Kirk Hammett Says He Has “A Ton Of Material” For Metallica’s Next Album

During an interview with Australia’s Mixdown magazine, Kirk Hammett confirmed that he has “a ton of material” ready for Metallica’s next album. The guitarist also said the band are hoping put something out faster this time around.

Hammett said the following:

“When I was 13-14 years old, bands put out albums every year. Seriously, KISS put out an album every eight months. None of this eight years between albums.

None of us are very comfortable with the fact it’s been so long, because that is a long time. We’re hoping to avoid that this time around.

We’re in our third year since ‘Hardwired’. Maybe we can get a bit more focus and go into the studio a bit sooner. I have a ton of material. I’ve over-compensated, so I’m ready to go anytime.”

This news comes after Robert Trujillo previously said the group’s new album will “come a lot sooner than the previous two did.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Metallica Announce Second Annual All Within My Hands Day Of Service

Metallica have announced that their second annual All Within My Hands Day Of Service will be held on May 22. Like last year, the initiative will find the band inviting fans to volunteer at local food banks across the U.S. Those who volunteer will get a special shirt.

The band issued the following statement:

“Last year over 1,000 of you participated in our first Day of Service by volunteering at your local food banks. Thanks to all of you, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food was packed and distributed to those in need . . . way to make a difference in your communities! We’re thrilled to be back with the details of our second annual Day of Service on Wednesday, May 22nd as we once again invite Metallica fans across the U.S. to join us in volunteering for a day with our friends at the community food banks we supported during our recent North American tours.

In cooperation with Feeding America we’ve been proud to make contributions to their local partners in each city we performed in during the ’17, ’18, and ’19 WorldWired Tour dates and we’re asking you to give a few hours of your time on May 22nd supporting the fight against hunger in your neighborhoods. Check the list below to see the participating food banks and for more information about how to sign up to pitch in that day. Over 50 food banks will be partaking in the activities this year, more than twice as many as last year! Each registered volunteer on May 22nd will receive a special All Within My Hands t-shirt commemorating our united day of service and a special thanks goes out to our friends at Salesforce for helping to make that happen. Please note that space is limited and you must register; unfortunately we will not be able to accept walk-ins.

If you do not live near one of the food banks listed on the site or you are unavailable on this day, we encourage you to visit FeedingAmerica.org to find a food bank in your community. We’re so inspired by the work that all of these amazing people do day in and day out that we hope you’ll join us to give them a hand whenever you can.

Thank you for supporting All Within My Hands and the local organizations we’ve been honored to assist. See you on May 22nd and make sure to use the #MetallicaGivesBack and #AWMH hashtags for a chance to be featured on Metallica.com.

Please register with one of the food banks listed here; unfortunately, they will not be able to accept anyone who is not registered and confirmed. Space is limited for all volunteer shifts.”

Ted Bundy Film Featuring Metallica’s James Hetfield To Hit Netflix In May

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile,” the new film focusing on serial killer Ted Bundy, will officially hit Netflix on May 3. The movie was directed by Joe Berlinger (“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”, etc.) and it stars Zac Efron as Bundy, Lily Collins as Elizabeth Kleopfer, and Metallica’s James Hetfield as Officer Bob Hayward. You can check out a new trailer for the film below:

More Dates Added To Metallica & Slipknot’s Australian/New Zealand Tour

Metallica and Slipknot have added a couple more dates to their fall Australian/New Zealand tour. Here’s their updated schedule:

10/17 Perth, AUS – Optus Stadium
10/20 Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Oval
10/22 Melbourne, AUS – Marvel Stadium
10/24 Melbourne, AUS – Marvel Stadium
10/26 Sydney, AUS – ANZ Stadium
10/29 Brisbane, AUS – QSAC
10/31 Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium
11/02 Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium

Metallica Announce Second “S&M” 20th Anniversary Show For Fan Club Members

Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will be playing another “S&M” 20th anniversary show at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA on September 8 for members of the band’s fan club. This news comes after their previously announced September 6 show sold out instantly, thanks in part to ticket scalping bots.

Metallica commented:

“Wow… that’s all we have to say! The response from the ‘Tallica fan universe to the announcement of our show with the San Francisco Symphony blew us away, in fact, it was completely and totally overwhelming – thank you! However, we also understand that for a great number of you, it brought frustration and disappointment as the supply of tickets fell way short of demand.

We’ve heard you and we’ve learned from our missteps with this particular ticket on sale. We’re working to make this right as we are excited to announce that a second show has been added at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sunday, September 8th. First order of business: No public on sale this time! Tickets for the second S&M² show will be available exclusively to Fifth Members.

We’re thrilled to continue the celebration of this world-class arena’s opening, to share the spotlight with the Golden State Warriors, the SF Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, the Chase Center and what this event represents to the city and the people of San Francisco. The second show gives us a chance to celebrate in a unique and very special way with all of you, the die-hard Fifth Members.

We’re all huddled at Metallica HQ now working out a plan to give every one of you the most fair and equal chance at obtaining tickets (and to do everything possible to keep the bots from getting any). Under the full disclosure umbrella, due to contractual obligations with the Chase Center there will be a small number of tickets available to Golden State Warriors season ticket holders, but the rest of the house will be all of you and only you… just the Metallica Fan Club family.

This is going to take a little time to get as close to foolproof as we can get it, so please sit tight for a few more days and we’ll be back with more details.

Thank you for all your comments, suggestions and most of all your support and patience! Stay tuned, watch this space.”

Lars Ulrich Reflects On Metallica’s First Concert 37 Years Later

Lars Ulrich recently reflected on Metallica’s first-ever concert, which was held on March 14, 1982 at Radio City in Anaheim, CA. At the time, the band’s lineup featured Ulrich, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, and Ron McGovney and they played a set consisting of mostly covers. Tickets were $15 and only 75 people were in attendance. You can see what Ulrich had to say about the show in the below Instagram post:

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37 years ago today, March 14 ’82, the ‘Tallica played our first live show ever at a joint called Radio City in Anaheim, California. As you can tell from the notes in my diary, it was my first gig ever and I was “very nervous.”(!) Additionally, you eagle-eyed observers may notice that there’s not a lot of ‘Tallica originals being performed here at the first outing, but almost all NWOBHM covers, most of which ended up being recorded later along the way and showing up on various Garage releases… Here for your viewing pleasure is a picture of your Danish drummer from later in ’82 still playing my first Camco kit (there are no pictures that exist from the first gig), the OG flyer, the setlist in my handwriting and a page from my diary describing the antics of the evening! Happy Live Debut Anniversary! Who would’ve thought….🤪 #wanna #tbt 📸 by @umlaut

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Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Announce “S&M” 20th Anniversary Show

Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “S&M” shows with a special performance at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place on September 6 and it will be the first concert at the aforementioned venue. You can watch the announcement ceremony HERE and find more info at metallica.com.