James Hetfield Discusses John Bush (Armored Saint) Turning Down The Chance To Sing For Metallica

During James Hetfield’s “Road Dog Brothers” segment for SiriusXM’s “Mandatory Metallica” channel, the frontman confirmed that Metallica wanted to hire John Bush as their singer in the early days of the band. However, the Armored Saint vocalist ultimately declined the offer.

Hetfield said the following:

“A lot of those early memories were celebrated with a band called Armored Saint, who were a fellow L.A. band back in the early ’80s.

When we were getting started, obviously John Bush was a singer we got to know really well. [We] really, really tried to get him into the band as a singer, it didn’t work out. He was dedicated and very in love with what he was doing with his brothers in Armored Saint. And we absolutely respect that.”

Bush said the following about turning down the offer from Metallica during an interview with National Rock Review:

“What people don’t understand is that even though Metallica was garnering fame and attention, Armored Saint was becoming popular and doing well. For me to leave all the guys I grew up with wasn’t something that sounded appealing to me at the time.

I felt complimented when the band was proposing the ideas to me. But it just wasn’t my destiny to be in Metallica. I would have changed the face of heavy metal, and I don’t need that pressure. James is an incredible vocalist. He really developed through the years, and I can’t imagine anyone else there.”

[via Loudwire]

Metallica Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “Frantic” & “For Whom The Bell Tolls” From 2021 Aftershock Festival

Metallica have shared pro-shot live footage of themselves performing “Frantic” and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” during their October 8 set at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA. You can check that out below:

Metallica’s “The Metallica Blacklist” Hits No. 7 On Top Album Sales Chart

According to Billboard, the official Metallica “Black Album” tribute record, “The Metallica Blacklist,” has hit No. 7 on the Top Album Sales chart. The compilation, which features over 50 artists covering songs from the “Black Album,” made the ranking after physicals copies hit stores earlier this month. 8,000 units were sold in the U.S. during the week ending on October 7. This includes 6,300 CD copies and 1,400 vinyl copies.

Metallica Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “My Friend Of Misery” From 2021 Louder Than Life Festival

Metallica have premiered a new live video for their song “My Friend Of Misery.” The clip was recorded during the band’s September 26 set at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. That show found the group performing “The Black Album” in its entirety.

Metallica’s Lawsuit Against Insurer Over Cancelled 2020 South American Tour Allowed To Move Forward

As previously reported, Metallica filed a lawsuit against insurer Lloyd’s Of London in June after the company allegedly refused to cover losses they suffered after their South American tour was cancelled due to the pandemic. Now, according to Business Insurance, a Los Angeles Superior Court has decided not to dismiss the case during the preliminary stage of litigation since a “proximate cause” has not been established as to what caused the losses.

Metallica made the complaint after their “cancellation, abandonment and non-appearance insurance” policy was denied due to a policy that excludes communicable diseases. The group said that the decision was “an unreasonably restrictive interpretation of the policy” and that the company had breached their contract.

The band also argued that Lloyd’s “cannot conclusively say that the Pandemic is the efficient proximate cause of the cancellations because there are other adequately alleged causes that are covered under the Policy.” This includes “travel restrictions, the duty to mitigate damages, the need to ‘flatten the curve’ and stay-at-home orders.”

After the group initially filed the lawsuit, a representative from Lloyd’s issued the following statement:

“Lloyd’s is not an insurance company, it oversees and regulates a market of independent insurers. For that reason, we have no information on any specific policy or lawsuit and in any event are not authorized to comment on matters in litigation.”

For their part, Metallica acknowledged that Lloyd’s is “a market in which independent insurance underwriters join together syndicates to sell insurance, mainly through brokers, under the umbrella of the Lloyd’s brand name.” The band are currently seeking unspecified damages and a declaration of the rights and obligations of the parties.

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “The Struggle Within” From 2021 Louder Than Life Festival

Metallica have premiered a new live video for their song “The Struggle Within.” The clip was recorded during the band’s September 26 set at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. That show found the group performing “The Black Album” in its entirety.

Funko To Release New Pop! Albums Figure Based On Metallica’s “Black Album”

Funko have announced that they will be releasing a new Pop! Albums figure based on Metallica’s “Black Album” exclusively through Walmart. Pre-orders are available HERE and they are expected to arrive on December 29.