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The members of METALLICA took part in a question-and-answer session following the September 23 screening of their new 3D IMAX movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, at New York’s Walter Reade Theater. Fan-filmed video footage of the discussion can be seen below.

Regarding comparisons to the classic 1976 LED ZEPPELIN film “The Song Remains The Same”, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said: “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but [we felt strongly that] it shouldn’t be ‘The Song Remains The Same’. We don’t want to be in the non-concert part. We don’t see ourselves acting.”

He added: “[We decided] it shouldn’t be in the infomercial style that a lot of the current ones are, where they follow a band on the road, and here they are on and off airplanes. There wasn’t a blueprint for this movie, and that’s what made it so hard to sell in Hollywood.”

“[Director] Nimród [Antal] came up with the story line,” frontman James Hetfield added. “It really is two movies in one. We wanted to have the best concert footage ever filmed and also have a story line and give it some legs that will be open for interpretation. There are so many metaphors in there. And there’s no good side or bad side. There’s just turmoil. That’s just a part of human nature — fight or flight at times. For me, when the rider shows up he’s the embodiment of hate. And then there’s fire. Of course. You gotta have fire.”

Ulrich also spoke about METALLICA‘s penchant for avoiding the obvious path and taking chances with their projects.

“We’re four guys and we’re always thinking, ‘Let’s be creative and try something different,'” Ulrich said. “The model of album, tour, album, tour is a little old. There are so many other ways to express yourself now. There are festivals [like our Orion Music + More festival], and Lou Reed calls, and movies. There are so many different things we want to do. We’re just so curious, and we want to live in these things and experience them, and that invigorates us so when we go back to making another record or writing a song we have all of these experiences to draw from.”

“Making a film of this size was radically different than making a record,” added Ulrich. “For me, the biggest thing was the scale of it and the amount of people that are involved. It can get overwhelming at times. It’s been three years and there are times it felt like the whole thing was running amok and [we wondered] who’s steering the ship. The intimacy you have in the recording studio where you really feel on top of what’s going on…I don’t feel we had that the whole time [with the movie], but we tried to commandeer it. I’m proud to say most of what you see does come from us, but it’s been a mindfuck at times. And we’re all psyched to get back to the studio and get back to that intimacy again.”

“Metallica Through The Never” opens this Friday (September 27) on IMAX screens before expanding to more theaters on October 4.

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Join DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen on his first official DEF LEPPARD Twitter fan question-and-answer session on Friday, September 27 at 4 p.m. EST. Rick will answer fans’ questions about DEF LEPPARD, “Viva! Hysteria”, DED FLATBIRD, his fine art or anything else on the fans’ minds.

Submit your questions on Twitter to @Def_Leppard with the hashtag #VIVAHysteria

How to participate:

* Log in to Twitter
* In the “What’s Happening” box on your profile, type your question.
* Add the hashtag #VIVAHysteria to your post and click “tweet”

Example: What is your favorite DEF LEPPARD song to play live? #VIVAHysteria

As drummer for the English hard rock band DEF LEPPARD, Rick Allen knows what it’s like to be on top of the musical world. After a near-fatal auto accident in 1984, he also knows what it’s like to completely lose his left arm to amputation — and the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that almost destroyed his will to live. “I didn’t know what my life would be like after that terrible day,” says Rick. “It was the darkest time in my life. And, even today, I still consider myself a work in progress.”

Rick began perfecting his use of a specially designed electronic drum kit so he could play with one arm. And perfect he did indeed; the resulting DEF LEPPARD album — “Hysteria” — sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Rick founded the Raven Drum Foundation, which provides drum circles to Wounded Warrior to help encourage healing from PTSD. Other efforts of Rick‘s foundation include Resiliency Radio, where he broadcasts programs geared toward rebuilding a healthy life. This includes interviews with WWP teammates and other warriors.

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All five members of DREAM THEATER took part in a question-and-answer session with the registered users of the DreamTheaterForums.org web site earlier today (Tuesday, September 24). You can now watch the discussion below.

DREAM THEATER‘s new, self-titled album was released on September 24 via Roadrunner Records. The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

“Dream Theater” is available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition boxed set.

DREAM THEATER‘s video for the song “The Enemy Inside” was directed by Bill Fishman (RAMONES, STEVE RAY VAUGHAN). The strictly conceptual clip deals with the torment of a soldier who’s struggling with reintegrating into his life back home due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Regarding the song’s lyrics, guitarist John Petrucci told Billboard.com: “At the time that we were in the studio working on the [new DREAM THEATER] album and I was writing lyrics, the Boston Marathon bombings happened. There was a lot of discussion of terrorism and PTSD as if affects people who witness traumatic events like terrorism, so it was just very on my mind. It linked very well with the mood of the song, and as we started to get into it, I watched some documentaries and things like that. I was like, ‘This is really something that needs to be written about.'”

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with drummer Matt Greiner of AUGUST BURNS RED on September 15 in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

After wrapping up a momentous summer that included a Billboard Top 10 debut for its latest album, “Rescue & Restore”, and a mainstage spot on Warped Tour, AUGUST BURNS RED is preparing to unveil its next offering, a brand-new DVD entitled “Foreign & Familiar” to release this fall. The documentary chronicles the entire 18-month touring cycle behind the band’s breakout 2011 album “Leveler”, whose critical and commercial success catapulted the band to the forefront of the modern heavy music scene.

From headlining tours of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia — with stops in New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and more along the way — “Foreign & Familiar” shows the globetrotting metal titans doing what they do best in settings all over the world.

‘Foreign & Familiar’ has literally been three years in the making,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker.

“It’s no small task to try and squeeze 18 months of touring into a two-hour package, but that’s exactly what we have here.

“I am grateful that we were able to pull this DVD together, as this is something we’ll all be able to look back on as old men and remember the good ol’ days.

“I think anyone who cares about this band will find ‘Foreign & Familiar’ to be an entertaining and insightful behind the scenes look at AUGUST BURNS RED on the road.”

AUGUST BURNS RED is also pleased to announce the Endless Chicago Weekend event on November 22 and 23, featuring back-to-back shows at Chicago’s House of Blues and, for fans holding a weekend pass, early entry on Saturday to attend an exclusive screening of “Foreign & Familiar”, followed by a question-and-answer session and meet-and-greet with the band.

“Chicago has almost been a home away from home for AUGUST BURNS RED,” says Brubaker. “From the Beat Kitchen and Reggie’s to our many stops at the House of Blues and even Riot Fest, Chicago has consistently been a tour stop we most look forward to playing. We wanted to make our stop in Chicago this fall extra special. Certainly looking forward to spending some extra time in the Windy City!”

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On September 17, METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through the Never”, had its first public screening at the Rafael Theatre in San Rafael, California as part of a preview for the Mill Valley Film Festival. The four members of METALLICA, alongside director Nimród Antal (“Predators”, “Kontroll”) and actor Dane DeHaan, were on hand to both introduce the film and answer questions from the audience after the film.

Official video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of METALLICA‘s most iconic songs — created exclusively for film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the METALLICA‘s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.

Picturehouse will release “Metallica Through The Never” in North America on September 27 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D theaters, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA‘s September 19 performance at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Hit The Lights
02. Master Of Puppets
03. Holier Than Thou
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. The Day That Never Comes
06. The Memory Remains
07. Wherever I May Roam
08. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
09. Sad But True
10. …And Justice For All
11. One
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:

16. Creeping Death
17. Battery
18. Seek & Destroy

According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained in a question-and-answer session that followed a recent screening of METALLICA‘s upcoming movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, that the film has actually inspired the metal legends to get moving on new music. Ulrich said, “Getting a chance to do all these challenges and adventures really fuels us to go back into the studio and make hopefully a better album… METALLICA, I think, increasingly depends on these types of things to feel challenged as artists. So making films is great and it certainly gets us out of our comfort zone, so when we get back to the studio we just feel more inspired and more invigorated.”

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band gets energized by branching out into other projects before returning to work on its next record. “There’ll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that’s what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals,” he said. “I mean, it’s just, all that stuff’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, you know.”

The drummer added that the band is immensely satisfied with the filmmaking experience and final result, saying, “Three years later it’s just so cool to sit up there and feel the energy and take it in that energy on the screen.”

Frontman James Hetfield agreed that the band’s creative process while making the film was similar to the way it comes up with ideas for its albums, saying, “We had a whole bunch of ideas and that was the easy part. Making them all come to fruition and getting them in the movie was (the hard part). We couldn’t put everything in there as the price tag would have doubled or tripled.”

“Through The Never” premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in IMAX theaters on September 27, expanding to more screens on October 4.

This Saturday (September 21), METALLICA will play a special show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the promotion for the film.

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Former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted will take part in a signing and question-an-answer session at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) in Boise, Idaho at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Fans will get a chance to ask Newsted questions about his legendary career during a question-and-answer session moderated by 100.3 FM The X ‘s Big J. Newsted will then sign a CD or vinyl LP copy of NEWSTED‘s debut album, “Heavy Metal Music”, and one other item of your choice. Listen to The X earlier in the day to hear a live interview with Newsted and win a pair of front-of-line passes for the signing.

NEWSTED recently filmed a video for the song “King Of The Underdogs” in Oakland, California. Directing the clip once again was Leon Melas, who previously helmed NEWSTED‘s video for the track “Soldierhead”.

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Newsted stated about the lyrical inspiration for “King Of The Underdogs”: “‘King Of The Underdogs’ is kind of a personal thing almost. It’s, like, the highest rated of the underrated. I think people are rooting for me to win as they do with underdogs.”

“King Of The Underdogs” is featured on “Heavy Metal Music”, which sold nearly 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm Records.

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On July 19, the members of METALLICA appeared at Comic-Con in San Diego, California to discuss “Metallica Through The Never”, filmmaker Nimród Antal‘s captivating 3D movie featuring one of music’s most enduring and iconic bands. The group was in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center, joined by Antal; the star of the film, Dane DeHaan; and producer Charlotte Huggins.

Official video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

Asked why the band felt like a concert movie needed a side story with a detailed plot, METALLICA drummer told the San Francisco Chronicle: “The idea was to put something else in there to balance the concert, to kind of weave it in and out. It just seemed exciting to try that. We had no idea how or with whom or why. We went searching through Hollywood and tried to explain this to a bunch of very well-known A-list directors — all of whom you know — and most of them just kind of looked at us like we came from Planet Zulu or something. Nimród was the first guy who just nodded along and joined in the madness and the unpredictability and craziness of it.”

Regarding what the movie plot is about, Ulrich said: “I don’t know. I stopped asking a long time ago. … I think that ultimately what we’ve always tried, with James‘ [Hetfield] lyrics and stuff like that, the thoughts that come from METALLICA are pretty ambiguous. We don’t sit there and carve out what it is we’re doing or what we’re trying to do. Half the time we don’t know, either. I think this film is right in line with that. At the end of the day, it’s sort of what you want it to be.”

A review of the film by Dennis Harvey of Variety can be found at Variety.com.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained in a question-and-answer session that followed a recent screening of METALLICA‘s upcoming movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, that the film has actually inspired the metal legends to get moving on new music. Ulrich said, “Getting a chance to do all these challenges and adventures really fuels us to go back into the studio and make hopefully a better album… METALLICA, I think, increasingly depends on these types of things to feel challenged as artists. So making films is great and it certainly gets us out of our comfort zone, so when we get back to the studio we just feel more inspired and more invigorated.”

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band gets energized by branching out into other projects before returning to work on its next record. “There’ll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that’s what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals,” he said. “I mean, it’s just, all that stuff’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, you know.”

The drummer added that the band is immensely satisfied with the filmmaking experience and final result, saying, “Three years later it’s just so cool to sit up there and feel the energy and take it in that energy on the screen.”

Frontman James Hetfield agreed that the band’s creative process while making the film was similar to the way it comes up with ideas for its albums, saying, “We had a whole bunch of ideas and that was the easy part. Making them all come to fruition and getting them in the movie was (the hard part). We couldn’t put everything in there as the price tag would have doubled or tripled.”

“Through The Never” premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in IMAX theaters on September 27, expanding to more screens on October 4.

This Saturday (September 21), METALLICA will play a special show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the promotion for the film.

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METALLICA members Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass) took part in a news conference and interview at RIA Novosti‘s press center this past Saturday (September 14) before the Russian premiere of their new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, in Moscow. Official video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

“There was a lot of times in this movie where we’re like, ‘No way, we can’t do this. Let’s just pull the plug,” said METALLICA frontman James Hetfield. “From the money it’s gonna take to make this thing, how long it’s gonna take to even break even; our kids could still have the bill for this thing.”

In an interview with CNN this past July, Hetfield said that a lot of thought went into creating the exact right film for METALLICA.

“People have done live concerts,” Hetfield said. “We’ve done live concerts and DVDs. If we’re going to invest a lot of time and money and effort into something, let’s make it unique. That’s what we’ve always done. We had a ton of ideas for this thing. You get really creative with something way out of your budget and then you shrink it down. Some of the best ideas hang on and end up in the film. We wanted animation, we wanted CGI — you name it! But I think the narrative is extremely potent and multilayered. There’s a lot of dynamics going on at once. It’s a couple movies in one.”

A review of the film by Dennis Harvey of Variety can be found at Variety.com.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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