Watch Metallica Perform The National Anthem Before Last Night’s Giants vs. Rockies Game

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants held their eighth annual “Metallica Night” during last night’s (September 23) Giants vs. Colorado Rockies game. Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett performed the national anthem for the event, while bassist Robert Trujillo threw the first pitch. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all of that was done remotely this year.

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica’s James Hetfield Covering Eddie Money’s “Baby Hold On”

Pro-shot footage of Metallica‘s James Hetfield performing an acoustic cover of the late Eddie Money’s “Baby Hold On” has been shared online. The performance took place during the “Star-Studded Tribute To Eddie Money” concert, which was held at the Saban in Beverly Hills, CA on February 20.

Metallica Celebrate First Anniversary Of Their “S&M²” Concerts With Footage From Their Pre-Show Tuning Room Jam

Metallica are celebrating the first anniversary of their September 2019 shows with the San Francisco Symphony by sharing footage from their pre-show tuning room jam. You can check that out below. As previously reported, the band’s “S&M²” live album/film is available now.

Metallica Working On Orchestral Version Of “Nothing Else Matters” For Upcoming “Jungle Cruise” Movie

During a recent interview with Collider, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band are working on an orchestral version of “Nothing Else Matters” for the upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie. That film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt and it is currently set to be released on July 30, 2021.

Ulrich said the following:

“It really goes back to [Disney production president] Sean Bailey, who is a lifelong rock fan, and is just all-around one of the greatest, most friendly, generous, warm, and embracing people you’ll find in the music business. I think he’s always been a Metallica fan, and we’ve gotten to know each other well.

My wife and I are big Disney fans, so there’s a great friendship there, and he’s always looked for the right match where there was a way that Metallica could contribute to some project of theirs. This was the right fit, with Sean leading the calvary, and with James Newton Howard and his track record, and what he’s done.”

He also added:

“James Newton Howard, the man, the myth, the absolute legend! Considering what’s he’s done, it’s an absolute honor to have done this with him, and we’re excited for the world to hear it.

It’s kind of an interesting morph, because it’s kind of — and I don’t want to give too much of it away — but it’s a very unusual morph in that it’s kind of his arrangement of ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ that we’re playing.

We wrote the song, but he took the song and rearranged it to fit something specific in the film — and obviously, I’m not going to give any of that away — but we then kind of took on his version of it. I think that’s all that should be said.”

Lars Ulrich Says Metallica Are Hoping To “Get Back Into Another Bubble” This Fall To “Write And Play And Maybe Even Record”

During a recent interview with NME, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich talked about working on new material amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the drummer, the group are hoping to “get back into another bubble” this fall to “write and play and maybe even record.”

Ulrich said the following when asked if the shutdown has been creatively productive:

“I’m not sure — it’s not easy, but we’ve been doing what we can. We’ve been exchanging ideas back and forth.

The hardest thing about being in four different spaces is that there’s no software that can have us all play in real time to reach other. So I can play something and send it to the next guy and then he can play on it and he can send it to the next guy, or vice versa, but we can’t play at the same time so it takes the impulsivity and the momentary energy out of the occasion.

I’ve talked to some people in technology about how close we are to being able to all play in real time with each other, but that hasn’t been cracked yet. If it is, we’ll maximize it, but for now, we’re in this bubble for a couple of weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing if at some point this fall, we can get back into another bubble where we write and play and maybe even record — so we’re looking forward to the possibilities on that one.”

He also added the following after being asked when fans can expect new music:

“Not soon enough! Right now, I’d say the hardest thing about all this is trying to plan, because five minutes later, those plans change — that’s just the nature of the state of the world at the moment and we’re going to have to accept and surrender to it. I think it’s a good reminder of the fragility of the world and how maybe we should occasionally pause and be a little bit more respectful and appreciative of what we have and understand how quickly it can derail in terms of how we arrogantly expect everything to be way we wanted as a human race.”

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Metallica Become First Act To Score No. 1s In Four Different Decades On Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

Metallica have become the first act to ever score No. 1s in four different decades on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. The band achieved the milestone after their live version of “All Within My Hands” with the San Francisco Symphony recently hit No. 1 making it so they have No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.

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Lars Ulrich Reveals His Favorite Metallica Song

During a recent interview with GQ, Lars Ulrich revealed that “Sad But True” is his “all-time favorite” Metallica song. The drummer said the following about that:

“‘Sad But True‘. I just love playing that song. I play it a little differently each time. I love the tempo and giving it a different interpretation every time I play it.”

Robert Trujillo Says Metallica Might Do “Another Performance Or Two” Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

As previously reported, Metallica recently filmed a special show and streamed it drive-in theaters across North America. Now, it looks like the band might be planning more performances amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bassist Robert Trujillo mentioned the idea while discussing the group’s current plans with The Oakland Press:

“Obviously these are crazy times, and it takes a lot to take that first step, and I feel like we’ve done that. We have some ideas about how we want to pursue making music together. We’re going to put something together and it’s going to be exciting musically, and maybe there’ll be another performance or two — not exactly sure when or how or what, but there are things in the works. We’ll get through this stuff now and start figuring out what’s our next step towards creativity. [The possibilities] go on and on and on. That’s kind of where we’re at.”

KnuckleBonz To Release New “Rock Iconz” Statues Of Metallica In Early 2021

KnuckleBonz will be releasing new “Rock Iconz” statues of Metallica next year. The figures are based on the band’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” era and they are expected to be released in January or February 2021. The statues are limited to 3,000 pieces and they can be pre-ordered HERE.

New Species Of Snake Named After Metallica’s James Hetfield

Scientists have named a new species of venomous snake “Atheris hetfieldi” in honor of Metallica’s James Hetfield. The organism is an African Bush Viper that was discovered at the base of a volcano on Bioko island in Equatorial Guinea. The species is characterised by “a triangular-shaped head and strongly-keeled scales, which gives them a dragon-like appearance.”

Leading scientist Dr. Luis Ceríaco said the following about the snake during an interview with Metal Hammer:

“Both me and Mariana Marques, the second author of the paper, are big fans of Metallica and James Hetfield since a very young age. We wanted to honor him, as a thank you for all the good vibes his music has transmitted to us during all of our personal lives and careers. Also, we think that a mysterious venomous and cool looking snake, who lives in the base of a volcano lost in the middle of the tropical forest is very relatable to heavy metal! On another hand, naming a new species after someone as James brings more attention to the much needed biodiversity studies and field surveys. We are in race against the extinction of a large proportion of the world’s biodiversity, and many species may go extinct before we even know they exist!”

He also added the following when asked how one goes about naming a new species after a rockstar:

“It is quite straightforward! As long as your paper is accepted in a scientific journal, after being reviewed by our scientific peers, the naming part is completely up to the author’s choice. We only have to abide by certain terminological rules ruled by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. If that is followed, you can name it after anything you want – the specific habitat where the species occurs, any morphological character, a rock star, another scientist, a fictional character… anything!”

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Atheris hetfieldi, the newly discovered bush viper species, from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea! I had the honour of being the first to illustrate this new species, named after James Hetfield, frontman of Metallica, by the incredible team of Portuguese and American scientists led by Dr. Luis Ceríaco! The scientific paper can be accessed here: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4838.4.9?fbclid=IwAR39ymr1u4dQPkq3sKqkXi15ionvcNsCbPB6sMdWPab_xwu5j6IWJ1HDNN0 And you can read some magazine articles here: https://metalhammer.pt/atheris-hetfieldi/ https://www.loudersound.com/news/a-species-of-venomous-snake-has-been-named-after-james-hetfield http://blitz.pt/principal/update/2020-08-28-Investigadores-portugueses-dao-o-nome-do-vocalista-dos-Metallica-a-nova-serpente-africana . . . . . . . . #newspecies #atheris #biodiversity #taxonomy #zootaxa #herpetology #metallica #metallicanfans #metallicafamily #heavymetal #atherishetfieldi #illustration #digitalart #scientificillustration #ilustração #nature #natureza

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