Metallica To Donate $1,000,000 To American Community Colleges As Part Of New Charity Initiative

Metallica will be donating $1 million in grants to community colleges as part of their All Within My Hands Foundation’s new “Metallica Scholars Initiative.” The charity has teamed up with the American Association Of Community Colleges for the initiative and ten colleges have been chosen to receive $100,000 each.

The following statement was posted on

We’re really excited to announce today that we have launched a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. These programs provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program. Ten colleges from across the country will receive $100,000 to support more than 1,000 students training to enter the American workforce. These students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.

Partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents the nation’s 1,103 community colleges, the Metallica Scholars awards were selected via a competitive application process and are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during its recent United States tours, and leverage the influence of Metallica to elevate the importance of career and technical education.

“The All Within My Hands Foundation and Metallica are proud to announce this major new initiative,” said Dr. Edward Frank, executive director of AWMH. “While the Foundation continues our support for the fight against hunger and emergency community aid, we are now expanding our mission to include support for career and technical education. The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades. Equally, we hope to raise the awareness of the tremendous importance, value and impact of the education provided by our nation’s community college system. The Foundation and the band are thrilled by the quality of proposals we received from these colleges, and are excited to do our part to help educate students so that they have the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying jobs in their communities.”

AWMH will work closely with AACC to implement and manage the program. “We welcome Metallica as a partner in the career and technical education work of the nation’s community colleges,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC’s president and CEO. “Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs, services and training that lead to in-demand skills, certificates and degrees for students. These programs are responsive to the needs of local businesses and provide a pipeline of qualified workers to local industry. It’s a win-win for our students and the local economy. For Metallica to see the benefit of these programs and invest in the communities that have supported them is a testament to the power of education and we are proud to do this work with them.”

In addressing why the Foundation chose workforce education as part of its mission Lars said, “All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about. We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”

In keeping with AWMH’s philosophy of enabling Metallica to give back to communities that have supported the band, the recipient colleges are all AACC members and based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour. The 10 sites are:

  • Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon
  • College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
  • Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lone Star College, The Woodlands, Texas
  • North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington
  • Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, Wichita, Kansas

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,100 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

The AWMH Foundation was established in 2017 by Metallica as a means to invest in the people and places that have supported the band. It also provides a mechanism for Metallica’s fans to become engaged in philanthropy and volunteerism. The Foundation is focused on supporting sustainable communities through workforce education (in addition to combatting hunger through an alliance with Feeding America), and is fully supported by the band, the AWMH board, and by fans. All expenses of the Foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends, so that 100% of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Says “There Should Be Another Big Four Show” Before Slayer Retire

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill”, Dave Mustaine was asked if Megadeth and the other members of the Big Four would be interested in doing more shows together before Slayer finish their farewell tour. He responded with the following

“I think everybody in the metal community wants to see that, with SLAYER going away. Although, fortunately, with the attention that they’re getting, they’re not [going away yet] — there’s so much attention for them that they continue to play, which is great for us. But I think that before they retire, there should be another ‘Big Four’ show. And since the scene primarily started in the [San Francisco] Bay Area, I think it should be done in the Bay Area or here [in Los Angeles]. To me, it’s just not right. I think there should be at least one more.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Share Official Footage Of “Disposable Heroes” From Recent Acoustic Show

Metallica have shared official footage of “Disposable Heroes” from their special November 3 acoustic show at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. That concert and charity auction raised over $1.3 million for the group’s All Within My Hands foundation, which put the money towards Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges. The set will also be available as a limited edition vinyl, titled “Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic At The Masonic”, on February 1. Pre-orders for that can be found HERE.

Metallica To Release “Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic At The Masonic” In February

Metallica have announced that they will be releasing “Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic At The Masonic” as a limited edition vinyl on February 1. The effort will feature the band’s acoustic show at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA, which was held on November 3. That concert and charity auction raised over $1.3 million for the group’s All Within My Hands foundation, which put the money towards Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Tack Listing:

Disc One / Side A

01. “Disposable Heroes”
02. “When A Blind Man Cries” (Deep Purple cover)
03. “The Unforgiven”

Disc One / Side B

01. “Please Don’t Judas Me” (Nazareth cover)
02. “Turn the Page” (Bob Seger cover)

Disc Two / Side C

01. “Bleeding Me”
02. “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
03. “Nothing Else Matters”

Disc Two / Side D

01. “All Within My Hands”
02. “Enter Sandman”
03. “The Four Horsemen”
04. “Hardwired”

Media Tries To Implicate Metallica In Man’s Gruesome Family Murder

Chris Watts, a murderer who admitted to killing his pregnant wife and their two daughters, apparently Googled the lyrics to Metallica’s “Battery” after disposing the bodies. As a result, various media outlets, like People, have tried to link the band to the horrible crime.

According to local TV station KCNC the lyrics were mentioned in a police report:

August 13, 2018 (CBS4 note: This contains lyrics from a song which Chris Watts looked up on Google the lyrics include: “- lunacy has found me – Cannot stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family .“
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1010 hours: during a respite following the murder of his family, and disposing of their bodies at a desolate well site, Watts searched Google for the lyrics to “Battery” by Metallica. ”Lashing out the action, returning the reaction – Weak ore ripped and torn away – Hypnotizing power, crushing all thot cower – Battery is here to stay Smashing through the boundaries – Lunacy hos found me – Cannot stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family – Battery is found in me Crushing oll deceivers, moshing non-believers – Never-ending potency – Hungry violence-seeker, Feeding off the weaker – Ereeding on insanity Smashing through the boundaries – lunacy hos found me – connote stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family – Battery is found in me – Battery, Battery Circle of destruction, hammer comes crushing – Powerhouse of energy – Whipping up o fury, dominating flurry – We create the battery Smashing through the boundaries – Lunacy hos found me – Cannot stop the buttery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family – Battery is found in me.”

It is unkown why the monster Googled the lyrics, but trying to spin the story to implicate the band is ridiculous.

[via Loudwire]

ESP Guitars Announce James Hetfield (Metallica) Signature Series LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone Guitar Model

ESP Guitars will be releasing a new special edition James Hetfield Signature Series guitar model called the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone. The following description was posted on

The LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone is a new collaboration by James Hetfield and ESP. It is a replica of the original model currently played by James on Metallica’s WorldWired Tour. This Special Edition release is limited to just 500 pieces. It offers set-neck construction at 27” scale, allowing for an extended lower range than a standard scale guitar. It employs a mahogany body with a distinctive highly-figured quilted maple top in See Thru Purple Sunburst finish, paired to a comfortable thin U-shaped 3-piece mahogany neck with Macassar ebony fingerboard. High-quality hardware on the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone includes LTD locking tuners, a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and James Hetfield’s signature EMG JH “Het” Set active pickups. This guitar also includes a hardshell ESP case and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Metallica Donate $100,000 To California Wildfire Relief Efforts

Metallica have donated $100,000 to help out with the wildfire relief efforts in California. The band made the donation through their All Within My Hands Foundation, which issued the following statement:

“Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state. All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief. We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies or by giving your time volunteering or providing temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”