Metallica‘s concerts have changed a lot over the past few decades, but a few things have stayed the same — like the group’s intro music, which has been Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold” since almost the very beginning.
The band’s long connection with Morricone’s music was detailed during their residency at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2014 — seven years after they recorded a cover of “The Ecstasy of Gold” for the all-star tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone. Appearing for a Q&A session alongside a screening of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, frontman James Hetfield reflected on his memories of the classic Clint Eastwood western as well as Metallica’s history with the acclaimed composer whose work scored a slew of beloved films in the genre.Download Our App
“I don’t remember the first time I saw it. I became a Clint Eastwood fan early on in my life,” said Hetfield. Calling Eastwood’s character in The Good, the Bad & the Ugly “one of the early mentors onscreen that I kind of wanted to emulate,” he added, “I actually identified with each person in the movie — the ugly one, the good and the bad. Without getting too deep, metaphorically, we all have that in us, we all have the potential to be each one of those.”
Speaking specifically of the Ugly soundtrack number “The Ecstasy of Gold,” Hetfield attributed its spot in Metallica lore to the group’s first manager, who heard their original intro music — “this really terrible intro tape that was just this heart beating and it got faster and faster and faster” — and suggested the song as a replacement.
“That was one of the coolest things that our first manager ever did,” laughed Hetfield. “That was pretty much the only thing that we kept from him, advice-wise.”
Kirk Hammett says that it “would be nice” if METALLICA could take less than eight years to release the follow-up to the “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” album.
Aside from touring, METALLICA had spent a lot of time between the release of 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and 2016’s “Hardwired” on other projects, together with launching a music festival, collaborating on an album with the late Lou Reed and making a feature movie.
Asked by Donny Fandango of 105.7 The Point radio before the band’s June 4 concert at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri if he thinks it is possible that Metallica is going to release the subsequent studio album before another 8 years have passed, Kirk Hammett said (see video under): “That would be nice. I don’t believe we’ve done something like that since, I guess, around the ‘Load’, ‘Reload’, ‘Garage Days Re-Revisited’, ‘S&M’ kind of period where there was just like a real concentrated period of output. It’d be nice to get to that, because we were still kind of actively touring behind an album, but we had these other things coming in too that kind of changed the tone of the tour that we were on and introduced other cool different songs and different factors. Like when the ‘S&M’ thing came out, we were, all of a sudden, playing with a symphony, which was quite a different thing. So if we could do something like that, it would be great, but this is a really big machine and sometimes it takes time to steer it this way or steer it that way in terms of pure inertia. It’s an effort.”
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The platinum certification reflects 1,000,000 equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, songs sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke to NBC Boston about having his twelve-year-old son, Tye Trujillo, a member of NorCal group THE HELMETS, filling in on bass for KORN‘s recent South American tour after that group’s regular bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, was unable to make the shows due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
“Every night he’s fearless and he’s just bringing the performance, playing the songs, even improvisational moments within the set,” Robert said of his son’s two-week stint with KORN (see video below). “Which is really a challenge, especially for… for anybody, let alone a twelve-year-old.”
Robert Trujillo previously told Brazil’s Globo Play that he “never forced” Tye to play music. He explained: “I always felt that if he wanted to embrace an instrument, great; I’d try to help him with it. So initially, at first, it was drums. And then around that same time, when he was one, he had a little plastic guitar, and he would play it all the time, just strumming it — always strumming it everywhere, to the point where the plastic was worn down.”
He continued: “It’s a beautiful thing, ’cause he’s still a twelve-year-old, and he still acts wild and crazy, as a twelve-year-old should, but when it comes to music, he’s very focused.”
Robert Trujillo told the Huffington Post that Tye is “an amazing bass player and a really great writer. The bass lines that he’s writing and the riffs, I’m like, ‘Man, I wish I had written that.’ He’s coming up with stuff on his own, but he’s also been influenced by players like Jaco Pastorius, but also Miles Davis or BLACK SABBATH or LED ZEPPELIN. He’s like a sponge. He loves funk. He loves James Brown, he’s this little twelve-year-old who’s soaking up and embracing all this different music and I can tell that it’s helping him creatively in what he’s writing with his band.”
Tye‘s own band, THE HELMETS, counts TOOL, ALICE IN CHAINS and METALLICA among their influences. Tye told Billboard last year, “We hate pop, we despise it. It’s all the same sound.”
METALLICA has released a 360-degree video clip of the “Seek & Destroy” performance from their May 19 live performance at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Watch it beneath.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke to the WAAF radio station about what followers can expect from the stage production on the North American leg of the band’s “WorldWired” tour, which launched last month. He stated: “It is a huge stage. [When you’re] our age and you have been round for thirty-six years and also you’re gonna do stadiums, go big.”
The guitarist/vocalist added that he could not say for sure that it was “the biggest production” the band has had up to now, explaining: “I mean, when you say ‘big’… I mean, we have done stuff where we have had two stages indoors and all kind sof crazy stuff. This, I’d say, when you look at it, is the biggest we’ve accomplished, so far as open air and just sheer size of it.”
Hetfield additionally spoke in more detail concerning the “WorldWired” stage set, which includes pyro displays that include forty-foot flames that turn into fireballs and fireworks galore.
“Some guy, the other day, in an interview, asked me… He speaks, ‘Why do you have forty-foot flames?'” James Hetfield recalled. “[I’m like] ‘Why do you not? Why would you not have forty-foot flames if you could?’ It’s giant, it’s big, it’s huge.”
He continued: “The whole idea around this is to make everyone feel as close as possible. That’s what we’ve always done from day one — trying to get people drawn in. We wanna see facial expressions, we wanna see sweat, we wanna see the expression, the joy — everything that goes into making a show. So, on these big screens, if you’re way up in the nosebleeds, normally you would feel like you’re not a part of something. This, you’re still able to count the nosehairs in Lars Ulrich — whether you want to or not. You’re up close and personal no matter where you are, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do.”
HardDrive Radio host Lou Brutus conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich before the band’s May 12 concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the “WorldWired” North American stadium tour.
On how the overwhelmingly positive response to METALLICA‘s new album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”:
Lars: “I was telling somebody earlier, I’ve heard a phrase in the last six months that I’ve never heard before in my life ever in thirty-five years in a rock and roll band, which is, ‘Why didn’t you play more new songs tonight?’ Usually, it’s, like, ‘Why are you playing so many [news songs]? Why are you playing the whole new album? Play more old stuff. Play more old stuff.’ That’s kind of the mantra that you hear when you’re a musician these days. And on the back of this record, we’ve played four new songs, we’ve played five new songs, there was a couple of shows where we played six new songs — half the record — and still people come [to us and say], ”Cmon, where’s ‘Spit Out The Bone’? Where’s so and so? Where’s this? Play more new songs.’ And it’s, like, dude, we’re just getting started. We’re six months into this dance, and we’ve got lots of touring left. And we’re just getting, like I said, our feet wet. I think we’ve played seven of the twelve songs, and we’ve got five to go. And, obviously, what seems to be like a fan favorite, like ‘Spit Out The Bone’, we’ll get to all of it. I don’t think introducing ‘Spit Out The Bone’ in a stadium [would be the right thing to do]. That’s a pretty deep song. I think that may work better in an arena or whatever. But, listen, the fact that the fans have embraced this record at the level that they have, the fact that people wanna hear more, and the fact that we feel comfortable enough to go out and open a stadium show with new songs is kind of a testament to how awesome this record’s been received — I mean, way beyond our wildest both hopes and imaginations. So it’s been truly kind of… People are sitting there going, ‘It’s your best record since the ‘black’ album.’ Some people are saying it’s the best record ever. I mean, hearing that stuff thirty-five years into a career, it’s kind of crazy. Because there’s this thing in the music business about, ‘The best days are behind us,’ and when you still get a chance to challenge that, it’s an awesome thing, especially when it happens as organically as this whole thing did. So we’re very appreciative, and it’s a really cool time in METALLICA right now.”
On why he thinks “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” has been received so well by the METALLICA fans:
Lars: “Man, I’ve been asked that question a lot in the last six months. I mean, there’s not one soundbite answer — there’s a whole pile of factors. I think the great unsung hero in this whole record, in this endeavor, has been [producer] Greg Fidelman. He has been our… basically, our sound guy, our engineer, our go-to guy for everything since [2008’s] ‘Death Magnetic’, and he’s been… I think he’s finally tweaked our sound and figured out exactly what our M.O. is and how we function the best, both in terms of the studio and in terms of how we should sound and how he gets not only the performance but the sounds and the sonics and all that. So I think he has a lot to answer for. And, you know, obviously, these songs are maybe slightly less progressive and a little more groove-oriented and maybe slightly more cohesive in a way. So that’s probably a little part of it. And you can never discount the… without getting too crazy here, you can never discount the energies of the universe and how things are aligning and the right record at the right time. If this record came out two or three years ago, maybe it wouldn’t have been received [as well]. Do you know what I mean? There’s something about the musical landscape — what everybody else is doing, how your record correlates to what everybody else is doing and so on. So it’s a lot of those factors. And, of course, our charm and our good looks. [Laughs] It worked out. I mean, what the fuck? Thirty-five years in, some of it works out, some of it doesn’t work out. We always do our best, as you know, and this one we just nailed. So it’s… Like I said, it’s a good time.”
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.
The recent gain in “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” sales is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album.
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart last November, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band’s previous outings, 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and 2003’s “St. Anger”, sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. “Death Magnetic” moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while “St. Anger” shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.
The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicked off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and is hitting stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 is coming mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.
The band’s drummer Lars Ulrich says they’d like to be the first band to ever play in space.
In 2013, the band set a world record by playing all seven continents in a yr – completing the feat by performing for a group of 120 scientists in a transparent dome at Carlini Station in Antarctica.
That Metallica’s guitarist Hammett to report that he had always wished to play “on the space shuttle, maybe the moon” as they were running out of locations to play on Earth.
And when asked about the opportunity of being the first band to play in space, drummer Lars Ulrich says they’ve “a few feelers out” to see if it might occur someday.
Talking with Siriusxm after their Baltimore rehearsal set last night, Lars Ulrich mentioned: “Living in San Francisco which is the gateway to the future, clearly all those things are being planned round San Francisco to a degree so I really feel that we’re close to that as we could be.
“There’s a number of feelers out to a couple individuals – nothing worth giving away yet. The headline ‘Metallica promises to play in space’ can definitely be derived out of this wishy-washy answer!”
He provides: “I don’t really wish to commit to anything other than to say that if there really is a possibility for this to happen, then we’ll happily be at the very front of that line.
“I believe we have shown over the last few decades that that sense of spirit, that sense of adventure still burns in us and that we would like to, and would bend over backwards to, make something out of the ordinary happen, so watch this space.”
The band will start the North American leg of their WorldWired tour today (May 10) with a show at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
Find a full list of Metallica’s WorldWired tour dates on Next Page.
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