Metallica Play Raiders Parking Lot

OK OK, so MAYBE we knew it was gonna happen, MAYBE we knew it was gonna be cool and MAYBE we knew that it could be the perfect gig for the perfect day...but even WE didn't know it was gonna be THIS good!

Metallica. Live. And direct. Parking lot party. Before the Raiders AFC Championship game. 'Tallica crush. Titans get stomped 41-24. YEAAAAH BABYEEEEEEEE!

The idea was hatched moments after the AFC playoff pummeling of the New York Jets, lifelong Raider (and Metallica frontman/guitarist) James Hetfield getting wild notions of flatbed trucks in parking lots with loud PAs, the Raiders themselves digging the idea and the hearty Metallica crew scrambling like Rich Goddam Gannon to make it work.

It had to be kept quiet for a variety of reasons which all basically centered around public saftey issues versus the plug being pulled if it looked dangerous. You understand. We KNOW you do!

And so…

Metallica on Tour?

Yes, it's true!! Metallica will be on tour this summer!! Just announced, the band will be appearing at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on June 26, 2003. Also confirmed is an appearance at Rock Am Ring (Nurburgring, Germany) and Rock Im Park (Nurnburg, Germany), and while the specific date has not yet been determined, the festivals take place June 6-8, 2003.

Metallica's 'In the Studio' Update

Metallica crept into their Northern California studio several months ago, and in July, the band extended a personal invitation to each and every one of you to follow along in their recording process.

The'Jump In The Studio' section features daily updates with many exclusive pictures and a studio diary. This section also includes over 3 hours of video footage with content ranging from new music sound bytes, album information, to the ever funny studio "babble."

The latest of these In The Studio videos reveals quite a bit of new information. James, Lars, and Kirk filled us in that they are "trying out" bass players. They discuss how this process started and how the "try-outs" are being conducted.

Also divulged in this video is the number of songs the band currently have for the next album, along with talks of planning a new tour in 2003.

Metallica Club Membership - The Perfect Gift

Have an important Metallica fan in your life? Give the perfect gift - a Metallica Fan Club membership!! Metallica Fan Club membership is your ticket to the inner circle - from exclusive interviews in their quarterly magazine, to top secret videos in the member's only section of the website, to exclusive one-of-a kind Met merchandise, fan club members are always a step ahead.

So What! Magazine MetClub Exclusive Made in L.A,. 20 Years shirt

Fan Club members are given the opportunity to purchase tickets to live shows, and some club members even get to go backstage to meet the band. Over the years, the band has performed a number of gigs exclusively for club members, usually in small intimate clubs or theaters, as well as giving members access to gigs that are not open to the general public. A lucky fan club member was recently flown to the studio to interview the band and over 100…

Live Shit: Binge & Purge Released on DVD

You asked for it, you got it. Starting November 12, 2002, Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge is available on DVD. The three CD's (Mexico City shows) and two DVD's (San Diego and Seattle) will be conveniently packaged in a box to fit in your CD or DVD collection. The complete 72 page booklet will be included on one of the DVD's and yep, the scary guy stencil and backstage pass are there too. You'll also be able to zoom and make screensaver's on your computer's DVD-rom. The DVD box set is available online by clicking the merchandise link on the front page, or of course wherever you buy CD's and DVD's.

Metal Blade 20th Anniversary Box Set Released

To commemorate Metal Blade Records 20th year in the music business, they have released a massive box set including 9 CD's and 1 DVD. Along with the music and videos, there are interviews, photos, a release history, album information and mini covers of all the album artwork. All told, there are 140 tracks, 12 of which are rare or previously unreleased, and 24 videos, 10 of which are rare or previously unreleased. Metallica's original version of "Hit the Lights" is included. Previously released only on the first set of vinyl, the song has never been available before on CD. There is also a Q&A with Lars and Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel. This box set is a limited edition item - only 5,000 will be made and numbered! For more information, check out www.metalblade.com

James on Waylon Jennings Tribute Album

James Hetfield has recently completed work on a contribution for the forthcoming Waylon Jennings tribute album, to be released in February of 2003 by RCA Records. The track he chose, titled "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand," comes from Jennings September 1978 release, I've Always Been Crazy. The process was unique for James as he not only sang, but played all the instruments on the track. The song was produced by Bob Rock at the Metallica HQ in San Francisco.

"The first time I met Waylon was when a college radio station wanted to get the two outlaws together of certain different styles of music," explained James. "They thought it was a good idea if I interview him and I guess Dad helped me out with a few of the questions. It's funny 'cause my Dad wanted me to get a CD signed for him and then Waylon brought some Metallica stuff to get signed for his son. So…

Ramones Tribute Album Update

Unfortunately we're going to have to wait just a little longer to hear that Metallica tribute to the Ramones, as the album is now scheduled to be in your favorite record store on December 24th February 11th, 2003.

We do have the confirmed track listing and will be sure to pass on more details as we get 'em!!

We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To The Ramones"Havana Affair," Red Hot Chili Peppers "Blitzkrieg Bop," Rob Zombie "I Believe In Miracles," Eddie Vedder with Zeke "53rd & 3rd," Metallica "Beat On The Brat," U2 "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?" Kiss "The KKK Took My Baby Away," Marilyn Manson "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do," Garbage "Outsider," Green Day "Something To Believe In," The Pretenders "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," Rancid "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," Pete Yorn "I Wanna Be Sedated," The Offspring "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," Rooney "Return Of Jackie & Judy," Tom…

HQ Visit from Cabbie

The guys at HQ were visited yesterday, September 19th, by Cabbie, a DJ from New York's K-Rock. While he was here, he had time to call into his NY studio and give the scoop to his partner-in-crime, Cane. Cabbie got the royal treatment, which included Lars giving him a personally guided tour of the HQ and listening privileges to new tunes. Why was he here? Well, stay tuned, cuz you never know what's gonna happen at HQ!

James & Cabbie listening to some new tunes

September 20, 2002 News

Metallica: The Complete Lyrics Book

Finally all in one place - the first ever book of Metallica lyrics will be available October 1, 2002 with all the lyrics to more than 70 songs. The hardcover book includes an introduction written by Steffan Chirazi, the editor of So What!, Metallica's quarterly Fan Club magazine.

September 18, 2002 News

Surprise & Happy Birthday James

How do you celebrate your 39th year? Well, if a few of your good buddies have their way, behind the wheel of your '55 Chevy Bel Air at Sears Point Raceway, smoking your tires at the business-end of the drag-strip which has been held for your exclusive use for the best part of an afternoon. James Hetfield has just those types of buddies, which is why on Tuesday August 6th (James birthday is on Aug 3rd), some close friends and family got together to watch Papa Het and friends burn rubber, push gaskets and floor accelerators in the quest for best time of the day.

Nice Lineup

Does this one have an engine?

Was James happy? Well we couldn't really tell 'cos he seemed to have trouble getting words out through his huge, four hour ear-to-ear grin, but judging by the amount of times he floored both his Bel Air and Chevy Camaro (the latter was the stunt car in 'I Disappear') we'd say…

Jump in the Studio

METALLICA is back in the studio recording their new album. The band has extended a personal invitation to each and every one of you to follow along in the recording process.

Features of the Jump In The Studio section will include: exclusive photos, video clips, continuous reports, and a chat room where you can chat it up with our "In The Studio" reporter and maybe even a few "special guests."

So come on... JUMP IN THE STUDIO.

ReLaunch Party Video

Exactly three weeks ago on July 6, Metallica threw a party for approx 100 lucky contest winners. They were invited to the Metallica HQ in San Francisco. 10 lucky Grand Prize winners spent the afternoon on a bus together with the band as their tour guides.

Would you trust these guys as your tour guides?

Of course we can't forget about Andrew and Elena, that won the bass player audition and got to be members in Metallica for the night! The band then decided to play for another hour, this time with Bob Rock on bass. The setlist included everything from old stuff, covers to the brand new tune Dead Kennedy Rolls (working title).

100 people in the crowd at this gig

"It was so fuckin' cool to be amongst it again, to connect with you motherfuckers again, to share some music, some laughs, some love, some insults and a few beverages", was Lars' comment a few days after the party.

Faster than…

Metallibash 2

On July 13th, in San Francisco's magnificent Great American Music Hall, the second annual Metallibash, all organized and presented by the fans, rip-roared through a very cool, very relaxed and very very fun evening of Metallimemories, moments and the occasional flash of (good natured) Metallimadness. Approximately 350 people came from all over the globe to celebrate their respect and appreciation for the guys, in the process further renewing mutual respect for each other as hard core fans.

MetalliBash 2002

Amidst the swag, raffle prizes, tapes and cocktails, there was time (about two hours of it!) for audience members to ask invited guests from the Metallica Fan Club staff including Toby Stapleton, Merchandise Manager and Steffan Chirazi, "So What!" (the official fan club mag) Editor, as well as Lonn Friend, Editor of former mighty metal mag "Rip Magazine" a slew of questions about…

Win a Day in the Studio With Metallica

UPDATE: Winning bid in the amount of $23,200 by an anonymous bidder.

Didn't win an invite to the Launch Party? Still want to hang with Metallica in their studio? Here's your chance. Metallica has teamed up with the T.J. Martell Foundation to raise funds for charity by offering an entire day in the studio with the band and Bob Rock for auction on ebay. In addition to the day in the studio and dinner with the band, the winner will receive airfare for two and hotel accommodations in San Francisco for two nights. For all the details, and to place your bid, click here.

Hurry - the auction ends on July 19, 2002.

The T.J. Foundation has dedicated 25 years to raising funds for innovative research for the treatments and cures of leukemia, cancer and AIDS. Of every dollar raised, $.93 goes to life saving research and development. Visit http://www.tjmartellfoundation.org for more information.

ReLaunch Party - Update from Lars

Monday morning, Ten and change

Motherfucker Motherfucker

My arm feels worse today than it did yesterday - what's with that?!? It's now 36 hours post-bash and I just wanted to give a big "fuck yeah" to everybody who came to the shindig, everybody who partook on the web and everybody who was plain just there in spirits. It was so fuckin' cool to be amongst it again, to connect with you motherfuckers again, to share some music, some laughs, some love, some insults and a few beverages.

A big "fuck yeah" also to all of you who were brave enough to come up and throw down some bass jams and kudos to Andrew and Elena who led us into "Creep" & "Seek" and borderline had to show US what the fuck to do! Playing for you AGAIN was so fuckin' special - especially in that kind of intimate set up. I'll have to admit I was a bit intimidated, and I'll have to remember to fuckin' warm up next time! Cuz…

Swizz Beatz, Ja Rule and Metallica

It really will be released this year! The long talked about collaboration of Metallica with Ja Rule will finally be released on Dec 10, 2002. The song, "We Did It Again", is part of the Swizz Beatz album G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories also featuring songs with Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Lil' Kim, Eve, among others.

Swizz Beatz explains how the unlikely pair hooked up: "I knew I wanted to do a rock 'n' roll track and I knew I wanted to get the biggest act possible to do it, but I never thought in a million years that I'd be working with Metallica on this. They had two songs already that I really liked. I took those and combined them into one song. Then I called Ja Rule and told him I needed him to be on what could be the biggest song of his career. I told him to guess who he'd be working with on it and he was naming all these people he thought it was and finally, I said, "It's Metallica," and…

A Busy Week for Metallica

Damn, things in 'Tallica land have been heating up lately and this week was no exception. From working on the Ramones tracks, to a secret gig in San Francisco in front of 100 people, to a NEW SONG played at that secret gig.

100 people in the crowd at this gig

Then the guys decided to jump in the Fan Club's chatroom and spend some time with the 20 unsuspecting fans in there. They were talking about everything from movies, bass players, how the new material sounds, to revealing the working title for the NEW song that was played the day before ("Dead Kennedy Rolls").

They are asking us what?

In the upcoming week, we will have more exclusive pictures from all of these happenings. In the meantime, here is an EXCLUSIVE Metallica.com video featuring clips from the secret gig earlier this week! How about "Hit the Lights" and "Leper Messiah"? The video would of course not be complete without…

Spun - Live at Kimo's

"Damn, I have not seen that much gear being loaded in to this place before" was the first thing the bartender of Club Kimo's in San Francisco said while one of the opening acts were loading in their gear. The band with all the extra accessories was called SPUN and no one really seemed to have any information about them. Around 11pm SPUN hit the stage and introduced themselves as "Hi, we are Bob's band". Now the cat was definitely out of the bag as the surprised crowd recognize their hometown boys.

Bob's Band?

SPUN consisted of Bob Rock (on bass), James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. The band started by busting out four Ramones songs: "Commando," "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World," "53rd & 3rd," and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." "That was our little tribute to the Ramones" said James with a grin.

"Hey close your eyes, we've got a surprise" he continued, and looked back…

Jump in the Studio!

As we previously reported on May 1st Metallica is now back in the studio. As promised we are bringing you exclusive shots from the heart of the recording studio. The pictures below were taken on May 22. We are working on getting you more regular updates so keep on checking back....

Everyone, including the video documentary crew, hard at work

Got some new cool lyrics there James?

The view from the control room

All photos: Niclas Swanlund