Review: Metallica in Minneapolis 

It’s been a really long time since Metallica was in Minneapolis last, so the sell-out crowd at the brand new US Bank Stadium was more than ready to rock. I expected awesome crowd reception, and we delivered. 

What I didn’t expect (but should’ve), was that my ears would still be ringing the next day!

Metallica blew the lid off of that stadium, on an unusually chilly August Saturday night, and there was no better act to be the first representative of heavy metal to tear it down. 

They launched into “Creeping Death” which let the audience know they were in for a ride! Seconds later – “For Whom The Bells Tolls” which oozed every bit of menacing aroma you’d imagine. 


James Hetfield’s greatest song intro of the night was certainly before “Fuel”. He said something like, “We hope you’re having a good time, and I just wanna say – GIMME FUEL, GIMME FIRE, GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE!!” Yeah… the build up shook the new stadium to its core! No one expected the launch of such a powerful train of sound so soon! 


It was everything you’d expect from Metallica. As a bonus, they pulled out the hits! Check out the set list… 

1. Creeping Death

2. For Whom The Bell Tolls

3. Fuel

4. King Nothing

5. The Memory Remains

6. The Unforgiven 

7. Leper Messiah (followed by a Kirk guitar solo)

8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 

9. Sad But True (followed by a Rob bass solo) 

10. Wherever I May Roam

11. One

12. Master Of Puppets

13. Battery (followed by another Kirk solo)

14. Fade To Black

15. Seek & Destroy

ENCORE

Harwired 

Whiskey In The Jar

Nothing Else Matters

Enter Sandman
Needless to say, they covered every song you’d want them too. Rob even stepped out in a Vikings jersey for a bit! They truly tailored this show for the fans. 
Special shout out to Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold who did a great job warming up the crowd!

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New Metallica album rumored for October release

Although not yet confirmed by Universal, a report is suggesting that a new Metallica album could be ready for fans everywhere on October 14th.

We’ll keep our ears and eyes peeled for official confirmation, but if this is true, we’re in for a treat! James Hetfield recently said, “We’re super stoked about it. It’s been a long time coming, and, you know, this is what we do. We love playing, and the next album is exactly what it’s supposed to be, so we’re excited about it.”

It’s been eight years since Death Magnetic, and James himself said a fall release was the goal.

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Here’s hoping some new Metallica tunes are on the on the way!

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Metallica takes on fashion?

…well, Metallica isn’t quite coming up with their own fashion line – but they are advertising with one!

According to Blabbermouth“The campaign will be distributed on social media channels and will appear on billboards and kiosks in Paris and in The New York Times, reflecting a more focused initial print advertising buy. Wider print distribution and billboards in New York, Los Angeles and Moscow will follow in the autumn.”

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What do you think? Is an exclusive Metallica fashion line next? No word yet on why they decided to do this.

Mike Rowe mixes up Metallica members

It happens to the best of us, and it finally happened to everyone’s favorite handy guy, Mike Rowe. Admittedly, he’s a Metallica fan. However, and maybe it was the Argentine heat, he called James Hatfield “Lars” after meeting him for the first time! Talk about embarrassing… but hey, it happens. Mike’s story is below.

“Dear James

Man, do I feel like an idiot. Normally, when I feel like an idiot, the feeling diminishes over time. But after our meeting yesterday morning and my subsequent brain-fart regarding your actual identity, I’m afraid my feelings of idiocy have not only persisted, they’ve actually metastasized, to the point where I’m now wondering just how idiotic I’ll feel this time tomorrow.

Thing is, I’m normally very good with names and faces, especially when they’re attached to people who have entertained me for the last 35 years. Typically, when I go out of my way to see a legendary band perform – a band whose many songs I’ve memorized – I’m able to recognize the lead singer when I see him on the street years later. But apparently, after a few mimosas on a warm Saturday afternoon, I no longer possess that skill. Likewise, when my dog – a unique mix of terrier and asshole – decides to attack a legendary rock star for simply trying to say hello, I am rendered temporarily stupid.

Anyway, I’m writing to thank you for being so gracious and saying such kind things about my foundation. I was very flattered. I also wish to apologize – not just for failing to recognize you – but for not recognizing you in front of your charming niece from Buenos Aries. It must have been very strange for her to watch her uncle – one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll – introduce himself to a guy with a psychopathic dog and no idea who he was. And it must have been especially gratifying for you, when I tried to recover by calling you Lars Ulrich – the first named that popped into my head when my synapses started firing off bad information.

For what it’s worth, I know that Metallica consists of several people who aren’t Lars Ulrich, but earlier this week, someone told me Lars lived in the neighborhood, so his was the name that shot into my head when I finally realized I was talking to the lead singer of Metallica. Point is, I knew you weren’t Lars before I called you Lars, but I called you Lars anyway – which brings me back to the aforementioned idiocy, and my own slow unraveling. Regardless, if we meet again, I’ll get it straight. Promise.

In the meantime, this will likely endure as my favorite botched encounter for a very long time. So, lest I forget the specifics, as I am clearly prone to do, I’ll memorialize our exchange here for posterity…

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Exterior. Late morning. A large man with many tattoos and dark sunglasses walks across the street toward a table where Mike Rowe is dining al fresco and drinking mimosas.

Large Tattooed Man: Sorry to interrupt, you’re Mike Rowe right?

Mike Rowe: I’m him.

Large Tattooed Man: I just wanted to tell you I enjoy your shows, and really appreciate what you’re doing for the skilled trades.

Freddy: bark-bark-bark, snap-growl-snap, bark-bark-bark!!!

Mike Rowe: Freddy – knock it off. Bad dog! Sorry. You guys local?

Large Tattooed Man: I live around here, and Sophia’s from Argentina.

Freddy: bark-bark-bark, snarl-growl-snap!!

Mike Rowe: That’s nice. What part?

Sophia: Buneos Aries.

Mike: I was there a few years ago. Beautiful place.

Sophia: It is.

Mike Rowe: So what do you do around here?

Large Tattooed Man: I play in a local band.

Mike Rowe: Cool! I love local bands. What kind of music?

Large Tattooed Man: Rock and Roll.

Mike Rowe: Nice. What do you call yourselves?

Large Tattooed Man:: Metallica.

Freddy: bark-bark-bark, snap-growl-snap, woof.

Mike: Oh my God. Of course. You’re Lars Ulrich. Forgive me. I heard you lived around here. What a pleasure to meet you.

Large Tattooed Man: Actually, my name is James. James Hetfield

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Anyway, thanks James, for saying hello, and for writing songs that used to make my workouts fly by. And for being Record Store Ambassadors. That’s very cool, and I heard the gig at Rasputin was awesome. Rock on.

Mike

PS. Please assure your niece that I have all your records.
PPS. Please tell Lars I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Have you ever mixed up a celebrity before? Would you be able to tell James and Lars apart?

Is Kerry King right? Is metal living on past success?

Kerry King of Slayer isn’t one to shy away from speaking his mind. In a recent interview. Kerry suggested that bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica are living in the past, and profiting from it.

He says, “We’re living on our history for sure, but so is everyone else, yet we’re the ones trying to push ourselves forward. I would say [Iron] Maiden and Metallica, no offense, are living on past success. Metallica has toured forever on The Black Record which a lot of people don’t like. I actually like it. Its heavy as can be. Is it Master Of Puppets? Course not, but it’s a great record. Iron Maiden for me is living off their first three records. Have they made good songs since then? Yeah, but they haven’t made great records. I like to think we’re still making great records and as much as people come out wanting to hear ‘Reign In Blood’ and ‘Angel Of Death’, they also want to hear ‘Disciple’ or even ‘Implode.'”

What do you think? Does Kerry have a point? Do we care? Let’s face it – when you pay to see Iron Maiden, Metallica or Slayer you’re hoping they’ll play hits from within their first four albums or so. Can you blame them for including a large chunk of older hits in their sets? I certainly can’t. It’s hard enough for bands to make money. If that’s what crowds want to hear – who can blame them?

However, I think he’s ignoring the fact that plenty of Iron Maiden fans are interested in their new stuff as well. Billboard reported, “Iron Maiden debuts at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart (dated Sept. 26) with The Book of Souls, notching its best sales week, 74,000 copies sold, since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.” I seriously doubt fans wouldn’t want to hear “Speed Of Light” either.

We can’t blame metal bands for including a largely “older” set, but we still want to hear the new stuff too! I’ve got an idea, how ’bout Slayer, Iron Maiden and Metallica tour TOGETHER??