Metallica Join Venture Focused On Buying Song Catalogs And Other Intellectual Property

According to Variety, Metallica and their co-manager Cliff Burnstein are involved in a new intellectual-property acquisition venture called Worldwired Music IP Fund. Former Fender president/COO Matt Janopaul and former Sony/ATV co-president Rick Krim are also involved in the venture, which is being headed by former Morgan Stanley investment banker Paul Donahue. The collective, which will have resources in the $300-$500 million range, are reportedly working to gain intellectual property rights of various song catalogs and more.

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Metallica Announce Second Round Of COVID-19 Relief Grants

Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation have announced another round of COVID-19 relief grants. $295,000 will be donated to five organizations that are doing essential work during the ongoing pandemic.

The following statement was posted on the band’s official website:

“We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of fans and friends around the world as many continue to face unimaginable challenges in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to your support and kindness by contributing to our fundraisers during the #MetallicaMondays shows, our May Month of Giving, and visiting the All Within My Hands website, as well as a substantial donation from our friends at Salesforce, we’re excited to announce that AWMH will be providing a second round of new grants totaling $295,000 to five organizations doing essential work during this difficult time. In addition to continuing to support Feeding America, Direct Relief, Live Nation’s Crew Nation initiative, and the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) through the United States Bartenders’ Guild National Charity Foundation, we are proud to announce a fifth grantee as we partner with MusiCares in their efforts to assist music industry professionals affected by the pandemic.

FEEDING AMERICA

Feeding America has been on the front lines from day one as they continue to work with their network of local food banks, reacting to the specific needs of individual communities. As the effects of the pandemic are vast, food insecurity has soared, and food banks across the country are suffering from a lack of volunteers, donations, and food distribution assistance from their normal channels. AWMH has pledged $70,000 to this fund which will provide urgently needed meals to families facing food insecurity.

DIRECT RELIEF

Direct Relief continues to work tirelessly as the pandemic spreads to other regions of the world and is distributing emergency shipments of ICU medicine and other critical supplies to more than 80 countries and has provided more than 40 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the front lines. As countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia became the latest hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic, Direct Relief has accelerated its response in these regions, beginning with shipments of enough COVID-related emergency medicine and medical supplies to treat more than 50,000 intensive-care patients in developing countries around the globe. Direct Relief is in constant collaboration and communication with allies in the battle to manage this outbreak through its relationships across global, international, and national agencies such as the WHO, the US Dept of Health and Human Services, the CDC, ASPR, State Offices of emergency management, etc. AWMH has pledged $70,000 to this fund.

CREW NATION

As you all know, Metallica’s live shows — all live music in general — would not be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 continues to put the entire live music industry on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who make their living show-to-show. Our partners at Live Nation initiative committed $10 million to their Crew Nation initiative, contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million donated by artists, fans, and employees. We’re happy to pledge $70,000 to this fund to help those who make it all happen for the band year in and year out on the road. Each grant recipient receives $1,000 USD, so this donation will help 70 crew members across the industry.

THE USBG NATIONAL CHARITY FOUNDATION

In addition to the hard-working crews who support the band on tour, we rely heavily on the worldwide hospitality industry. As restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, bars, and other food and beverage providers continue to remain closed or shift to delivery/pick-up operations, hundreds of thousands of workers are suddenly without jobs. We’re pledging $35,000 to the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers in need of financial assistance. So far, our gifts have helped the BEAP award meaningful grants to over 30,000 hospitality members in all 50 states and two U.S. territories.

MUSICARES

During the past several weeks, the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised more than $17 million dollars and provided aid to thousands of people in the music community. It is the largest amount of money they have ever raised, with the most recipients helped, for any single cause in their history. Unfortunately, the need was so overwhelming that they were forced to stop accepting applications. We are pledging $50,000 to assist with resources toward these unprocessed grants.

IN MORE NEWS…

This month we’re excited to continue to honor our Heroes of the Day, what we now call “essential workers” – first responders, healthcare workers, food bank volunteers, grocers, truck or food delivery drivers, restaurant workers, and so many more – as people everywhere are performing selfless acts to keep us safe and healthy and to keep our lives as normal as possible during this abnormal time. Share a photo on Instagram using #HeroesOfTheDay and tell us about yourself or someone you know who loves Metallica and is on the front lines and we’ll make sure to thank them!

Finally, we are continuing the the #MetallicaMondays streaming series, broadcasting a full concert from the Metallica video archives directly to your couch via YouTube and Facebook Live each Monday at 5:00 PM PDT.

As days turn to weeks, and weeks to months, we know this is an incredibly stressful time pushing everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing to their limits. If you would like to support any of these organizations, please feel free to reach out directly to our passionately dedicated partners, as their needs are very wide-ranging; every dollar helps. Be well, we hope to see you all again soon.”

Ennio Morricone, Composer Of Metallica’s Intro Song “The Ecstasy Of Gold”, Passes Away

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has sadly passed away from complications related to a fall. The 91-year-old famously wrote “The Ecstasy Of Gold” from “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly,” which has been used as Metallica’s intro song since 1983.

Metallica commented:

“R.I.P. Ennio Morricone

Your career was legendary, your compositions were timeless. Thank you for setting the mood for so many of our shows since 1983.”

Frontman James Hetfield added:

“The day we first played “The Ecstasy of Gold” as our new intro in 1983 it was magic! It has become apart of our blood flow, deep breathing, fist bumping, prayers and band huddle pre-show ritual ever since. I have sang that melody thousands of times to warm up my throat before hitting the stage. Thank you Ennio for pumping us up, being a big part of our inspiration, and a bonding between band, crew, and fan. I will forever think of you as part of the Metallica family.

R. I. P. Maestro Morricone 🙏🏻

With respect,
James ‘papa h’”

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo: “We’re Excited About Cultivating New Ideas”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich previously revealed that the band have been working on new material remotely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Vinyl Guide,” Robert Trujillo discussed those sessions further, saying that the group are “excited about cultivating new ideas.”

Trujillo said the following:

“We communicate every week, which is really great, so we have our connection intact. And what we’ve started doing is basically just really concentrating on our home studios and being creative from our homes and navigating through ideas and building on new ideas. And that’s where we’re at right now. We’re excited about cultivating new ideas, to be honest. And everybody’s in a good headspace, for the most part, and that’s pretty much our focus now — let’s have fun with this. That’s part of the reason I got some updated recording gear and I’m putting ideas together and we’re checking kind of each other’s vibes out on new stuff. And that’s pretty much where we’re at. We haven’t talked about touring lately…

I’ll tell you, we just did nearly three years on the ‘Hardwired’ album, and, of course, Australia is one of my favorite places on the planet to go play, and South America as well, so we will get back down there. I’m not too worried about that — I know we will. Obviously, we’ve gotta get through this quarantine and all this stuff that’s happening with that. In the meantime, we’re creating, and I think that is really cool, ’cause sometimes it takes a while to get the band together and get four individuals who are living in different places in the same room. But it’s, like, ‘Hey, guess what? We don’t have to be in the same room right now.’ We can make music from our homes and work together and build stuff — and then we’ll get in that room together and we’ll bang the stuff out, but we’ll be 40 steps ahead.”

He went on to say that the band are “working towards” eventually entering a studio to record a new album:

“There’s no definite plan as to a release date. I mean, we’re just sort of now cultivating the terrain and getting kind of excited about it, to be honest. It’s kind of a cool thing that we’ve been able to start focusing on that, ’cause it’s new for us — we haven’t done it this way. I don’t think many people have done it this way. Everybody’s gotta kind of restructure their routines and their creative flow. And at some point, all this will transition into what it’s gonna transition into, and we’ll have live shows again. And I’m sure there’s gonna be a lot of new music coming, ’cause most musicians are writing new stuff right now, and that’s exciting to me.”

[via Blabbermouth]

“Master Of Puppets” Crowned Best Metallica Song In Recent Fan Voted Bracket

Metallica recently launched an official bracket to determine their top fan-favorite song. The tracks in the running were chosen by taking Spotify streams and multiplying them by live performances. After multiple rounds, fans ultimately crowned “Master Of Puppets” as the winner.

Metallica’s James Hetfield To Release New Coffee Table Book “Reclaimed Rust: The Four-Wheeled Creations Of James Hetfield”

Metallica’s James Hetfield will be releasing a new coffee table book, titled “Reclaimed Rust: The Four-Wheeled Creations Of James Hetfield,” on July 28. The effort, which will focus on the frontman‘s car collection, can be pre-ordered HERE. Members of the band’s fan club will also have a chance to get a limited edition box set HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Not only is James Hetfield Metallica’s vocalist and guitarist, he also enjoys another lifelong passion: restoring and customizing classic cars into magnificent pieces of automotive art. From his own creations such as the Skyscraper to the Aquarius, to the Black Pearl and beyond, Hetfield’s collection of beautifully reimagined classic cars is truly stunning.

For the first time, James is opening up his garage and inviting readers to dive under the hood of some of these internationally lauded classics. Featuring dynamic, specially commissioned photography done by Scott Williamson at Photodesign Studios and insight from Hetfield into their creation, this book is a unique opportunity to learn about Papa Het’s passion for creating bespoke classic cars.”