Metallica Celebrating Record Store Day With Special Cassette Recording

Courtesy:  BBGun PR

Courtesy: BBGun PR

Record Store Day is creeping up on the country yet again. For those that don’t know, Record Store Day is April 18th this year. And as the countdown to the big day ticks down, more news is coming out about how different acts will celebrate. The latest piece of news comes from veteran rock band Metallica.

Metallica announced this week that unlike most other acts, it will not celebrate Record Store Day with a special vinyl release but with a limited edition cassette tape. Yes, a cassette tape. No Life ‘Til Leather will feature seven tracks. The tracks were originally recorded in 1982 at Chateau East Studio in Tustin, CA with the original lineup of James Hetfield (guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (guitar), and Ron McGovney (bass). The songs have been re-mastered specially for the upcoming release, which has never been released until now. It will be available both in independent record stores nationwide and via the band’s official website, https://www.Metallica.com. The band released the following statement in regards to its upcoming release:

A note from Metallica:

 

This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the “demo tape.”  In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life ’til Leather and it led us to our first record deal . . . the rest, as you some of you may know, is history!  We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world. 

 

The track listing for No Life ‘Til Leather is noted below.

 

Tracklisting

 

Hit The Lights

The Mechanix

Motorbreath

Seek & Destroy

Metal Militia

Jump In The Fire

Phantom Lord

 

More information on Metallica’s upcoming Record Store Day cassette is available online along with all of the latest updates from the band at:

 

Website: https://www.Metallica.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Metallica

Twitter: https://twitter.com/metallica

 

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Don Jamieson Is As Irreverent And Funny As Ever On His New Comedy Album

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Don Jamieson, co-host of VH1’s hit show That Metal Show will release his new full length comedy album Tuesday, March 18thHell Bent For Laughter, Jamieson’s second full length comedy album, was recorded in December 2013 at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.  Despite recording his show close to the new home that he tells his audience that he and his wife had bought, neither The Garden State nor its embattled governor are off limits to Jamieson in his show.  It’s just part of what will have audiences laughing uproariously.  Jamieson also goes after politicians, certain pop acts, and even some of his favorite rock bands of all time in his act just to note a little of what audiences can expect in this performance.  Regardless of whether it be for any of the noted material or that not noted, there is enough in this recording to have anyone laughing, even when they know they should be ashamed to be doing so.  It is a laugh riot and a must hear for anyone that needs a good laugh.

Don Jamieson covers so much ground in the show recorded for Hell Bent For Laughter.  He obviously has plenty of music related jokes and jokes related to That Metal Show.  But that’s not all he hits in his show.  Jamieson also justifiably gets plenty of laughs when he tells his audience about having bought a house in New Jersey with his wife.  Those laughs are thanks to jokes about his bad luck in the timing of having bought the house and about the cost of mortgage payments.  He laughs as he tells his audience that anyone that’s renting should keep doing so.  From there, he goes on to make jokes about embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Christie’s potential run for the presidency, and of course his weight and weight loss.  It’s just one of a handful of moments throughout the show when Jamieson really shines in this show.  Audiences will agree when they hear his jokes for themselves.

Gov. Christie isn’t the only politician that Jamieson goes after in his latest comedy release.  He also goes after Vice President Joe Biden and how little people actually see him versus how much people see President Obama.  He makes a sharp joke about how much Biden spent on room service in one night at a hotel room at one point.  He really shows with both this joke and those aimed at Christie his ability to branch out and cover more than just music.  It shows his abilities as apolitical satirist as well as media personality, which bodes well if he ever decides to step away from his day job.  On an even deeper level, the fact that he would go after both a Republican and Democrat means that no one can even begin to accuse Jamieson of supporting one side or the other.  He gives equal time to both sides.  Anyone with any knowledge of how the media works will appreciate that reference.

The laughs that Jamieson gets with his political pot shots don’t stop there.  He also goes after some of the biggest names in pop culture as part of his act.  Those names include the likes of Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and even One Direction.  He basically accuses Lady Gaga of being a cross-dressing male.  And in terms of Whitney Houston, he shows just how irreverent he can be.  Some might even call his joke at Houston’s expense walking a very fine line.  It’s not the only time at which he walks that line, either.  Audiences will find he walks that line quite a bit throughout this set.  Getting back on topic, in going after One Direction, that joke is so off color that this critic would get in a lot of trouble for even beginning to repeat it.  It is something that audiences will have to hear for themselves to appreciate.   They’re not the only acts to taste Jamieson’s comedic venom so to speak, either.  He spreads the love, even making jabs at some of the biggest names in the rock industry.  Metallica, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, KISS, and Guns N’ Roses all get their moment in Jamieson’s set.  From calling Motley Crue Motley Karaoke thanks to how Vince Neil handles live shows to a crack about Metallica working with Lou Reed to jokes about songs from KISS and Judas Priest, Jamieson leaves no stone unturned.  He shows that he can get audiences laughing even in making jokes related to his regular day job even on these topics.  It shows that whether it be music, pop culture, politics, or even more blue material, Don Jamieson can entertain any audience.  And audiences will agree on this when they pick up Hell Bent For Laughter Tuesday, March 18th.  It is definitely a recording that will have anyone laughing nonstop.

Jamieson will hit the road beginning next Friday March, 14th for a stand-up tour to support Hell Bent For Laughter.  Audiences will get to hear some of his material when he kicks off his tour at the New Hope Cinema Grill in New Hope, Minnesota.  He will be joined by his co-hosts of That Metal Show on a handful of his upcoming live dates.  Fans can get a full rundown of Jamieson’s upcoming live appearances online now at http://www.donjamieson.com, http://www.metalblade.com/donjamieson, http://twitter.com/realdonjamieson, and http://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Eagle Rock’s Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Re-Issue An Amazing Way To Finish Off The Year

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Freddie Mercury, the late front man of the legendary rock band Queen, was in his time one of the single most charismatic vocalists in the music industry.  Many vocalists have tried to emulate the legendary singer’s energy and style.  Few if any have succeeded.  Sadly, Freddy Mercury was taken from the world in 1991, one of so many victims of the then emerging AIDS epidemic.  The music world paid tribute to his legacy and memory in 1992 with a special live tribute concert.  The concert, held at London’s Wembley Stadium has become one of the biggest and most  powerful live concert events of the Twentieth Century, even after more than two decades since it was originally held.  The only concert event that could compare to this event is Woodstock ’94.  And now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the legacy of Freddie Mercury lives on once again thanks to the Blu-ray release of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  While this SD Blu-ray release of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is not the first time that the concert has been released to the masses, this release is the concert’s best yet.    There is so much to be said of this latest re-issue.  The best place to start is the overall audio and video presentation.  Those charged with resurrecting the original footage are to be commended as the concert is presented here in its full original glory.  Audiences get to see the show as it looked in its original recording.  The audio sounds just as good.  This is especially the case for those with home theater systems.  The cinematography is incredible to say the least.  The crowd shots and shots of the crowd from the stage are collectively the epitome of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.  And of course, there is also the show’s set list and list of performers.  Both by themselves and collectively, they make a bold statement that puts the finishing touch on this incredible latest re-issue from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The first and most obvious factor to investigate in Eagle Rock’s new re-issue of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is the audio and video mix.  This concert was recorded almost twenty-two years ago.  April 20th, 2014 will mark the twenty-second anniversary of this landmark concert.  Being that high definition recording was still years away when this concert was recorded, it’s obvious that the quality of the footage would not be crystal clear in this presentation.  But Eagle Rock openly noted on the recording’s case that this presentation is a Standard Definition Blu-ray.  That means that Eagle Rock openly notes that the presentation contained therein is a standard definition recording.  Those expecting pure 1080 quality video have only misled themselves.  Eagle Rock Entertainment is not to blame here.  That the footage still looks as good as it does over two decades later is a testament to those charged with maintaining and resurrecting it.  And having the option to set one’s TV to “Cinema” to gain the full concert video experience only serves to make it even better.

The quality of the concert’s video footage is impressive to say the very least.  It is presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.  Though, with the advent of high definition televisions, most viewers can set their monitors to present the concert in full “Cinema” mode.  That mode shows better than any how well the footage has stood the test of time.  The audio mix is just as impressive as the video in terms of its quality.  Every riff, every beat, and every chorus from the crowd of thousands is enhanced on this re-issue.  In comparison to the concert’s previous releases, the audio mix has never sounded better.  It has been enhanced so much that at times, the echoes of Brian May’s voice as he talked will make audiences think they are actually there in person.  It has been mixed that well.  That is quite the testament to those charged with restoring this concert to its former glory.  And along with the footage, it is one part of a very strong cornerstone of this recording.

The video and audio mixes serve collectively as a solid base for The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  The concert’s cinematography adds an extra element of enjoyment to the recording, too.  Much as was the case with Eagle Rock’s release of The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park Live this Fall, the camera shots obtained over the course of this concert are extraordinary.  There is something to be said about an entire stadium full of people singing in unison, arms high in the air, clapping in time. The visual effect both from the stage and from high above the sea of bodies is something that cannot be put into words.  It is something that must be seen to be fully appreciated.  Even seeing the shots in question from one’s own sofa, bed, etc. is awe inspiring.  They collectively go to show the love that so many people had for Freddie Mercury and for Queen.  While the concert’s audio and video mixes are the foundation on which the concert rests, the shots obtained by the camera crews give the show its shape.  And what a shape those crews give the concert.

As one should be able to tell from everything noted already, there is much to like about Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on SD Blu-ray.  Much has already been examined with this latest release from the leader in live recordings.  But it would not be complete without making mention of the concert’s set list and its equally diverse lineup of performers.  The show itself is set up into two separate segments.  The first of those segments is the “Opening Acts” segment.  This segment allows some of the acts tapped to perform at the concert to perform their own music and warm up the crowd at the same time.  This segment runs the gamut to say the very least.  It opens with a trio of songs from Metallica and follows that up with a medley of Queen hits courtesy of Extreme.  Guns N’ Roses (the original Guns N’ Roses) closes out the opening acts segments.  Def Leppard is also one of the opening acts.  Their front man, Joe Elliot, joins Elton John, George Michael, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, and so many other acts from across the music industry for the “Main Show” segment of the recording.  Having such a wide array of artists covering the music of one band is a bold statement.  It shows the impact that Queen had on them as bands and artists.  It also goes to show the respect that those bands and artists had for Freddie Mercury.  It goes to show the kind of person he was and how important he was to so many around him.  Keeping that in mind while watching the incredible shots, and hearing the equally incredible song selections is sure to bring a smile and maybe even a tear to some viewers’ faces.  If it does one, the other, or both, then it has most certainly done its job.  It means that Eagle Rock is that much more justified in once again unearthing this important piece of music history.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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 https://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 https://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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