans will hear “a lot of new songs” from “Death Magnetic” on the band’s upcoming tour, which begins production rehearsals this coming Monday in San Francisco and kicks off October 21 in Glendale, Ariz.
“These new songs are a lot of fun to play,” says Ulrich. “Traditionally I think we’ve been a little conservative when we’ve started off with two songs, three songs (from the new album). We’re going to hit the ground running here. We’re probably gonna learn all of them and play, I hope, at least five a night and probably rotate ‘em so we get a lot of new songs in. That’s one thing I’m definite about.”
Metallica is happy to have dates booked as late of August of 2009, will again be playing in the round, though Ulrich says the production will be “a completely different thing than what we’ve done before.” He says that there will be “a big-ass fuckin’ lighting rig above us, and there’s some pretty cool stuff up there. There’ll be some shit that turns on and off and some shit that blows up… the usual stuff.”
Ulrich says the band is also similarly enthused about the reception to “Death Magnetic,” Metallica’s first set of new material since 2003’s “St. Anger.” The album topped The Billboard 200 for three consecutive weeks and has sold a million copies already in the U.S. and 2.5 million around the world.
“It’s just an overwhelming, positive thing,” Ulrich says. “You couldn’t have told me a month ago or six months ago that we would have a record that would be this well-received. It seems like it’s so universal this time and it’s all over the world and everybody’s so into it on so many different levels–the fans, press, the peers… everybody.”
“I’m a little overwhelmed, humbled… and certainly appreciative. When you put out a record twice a decade, which is kind of what we find ourselves doing these days, you bask in it a little bit.”
Of course you are Lars, you’re selling lots of albums and have shows booked into August 2009. Glad the album is a success.
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