Metallica’s James Hetfield To Appear At Little Kids Rock Virtual Benefit Event

Metallica’s James Hetfield is among the artists set to appear at a virtual benefit event for Little Kids Rock. The event will take place on April 14 and it will also feature: Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana, Warren Haynes, Jade Bird, Jon Secada, T-Boz (TLC), Brian Hardgroove, Kix Brooks (Brooks And Dunn), Todd Rundgren, Alice Merton, Suzi, DJ Skee, Craig Robinson, Jeff Mauro, Jack Black, and more. Free tickets are available HERE.

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett Perform The U.S. National Anthem For Last Night’s Warriors Vs. Lakers Game

Yesterday (March 15), Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the U.S. national anthem before the Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers game in San Francisco, CA. You can see footage of that 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.”

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]

Metallica, Pearl Jam, Etc. Members To Perform At Joe Walsh’s “VetsAid” Concert

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has revealed the details for his virtual “VetsAid” concert. The event will take place on December 12 and it will feature James Hetfield (Metallica), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Daryl Hall, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. Tickets will be available on November 18 and net proceeds will go towards charities for veterans.

Walsh commented:

“For the past three years, we’ve held this glorious traveling circus in cities across the country with a day-long rock and roll festival and jobs fair to support our veterans and their families. Typically, we fill up an arena, play for five hours, and raise a bunch of money — nearly $1.5 million to date — to help our veterans get the care and support they deserve. But because of COVID this year, we’re going virtual as so many things are.

Our veterans community already suffers from increased poverty rates, mental health issues, re-entry difficulties and personal crises in the best of times. During this pandemic, they are especially vulnerable. I’m proud of this nationwide tradition we have built and I can’t think of a better way to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country this holiday season than by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs.

Join us online for a worldwide broadcast of unique musical performances of all kinds, never-before-seen VetsAid footage from years past, and great stories from me and some of the greatest musicians in the world this December 12th!”

Metallica’s James Hetfield: “We’re Gonna Continue To Stay Connected And Write Music”

During a recent interview for So What!, Metallica’s James Hetfield discussed the band’s current plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to him, the group are “gonna continue to stay connected and write music.”

Hetfield said the following:

“We are brothers on this journey in life, and Metallica definitely happens because of us getting together, you know? We’re gonna continue to stay connected and write music. For me there’s been two sides of the coin in the band. There’s been, ‘you’re on the road’ or ‘you’re writing.’ And so [right now] we can’t be on the road, I guess we’re writing. It’s the easy choice of the fork in the road, so that’s what we’re doing. I’m writing, they’re writing.

At some point we’ll get together. I know Greg [Fidelman, producer] has definitely fiddled around – heh heh – with the Zoom connecting. We did this song for the upcoming Disney movie over Zoom, and it was very cool.

So again, like Napster or whatever else it is, the internet, people start freaking out about it. You know, COVID, no live shows. Okay. You adapt and it’s important to be of service with our music, so let’s do what we can out there, and we’re adapting.”

The Disney song Hetfield mentioned is an orchestral version of “Nothing Else Matters“ that was created for the upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie.

[via The PRP]

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.

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!”