Metallica Plays Tiny San Francisco Club Gig at the Independent — Watch Clips of “Whiplash,” “Master of Puppets, “Seek & Destroy” and More

Metallica dropped in for a few hundred lucky fans on Thursday night at the Independent, a small club in San Francisco. The venue tweeted news of the gig a few hours ahead of time, with wristbands just $20 (which sold out very quickly, of course): https://twitter.com/indysf/status/1438624671151230979 Once inside, Metallica staged its first gig with fans… Continue reading Metallica Plays Tiny San Francisco Club Gig at the Independent — Watch Clips of “Whiplash,” “Master of Puppets, “Seek & Destroy” and More

Preview ‘Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2’ with Three Live Performances, Including ‘Moth Into Flame’

Later this month, Metallica will immortalize its September 2019 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony with S&M2, a new live album/concert film capturing the magic of two nights at San Francisco’s Chase Center last fall. (Click here to pre-order S&M2 on 2-CD and click here to pre-order on 2-CD/Blu-ray and other editions from our Rock Cellar Store).  The live release… Continue reading Preview ‘Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2’ with Three Live Performances, Including ‘Moth Into Flame’

Watch Metallica ‘Dallas 2000’ to Commemorate the 57th Birthday of Frontman James Hetfield: Resilient Rock and Roll Lifer

It’s impossible to think of Metallica‘s music without the primal howl of lead vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield — and today, Aug. 3, Hetfield celebrates his 57th birthday. Things haven’t always been easy for James, a rock and roll lifer. He’s battled many personal demons over the years, road blocks that cast a shadow on both his… Continue reading Watch Metallica ‘Dallas 2000’ to Commemorate the 57th Birthday of Frontman James Hetfield: Resilient Rock and Roll Lifer

Metallica Turned ‘Blackened’ into a Stripped-Down, COVID-19 Isolation Jam — Watch Ahead of #MetallicaMondays Tonight 5/4

It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for another #MetallicaMondays concert streaming event from Metallica — but on Friday evening, the thrash-metal icons premiered a new take on an old-school classic, the product of some COVID-19-inspired isolation recording at the respective homes of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo. Turning the normally… Continue reading Metallica Turned ‘Blackened’ into a Stripped-Down, COVID-19 Isolation Jam — Watch Ahead of #MetallicaMondays Tonight 5/4

Citing Rehab Obligations, James Hetfield Issues Statement as Metallica Cancels Two Festival Dates

Metallica guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield headed back to rehab in late 2019 to combat his battles with addiction, and as of yet he hasn’t returned to full-on touring obligations with the legendary band. On Monday, Hetfield issued a statement through Metallica’s channels giving a bit of an update on his progress toward mental health rehabilitation —… Continue reading Citing Rehab Obligations, James Hetfield Issues Statement as Metallica Cancels Two Festival Dates

Best Wishes to James Hetfield of Metallica as He Heads Back to Rehab for ‘Addiction’

Heavy metal music usually operates within a veneer of toughness and resilience — and the story of Metallica is no different. For decades, the thrash/metal band has been especially open regarding the real-world existences of its members, specifically James Hetfield. It was announced over the weekend that James, 56, has unfortunately been forced to re-enter… Continue reading Best Wishes to James Hetfield of Metallica as He Heads Back to Rehab for ‘Addiction’

Listen to Metallica’s ‘Black Album,’ Which Was Released 28 Years Ago This Week

It’s feasible that without the release of 1991’s self-titled album, Metallica wouldn’t be the entity it is today — still touring around the world on a near-yearly basis, releasing new music, and generally being a committed group of heavy metal veterans who’ve earned a reputation as legends. That record, which spawned a new era for… Continue reading Listen to Metallica’s ‘Black Album,’ Which Was Released 28 Years Ago This Week

Watch Metallica Shred 'Atlas, Rise!' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' on 'Kimmel'

Metallica‘s in an all-out assault in promotion of its new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and that media blitz brought the band to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night. There, they slammed through a pummeling version of the track “Atlas, Rise!” — one of the new record’s most dynamic cuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THM_rOlCDZk ‘Tallica also performed the classic cut… Continue reading Watch Metallica Shred 'Atlas, Rise!' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' on 'Kimmel'

Best New Music: Stream Heart's New Album 'Beautiful Broken'

Ann and Nancy Wilson have returned! Heart released a new album, Beautiful Broken, today. Featuring 10 tracks of new material (such as the title track, a duet with Metallica‘s James Hetfield) and re-recorded versions of songs from their storied back catalog, Beautiful Broken can be streamed below via Spotify: Heart will celebrate the record and… Continue reading Best New Music: Stream Heart's New Album 'Beautiful Broken'

Hear Heart and Metallica's James Hetfield Team Up on Hard-Charging 'Beautiful Broken'

Last week, Heart announced a new album, Beautiful Broken – and previewed its title track, a collaboration with James Hetfield of Metallica. The band has since premiered the full song, and you can hear it below. But be warned: it’s loud! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG8Mkmy_FaE The album will be released on July 8. Be sure to catch Heart… Continue reading Hear Heart and Metallica's James Hetfield Team Up on Hard-Charging 'Beautiful Broken'