Watch Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) Cover Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) has shared footage of himself performing a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” with his Chophouse Band during a March 2019 show at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, Florida. You can check that out below:

Metallica Were A Specialist Subject On U.K. Quiz Show “Mastermind”

Metallica were a specialist subject during a recent episode of the U.K. quiz show “Mastermind.” GP practice manager Mohan Mudigonda selected the band and had to answer as many questions as he could about them in two minutes. He reportedly scored an 8 out of 10.

Here’s the questions that the show used [via Metal Hammer]:

1. Metallica travelled across America to New York to record their debut studio album, and it was released on the Megaforce label in 1983. What’s the title of the album?

2. Before his career in music, the Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tried to become a professional sportsman, and went to a dedicated academy in Florida. His father was a professional in the same sport. Which sport?

3. In 1983, which executive signed Metallica to his Music For Nations record label – an independent British outfit which specialised in rock and heavy metal music? The band went on to release each of their first three albums on the label in the UK.

4. When Metallica sacked their lead guitarist Dave Mustaine from the band, they replaced him with Kirk Hammett, who’d previously been playing in a different thrash metal band. The two bands had played on the same bill in the San Francisco Bay Area. What’s the name of the band?

5. Metallica’s 1988 album …And Justice For All was the last one to feature a track with a songwriting credit for their bass guitarist Cliff Burton. The track was constructed with various recordings Burton had made before his death in 1986. What’s its title?

6. On The Black Album – released in 1991 – Metallica worked for the first time with a Canadian producer previously best known for his work with bands such as Mötley Crüe and The Cult. He went on to produce other Metallica albums such as Load and Reload. What’s his name?

7. The cover of the 1996 album Load features a controversial piece of abstract art which was produced partly with bovine blood. Which artist created the original work?

8. In 2010 Metallica toured with Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, and a DVD set was later released of one of the concerts in Sofia, Bulgaria. The name of the tour was a term that had often been applied to the bands collectively; what name?

9. In 2013 the band began the tradition of an annual Metallica night in collaboration with a major league baseball team. The band typically play the national anthem and throw the first baseball pitch before the baseball game begins. Which baseball team?

10. In 1988 Metallica shot their first music video to accompany a song from their album …And Justice For All. The completed video used clips from the film Johnny Got His Gun. Which song?

If you couldn’t answer them all, here’s the answer key:

1. Kill ’Em All
2. Tennis
3. Martin Hooker
4. Exodus
5. To Live Is To Die
6. Bob Rock
7. Andres Serrano
8. The Big Four
9. San Francisco Giants
10. One

Metallica’s James Hetfield: “Music Has Saved My Life Daily”

Metallica’s James Hetfield was among the artists who took part in the virtual benefit event for Little Kids Rock on April 14. The frontman’s pre-recorded video found him discussing the importance music. He said the following:

“Music has saved my life daily. It has been a passion of mine since the early, early times. Music has been an outlet for me, it has been a connection, it has been a best friend for me for my whole life. Having an option for music, music at schools, I’m an advocate for having an opportunity and a place for people to at least explore that. And if they find it helpful, that’s great. And it could turn out to be a wonderful career. I’m here as an example of how music has saved lives.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett’s Ouija Board Guitar Is Up For Auction

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s Oujia Board guitar is now up for auction via Gotta Have Rock And Roll. According to the product description, Hammett “played and used this guitar on stage frequently” and it “was used extensively for the albums: ‘Load,’ ‘Reload,’ ‘Garage Inc.,’ ‘The Black Album’ and ‘S&M’.” The winning bidder will also receive “the original photographs of Hammett presenting the guitar to the current owner, the signed stage used guitar strap and the original touring case.”

The Guitar Kirk Hammett Used In Metallica’s “One” Music Video Sold For Over $112,000 At Auction

The guitar that Kirk Hammett used in Metallica’s music video for “One” has officially sold following a recent auction that was held through Heritage Auctions. The winning bidder took home the instrument for $112,500.

Guitar Kirk Hammett Used In Metallica’s “One” Music Video Is Up For Auction

The guitar that Kirk Hammett used in Metallica’s music video for “One” is up for auction via Heritage Auctions. You can bid on that HERE.

The following was said in the product description:

“Kirk Hammett’s ESP 400 Series Natural Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 03879 Used in the Metallica ‘One’ Music Video.

Released in early 1989, Metallica’s “One” video was the first video the metal band ever made. Having released three albums with no promotional videos accompanying them, having a five-minute video edit of their fourth album’s third single was a major deal back then. Shot in black and white and splicing footage and audio from the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun, the “One” video was a staple on MTV. But it wasn’t just a Headbanger’s Ball staple – it was on MTV during the daytime in between videos from U2, Debbie Gibson, and Bon Jovi. It was an intense proclamation that showed Metallica was going to be a band to reckon with in the mainstream in the years to come.

Very clean and all-original ESP Strat-style guitar. Has a 1 & 11/16th width nut on a rosewood slab neck. Signed on the body in silver ink by Kirk Hammett and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, also signed by Kirk Hammett. 7.90 lbs. Original hard case included. Condition: Excellent.”

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.

Elton John Says He Recently Did “Something” With Metallica

During an episode of his Apple Music 1 show “Rocket Hour,” Elton John revealed that he recently did “something” with Metallica. He said the following about that:

“I’ve just done something with Metallica. During this lockdown period, I’ve been working with [the virtual band] Gorillaz and people like that. I haven’t been doing any Elton stuff, but I’ve been doing great stuff with other people.”

It is unknown what John was referring to, but it’s worth noting that Miley Cyrus previously said that the legendary musician will be contributing piano to “Nothing Else Matters” on her Metallica covers album.

[via Blabbermouth}

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Announces New Coffee Blend Inspired By Late Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder Peter Green’s “Greeny” Guitar

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has teamed up with Muddy Waters Coffee Company to create a new coffee blend inspired by the “Greeny” 1959 Les Paul guitar made famous by the late Peter Green (ex-Fleetwood Mac). The 100% organic dark roast is limited 2,500 bags and a description if it can be found below [via Blabbermouth]:

“A coffee with notes and tones that will inspire you to have a musical day, the Greeny Blues Blend is a rich, full-bodied dark roast with notes of dark chocolate, earth and tropical fruit. This blend merges Indonesian and African beans for a deep flavor and complex finish. It contains just the right amount of punch to keep you jamming all day long!”

Hammett added:

“Every Morning I want to wake up with the confidence that I’m going to be starting my day with coffee that holds quality in both taste and caffeination.”