Lars Ulrich Says “It’s Way Too Early To Talk About” Metallica’s New Album

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, “it’s way too early to talk about a record or a timeline or anything.”

Ulrich said the following:

“We’re on that path. I don’t know if it’s cohesive enough to call a record, but we’re dipping our toes. We’ve been trying to stay busy. We did the drive-in thing last summer. We did an All Within My Hands event in November. We did ‘[The Late Show With Stephen] Colbert’. We’re doing ‘[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]’ tomorrow. We’re engaged. And we are creating at some level. It’s way too early to talk about a record or a timeline or anything. But we’re staying busy. And it’s exciting to just think of the possibilities. Right now we’re so rejuvenated and just ready to get back in.”

This news comes after frontman James Hetfield previously said that the group have written over 10 new songs. It also comes after guitarist Kirk Hammett previously said that the band “tried to make the most of the COVID year-and-a-half, and [that they have] been pretty successful.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sons Of Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Play First Show With New Band Taipei Houston

On September 9, Taipei Houston, the band featuring Myles and Layne Ulrich, the sons of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, played their first show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA. The duo shared some footage from that set on Instagram:

Sons Of Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Launch New Band Taipei Houston

Myles and Layne Ulrich, the sons of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, have launched a new band called Taipei Houston. The duo currently have the following dates booked:

09/09 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar (feat. Dylan Carson & Not A Friend)
09/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Mind (feat. Left Of The Slash, Zach Louis & Nautical Front)

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Receives Limited Edition Signature “Black Album” Snare Drum From Tama

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s “Black Album,” Tama have released a Lars Ulrich limited edition signature “Black Album” snare drum. Only 300 are available.

The following description of the drum was shared on tama.com:

“When people heard Metallica’s Black Album, which was released on August 12, 1991, the positive public feedback was overwhelming. For many fans worldwide, a focal point was the uniquely large, daring, and groundbreaking drum sound. Its heartbeat was a snare that helped drive the songs with weight and verve, and the fans responded in their millions to ensure that The Black Album would leave an indelible mark on rock music. As a tribute to this special and distinctive sound approach, and commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Metallica’s Black Album, this is the Lars Ulrich Limited Edition Signature Black Album Snare Drum. With only 300 available worldwide, the drum features an all Matte Black finish, 3mm Diamond Plated Steel Shell, and specially designed Black Album badge. TAMA is proud to celebrate its long and storied history with Lars Ulrich, and to honor the Black Album’s legacy with this unique and special drum.

[Specifications]

-Model No.: LU1465B30
-Size: 14″ x 6.5”
-Shell: 3mm Diamond Plate Steel *Matte Black Coating Finish
-Lug: MSL35 *Matte Black Coating Finish
-Hoop: Die-Cast Hoop (10 hole) *Matte Black Coating Finish
-Head: REMO® Black Suede Ambassador with METALLICA’s logo / Ambassador Clear Snare Side
-Strainer/Butt: MLS50A / MLS50B *Matte Black Coating Finish
-Snare Wire: 20 strands Starclassic Carbon Steel Snare Wires (MS20SN14S)
*Extra REMO® Black Suede Ambassador Drumhead with METALLICA’s logo and Lars Ulrich’s hand signed autograph included”

Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, Etc. Members Take Part In Auction For Roadie Relief

Members of Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, KISS, 311, and more have contributed signed items to a silent auction in an effort to raise money for Roadie Relief. The auction will run through April 14 at 32auctions.com.

Here’s the various items up for auction:

01. Tommy Thayer (KISS) personally signed signature series Epiphone Les Paul.
02. Phil X (Bon Jovi) signed Gibson Les Paul Jr.
03. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) piano black Gretsch Drum kit he used at Wembley Stadium in 2008 with All Access laminate from the show.
04. Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) signed Hagstrom Phantom guitar.
05. A 30 min one on one Zoom with PNUT of 311.
06. 5 different Faith No More bundles that have signed poster, guitar pics and after show pass.
07. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) signed cymbal (used at last Rage show).
08. 2 – 311 band signed posters.
09. Queen + Adam Lambert signed show poster from their last show plus a pair of Roger Taylor’s drum sticks.
10. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed snare drum (his signature series custom hard shell snare case also signed by him).
11. Metallica bundle including show poster, pair of Lars Ulrich’s used drum Sticks, and one of Lars’s custom snare drum Heads
12. Live performance photographs from shows including: Lemmy (Motörhead), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Flint (Prodigy), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Cardinal Copia (Ghost), and Tom Petty.
13. 311 signed skate deck.
14. Artist Thomas Estrada donated custom art commission to winning bidder.
15. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) signed custom guitar pedal + guitar pics.
16. Avenged Sevenfold signed record.
17. Several concert collectors posters: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (and more to come).
18. Darkglass Electronics 500 v1 bass amp
19. Aric Improta (Fever 333) custom art work drum head signed by him
20. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed drum head and pair of sticks
21. Foo Fighters Bundle – Taylor Hawkins’ sticks, Dave Grohl’s sweat band and guitar pic and 2 all access laminates.
22. Custom hand made guitar used on episodes of Couch Riffs.

Lars Ulrich Says Metallica Have Been Making “Glacial” Progress On Their New Album

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has shared another update on the band’s new album. The drummer told Classic Rock the following when asked about the progress they have made:

“[It’s been] glacial. These are the craziest of times and nothing is letting up. There’s a little bit of movement [in that direction], but it’s hard to do a lot when we’re not together.”

This news comes after Ulrich previously said that the group were “three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing” in November 2020.

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.”

Lars Ulrich Says Metallica’s Best Album Is Still Ahead Of Them

During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said he believes that the band’s best album is still ahead of them. The drummer made the claim while discussing the group’s new record, which they have been working on amid the coronavirus pandemic:

“It’s the heaviest thing, the coolest. But all kidding aside, if it wasn’t because we thought that the best record was still ahead of us, then why keep doing it? In Metallica, we love the creative process, and it’s hard for me to imagine that we’ll ever stop making records.”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: “We’re Three, Four Weeks Into Some Pretty Serious Writing”

During a recent chat with folk-rock artist Phoebe Bridgers for Rolling Stone, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich offered another update on the writing process for the band’s new album. The drummer said the following:

“We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing. And of all the shit — pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just fucking looking at the state of the world — it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next. It’s like, ‘Fuck, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.'”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: “Working Virtually Is Not Super Easy”

As previously reported, Metallica have been working on new material remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, during a recent chat with Kara Swisher at the CNBC Evolve Summit, drummer Lars Ulrich discussed the challenges the band have faced during the process.

Ulrich said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I would say theoretically, we always have another album coming out. And so we have been trying to do as much as we could in the last seven months, trying to make a difference with our foundation and with our music and with connecting to people. And so we have been working the last six [to] eight weeks virtually.

Being a rock and roll band and working virtually is not super easy. Time delays, all these things make it really hard. The main thing we miss is being able to hear each other. [Laughs] So if we’re all four in a room together, we can connect with each other and we can hear each other. If I’m playing here in San Francisco, and Kirk [Hammett] and James [Hetfield], our two guitar players, are either in O’ahu or Colorado, there are significant time delays. It’s very hard for us to play at the same time. If I’m doing what we call steering, which means that I’m playing a beat and they’re playing to me, I can’t hear what they’re playing, and vice versa. We can’t all hear each other in a universal fashion. So there are some significant complications we have. Our recording team and our production team are speaking to software makers all over the world [about] how to crack the code on this. Nobody has quite figured it out yet.”