Metallica members are the Lords of Summer
Have the members of Metallica adopted an alter ego?
At the second Orion Music + More festival held in Detroit, the band actually played under the fake name "Dehaan." The moniker is a reference to actor Dane DeHaan, who starred in "Metallica: Through the Never" in 2013. During the show, the band played its entire debut album "Kill 'Em All," in its entirety to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release. That performance was filmed and released as a live album the same month.
In June, Metallica headlined the Glastonbury Festival in England in what they say was an attempt to win over new fans. Lars Ulrich even quipped, "We have one shot. You never know if you'll be invited back." By all accounts, the band just may get another invitation. They played a well-received 90-minute set as the first metal act to headline the festival since its inception in 1970, and Ulrich described the time on stage as "other-worldly."
Though members of the band have talked about working on a new album, fans may be disappointed to hear it won't materialize as quickly as they'd hoped. In fact, guitarist Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone back in January there were only 'certain bits and pieces' of music figured out, and Ulrich added he'd only hedge his bets that '201' would be the first three digits in the release year.
Metallica is currently on the second leg of the Metallica by Request tour, which is taking them all through Europe. Fans vote on set lists for each date of the tour, and one slot on the set is reserved for the new song "Lords of Summer," which they debuted back in March.
Metallica takes control (Created August 16, 2013)
Metallica's making waves, and lately it's not just for their music. In fact, these rockers created quite the media storm when they left Warner Bros Records in November 2012 and launched their own independent record label, Blackened Records. Not only will the new outfit produce all future releases from the band, there's even more news regarding Metallica on that front.
At the beginning of December, Metallica also announced in a statement published on their website that they had taken ownership of all their master records, including every current album and video they have recorded. They will also release all future records under the new label, effectively severing a 28-year relationship with Warner Music Group. In the statement, the band said: "You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things."
And take control they did. The first order of business was the release of a new DVD containing footage of shows in Quebec from 2009. The film, titled "Quebec Magnetic," was released in the United Steas on December 10, 2012. A short time later came news the band would star in its own 3D concert film titled "Metallica: Through the Never," which will be released in IMAX theaters September 27, 2013.
In a recent interview, drummer Lars Ulrich stated that "2014 will be all about making a new Metallica record", and that the album will probably be released sometime in 2015.
On June 8, 2013, the band played under the stage name "Dahaan" at the Orion Music + More festival in Detroit, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kill 'Em All.
When you think of thrash metal – aggressive, quick tempos, broad instrumentals and shredding-style guitar riffs – Metallica probably comes to mind. Its members – drummer Lars Ulrich, singer/guitarist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo – make up one of the most famous rock bands in the world, having sold some 59 million albums in the United States since 1981, and more than 100 million worldwide.
It's hard to believe that a band could be so successful when it failed to find true commercial success until the release of a fifth album, but the path seemed to work for Metallica. That self-titled project (also known as "The Black Album") was released in 1991. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and for the first time earned the band widespread critical acclaim. It's most recent studio effort, 2008's "Death Magnetic," was also its fifth straight album to bow at the top of the charts.
If success for a band goes beyond album sales – and these days, it most certainly does – than Metallica's road act is the driving force keeping them relevant in today's ever-changing music scene. The veteran group was the eighth-highest-grossing act in the world in 2010, with earnings of $62 million from just 33 shows.
Metallica was also part of a string of shows featuring the "big four" of thrash metal (alongside Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax) in 2011, though only one of those shows took place in the United States. The band then celebrated its 30th anniversary by playing four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco in December and moved into 2012 with the announcement the band would be starting its own music festival called Orion Music + More. It took place on June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Metallica Announce Week-Long 'Late Late Show' Residency
Talk show residencies are like, a thing now, right? The Foo Fighters just wrapped up a stint on Letterman, and now Metallica is sending off Craig Ferguson and his The Late Late Show with a weeklong residency. The legendary metal band will perform every night during the week of November 17. Lars Ulrich said the…Read more
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