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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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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 recap of the second Shaghai show — featuring footage of the tuning-room jam and the “Leper Messiah” performance from the concert — can be seen below.

Following are excerpts from METALLICA‘s August 14 press conference in China (courtesy of Time Out Shanghai).

On filming a documentary in China:

Lars Ulrich (drums): New experiences bring opportunities for new collaborations and new creative endeavours — it’s that simple. Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up to celebrate it and to try to document it and to try to get the experience out. As you know, there are a lot of you, and there may be 20,000 of you who came to this arena yesterday and today, so we figured that if we filmed and shared the experience then maybe we could get to more of you and maybe there could be a next-level relationship between METALLICA and China that could last for decades. The idea came up fairly last minute and we love creative endeavours where we make it up as we go along. There’s an impulsive energy that comes with that that can be very beautiful and kind of cool and the last few weeks this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the ‘Through The Never’ movie that we made in the United States. We are making this up as we go along, but it’s all being documented — everything we do is always documented — so we’re excited about that and we think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we’re not quite sure yet, but we’ll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody’s while.”

On interaction with Chinese fans:

Ulrich: “We’ve been doing meet-and-greets and the interactions with the fans have been very emotionally engaged; they’re very appreciative and thankful that we’re here. Obviously there is a language barrier. What we try to do, we try to loosen the moment with banter and so on and some of that doesn’t seem to translate when there’s language issues or whatever, but you can feel that there is a passion and that there’s been a longing for this moment that is really special. Most of the time, the communication just comes from the audience when you’re up on stage. You sense what’s going on and what’s coming back at you. People all over the world have different ways of expressing and you sort of learn that there is a correlation between the way people express themselves in different cultures to what they throw at you in gigs. In Italy, they’re very much like passionate southern Europeans, in Latin America this happens, and in certain Nordic countries, they’re a little more conservative. You learn those patterns along the way, but you could obviously sense that this moment had been a long time coming.”

On piracy and bootlegged METALLICA goods being sold in China:

Ulrich: “The one thing increasingly that we focus our energies on is trying to discern between what we can control and what we can’t control. Increasingly, getting wound up and spending a lot of time on things that you can’t control, it’s just… I’d rather FaceTime with my kids or do something else. It is what it is. And that’s a whole separate conversation about Chinese copyright issues, which maybe is not the time to do now. You can’t control that, so you just turn a blind side to it as best you can.”

METALLICA is teaming up with SiriusXM radio to bring back the Mandatory Metallica channel and will celebrate with a special show at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater in New York City on September 21 that will air live nationwide.

The only other international live date on METALLICA‘s schedule for the rest of 2013 is September 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Next up for METALLICA is the release of the band’s 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, which arrives in limited release on September 27 before expanding its run on October 4. A soundtrack album arrives on September 24.

The movie is part concert film and part fictional narrative, with the latter centering on a roadie played by Dane DeHaan who must go on a mysterious mission for the band during the course of a live performance.

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METALLICA played for the first time ever in China earlier this 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 recap of the first Shaghai show — featuring footage of bassist Robert Trujillo in the meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and the “Fade To Black” performance from the concert — can be seen below.

Following are excerpts from METALLICA‘s August 14 press conference in China (courtesy of Time Out Shanghai).

On filming a documentary in China:

Lars Ulrich (drums): New experiences bring opportunities for new collaborations and new creative endeavours — it’s that simple. Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up to celebrate it and to try to document it and to try to get the experience out. As you know, there are a lot of you, and there may be 20,000 of you who came to this arena yesterday and today, so we figured that if we filmed and shared the experience then maybe we could get to more of you and maybe there could be a next-level relationship between METALLICA and China that could last for decades. The idea came up fairly last minute and we love creative endeavours where we make it up as we go along. There’s an impulsive energy that comes with that that can be very beautiful and kind of cool and the last few weeks this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the ‘Through The Never’ movie that we made in the United States. We are making this up as we go along, but it’s all being documented — everything we do is always documented — so we’re excited about that and we think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we’re not quite sure yet, but we’ll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody’s while.”

On interaction with Chinese fans:

Ulrich: “We’ve been doing meet-and-greets and the interactions with the fans have been very emotionally engaged; they’re very appreciative and thankful that we’re here. Obviously there is a language barrier. What we try to do, we try to loosen the moment with banter and so on and some of that doesn’t seem to translate when there’s language issues or whatever, but you can feel that there is a passion and that there’s been a longing for this moment that is really special. Most of the time, the communication just comes from the audience when you’re up on stage. You sense what’s going on and what’s coming back at you. People all over the world have different ways of expressing and you sort of learn that there is a correlation between the way people express themselves in different cultures to what they throw at you in gigs. In Italy, they’re very much like passionate southern Europeans, in Latin America this happens, and in certain Nordic countries, they’re a little more conservative. You learn those patterns along the way, but you could obviously sense that this moment had been a long time coming.”

On piracy and bootlegged METALLICA goods being sold in China:

Ulrich: “The one thing increasingly that we focus our energies on is trying to discern between what we can control and what we can’t control. Increasingly, getting wound up and spending a lot of time on things that you can’t control, it’s just… I’d rather FaceTime with my kids or do something else. It is what it is. And that’s a whole separate conversation about Chinese copyright issues, which maybe is not the time to do now. You can’t control that, so you just turn a blind side to it as best you can.”

METALLICA is teaming up with SiriusXM radio to bring back the Mandatory Metallica channel and will celebrate with a special show at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater in New York City on September 21 that will air live nationwide.

The only other international live date on METALLICA‘s schedule for the rest of 2013 is September 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Next up for METALLICA is the release of the band’s 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, which arrives in limited release on September 27 before expanding its run on October 4. A soundtrack album arrives on September 24.

The movie is part concert film and part fictional narrative, with the latter centering on a roadie played by Dane DeHaan who must go on a mysterious mission for the band during the course of a live performance.

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AEROSMITH has canceled its two previously scheduled festival gigs in the Far East — Wednesday, August 21 in Shanghai and Saturday, August 24 in Taipei — due to the local promoters’ failure to “meet contractual obligations.”

AEROSMITH was supposed to make its Chinese live debut at the outdoor Shanghai Hongkou Stadium. The venue has a capacity of 25,000 people.

“We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans,” says AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler in a statement. “They have welcomed us into their country, and due to uncontrollable circumstances, we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.”

“We’re disappointed as we wanted to play for our fans,” added AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry. “We’ve looked forward to this for a lifetime.”

“It’s always been a dream of ours to play in Shanghai and Taipei, and meet our fans there,” said AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton says. “We were really looking forward to visiting Shanghai and Taipei and playing for our fans there and are very disappointed that these two shows have been cancelled.”

“I’m disappointed we weren’t able to play for our fans in China. However, the circumstances were beyond our control,” stated AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer. “I sincerely hope AEROSMITH will get another opportunity to come back to Shanghai and Taiwan to play for our many fans there.”

Back in May, AEROSMITH a concert in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta due to reports of a bomb threat at the Myanmar Embassy.

AEROSMITH‘s latest album, “Music From Another Dimension!”, was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release.

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

Video footage of METALLICA‘s August 14 press conference in China can be seen below (courtesy of Time Out Shanghai). A couple of excerpts follow below.

On filming a documentary in China:

Lars Ulrich (drums): New experiences bring opportunities for new collaborations and new creative endeavours — it’s that simple. Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up to celebrate it and to try to document it and to try to get the experience out. As you know, there are a lot of you, and there may be 20,000 of you who came to this arena yesterday and today, so we figured that if we filmed and shared the experience then maybe we could get to more of you and maybe there could be a next-level relationship between METALLICA and China that could last for decades. The idea came up fairly last minute and we love creative endeavours where we make it up as we go along. There’s an impulsive energy that comes with that that can be very beautiful and kind of cool and the last few weeks this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the ‘Through The Never’ movie that we made in the United States. We are making this up as we go along, but it’s all being documented — everything we do is always documented — so we’re excited about that and we think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we’re not quite sure yet, but we’ll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody’s while.”

On interaction with Chinese fans:

Ulrich: “We’ve been doing meet-and-greets and the interactions with the fans have been very emotionally engaged; they’re very appreciative and thankful that we’re here. Obviously there is a language barrier. What we try to do, we try to loosen the moment with banter and so on and some of that doesn’t seem to translate when there’s language issues or whatever, but you can feel that there is a passion and that there’s been a longing for this moment that is really special. Most of the time, the communication just comes from the audience when you’re up on stage. You sense what’s going on and what’s coming back at you. People all over the world have different ways of expressing and you sort of learn that there is a correlation between the way people express themselves in different cultures to what they throw at you in gigs. In Italy, they’re very much like passionate southern Europeans, in Latin America this happens, and in certain Nordic countries, they’re a little more conservative. You learn those patterns along the way, but you could obviously sense that this moment had been a long time coming.”

On piracy and bootlegged METALLICA goods being sold in China:

Ulrich: “The one thing increasingly that we focus our energies on is trying to discern between what we can control and what we can’t control. Increasingly, getting wound up and spending a lot of time on things that you can’t control, it’s just… I’d rather FaceTime with my kids or do something else. It is what it is. And that’s a whole separate conversation about Chinese copyright issues, which maybe is not the time to do now. You can’t control that, so you just turn a blind side to it as best you can.”

The band’s current Asian run will take it to South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia over the next 10 days.

The only other live date on METALLICA‘s schedule for the rest of 2013 is September 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Next up for METALLICA is the release of the band’s 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, which arrives in limited release on September 27 before expanding its run on October 4. A soundtrack album arrives on September 24.

The movie is part concert film and part fictional narrative, with the latter centering on a roadie played by Dane DeHaan who must go on a mysterious mission for the band during the course of a live performance.

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Lars Ulrich reveals new filming plan plus discusses piracy.

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If you haven’t seen the new Chthonic video for “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant,” then immediately scroll to the bottom of this review and click the link. The video is unforgettable. The setting is 1930s-era Shanghai, in a decadent hall with banners of both the Republic of China and the Nazi swastika draped in the …

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Metallicaaaaaah

Metallica will play China for the first time in their 31-year history! Still breaking new ground, lads.

“It is so rare for us to be able to say that we are visiting a country for the very first time, so this is an extra special announcement for us,” say the band. “After over 31 years of travelling to almost all corners of the world for so many amazing, wild and thrilling adventures, we will finally be heading to China!! We’ll be hitting the stage in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 13.”

Tickets for that go on sale this Friday (June 9). China, you’re in for some serious jams. Like this one:

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METALLICA will perform in China for the first time on August 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

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San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have released the following statement:

“To all our friends in China and Taiwan:

“It is with regret that we must inform you of the cancellation of our performances in Shanghai and Taipei until further notice due to visa issues beyond the control of the band or promoter.

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