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When METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opens in 3D IMAX today (Friday, September 27), fans will see the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years. LA Lloyd of the Austin, Texas radio station KLBJ-FM asked bassist Robert Trujillo if there is any chance of taking that stage show on the road. “”That is the plan,” he said (hear audio below). “But we won’t do that until we finish recording a new record. We need a new album.”

He continued: “We started working on new music earlier in the year, and it was really fun; we had a great time. Lars [Ulrich; METALLICA drummer] was even saying that it was the funnest time that he had jamming with METALLICA.

“There’s a great sense of unity right now in the band; we’re firing on all cylinders.

“We’ve had a lot of challenging moments on stage, we changed the setlist every night, we played some major events. We had a special anniversary… It was about a year ago, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we played four shows for the 30-year anniversary, and we actually… Again, us being crazy, we flew in people like Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] from Birmingham, England to sing one song with us. We had members of DIAMOND HEAD there, we had MERCYFUL FATE, with King Diamond, [who] came out from Denmark. Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, we flew them in, from BLACK SABBATH, to do a medley of SABBATH songs with us. We had Glenn Danzig. I mean, it was crazy. Lou Reed came out, too. It was four nights of that, and it was a celebration for our fans. And again, going back to the idea that we’re not making any money off this — I mean, Fillmore is a small place, and we’re flying people in, and we’ve gotta put them up. But again, at the end of the day, it’s for our fans. And I always think that that’s why people really connect with us, because we’re kind of crazy like that. And at the end of the ay, I think it translates into positive energy.

“But again, the reality is we’ve gotta make a new album. We’ll take the stage out a few years down the line if there’s a demand — kind of the way Roger Waters took his production out.”

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the “Metallica Through The Never” film, which was screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (September 25).

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came 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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METALLICA members Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo spoke to NME TV about how their music might have influenced artists in the EDM (electronic dance music) scene. Check out the chat below.

METALLICA‘s “Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)”, the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming groundbreaking 3D feature film “Metallica Through The Never”, is likely to sell between 19,000 and 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings.

A two-disc CD set, “Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)” highlights last year’s career-spanning concerts at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film.

“Metallica Through The Never” stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród 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 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 Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4.

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The members of METALLICA have revealed that they were asked to send the lyrics to their entire discography to the Chinese government for approval before they were given permission to play in the country. “We had to give them a whole set of songs and they went through all the lyrics and okayed which ones we could play, which ones we couldn’t play,” METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Monday, September 23. “They see a lyric like ‘Master Of Puppets’ being so subversive that they’re not allowing us to play it. It’s kind of scary.” Added METALLICA frontman James Hetfield: “And that just brings more attention to it, of course. That doesn’t work.”

According to METALLICA, they never considered canceling their Chinese shows after being told which songs they couldn’t perform in the country.

“There were 40,000 kids over those two nights that were, I mean, they were really responding to what we were doing,” said METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. “It was insane.”

“Whatever rules they set down, the fans were there to have fun,” stated Hetfield. “We got our foot in the door. We were able to go and play in China. That was the key.”

“What I did is, I had an open guitar solo thing where I just sit there and riff,” said Hammett. “I played the riff for ‘Master Of Puppets’ and a couple of other songs that weren’t allowed to be played. I played just the music, so I kind of snuck it in there.”

Ulrich also explained that METALLICA‘s Chinese fans were fully aware of the restrictions that were placed upon the band during their appearance in the country. “What we’re talking about here is not a secret. They published it on government web sites — what songs we could play and what we couldn’t. I mean, it’s fine.”

METALLICA played for the first time ever in China last month, doing two sold-out shows at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on August 13 and August 14. The first night sold out in record time and faster than any other Western act that has played the country before.

Official video recaps of the two concerts can be seen below.

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On September 9, Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub of Collider.com conducted an interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

Picturehouse has announced that METALLICA‘s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will make in-theater appearances in celebration of the opening weekend of “Metallica Through The Never” at select IMAX theatres around the country September 26-28.

“Metallica Through The Never” recently premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history, and critically acclaimed actor Dane DeHaan. “Metallica Through The Never” is a music-driven, 3D motion picture event directed by Nimród Antal and co-written by Antal with Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett and Trujillo.

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 the film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during 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 3D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.

“Metallica Through The Never” opens exclusively at select IMAX theatres nationwide on September 27 and will expand into additional theatres and cities on October 4.

Thursday, September 26

James Hetfield:

San Francisco, California: Exact theater to be determined, 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA: AMC Emeryville, 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Lars Ulrich:

Los Angeles, California: Chinese, 10 p.m. screening
Los Angeles, California: Exact theater to be determined 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Kirk Hammett:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: AMC Mayfair (Wauwatosa), 10:00 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois: AMC Woodfield (Schaumburg), 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Robert Trujillo:

New Brunswick, New Jersey: AMC New Brunswick 18, 10:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AMC Franklin Mills, 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Friday, September 27

Lars Ulrich:

Riverside, California: AMC Tyler Galleria, 4:30 p.m.
Norwalk, California: AMC Norwalk, 7:35 p.m.

Kirk Hammett:

Houston, Texas: AMC Gulf Point, 4:40 p.m.
Dallas, Texas: AMC Northpark, 10:00 p.m.

Robert Trujillo:

Washington, DC: Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Springs), 7:30 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19, 12:10 a.m. (technically September 28)

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On July 19, Chris Hardwick of the “Nerdist” podcast conducted an interview with METALLICA members James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett at Comic-Con in San Diego, California. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Picturehouse has announced that METALLICA‘s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will make in-theater appearances in celebration of the opening weekend of “Metallica Through The Never” at select IMAX theatres around the country September 26-28.

“Metallica Through The Never” recently premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history, and critically acclaimed actor Dane DeHaan. “Metallica Through The Never” is a music-driven, 3D motion picture event directed by Nimród Antal and co-written by Antal with Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett and Trujillo.

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 the film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during 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 3D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.

“Metallica Through The Never” opens exclusively at select IMAX theatres nationwide on September 27 and will expand into additional theatres and cities on October 4.

Thursday, September 26

James Hetfield:

San Francisco, California: Exact theater to be determined, 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA: AMC Emeryville, 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Lars Ulrich:

Los Angeles, California: Chinese, 10 p.m. screening
Los Angeles, California: Exact theater to be determined 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Kirk Hammett:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: AMC Mayfair (Wauwatosa), 10:00 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois: AMC Woodfield (Schaumburg), 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Robert Trujillo:

New Brunswick, New Jersey: AMC New Brunswick 18, 10:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AMC Franklin Mills, 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Friday, September 27

Lars Ulrich:

Riverside, California: AMC Tyler Galleria, 4:30 p.m.
Norwalk, California: AMC Norwalk, 7:35 p.m.

Kirk Hammett:

Houston, Texas: AMC Gulf Point, 4:40 p.m.
Dallas, Texas: AMC Northpark, 10:00 p.m.

Robert Trujillo:

Washington, DC: Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Springs), 7:30 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19, 12:10 a.m. (technically September 28)

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On September 19, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was interviewed on Brazil’s “Multi Show” prior to the band’s appearance at the Rock In Rio festival. You can now watch the chat below.

Picturehouse has announced that METALLICA‘s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will make in-theater appearances in celebration of the opening weekend of “Metallica Through The Never” at select IMAX theatres around the country September 26-28.

“Metallica Through The Never” recently premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history, and critically acclaimed actor Dane DeHaan. “Metallica Through The Never” is a music-driven, 3D motion picture event directed by Nimród Antal and co-written by Antal with Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett and Trujillo.

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 the film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during 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 3D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.

“Metallica Through The Never” opens exclusively at select IMAX theatres nationwide on September 27 and will expand into additional theatres and cities on October 4.

Thursday, September 26

James Hetfield:

San Francisco, California: Exact theater to be determined, 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA: AMC Emeryville, 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Lars Ulrich:

Los Angeles, California: Chinese, 10 p.m. screening
Los Angeles, California: Exact theater to be determined 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Kirk Hammett:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: AMC Mayfair (Wauwatosa), 10:00 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois: AMC Woodfield (Schaumburg), 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Robert Trujillo:

New Brunswick, New Jersey: AMC New Brunswick 18, 10:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AMC Franklin Mills, 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Friday, September 27

Lars Ulrich:

Riverside, California: AMC Tyler Galleria, 4:30 p.m.
Norwalk, California: AMC Norwalk, 7:35 p.m.

Kirk Hammett:

Houston, Texas: AMC Gulf Point, 4:40 p.m.
Dallas, Texas: AMC Northpark, 10:00 p.m.

Robert Trujillo:

Washington, DC: Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Springs), 7:30 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19, 12:10 a.m. (technically September 28)

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METALLICA performed its classic song “Enter Sandman” earlier today (Sunday, September 22) at Yankee Stadium in New York to honor retiring Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants — who happen to be METALLICA‘s hometown team.

Rivera, who’s calling it quits after nearly two decades with the Yanks, has been coming out of the bullpen to close out games for many years to the tune of METALLICA‘s “Enter Sandman” playing on the stadium’s P.A. system.

According to the Daily News, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield gave a shout-out to Rivera, “This one’s for you Mariano,” before singing the song’s famous first line, “Say your prayers little one…”

Check out photos of METALLICA‘s appearance from Getty Images. Professionally filmed video footage can be seen below (courtesy of MLB.com).

Rivera was presented with a METALLICA gold record by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on May 13 for “Enter Sandman”.

Said Rivera: “I’ve got a gold record, brother. Without even singing, I have a gold record.”

The presentation was made by Indians team president Mark Shapiro and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame president Greg Harris.

The pitcher said: “I think it was well done. Whoever thought of the idea of giving me a gold record with the song ‘Sandman’, it was great. I appreciate that and I know it will have a special place in my house.”

“Enter Sandman” was featured as the opening track and lead single from METALLICA‘s eponymous 1991 album. The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the simplest concept of a child’s nightmares.

The “Enter Sandman” single was certified gold in the United States for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured on all of METALLICA‘s live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts. It is considered to be METALLICA‘s signature song to the general public.

METALLICA‘s self-titled “black album” has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

METALLICA performed at Yankee Stadium once before, nearly two years ago in September 2011 when the “Big Four” tour with SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH stopped there.

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METALLICA performed its classic song “Enter Sandman” earlier today (Sunday, September 22) at Yankee Stadium in New York to honor retiring Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants — who happen to be METALLICA‘s hometown team.

Rivera, who’s calling it quits after nearly 20 decades with the Yanks, has been coming out of the bullpen to close out games for many years to the tune of METALLICA‘s “Enter Sandman” playing on the stadium’s P.A. system.

According to the Daily News, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield gave a shout-out to Rivera, “This one’s for you Mariano,” before singing the song’s famous first line, “Say your prayers little one…”

Check out photos of METALLICA‘s appearance from Getty Images.

Rivera was presented with a METALLICA gold record by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on May 13 for “Enter Sandman”.

Said Rivera: “I’ve got a gold record, brother. Without even singing, I have a gold record.”

The presentation was made by Indians team president Mark Shapiro and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame president Greg Harris.

The pitcher said: “I think it was well done. Whoever thought of the idea of giving me a gold record with the song ‘Sandman’, it was great. I appreciate that and I know it will have a special place in my house.”

“Enter Sandman” was featured as the opening track and lead single from METALLICA‘s eponymous 1991 album. The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the simplest concept of a child’s nightmares.

The “Enter Sandman” single was certified gold in the United States for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured on all of METALLICA‘s live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts. It is considered to be METALLICA‘s signature song to the general public.

METALLICA‘s self-titled “black album” has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

METALLICA performed at Yankee Stadium once before, nearly two years ago in September 2011 when the “Big Four” tour with SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH stopped there.

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Picturehouse announced today that METALLICA‘s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will make in-theater appearances in celebration of the opening weekend of “Metallica Through The Never” at select IMAX theatres around the country September 26-28.

“Metallica Through The Never” recently premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history, and critically acclaimed actor Dane DeHaan. “Metallica Through The Never” is a music-driven, 3D motion picture event directed by Nimród Antal and co-written by Antal with Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett and Trujillo.

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 the film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during 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 3D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.

“Metallica Through The Never” opens exclusively at select IMAX theatres nationwide on September 27 and will expand into additional theatres and cities on October 4.

Thursday, September 26

James Hetfield:

San Francisco, California: Exact theater to be determined, 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA: AMC Emeryville, 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Lars Ulrich:

Los Angeles, California: Chinese, 10 p.m. screening
Los Angeles, California: Exact theater to be determined 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Kirk Hammett:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: AMC Mayfair (Wauwatosa), 10:00 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois: AMC Woodfield (Schaumburg), 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Robert Trujillo:

New Brunswick, New Jersey: AMC New Brunswick 18, 10:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AMC Franklin Mills, 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Friday, September 27

Lars Ulrich:

Riverside, California: AMC Tyler Galleria, 4:30 p.m.
Norwalk, California: AMC Norwalk, 7:35 p.m.

Kirk Hammett:

Houston, Texas: AMC Gulf Point, 4:40 p.m.
Dallas, Texas: AMC Northpark, 10:00 p.m.

Robert Trujillo:

Washington, DC: Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Springs), 7:30 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19, 12:10 a.m. (technically September 28)

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James Hetfield of Metallica

Papa Het: still learning

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has looked back on 2000′s infamous Napster debacle in a new interview, offering some insight into how the episode – in which the band attempted to sue the file-sharing company – and how it changed the metal icons’ attitudes to sharing music.

“In our lives, as you get older, you’re able to get past certain roadblocks mentally and friendship-wise, like things with Megadeth, people from our past,” Papa Het explains. “They become a little less potent. They become less of a source of hatred or whatever. They affect you less and at the end of the day you’re just kind of realising that everyone is looking out for the best interest, hopefully, for the world.

“[Lars Ulrich] was wanting to do something. He had a vision and had no idea what the consequences would be. At the end of the day, we’re all adults and you sit down and you talk and you go, ‘Hey, when I did this, that happened.’ We did the same and let’s move on from there. I think we’ve learned a lot, like from obviously the Some Kind Of Monster movie and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Seeing all these bands that can’t even show up and play together because they’re arguing about something that happened 20 years ago and they can’t celebrate a great moment, or create a new moment in history. Life’s too short for stuff like that.”

Read the full interview here.

We chat to Metallica in our immense new issue, out right now and also packing interviews with Volbeat, Satyricon, The Devil Wears Prada and many more, plus free Metallica posters and stickers, a free Metallica: Through The Never film guide, a free CD, a free Scar The Martyr EP from certain shops and much, much more. Bargain, basically. Get it now!

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