Metallica’s James Hetfield Takes Part In “Ride The Lightning” 34th Anniversary Q&A Session

To commemorate the 34th anniversary of Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning,” James Hetfield has taken part in a special Q&A session. Footage of that was posted on the band’s Instagram:

Ride The Lightning Q&A with @papa_het_

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Metallica Reportedly Shape Their Setlists Around What Fans Are Listening To On Spotify

According to Quartz, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims Metallica actually looks at analytical data from the app to see the most popular songs in each city so they can adjust their setlists depending on where they’re playing. Ek said the following during a company earnings call:

“You have an artist like Metallica, who changes their setlist on a city-by-city basis just by looking at Spotify data to see, which the most popular songs happened to be in that city. We’ve never before been at a place in time where you could make as many informed decisions and understand your audience as well as we can do now as an artist.”

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DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara Hopes To Have Metallica, Megadeth, Slipknot, Etc. Members Guest On Second Volume Of “Outlaws ‘Til The End”

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara has taken to Twitter to throw out some names of musicians he hopes to have guest on the second volume of the band’s outlaw country covers album “Outlaws ‘Til The End.” Here’s who made his wish list: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and his daughter Electra, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and X’s John Doe. Some of his followers also threw in some suggestions as well including: Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) and his son Richie (Incite), Clutch’s Neil Fallon, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Behemoth’s Nergal, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, HELLYEAH’s Chad Gray, and Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman. Aside from all these, it is probably safe to assume Glenn Danzig and John 5 will make the cut, considering they were supposed to guest on the first volume, but were unable to do so.

[via Loudwire]

Foo Fighters, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Etc. Among Top 100 Grossing Tours Of 2018

Pollstar have shared a list of the top 100 worldwide grossing tours for the first half of 2018. You can see where rock and metal artists landed on the list below.

Artists like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and The Rolling Stones took the top spots for worldwide tours, but here’s the rock and metal artists that made the list:

#9 Roger Waters (60.7 million gross)
#12 Foo Fighters (53.6 million gross)
#19 Metallica (40.6 million gross)
#21 Bon Jovi (38 million gross)
#35 Queen + Adam Lambert (23.9 million gross)
#43 Journey/Def Leppard (21.2 million gross)
#52 Iron Maiden (17.3 million gross)
#53 Kid Rock (17.1 million gross)
#81 Avenged Sevenfold (10.5 million gross)
#91 Scorpions (10.1 million gross)

They also did a list of the top 100 North American tours. Artists like P!nk, Eagles, and Justin Timberlake took the top spots, but here’s the rock and metal artists that made that list:

#10 Bon Jovi (38 million gross)
#19 Journey/Def Leppard (21.2 million gross)
#29 Kid Rock (17.1 million gross)
#49 Foo Fighters (10.3 million gross)
#55 Avenged Sevenfold (9.5 million gross)
#81 Foreigner (5.8 million)
#83 Queens Of The Stone Age (5.7 million gross)
#89 Judas Priest (5.0 million gross)

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Share “Sad But True” 360° Live Video From Stockholm, Sweden Show

Metallica have posted a 360° live video for “Sad But True.” The clip was filmed during their May 7 show in Stockholm, Sweden.

On another note, the band also recently shared a clip in which James Hetfield discusses his childhood love for white Flying Vs and offers a look at his purple Snakebyte guitar: