Miley Cyrus Working On Metallica Covers Album

During a recent interview with Interview Magazine, Miley Cyrus revealed that she is working on a Metallica covers album. She said the following about that:

“We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album and I’m here working on that. We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. At first, it [the COVID-19 pandemic downtime] felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Collaborates With Music Director Edwin Outwater On Horror-Themed Instrumentals

During a recent interview with So What!, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discussed two horror-themed instrumentals that he worked on with Edwin Outwater, the music director who conducted the band’s “S&M²” shows with the San Francisco Symphony. Those compositions were supposed to be performed with the Vancouver Symphony next month and Hammett said the following about them:

“I recorded those tracks with Edwin, a small chamber orchestra and some other musicians. [They] feel like the best fucking things I’ve ever done. One of them is called ‘High Plains Drifter’ and the other one’s called ‘The Incantation’. They’re not done yet. [They are] still in the rough mix stages. I mean, I have to get the rough mixes, but I have four tracks now. And the four tracks are like four different movies, man. They’re not movie soundtracks; they’re like movies. They tell a story.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica To Release Batch 106 Of Blackened Whiskey “Sonically Enhanced” By “S&M²” Playlist

Sweet Amber Distilling Co. have announced Batch 106 of Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey. This version of the beverage has been “sonically enhanced” by a playlist consisting of live tracks from the band’s 2019 “S&M²” shows with the San Francisco Symphony and it will be packaged in a limited edition gift box featuring art from Squindo. Fans can find a retailer at blackenedwhiskey.com or purchase the whiskey online at caskers.com. They can also enter to win a new shirt HERE and a guitar over at Revolver. Kirk Hammett commented:

“The ‘S&M²’ performances were a challenge for us. The first ‘S&M’ shows in 1999 were such a pivotal part of Metallica’s evolution. We knew we had to mark their 20th anniversary on an even bigger scale, but without sacrificing any of the intimacy of those shows. The reaction has been incredible, to the shows and the album, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring those same ‘S&M²’ vibes to Blackened.”

Metallica Announce “Live & Acoustic From HQ” Streaming Charity Event

Metallica have revealed the details for their virtual “Live & Acoustic From HQ: Helping Hands Concert & Auction.” The event will stream live from the band’s headquarters in San Rafael, CA on November 14 and tickets can be found HERE.

Metallica commented:

“Yes… you read that right… LIVE!! We have a new date for our rescheduled Helping Hands Concert & Auction and we’re hoping that EVERYONE will join us this time! We’ll be streaming LIVE from HQ on Saturday, November 14th for our first-ever worldwide pay-per-view event where we’ll perform a special acoustic show to benefit our foundation… as we play, you watch, all in real-time!

This will be our second acoustic concert to raise funds for All Within My Hands, and while we’re disappointed that we cannot all be together in person, we’re very excited that fans around the world will be able to watch the performance as it happens in the comfort of your own surroundings. We’ll kick off the show at 2 PM Pacific Time that day, so hopefully, most of you can join us then, but if not, never fear… your ticket will allow you to watch the show as many times as you like within a 48-hour period once you start the stream.

Tickets are on sale now with four packages available: watch the show, add on the event shirt and audio download, or even join us digitally on our virtual fan wall for one song. Get your ticket at 2nu.gs/Metallica.

We’ll also have some incredible auction items and experiences available for you to bid on a little closer to the show. As always, 100% of money raised, including ticket fees and auction items, goes directly to help someone in need; we pick up all the expenses to produce the show.

We’re incredibly proud of what All Within My Hands has accomplished, especially this year with so many of our friends in need. In 2020 alone, AWMH has donated $645,000 to a number of COVID-19 related relief funds including Feeding America, Direct Relief, and several charities assisting those suddenly without work in the entertainment and hospitality industries. This fall, the Foundation also donated $350,000 to several agencies aiding those affected by wildfires up and down the West Coast. Finally, Metallica Scholars is now in its second year, supported by a $1.5 million grant benefiting 15 community colleges across the country.

We hope you’ll join us for this very unique event on November 14th as all ticket sales will directly benefit the Foundation. We look forward to continuing these programs in 2021 and beyond with your help. For more info about All Within My Hands, please visit AllWithinMyHands.org.”

Van Halen’s Manager Confirms The Band Were Close To Reuniting With Michael Anthony For A 2019 Stadium Tour

In late 2018, there were rumors circulating that seemed to suggest that Van Halen were planning to reunite with bassist Michael Anthony for a 2019 summer stadium tour. Now, during an interview with Pollstar, the band’s manager Irving Azoff confirmed that the trek came close to happening and that Metallica and Foo Fighters were tentatively set to join the group on select dates. However, the massive tour never materialized due to the late Eddie Van Halen’s health issues. Azoff said the following:

“We had lots of stops and starts, but there was every intention of doing a summer stadium tour [in 2019], and as the cancer moved around, [Van Halen] was physically unable to do it. There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been massive”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

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]

Metallica Donate $250,000 To West Coast Wildfire Relief Efforts

Metallica have donated $250,000 to wildfire relief efforts on the West Coast. The donation was made through the band’s All Within My Hands foundation.

Metallica commented:

“Wildfires have become a cruel and unwelcome annual benchmark in California, and this year we have seen them tragically extend across the entire west coast of our country. This is the fourth consecutive year, dating back to the formation of the Foundation, that All Within My Hands has activated to support fire relief: the critical local services component of our mission.

This year, we will be donating a sum of $250,000 to five organizations on the front line of this environmental crisis that has made its way into the lives and homes of far too many. The organizations include the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, the Oregon Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund, the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County’s Fire Response Fund, the North Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund, and the Community Foundation of North Central Washington NCW Fire Relief Fund.

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 safe, temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

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.

Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Etc. Members To Be Featured In “Bay Area Godfathers” Documentary

A new metal documentary, titled “Bay Area Godfathers,” will be released on October 6 as part of the “Inside Metal” series. The film, which was directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Warren Croyle, will feature members of Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, and more. Here’s a description of it:

“This 2-volume film focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area Metal scene of the early/mid ’80s featuring over 50 exclusive interviews of legendary artists and key industry figures from the Bay Area ’80s Metal Scene.”