Watch “Precious Metals” Short Film Featuring Les Claypool (Primus) & Robert Trujillo (Metallica)

Les Claypool (Primus) and Robert Trujillo (Metallica) are featured in a new western-style short film titled “Precious Metals.” The film was directed by Claypool’s son Cage and presented by EMG. Notably, the clip ends with a bass battle between the two musicians. The film was released to promote Claypool‘s signature Pachyderm Gold EMG pickups.

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica, Ugly Kid Joe, Etc. Members Covering Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”

On July 26, 2019, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, etc.), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.), and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves) played a special covers set as “The Wedding Band” at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Richmond Hill, ON. Now, some pro-shot footage of the group performing a cover of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” during the show has been shared online:

Metallica, Foo Fighters, And Red Hot Chili Peppers Members To Be Featured On New Ozzy Osbourne Album

It was previously revealed that Ozzy Osbourne was already working on a follow-up to “Ordinary Man” and now we have some more details on the effort. According to producer Andrew Watt, the album is “about halfway” done and it will feature contributions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Watt told Guitar World the following:

“We’re about halfway through. But, you know, it’s been hard with COVID and everything to keep him safe. We all test every day before we work and it’s just me, Ozzy and my engineer. So it’s taken a little longer this time, but it’s cool because the last one was made in this, like, swift love affair of passion, like, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible!’ [laughs]

But this time everyone’s moving a little slower and we’re taking a little more time. And the songs, there’s some songs on there that are like eight or nine minutes long that are these really crazy journeys. I’m really excited about it.”

He also had the following to say about the various guests:

“There’s a bunch of people involved. I can’t say for sure until the end, but I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo, who used to play in Ozzy‘s band. And Taylor Hawkins also came in and played a bunch on the record as well, which adds a different flair – it kind of harkened back to Ozzy‘s ‘80s era, in a great way. And I think it’s so cool for a rock fan to be able to listen to half an album with Chad Smith on drums, and then you flip it over and you get to hear Taylor Hawkins.

And you know, the last album was really special for everyone involved. And so there was no point in Ozzy or me doing this again unless we thought we could bring something new to the table. And I feel like we’re achieving that.”

He also added the following when asked about the sound of the record:

“Well, we’re just halfway through, so it could still change. Some of these songs we have could wind up not even making the album. So I can’t really say yet. But in the end it’s all Ozzy’s decision. When he tells me we’ve got the album, that’s when I’ll stop.”

Suspect208, Featuring Sons Of Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, & Stone Temple Pilots Members, Premiere “All Black” Video

Suspect208, the band featuring singer Noah Weiland, the son of the late Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), bassist Tye Trujillo, the son of Robert Trujillo (Metallica), drummer London Hudson, the son of Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), and guitarist Niko Tsangaris (Classless Act), have premiered a new video for their new song “All Black.” You can check that out below:

Sons Of Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, & Stone Temple Pilots Members Launch New Band Suspect208

Singer Noah Weiland, the son of the late Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), bassist Tye Trujillo, the son of Robert Trujillo (Metallica), drummer London Hudson, the son of Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), and guitarist Niko Tsangaris (Classless Act) have launched a new band called Suspect208. You can stream their debut single “Long Awaited” below:

Metallica Have “A Lot Of Material” For Their Next Album

During a recent interview for a Metal Hammer cover story, Metallica discussed their new album plans. According to guitarist Kirk Hammett, the band have “a lot of material” written for the effort.

Hammett said the following:

“There’s a lot of material. I know I have tons, because I totally overcompensated. You know, last time around, it was a real shock to my system losing all those musical ideas. [Editor’s note: Kirk lost a phone with more than 300 pieces of music on it during the creative process for ‘Hardwired…’] So, I was very determined to try and make up for lost time. I also felt that, creatively, I have so much more to offer this time around.”

Bassist Robert Trujillo also commented:

“I’m not gonna speak on behalf of the other guys, but to me, it feels like this could be a very collaborative [writing process]. And for me personally, I love that. I love that we are in that head space to be more collaborative, and I think that’s very exciting for where we’re at now, the journey we’re about to take, the fact that those doors are opening like that.”

Hammett continued:

“It’s taking a couple of months, literally, for me to go through all [my ideas]. I’ve got a wealth of material, and so, at any given point when we all decide, ‘Okay, let’s start formulating a schedule to start writing songs and recording it.’ I’m ready. I’m there, from day one.”

Trujillo added:

“Kirk has so many ideas. It’s funny because sometimes it’s literally him in the kitchen and he’s cooking, and at the same time he’s playing you a riff, or you’re sitting on the toilet and he’s playing you some ideas. But when we started to understand that [the lockdown] was gonna happen, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s be creative’, you know? Let’s just get on it. A lot of times, when there’s a band that’s been around as long as METALLICA has, you find that one of the biggest problems is, ‘Man I can’t come up with a riff, I can’t come up with any good lyrics, it’s just harder to write songs’, but that just doesn’t seem to be the problem with us. Not taking anything away from any other bands, but sometimes our worst riff might be another band’s A-list riff.”

Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Post Malone, And More Recently Jammed Together

Producer Andrew Watt, who has worked with Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, etc., recently celebrated his 30th birthday with an all-star jam. The session saw Watt rocking with Post Malone, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction). A short clip and some photos can be found below:

View this post on Instagram

Me Happy 📸 @davidmushegain

A post shared by WATT (@thisiswatt) on

[via Metal Injection]

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.

Robert Trujillo Says Metallica Might Do “Another Performance Or Two” Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

As previously reported, Metallica recently filmed a special show and streamed it drive-in theaters across North America. Now, it looks like the band might be planning more performances amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bassist Robert Trujillo mentioned the idea while discussing the group’s current plans with The Oakland Press:

“Obviously these are crazy times, and it takes a lot to take that first step, and I feel like we’ve done that. We have some ideas about how we want to pursue making music together. We’re going to put something together and it’s going to be exciting musically, and maybe there’ll be another performance or two — not exactly sure when or how or what, but there are things in the works. We’ll get through this stuff now and start figuring out what’s our next step towards creativity. [The possibilities] go on and on and on. That’s kind of where we’re at.”

KnuckleBonz To Release New “Rock Iconz” Statues Of Metallica In Early 2021

KnuckleBonz will be releasing new “Rock Iconz” statues of Metallica next year. The figures are based on the band’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” era and they are expected to be released in January or February 2021. The statues are limited to 3,000 pieces and they can be pre-ordered HERE.