Metallica’s James Hetfield Explains “72 Seasons” Album Title

Metallica’s James Hetfield has offered some more insight into the title of the band’s new album “72 Seasons” (out April 14). According to him, the name essentially refers to “the first 18 years of your life.”

Hetfield said the following:

“‘72 Seasons‘ came out of a book I was reading about childhood, basically, and sorting out childhood as an adult. And 72 seasons is basically the first 18 years of your life. How do you evolve and grow and mature and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons?

Some things are more difficult than others—you know, some things you can’t unsee and they’re with you for the rest of your life, and other things you’re able to rewind the tape and make a new tape in your life. So that’s the real interesting part for me, is how you’re able to address those situations as an adult and mature.

There’s been a lot of darkness in my life, and in our career, and things that have happened with us. But always having a sense of hope, always having the light that is in that darkness… Without darkness, there is no light, and being able to focus a little more on the light in life instead of all of the… how it used to be and how horrible it is… There’s a lot of good things going on in life—focusing on that instead, and it helps to balance out my life.

And there’s no one meaning to it — everyone has some sense of hope or light in their life, and, obviously, music is mine. And the song specifically talks about gathering of people at a concert and able to see the joy and the life and the love that comes out of music and the family and the kinship in that, and just a sense of uplifting.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Partner With Wolverine To Release New Charitable Collection

Metallica have teamed up with Wolverine for a new charity collection. The latest line of products include jackets, hoodies, shirts, beanies, and the return of their Hellcat UltraSprin boots. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the All Within My Hands foundation’s “Metallica Scholars” initiative to assist people entering skilled trades.

Peter Delgrosso, executive director of All Within My Hands, said the following about the collaboration:

“The Metallica Scholars initiative enables students of all ages to embrace workforce education and learn a new trade or upskill to diversify their knowledge base. While our foundation is very active in supporting workforce education in community colleges across more than half of the U.S., it certainly takes a village. Our partner, Wolverine, has gone above and beyond to support our initiatives, and we couldn’t be prouder and more honored to roll out the third limited-edition collection with them in direct support of our mission.”

Scott Schoessel, Wolverine VP of global marketing, added:

“We value our partnership with All Within My Hands immensely because, together, we are able to work towards our unified goal of bringing awareness to all the great opportunities that exist within the skilled trades — like being one of the talented rig-builders, electricians, and set-builders that make up the road crew for a touring rock band.”

Metallica To Release New Album “72 Seasons” In April, Announce Tour With Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Etc.

Metallica will be releasing a new album, titled “72 Seasons,” on April 14. A video for the effort’s first single, “Lux Æterna,” can be found below:

“72 Seasons” Track Listing:

01. “72 Seasons”
02. “Shadows Follow”
03. “Screaming Suicide”
04. “Sleepwalk My Life Away”
05. “You Must Burn!”
06. “Lux Æterna”
07. “Crown Of Barbed Wire”
08. “Chasing Light”
09. “If Darkness Had A Son”
10. “Too Far Gone?”
11. “Room Of Mirrors”
12. “Inamorata”

James Hetfield commented

“72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”

In other news, the band have also announced a massive world tour, which will find them playing black back-to-back nights in every city. Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, etc. will open at select shows. Here’s the dates:

2023:

04/27 Amsterdam, NET – Johan Cruuf Arena (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
04/29 Amsterdam, NET – Johan Cruuf Arena (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
05/17 Paris, FRA – Stade de France (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
05/19 Paris, FRA – Stade de France (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
05/26 Hamburg, GER – Volksparkstadion (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
05/28 Hamburg, GER – Volksparkstadion (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
06/16 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium (feat. Volbeat & Mammoth WVH)
06/18 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/04 East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/06 East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/11 Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/13 Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/18 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/20 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/25 Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/27 Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
09/01 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
09/03 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
11/03 St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
11/05 St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
11/10 Detroit, MI – Ford Field (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
11/12 Detroit, MI – Ford Field (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)

2024:

05/24 Munich, GER – Olympiastadion (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
05/26 Munich, GER – Olympiastadion (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
06/07 Helsinki, FIN – Helsinki Olympic Stadium (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
06/09 Helsinki, FIN – Helsinki Olympic Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
06/14 Copenhagen, DEN – Parken Stadium (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
06/16 Copenhagen, DEN – Parken Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
07/05 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
07/07 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
07/12 Madrid, SPA – Estadion Civitas Metrpolitano (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
07/14 Madrid, SPA – Estadion Civitas Metrpolitano (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/02 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/04 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/09 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/11 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/16 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/18 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/23 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
08/25 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
08/30 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field (feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
09/01 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
09/20 Mexico City, MEX – Foro Sol (feat. Greta Van Fleet & Mammoth WVH)
09/22 Mexico City, MEX – Foro Sol (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
09/27 Mexico City, MEX – Foro Sol (feat. Greta Van Fleet & Mammoth WVH)
09/29 Mexico City, MEX – Foro Sol (feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)

Metallica To Livestream 2022 “Helping Hands” Benefit Concert

Metallica have announced that they will be livestreaming their upcoming “Helping Hands” benefit concert. That event will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on December 16 and fans will be able to watch it on Paramount+, Pluto, and MTV‘s YouTube channel.

The band commented:

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the achievements of All Within My Hands in our final show of the year, the Helping Hands Concert & Auction at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, December 16. This will be the third time we hit the stage to benefit the Foundation, but the very first time that it will be streamed live with a full audience in the house, thanks to our friends at Paramount+.

In another first, we’re also honored to announce that Jimmy Kimmel will be joining us to host the show! Make sure to tune in early as it all kicks off at 5:30 PM PST streaming live on Paramount+ and simulcast on Pluto and MTV’s YouTube channel. Don’t miss the special guests and presentations, Greta Van Fleet’s set, and a few surprises before we hit the stage.

We’ll also have some amazing items and experiences that will be auctioned off starting December 5 to benefit the Foundation, with 100% of ticket and auction proceeds going directly to those in need. Established in 2017, All Within My Hands works with partners around the world to combat food insecurity, provide funds in areas of natural disaster, and support education with the ground-breaking Metallica Scholars program, now in its fourth year.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On Metallica: “They Didn’t Pay Me What My Share Of The Songs Were”

During a recent interview with Songfacts, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine further discussed recent comments he made regarding a scrapped project he was working on with his former Metallica bandmate James Hetfield. The venture didn’t move forward due to a dispute related to their shelved “No Life ‘Til Leather” reissue.

Mustaine said the following about his last chat with Hetfield:

“The last time we talked it didn’t end very well because we have some memory of a couple of things that took place when I was in the band. I remember it one way and he is saying that it happened another. But it’s about somebody else – it’s not even him. He’s talking to me on behalf of ‘you know who’ [Lars Ulrich].

They wanted to release ‘No Life ‘Til Leather‘ – 27 songs, posters, flyers, pictures, everything. I said I would love to do this thing, and James said,’”Look, we fucked up. The last three things we’ve done failed abysmally.’

He said it was ‘Lulu‘, something called ‘Orion‘ [Metallica‘s past ‘Orion Music + More‘ festivals], and there was one other thing… I think it was a film about a fan or something [‘Metallica: Through The Never‘]. I don’t know. I don’t see them as a failure.

But, I had said, ‘Yeah, I’d be interested.’ And he said, ‘We’d like to get everything right with all the history, the publishing and stuff.’ And I said, ‘Good.’ Because part of the reason why we haven’t been able to really reconcile is because I had songs that when I left I didn’t want them to record, and they went ahead and recorded them but they didn’t pay me what my share of the songs were.

James and I wrote ‘Metal Militia‘ and ‘Phantom Lord‘ – every note. And somehow, on the record [‘Kill ‘Em All‘] it says Lars gets 10%. And on ‘Metal Militia‘ that Kirk gets some of it, and he wasn’t even in the band!

So I’ve come to terms with it, and when he said, ‘We’d like to get this right,’ I said, ‘Great. Let’s do it. I have no problem.’ And when I said, ‘This is what it is,’ he said, ‘No. It’s kind of what it was, and that’s how it is.’

And I thought to myself, you know what? When you guys did that to me before, it was not cool. I said, ‘Don’t use my stuff’ and you did it, and then didn’t give me my fair share. So why would I want to willingly enter into something like that? I wouldn’t. So that’s where we stand right now.

I would love to work with James. I’d like to work with Lars again, too, but I think the real talent in Metallica has always been around the guitar – everybody makes fun of the drums.

Lars is a really great song arranger. And believe it or not, I watched him on a piece-of-shit acoustic guitar write the opening riff to ‘Ride The Lightning‘.” [Sings riff, which turns out to be ‘Master Of Puppets‘.]

You know what that was? It was a guy with a guitar that doesn’t know how to play, and he’s going [mimics playing a chromatic run] on the neck. It wasn’t anything really mind-blowing by any means. The way James played it made it mind-blowing.”

He continued when it was mentioned that he was humming something that sounded more like “Master Of Puppets”:

“Yeah, whatever that is. I don’t fuckin’ know their song names. I don’t listen to them. I totally respect them, I just don’t listen to them. It’s not out of me not liking them. When they come on the radio in my car, a long time ago I would change the channel, but I don’t anymore. It’s just music, and I’ve been able to put all that stuff behind.

That’s why when I saw James talking bad about himself [see here], I was thinking, ‘Fuck that, man. Don’t buy into that.’ I don’t know if he’s back in the bottle or not, but I love that guy. I fought somebody because of James. Somebody was going to beat his ass in San Francisco, and I got in between them – and got knocked around a bit myself. But I would never let anything happen to those guys.

Somebody picked on Lars and I snapped his leg – you remember that, right? And I’m not a violent person, I’m just very protective of the people I love. And when I see James saying stuff like that, I don’t like it. I want to help him. He probably wouldn’t want my help, but maybe if a couple of guys with guitars and a bag full of chips can get through a conversation and become friends again, who knows?”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Was Working On A Project With Metallica’s James Hetfield Until A Publishing Dispute Got In The Way

During a recent interview with Guitar.com, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine revealed that there was a time when he almost reunited with his former Metallica bandmate, James Hetfield, for new project. However, everything ended up falling apart due to the songwriting dispute that led to the shelving of their “No Life ‘Til Leather” reissue.

Mustaine said the following:

“There’s three sides to every story, right. There’s my side, there would be the other person’s side, and then there would be the truth which is somewhere right in the middle. You know, oddly enough that was one of the last conversations I ever had with James Hetfield because we were talking about getting back together and doing a project.

Something had come up about the publishing discrepancy that we have been arguing about for years and years and years, and I told James, ‘I’ll do it but we’ve got to get this stuff sorted out first’. And he said, ‘Oh yeah, sure’.

So I said, ‘Now these two songs you and me split, 50/50. Lars didn’t write on this song – you know that. I don’t know why you gave him percentages but I’m not. I’m not going to sign another deal that’s gonna confirm that because I never agreed to that’.

And James said, ‘Well, Lars has a different recollection of that,’ and I said that’s fine; there’s his side of the story, my side and the truth is somewhere. And that blew his mind, and we haven’t talked since. You know, I was trying to be really friendly with him; he told me that the last three projects they did bombed, and they wanted to go back and use all the stuff that I was on, and I said sure. As soon as I said that ‘three stories’ bit, it was over!”

This news comes shortly after Mustaine expressed a desire to work with Hetfield again.

Funko Release New Metallica, AC/DC, KISS, Etc. Pop! Moment Deluxe Sets

Funko have released some new Funko Pop! Moment deluxe figure sets based on Metallica (“Master Of Puppets” tour), AC/DC, KISS (“Alive II” tour), Run-D.M.C, and U2 (“Zoo TV” tour). You can find those at Walmart.

Metallica Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “The Call Of Ktulu” From Recent Hollywood, FL Show

Metallica have shared pro-shot footage of themselves performing “The Call Of Ktulu” during their November 6 show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. As previously reported, that concert saw the band playing a set of early tracks in honor of late Megaforce Records founders Jonny and Marsha Zazula. Audio of the full performance is available on CD and digitally HERE.

Metallica Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “Blitzkrieg” From Recent Hollywood, FL Show

Metallica have shared pro-shot footage of themselves performing a cover of Blitzkrieg’s “Blitzkrieg” during their November 6 show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. As previously reported, that concert saw the band playing a set of early tracks in honor of late Megaforce Records founders Jonny and Marsha Zazula. Audio of the full performance is available on CD and digitally HERE.

Metallica Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “Phantom Lord” From Recent Hollywood, FL Show

Metallica have shared pro-shot footage of themselves performing “Phantom Lord” during their November 6 show at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. As previously reported, that concert saw the band playing a set of early tracks in honor of late Megaforce Records founders Jonny and Marsha Zazula. Audio of the full performance is available on CD and digitally HERE.