Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Etc. Among Those That Donated To Live Nation’s Crew Nation Global Relief Fund

Earlier this year, Live Nation launched the Crew Nation Global Relief Fund in an effort to assist crew members that are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Music Forward Foundation, that campaign has since raised $15 million. This includes Live Nation’s original $5 million donation and an additional $5 million, which the company matched. A number of artists also contributed to the fund including: Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Pantera, Lamb Of God, Motörhead, Journey, Sum 41, From Ashes To New, and more. The fund’s goal has now been increased to $30 million and a new line of merch has also been launched HERE.

Metallica Team Up With Wolverine For Limited Edition Work Boots To Benefit Trade Schools

Metallica have partnered with Wolverine to create limited edition “1000 Mile Axel” and “Hellcat UltraSpringTM” boots. The shoes will raise money for All Within My Hands’ scholars initiative with sales benefiting community college trade programs at Grand Rapids Community College, Lone Star College, and WSU Tech, all which will be receiving a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars. James Hetfield commented:

“Wolverine shares the same vision that we had when creating the Metallica Scholars Initiative – that it’s incredibly important to create and sustain a strong and resilient American workforce. AWMH is our way of giving back and building future generations. More importantly, we are helping these students achieve their dreams and transform their lives through the workforce education programs offered at community colleges all across the country.”

Metallica To Film Live Concert For Drive-In Theaters, Announce Appearance On “The Howard Stern Show”

Metallica will be filming a special live concert that will be shown in various drive-in theaters across North America on August 29. The screenings will also include an opening set from Three Days Grace. Prior to that, Metallica will be making a virtual appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” this Wednesday (August 12).

The band said the following about the drive-in screenings:

“It’s been a crazy, hectic, thrilling and exciting time at Metallica HQ as the four of us have all been in the same room making music for the first time in almost a year! “What’s going on?” you ask? We’re recording a concert to appear at your local drive-in theater… that’s what!

We’ll be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set screening August 29th at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada. We’ve been rehearsing at HQ for a show that will be shot specially for the drive-ins at a location nearby later this week and then we’ll pass it off to our award winning production team to then be edited and mixed at the highest standards possible to be beamed into your cars from the big screen.

The Fifth Member pre-sale starts August 12th 12:00pm local time at ticketmaster.com/encore-metallica. Fifth Members should check their e-mail or click here for more details.

The general on-sale will begin on August 14th, also at 12:00pm local time. Every ticket purchase – which admits one carload of up to six people – will include four mp3 digital downloads the upcoming release of S&M2.

Needless to say, this is an exciting first for us, as we continue to explore new ways to connect with you and keep playing live… this definitely qualifies as a unique and memorable experience for us. We hope you think so too!

Additional information about Encore Drive-In Nights can be found at ticketmaster.com/encoredriveinnights. The exclusive concert will adhere to guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as all state and local public health mandates. Encore Drive-In Nights has partnered with leading health experts to establish procedures for staff and fans.”

They also added the following about their appearance on “The Howard Stern Show”:

“Happy Monday! We’re back again on this busy Monday morning with more exciting news from HQ. Our great friend, and ever loyal Metallica supporter, Howard Stern has invited us to pay a virtual visit to his show this Wednesday, August 12. It’s going to be yet another first during this very unusual time as we’ll be hanging in Northern California at HQ and chatting with Howard while he’s camped out in his home studio. In between the banter we’re going to fire up the amps, get behind the drums and beam a few songs live to Howard as well. Tune in for lots of conversation and some morning metal!

Check out The Howard Stern Show on Howard Stern’s exclusive SiriusXM channel Howard 100 and for more information on SiriusXM, please visit SiriusXM.com and HowardStern.com. And thanks to Howard for inviting us back… we look forward to catching up!”

Metallica Are Back Jamming In The Same Room

Metallica are back jamming in the same room for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown. The band shared a clip of “Creeping Death” on their Instagram Stories and a fan has since uploaded the footage to YouTube. On top of that, the group also seem to be teasing an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show.”

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta Wants To Team Up With Other Singers To Record New Vocals Over The Instrumentals On Metallica And Lou Reed’s “Lulu”

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) says he wants to team up with Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Robb Flynn (Machine Head), and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) to record new vocals over the instrumentals on Metallica and Lou Reed’s collaborative album “Lulu.” He even offered to give the band a $50,000 donation for their “All Within My Hands” Foundation to make his vision a reality:

Metallica Share Footage Of “Moth Into Flame” From “S&M²” Live Film

Metallica have shared footage of “Moth Into Flame” from their “S&M²” live album/film. That effort will be released on August 28 and it will feature the band’s September 2019 shows with the San Francisco Symphony, which were held at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA. More details on that can be found HERE.

Watch Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Unbox The Deluxe Edition Of Their “S&M²” Live Album/Film

Metallica have shared a video of bassist Robert Trujillo unboxing the deluxe edition of their “S&M²” live album/film. That effort will be released on August 28 and it will feature the band’s September 2019 shows with the San Francisco Symphony, which were held at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA. More details on that can be found HERE.

Lars Ulrich On The Infamous Snare Drum Sound On Metallica’s “St. Anger”: “I Stand Behind It A Hundred Percent”

Metallica‘s “St. Anger” has received a lot backlash over the years and one of the lead criticisms stems from the sound of Lars Ulrich‘s snare drum on the album. Producer Bob Rock recently offered an explanation for the sound and now Ulrich has addressed it as well saying that he “stand[s] behind it a hundred percent.”

Ulrich said the following on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“I stand behind it a hundred percent, because at that moment, that was the truth.”

“Just my personality, I’m always just looking ahead, always thinking about the next thing. That’s just how I’m wired. Whether it’s Metallica always thinking ahead, or in my personal life, or in relationships, whatever I’m doing, I’m just always thinking ahead. Sometimes, arguably, I spent too much time in the future, but I rarely spend any time in the past. And so the only time this stuff really comes up is in interviews.

I hear ‘St. Anger‘. That’s a pummeling and a half, and there’s a lot of incredible, raw energy, and it’s, like, ‘Woah!’ It’s been slapped around a little bit. But the snare thing, it was like a super-impulsive, momentary… We were working on a riff. [James] Hetfield was playing a riff in the control room. And I ran up. I was, like, ‘I need to put a beat behind that.’

I ran into the tracking room and sat down and played a couple of beats over this riff to not lose the energy of the moment, and I forgot to turn the snare on. And then we were listening back to it, and I was, like, ‘Wow! That sound kind of fits that riff, and it sounds weirdly odd and kind of cool.’ And then I just kind of left the snare off for the rest of the sessions, more or less. And then it was, like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool. That’s different.

That’ll fuck some people up. That sounds like that’s part of the pummeling,’ or whatever. And then it becomes this huge, debated thing. And sometimes we’ll kind of sit on the sidelines and go, like, ‘Holy shit! We didn’t see that one coming,’ in terms of the issue that it turns into.”

He went on to say that he has no regrets about any of Metallica’s production choices:

“I’m proud of all of those decisions, because I know at that time, they were the truth and it was the instinctive and the right thing to do. And then, 20 years later, it’s, like, ‘Well, how would that have sounded if the snare was on?’ Or, ‘How would that have sounded if we did two instead of four?’

I mean, I don’t know, but I don’t really think about it, to be honest with you, other than when I’m confronted with it in interviews. And I wouldn’t change a thing about the past. Of course, how far are you gonna push that? Of course, yes, bus accidents and things like that, of course. But the point of what I’m saying is I just don’t spend a lot of time sitting there, going, ‘Well, if we hadn’t done that,’ and, ‘If we did this instead…’

I’m just always too busy about what we’re doing next, and that’s just my M.O. And I think all of us in Metallica generally operate like that. So we’re just always excited about the next thing, the next thing, the next record.”

“I say this often, but people always go, ‘What’s your favorite Metallica record?’ My standard answer is, ‘My favorite Metallica [album] is the next one, and the next song we’re gonna write and the next album that’s coming,’ because if you don’t think that your best work is still ahead of you, why do it? And we’re always so excited about the opportunities that lay in front of us.”

[via Blabbermouth]