Metallica Finalizes European Tour Schedule

Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

The members of Metallica have announced the final round of dates for the band’s upcoming European tour.  The band has announced that along with its already announced dates, it has added dates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland.  As with the band’s previously announced dates, this new group of dates will be “All Request” shows.  That means that the band’s set at each date will be chosen by the band’s fans.  There’s a catch, though.  Fans that want to help determine the band’s set list at each show can only do so by ordering their tickets online.  Fans can order their tickets online at the band’s official website, http://www.metallica.com.  After ordering tickets, fans will be sent a code that will allow them to vote on seventeen of the eighteen show’s songs.  The eighteenth and final song will be a brand new son chosen by the band members.  Metallica’s complete European tour schedule is listed below.

Metallica By Request 2014 Live Dates (New Additions in Bold)

May 28, 2014 – Beach Sonisphere – Helsinki, Finland (On-Sale 12/12)

May 30, 2014 – Gardet Royal Park – Stockholm, Sweden (On-Sale 12/10)

June 1, 2014 – Valle Hoven Sonisphere – Oslo, Norway (On-Sale 12/10)

June 3, 2014 – Gaol – Horsens, Denmark (On-Sale 12/10)

June 4, 2014 – Imtech Arena, Sonisphere – Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 5-8, 2014 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 6-9, 2014 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 9, 2014 – Landgraaf Pink Pop – Landgraaf, Netherlands (On-Sale 3/15)

July 1, 2014 – Rock In Rome Sonisphere – Rome, Italy (On-Sale 12/5)

July 3, 2014 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium (On-Sale 12/7)

July 4, 2014 – St. Jakobspark Sonisphere – Basel, Switzerland (On-Sale 12/7)

July 6, 2014 – Knebworth Park Sonisphere – Knebworth, England (On-Sale Now)

July 8, 2014 – Aerodrome Festival – Prague, Czech Republic (On-Sale 12/5)

July 9, 2014 – Krieau Rocks – Vienna, Austria (On-Sale 12/5)

July 11, 2014 – National Stadium Sonisphere – Warsaw, Poland (On-Sale 12/6)

More information on the band’s tour,  how to vote on shows, purchase tickets, and all of the latest news from the band is available online at http://www.facebook.com/Metallica, http://www.metallica.com, http://twitter.com/metallica, http://www.instagram.com/metallica, http://www.livemetallica.com and http://www.youtube.com/metallicatv.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Metallica Announces New Dates For 2014 European Tour

through-the-neverThe members of Metallica have announced a new handful of dates for the band’s European tour.  The upcoming tour will take the band across the continent next Summer beginning in Hamburg, Germany on June 4th.  The announcement comes fresh on the heels of the band’s recent announcement of the home release date for its latest concert film, Through The Never.

The band is sweetening the deal for its European audiences.  Its members have also announced that along with the newly included dates, it will allow its fans to pick the set list for its shows.  There’s just one catch.  The first ever “Metallica By Request” shows will be determined by fans that purchase tickets online to the band’s European shows.  Fans can vote online for seventeen of the songs to be included in each of the band’s eighteen song sets.  Votes can be cast on the band’s official website, http://www.metallica.com.  The band will pick the eighteenth and final song, which will be a brand new song.  Fans that have already purchased tickets online for the band’s dates in Germany should expect an e-mail to arrive soon that will contain a code allowing them to cast their votes for the band’s upcoming dates in Germany.

Drummer Lars Ulrich spoke for the band, expressing the band members’ excitement for the upcoming tour.  “We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls in the studio to get energized by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June,” he said.  “On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set list!”

More European dates will be announced later this week on the band’s official website, http://www.metallica.com.  The current slate of dates, including the newly announced dates, is listed below.

Metallica By Request 2014 Live Dates (New Additions in Bold)

June 4, 2014 – Imtech Arena, Sonisphere – Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 5-8, 2014 - Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 6-9, 2014 - Rock Im Park - Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale Now)

June 9, 2014 – Landgraaf Pink Pop – Landgraaf, Netherlands (On-Sale 3/15)

July 3, 2014 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium (On-Sale 12/7)

July 6, 2014 – Knebworth Park Sonisphere – Knebworth, England (On-Sale 12/2)

*Additional dates to be announced

More information on the band’s upcoming tour and all of the latest news from the band is also available online at http://www.facebook.com/Metallica, http://twitter.com/metallica, and http://www.instagram.com/Metallica.

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Metallica Announces Home Release Date For New Concert Film

Courtesy:  Blackened Recordings

Courtesy: Blackened Recordings

Metallica will kick off 2014 with a bang.  The band’s new concert film Through The Never will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Video-On-Demand Tuesday, January 28th.  There will also be a very special exclusive fan club limited edition package with extra bonuses that others won’t get.  Among that bonus material will be a lithograph signed by all four of the band’s members and extra footage.  The DVD, Blu-ray, and double-disc 3D Blu-ray package will include the standard “Making of” featurette.  It will also boast interviews with the cast and crew of the concert film.  The complete specs of each format’s release are listed below.

I. Standard DVD (2 Discs)

DISC 1

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie

2. Theatrical Trailer

3. Master Of Puppets Music Video

4. EPK – Cast & Crew Interviews

5. Interviews With The Sound & Music Team

DISC 2

1. Making Of “Metallica Through The Never” Documentary

2. Mill Valley Film Festival Q&A With Metallica, Director Nimród Antal & Dane DeHaan

3. Orion Festival 2013 Film Tent Highlights with Lars Ulrich

*Also included in package: Digital Download of the film

 

II. Blu-ray (2 Discs)

DISC 1

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie

DISC 2

1. Making Of “Metallica Through The Never” Documentary

2. Theatrical Trailer

3. Master Of Puppets Music Video

4. EPK – Cast & Crew Interviews

5. Interviews With The Sound & Music Team

6. Mill Valley Film Festival Q&A With Metallica, Director Nimród Antal & Dane Dehaan

7. Orion Festival 2013 Film Tent Highlights with Lars Ulrich

*Also included in package: Digital Download of the film

 

III. 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray (2 Discs)

*NOTE: The 3D DVD cover will include 3D lenticular artwork that is actually a reusable STICKER, giving fans a 3D souvenir

On 3D Blu-ray Disc:

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie in 3D

On 2D Blu-ray Disc:

1. Making Of “Metallica Through The Never” Documentary

2. Theatrical Trailer

3. Master Of Puppets Music Video

4. EPK – Cast & Crew Interviews

5. Interviews With The Sound & Music Team

6. Mill Valley Film Festival Q&A With Metallica, Director Nimród Antal & Dane DeHaan

7. Orion Festival 2013 Film Tent Highlights with Lars Ulrich

*Also included in package: Digital Download of the film

 

IV: LIMITED Deluxe Blu-ray Set (3 Discs) – QTY TBD – 1 Run will be produced

*NOTE: The 3D DVD cover will include 3D lenticular artwork that is actually a reusable STICKER, giving fans a 3D souvenir

DISC 1 – On 3D Blu-ray Disc:

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie in 3D

DISC 2 – On 2D Blu-ray Disc

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie

DISC 3 – On 2D Blu-ray Disc

1. Making Of “Metallica Through The Never” Documentary

2. Theatrical Trailer

3. Master Of Puppets Music Video

4. EPK – Cast & Crew Interviews

5. Interviews With The Sound & Music Team

6. Mill Valley Film Festival Q&A With Metallica, Director Nimród Antal & Dane DeHaan

7. Orion Festival 2013 Film Tent Highlights with Lars Ulrich

8. Limited Edition “Metallica Through The Never” Bandana

9. Limited Edition “Metallica Through The Never” litho movie poster

*Also included in package: Digital Download of the film

 

V: LIMITED EDITION METCLUB-ONLY RELEASE: Blu-ray Set (3 Discs) – only 1,000 will be produced

*NOTE: The 3D DVD cover will include 3D lenticular artwork that is actually a reusable STICKER, giving fans a 3D souvenir

DISC 1 – On 3D Blu-ray Disc:

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie in 3D

DISC 2 – On 2D Blu-ray Disc

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie

DISC 3 – On 2D Blu-ray Disc

1. Making Of “Metallica Through The Never” Documentary

2. Theatrical Trailer

3. Master Of Puppets Music Video

4. EPK – Cast & Crew Interviews

5. Interviews With The Sound & Music Team

6. Mill Valley Film Festival Q&A With Metallica, Director Nimród Antal & Dane DeHaan

7. Orion Festival 2013 Film Tent Highlights with Lars Ulrich

*Also included in package: Digital Download of the film

PLUS

1. Limited Edition “Metallica Through The Never” Bandana

2. Limited Edition “Metallica Through The Never” lithograph movie poster AUTOGRAPHED BY ALL FOUR MEMBERS OF METALLICA!

3. A piece of the Stage used in the making of “Metallica Through The Never”. Fans will receive an actual piece of “Doris” (The Statue of Lady Justice”) from the stage with a letter of authenticity. This will not be sold anywhere else now or ever again

 

DIGITAL FORMATS:

Purchase:

HD & SD Versions -

Includes:

1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie (in 2D)

2. Making Of “Metallica Through The Never” Documentary

Rental (film only):

HD & SD Versions -

  1. “Metallica Through The Never” Movie (in 2D)

Through The Never was directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimrod Antal.  It features footage of the band set alongside the story of one of the band’s roadies named Dane DeHaan.  DeHaan is sent out on a job by the band.  Along the way, he encounters all sorts of dangers in the post-apocalyptic style story setting.  The whole thing is set to Metallica’s music.  More information on the upcoming home release of Through The Never is available online at http://www.metallica.com, http://www.facebook.com/Metallica, http://twitter.com/metallica, and http://www.throughthenevermovie.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Metallica Proves It Still Has Plenty Of “Fuel” On New Concert Soundtrack

Courtesy:  Blackened Recordings

Courtesy: Blackened Recordings

The soundtrack to veteran rock band Metallica’s new live movie/concert Through The Never is another solid live recording from the Bay area rock band. Having come only months after the release of Quebec Magnetic, it might leave some wondering if it’s worth the money. The answer is yes. This compilation of Metallica’s songs is one that fans of the band’s older material will appreciate. That’s because by and large, the songs culled for this soundtrack come more from the band’s earlier records than its more recent releases. The production values on the soundtrack are relatively solid, too. Though hearing all of the explosions throughout the performance, and the massive mechanical breakdown at the show’s end (not to spoil too much), one would definitely be inclined to find a way to experience the movie firsthand when it makes its grand debut after hearing its soundtrack. It’s all enough to make Through The Never a potential contender for a spot on the list of the year’s best new live recordings.

 

The very first thing that audiences will notice about the soundtrack to Metallica’s Through The Never is that the band reached way back in its catalogue to set up this performance. Front man James Hetfield and company take audiences all the way back to the band’s 1983 debut record, Kill ‘Em All for its show. Audiences will love the inclusion of hits such as ‘Hit The Lights’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, Battery, and so many other classic fan favorites. That’s not to say that the band omitted its more modern hits. ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’ are both there, too off of the famed “Black Album.” The band even went out on a limb and included from its 1997 album Reload, ‘Fuel’ and ‘The Memory Remains.’ Noticeably absent from the concert were any numbers from St. Anger and Load. Who made the final call on this is anyone’s guess. However, it might have been for the better, considering the mixed reaction that both of those albums received from fans and critics alike.  Making a set list from a catalogue as vast as that of Metallica, it can’t be easy which songs to choose though.  This is especially true considering that the band wanted to make more than just another run-of-the-mill concert documentary.  Keeping this in mind, it makes the set list chosen for the show even more impressive.

 

The set list chosen for Through The Never is sure to impress most of Metallica’s fans base, even being based heavily in its formative years.  Those were the band’s best years.  The set list having been taken into consideration, there’s still another factor to take into account in this live recording.  That factor is the actual performance of the band members.  Suffice it to say that roughly three decades after this legendary act released its debut record, Kill ‘Em All and toured behind it, not one of the band’s original trio of members has lost a single bit of steam.  Guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield still commands the stage with the same swagger that he had in the band’s early days.  The way that he asks the crowd in attendance, “Are you having fun yet?!” shows just how much energy and enthusiasm he has for what he does.  His general interactions throughout the show continue to do so, too.  And drummer Lars Ulrich’s hands and feet move just as fast as any of his much younger counterparts.  This is especially evident when the band blows through ‘Battery’ and ‘One.’  It’s incredible to hear his rapid-fire playing, not missing a single beat.  Even in the slightly more reserved, ‘The Memory Remains’, he shows the extent of his control and how much it adds to even that song.   Kirk Hammett shows why he is still one of rock’s most respected guitarists throughout every solo and every song.  Together with Former Black Label Society bassist Robert Trujillo—the band’s third bassist—the band as a whole impresses nonstop throughout all sixteen songs chosen for the performance.  And since the band currently has no tour dates scheduled, this latest live release is one more wonderful way for Metallica’s legions around the world to enjoy their favorite band live once more.  The concert film’s soundtrack is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered director from the official Metallica website at http://www.metallica.com/products/metallica-through-the-never-soundtrack-cd.asp.  Fans can also get more information on this release, future tour dates and more from the band on its official website, http://www.metallica.com and its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Metallica.

 

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Re-Machined More Than Just A Tribute Record

Courtesy:  Eagle Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment

Famed British hard rock band Deep Purple is set to drop its new album next month.  The album, titled Now What?! will be released in the United State Tuesday, April 30th.  While fans wait for the release of this highly anticipated album, they have another recent release to tide them over in the form of the tribute album, Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head.  It may be a tribute album, but it is still a great album for both new and long-time fans of Deep Purple.

The new honorary compilation hit stores in late 2012 as part of the 40th anniversary of the landmark album’s original release.  It features all seven tracks from Deep Purple’s original iconic album plus a pair of bonuses.  One of those bonuses comes in the form of Metallica’s cover of ‘When A Blind Man Cries.’  As Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich notes in the compilation’s liner notes, “I have a list of songs in my head that Metallica should play before we either break up or die, and Deep Purple’s ‘When A Blind man Cries’ is one of those songs.”  The song in question is a bonus in that it actually never made the record.  Again, the liner notes shed light on this.  The notes, written by Classic Rock Magazine’s Mark Blake note that the song in question was originally a B-side to the song, ‘Never Before’ but has become a fan favorite throughout the years.  So it only made sense to have it included on this tribute record.  And it’s just one of the pieces that make this album a must not just for any Deep Purple fan but for any hard rocker, period.

‘When A Blind Man Cries’ is just one part of what makes Re-Machined such an impressive album of covers.  Going back to Ulrich, he and Metallica constitute just one of the acts brought together to record this album who openly tout Deep Purple as an influence in their own career as musicians.  Blake writes of Iron Maiden’s front man Bruce Dickinson (whose band also covers a track on the disc) that he [Dickinson] was also a “serious Purple aficionado.”  He quotes Dickinson as saying, “I cut my teeth as a kid on Deep Purple.  It’s what I grew up with.  It’s what got me out of bed in the mornings.”  Now if that isn’t a tribute in itself to the importance of Deep Purple in the music world, it’s anyone’s guess what is.  Dickinson and company ended up recording ‘Space Truckin’’ for the record, which is an absolutely outstanding piece both originally and as a cover here.  The way that it drives (no pun intended), it will have fans pumping their fists and singing along loud and proud. 

If Iron Maiden’s ‘Space Truckin’’ isn’t enough to convince fans of this compilation’s importance, then maybe the album’s opener will.  Carlos Santana (yes, that Carlos Santana) joins Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix for a cover of what is arguably the band’s most famous song of all time, ‘Smoke on the Water.’  What’s really interesting about this cover is that while it is a cover, it doesn’t feel or sound like one.  Far too often, bands and artists try to take classic songs and update them.  That’s not the case here.  Shaddix and Santana have taken the classic and made it their own while still paying homage to the original.  It makes perfect sense as to why the album would open with this cover in hearing Santana’s guitar chops and the solid vocals of Shaddix.  It also serves one more purpose that at a passing glance is missed.  But in really thinking about the generational mix presented here, one sees the purer purpose of using it as the compilation’s opener.

On the surface, having a bunch of bands and artists resurrect one of rock’s most important and iconic albums is a great thing.  Having the album resurrected by a collection of rock’s greatest names past and present is even greater.  What this does is it makes it more than just a tribute album.  It makes the album a music history lesson in and of itself.  As evidenced in the opening number, young audiences will be pulled in by the inclusion of Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix.  Older audiences will be pulled in from both the fact that it’s Deep Purple and that fellow veteran musician Carlos Santana is on the track.  Also because of the inclusion of Santana, those same younger audiences will potentially be introduced to the music of not just one great classic act, but two in both Deep Purple and Carlos Santana, thus preserving both acts’ legacies for a whole new generation.  The same could be said of the inclusion of Chickenfoot’s live cover of ‘Highway Star’ and Black Label Society’s cover of ‘Pictures of Home.’ 

It should be clear by everything noted here that Re-Machined is more than just a tribute to a band.  It’s a tribute, yes.  But it’s also a tribute to everything that was and still is right with rock and roll.  It’s a musical love letter to real rock and an excellent way to get a whole new generation of hard rockers and metal heads into what is without a doubt, one of mainstream rock’s greatest bands.  The album is available now in stores and online.  Audiences can get more information on this album, the band’s upcoming new full length studio release and its tour dates online at http://www.deeppurple2013 and http://www.facebook.com/officialdeeppurple

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Metallica’s New Live DVD/BD Available Now

Courtesy:  BB Gun Press

Courtesy: BB Gun Press

Metallica’s long awaited new live release, Quebec Magnetic, is out in stores now.  It’s available both in DVD and Blu-ray format.  The performance recorded was from the band’s 2009 stop in Quebec on its tour in support of its latest album, Death Magnetic.  The performance is a career spanner, covering music from Master of Puppets, Metallica (A.K.A. The Black Album), …And Justice For All, Kill ‘Em All, and of course Death Magnetic.  The full set list for the show was voted on by the band’s 35,000+ fans on its website, http://www.metallica.com this past September.  The DVD and Blu-ray will both be available for a set price of $15.98.  Front man James Hetfield spoke on the cost.  “This release is a first for us”, he said.  “Yes boys and girls, The DVD and Blu-ray will be coming out on our very own label in North America!  Since we now get to call all the shots, the double DVD and single-disc Blu-ray will be available for a price we thought was very Metallica fan friendly – the suggested retail price will be $15.98 for either format.”

The track listing for both formats is the same.  It is as follows:

1.   That Was Just Your Life

2.  The End of The Line

3.  The Four Horsemen

4.  The Shortest Straw

5.  One

6.  Broken, Beat & Scarred

7.  My Apocalypse

8.  Sad But True

9.  Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

10.  The Judas Kiss

11.  The Day That Never Comes

12.  Master of Puppets

13.  Battery

14.  Nothing Else Matters

15.  Enter Sandman

16.  Killing Time

17.  Whiplash

18.  Seek & Destroy

Bonus Songs

19.  For Whom The Bell Tolls

20.  Holier Than Thou

21.  Cyanide

22.  Turn The Page

23.  All Nightmare Long

24.  Damage, Inc.

25.  Breadfan

26.  Phantom Lord

Quebec Magnetic is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered online direct at the band’s official website, http://www.metallica.com/store_landing.asp.  Fans can also keep up with all the latest news and more from Metallica online at http://www.metallica.com and http://twitter.com/metallica

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Metallica Announce New Live DVD, Blu-Ray Details

The Mighty Metallica returns!  This time it’s with a brand new live Blu-ray DVD.  Yes, you read right.  Metallica will release a brand new live Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, December 10thQuebec Magnetic chronicles the band’s two live performances from Quebec City from Fall 2009.  The set list for the show was voted on by the band’s more than 35,000 fans this past September on the band’s website, http://www.metallica.com.

Courtesy: BB Gun Press

 “This release is a first for us”, the band noted in a release on its website, regarding the upcoming live release.  “Yes boys and girls, the DVD and Blu-ray will be coming out on our very own label in North America.  There are still some “I’s” being dotted and “t’s” crossed, so we can’t give you a name or fancy logo just yet, but we’re pretty excited that for the first time we get to hold all the reins on a release from start to finish.  Since we now get to call all the shots, the double DVD and the single disc Blu-ray will be available for a price we thought was very Metallica fan friendly – Suggested retail will be $15.98 for either format.”

The set list for the set is as follows:

Tracklisting

1.   That was Just Your Life

2.  The End of the Line

3.  The Four Horsemen

4.  The Shortest Straw

5.  One

6.  Broken, Beat & Scarred

7.  My Apocalypse

8.  Sad But True

9.  Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

10. The Judas Kiss

11. Master of Puppets

12. Battery

13. Nothing Else Matters

14. Enter Sandman

15. Killing Time

16. Whiplash

17. Seek & Destroy

Bonus Songs

18. For Whom The Bell Tolls

19. Holier Than Thou

20. Cyanide

21. Turn The Page

22. All Nightmare Long

23. Damage, Inc.

24. Breadfan

25. Phantom Lord

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