Metallica Producer Bob Rock Sells His Rights To “The Black Album”

Producer Bob Rock has sold a catalog of 43 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund. The deal included his rights to Metallica‘s self-titled album (aka “The Black Album”) and tracks he produced for Michael Bublé.

Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis said the following:

“The breadth of Bob Rock‘s enormous successes are almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music. From Metallica‘s most famous Black Album to Michael Bublé‘s ‘Christmas‘, he has produced some of the biggest albums of all time that continue to be evergreen, year in and year out.

Everyone who has worked with Bob knows he is a difference maker, which is why the artists he has produced end up making multiple albums with him which are almost always their biggest successes.

Bob is very special and as a fellow Canadian, it is a pleasure to welcome him and his incredible productions to the Hipgnosis family.”

Rock added:

“I put my heart and soul into these recordings. I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together.”

Original Metallica Bassist Ron McGovney Shares Photo Of The Band’s First Business Card

Original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney recently took to Twitter to share a picture of the band’s first-ever business card. You can check that out below:

Metallica’s James Hetfield And Lars Ulrich Pay Tribute To Late Megaforce Records Co-Founder Marsha Zazula

Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have paid tribute to Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula, who recently passed away at the age of 68. Marsha and her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula co-founded Megaforce in 1982 and they were credited with helping Metallica launch their career.

Hetfield said the following:

“Marsha Z is the Metal Matriarch of the East Coast. She was our mother when I had none. She made great sacrifices for Metallica to grow. Thank you Marsha. Love and positive energy to the Zazula family.

— James Hetfield”

Ulrich also shared his own tribute:

“Thank you Marsha for making it happen…

For supporting us, for encouraging us, for advising us, for sheltering us, for feeding us, and most importantly for cheering us on and along with your husband Jonny, believing in the possibilities of how a gang of misfits and outsiders like ourselves could connect with a larger and likeminded audience…

You were an incredibly selfless matriarch and we’ll be forever grateful for the impact you had on our lives.

Rest In Peace.”

University Students Blast Metallica During Istanbul Protest

According to Bloomberg, students in Istanbul, Turkey have been blasting Metallica tracks as part of a protest against the new head of Bogazici University Melih Bulu. Bulu is a member of the conservative and populist AK Party and was appointed to his position by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move many view as undemocratic. The music choice was a dig at Bulu, who previously said he was a Metallica fan.

[via Blabbermouth]

Lars Ulrich Says Metallica’s Best Album Is Still Ahead Of Them

During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said he believes that the band’s best album is still ahead of them. The drummer made the claim while discussing the group’s new record, which they have been working on amid the coronavirus pandemic:

“It’s the heaviest thing, the coolest. But all kidding aside, if it wasn’t because we thought that the best record was still ahead of us, then why keep doing it? In Metallica, we love the creative process, and it’s hard for me to imagine that we’ll ever stop making records.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Discusses His Career In New Episode Of Gibson’s “Icons” Series

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is featured in the latest episode of Gibson‘s “Icons” series. The documentary focuses on the guitarist’s life in music and it can be found below:

Watch Comedian Bill Bailey Dance To Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” On “Strictly Come Dancing”

Comedian Bill Bailey and his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse performed a tango to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” during the December 12 episode of BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing.” You can see footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield Perform Solo Acoustic Cover Of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page”

On December 12, Metallica’s James Hetfield performed a solo acoustic cover of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page” as part of Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh’s virtual “VetsAid” charity concert. You can see footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]