Metallica Announce “Intimate” Hollywood, Florida Show

Metallica will be playing an “intimate” show at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on November 4. Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public on July 30 at 10 a.m. EDT. A pre-sale for members of Metallica’s fan club will also launch on July 28 at 10 a.m. EDT. The band commented:

“We’re excited to add one more night to the tour calendar this fall. It feels so great to be making plans to hit the road and we can’t wait to see all of you out there. Keep watching this space… we have a few more shows in the works!!!”

Metallica Team Up With Vans For New “Black Album” 30th Anniversary Shoes

Metallica have joined forces with Vans once again to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1991 self-titled album (aka “The Black Album”) with new limited edition Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On shoes. The footwear, which features artwork designed by Pushead, will be available to members of the Vans Family on July 25 at 9 p.m. PST. They will also be available on Metallica.com on July 26 at 9 a.m. PST.

Metallica Share 1991 Live Version Of “Wherever I May Roam” Along With J Balvin & Jon Pardi’s Covers Of The Song

As previously reported, Metallica will be releasing a 30th anniversary expanded edition of “The Black Album” and a massive tribute album called “The Metallica Blacklist“ on September 10. Now, the group have shared some more tracks from both releases. Among them are a 1991 live version of “Wherever I May Roam” from the expanded version of the album and J Balvin and Jon Pardi‘s covers of the same song from “The Metallica Blacklist.”

Metallica’s Scholars Initiative Expands Into Nine New Schools

Metallica’s scholars initiative will be expanding into nine new schools this year. That initiative seeks to support community colleges and their career and technical education programs.

The following was said on allwithinmyhands.org:

“Following a competitive selection process conducted by All Within My Hands (AWMH) and our partners at American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), nine new schools will receive $100,000 to transform the future of students in their communities. This work is highlighted at a global level by leveraging the influence of Metallica, who continue to speak out about the dignity of professional trades and community colleges as a means to prepare students for the workforce. To date, the Foundation has provided $4.1 million in grants to career and technical education programs.

The Metallica Scholars Initiative is now in its third year and has fundamentally improved the earning potential for students who become Metallica Scholars. Each school intends to prioritize students interested in the skilled trades and those reconnecting to advanced manufacturing careers. Metallica Scholars will be showcased to promote varying skilled trade pathways as a means to economic development.

“The Foundation and the band pay attention and follow these programs and students, and there is no doubt that lives have been changed. What makes this work so unique is that, in addition to supporting students directly, our goal is not just to change individual lives, it is to unabashedly promote the trades as meaningful and well-paying career pathways. We are not afraid to be loud nor to dig in on things we believe in, and we believe in these students,” said Dr. Edward Frank, Executive Director of AWMH.

“As the country recovers from the pandemic, career and technical education is essential to rebuilding communities and the resilience of America,” said AACC’s Jen Worth, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development. “From the first year, AACC has been honored to design and conduct this important work on behalf of All Within My Hands and AACC’s member colleges.”

Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Pima County Community College, Tucson, Arizona
Hartnell College, Salinas, California
Victor Valley College, Victorville, California
Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa
Central Community College, Grand Island, Nebraska
Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles, Oregon
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia
West Virginia University Parkersburg, Parkersburg, West Virginia

To learn more about the Metallica Scholars Initiative, please visit AllWithinMyHands.org/Metallica-Scholars.”

James Hetfield added:

“As a touring entity we are in direct involvement with multiple essential career choices along our path. From electrical, professional driving, culinary, mechanical maintenance, public safety, logistical organizers. And that just scratches the surface. Those, along with a multitude of other technical careers, make our touring and our performances possible. We are passionate and grateful to these trades and tradespeople.”

[via allwithinmyhands.org]

“Metallica: The $24.95 Book” To Be Released In August

Writing teacher and music journalist Ben Apatoff will be releasing a new book, titled “Metallica: The $24.95 Book,” on August 15 through Backbeat Books. Here’s a description of the effort [via Amazon]:

“‘METALLICA: THE $24.95 BOOK’ looks at Metallica’s cultural significance, with chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, history, and more, exploring the band’s ideologies along the way. With more than 125 million records sold worldwide, Metallica is the biggest metal band of all time. Four decades into their unparalleled career, Metallica is a massive cultural force who drastically changed the sound of popular music by creating their own rules. Yet for all their popularity, Metallica can seem impenetrable, raising more questions and inspiring more discourse as their mythos grows. Metallica, by dedicated fan and music journalist Ben Apatoff, including previously unpublished photos and a foreword by What Are You Doing Here? author Laina Dawes, provides an in-depth look at the band and their music that both die-hard fans and newcomers can enjoy.”

Watch Metallica’s Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo Perform “My Friend Of Misery” With Kamasi Washington

During Kamasi Washington’s July 18 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA, the jazz artist was joined onstage by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo for a performance of Metallica‘s “My Friend Of Misery.“ You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Washington will be releasing a cover of the aforementioned song as part of Metallica’s massive “Black Album” tribute record, “The Metallica Blacklist,” which will be released on September 10 alongside an expanded deluxe edition of the 1991 self-titled album.

Metallica Share Footage Of “The Unforgiven” From 1992 Show In Las Cruces, NM

Metallica have shared footage of themselves performing “The Unforgiven” during their August 27, 1992 show in Las Cruces, NM. This clip is taken from the band’s “Wherever We May Roam” DVD, which will be included with the remastered deluxe box set edition of “The Black Album.” That set will be released on September 10 alongside a massive tribute album called “The Metallica Blacklist.”

Metallica To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Two Shows In San Francisco

Metallica will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with two shows at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA. The concerts will take place on December 17 and 19 and tickets will only be available to fan club members who are lucky enough to score an access code.

The band commented:

“As hard as it is to believe, the band will be turning the big 4 – 0 this October. It’s a wild thing to wrap our heads around… it feels like just yesterday that we were hitting the stage playing our first show at Radio City in Anaheim, CA, in the spring of 1982! Okay, fair enough maybe that wasn’t just yesterday; so many things have happened since Lars and James got together in the fall of ’81… almost 2,000 live shows across seven continents, mind-blowing successes and crazy off-road adventures. It’s been a nutty ride and even though most of the time it feels like we’re just getting started, we’re excited to celebrate the past four decades with you. What better way to mark this milestone than to invite the worldwide Metallica Family to join us in our hometown of San Francisco, CA, where we will be performing two different live sets at Chase Center on December 17 and 19 for Fifth Members only!!

We were so in awe of the love, support, and dedication that came our way during the S&M2 concerts when fans from over 60 countries around the globe traveled to the City by the Bay for the weekend in September of 2019. You guys completely took over San Francisco and the unbelievably good vibes and sense of family inspired us to invite all of you to come back! In addition to our two shows at Chase Center, we will be curating other live music and comedy events, Blackened Whiskey tastings, and so much more all around the city during the long four-day weekend of celebrations starting on Thursday, December 16. Details and ticketing information for these various events will be announced as they are confirmed.

So… we bet you want to know how to get tickets, don’t you? Tickets will be available only to registered Fifth Members and, in an effort to make it as fair as possible for every member who would like to attend, members are invited to enter to win a reservation code that will guarantee them the opportunity to purchase tickets in a private sale closed to the public. Reservation winners will be chosen randomly and e-mailed additional information and directions to proceed with their purchase.

Winners will have the option to choose from two-day tickets to gain entry to both Metallica shows at Chase Center or single day tickets for the show on either December 17 or December 19. Travel packages that include both tickets and hotel accommodations will also be available courtesy of MetallicaTravel.com. All members will be limited to a maximum purchase of two show tickets or one hotel/ticket package (package options include either two or four tickets).

We will have so much more to tell you about in the coming months, but for now, we hope that you’ll open those calendars and make plans to come hang with us for one unforgettable long weekend in San Francisco.

A word about Covid-19:
We do not know what local ordinances regarding vaccine and/or testing status will be in December of 2021. Because these rules and guidelines are ever evolving, we will update Metallica.com and send all ticket buyers an update 30 days in advance of the shows as to what will be required, if anything, for entry into the show. However in the meantime, we strongly recommend that you get fully vaccinated prior to the concert date as this will be the best way to keep everyone safe and healthy and to keep this show on the road! Visit Vaccines.gov for more information or to book your appointment. Our friends outside the U.S. should consult with their local pharmacy or government website.

Stay safe and we will see you in December in San Francisco!”

Metallica Share Rough Mix Of “The Unforgiven” Along With Diet Cig & Ha*Ash’s Covers Of The Song

As previously reported, Metallica will be releasing a 30th anniversary expanded edition of “The Black Album” and a massive tribute album called “The Metallica Blacklist“ on September 10. Now, the group have shared some more tracks from both releases. Among them are a 1991 rough mix of “The Unforgiven” from the expanded version of the album and Diet Cig and Ha*Ash‘s covers of the same song from “The Metallica Blacklist.”