In 1992, one of rock’s most ill-fated tours took off as Guns N’ Roses and Metallica embarked on a string of stadium dates. Plagued by riots, late begin times from GN’R and a hellish accident that left James Hetfield with second and third-degree burns, the tour left a huge impression on then-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.
In the 25 years since the chaotic tour, followers have heard all of the tales, however Jason Newsted mentioned he learned an excellent lesson after the tour. After Jason Newsted took us on a personal tour of his ‘RAWK’ art exhibition in New York City, he sat down to recall how Guns N’ Roses taught Metallica “what not to do.”Download Our App
“We chose to play first, in fact, because we wanted to play on time,” Newsted remembers. “If we are going on at 8:01, we’re on at 8:01. That’s the way it’s always been. That’s why Metallica’s still touring now and crushing everyone and selling more records.”
“[Guns N’ Roses] showed me what I don’t ever wish to become,” Newsted adds. “Antics, pissing away of money, disrespecting people that work for you… Looking down on individuals who look up to you — worst thing you are able to do, especially on this business. I saw them do that a lot and I didn’t like it.”
Summing up Guns N’ Roses’ career, Jason Newsted claims, “As a band, they were powerful for about three and a half years and really had their sharp teeth and after that all the things fell apart.”
Watch what Jason Newsted had to say for yourself within the exclusive video above.
It comes as no surprise when I say that Soundgarden were (and are) probably the most iconic and influential bands of ever time. You can ask just about any rock artist from almost and genre and time period and they’ll tell you simply how influential Soundgarden were.
As were are just days after the tragic passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, many have come out of the woodwork to give their thoughts on the person and his music. One of them being Hammett of Metallica.
Kirk Hammett on how Soundgarden inspired him to write one of the bands’s most iconic riffs, Enter Sandman: “Soundgarden had just put out Louder Than Love. I was attempting to capture their attitude toward big, heavy riffs. It was two o’clock in the morning. I put it on tape and didn’t think about it. When Lars Ulrich heard the riff, he mentioned, ‘That’s really great, however repeat the first part 4 times.’ It was that suggestion that made it even more hooky.”
Arguably Metallica’s most recognizable riff, Enter Sandman would be the driving force behind The Black Album’s success selling nicely over 16 million copies around the globe. That’s crazy, and of course, it is all thanks to Soundgarden!
Professionally recorded video footage of METALLICA performing the track “For Whom The Bell Tolls” on May 21 at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio could be seen beneath.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which features the current single “Now That We’re Dead”.
The North American leg of the band‘s “WorldWired” trek will hit stadiums in 20 more cities earlier than ending in mid-August. METALLICA drummer Lars told Rolling Stone that the band was genuinely shocked to learn they could still perform stadiums, saying, “It was like, ‘Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening.”
Lars Ulrich added: “Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating. There’s all these things to worry about like, ‘You should really attempt to play maybe only on the weekend,’ and, ‘Where do you play on Tuesday?’ and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how properly this record has been received and all the good will that’s out there in METALLICA‘s world right now.”
The subsequent stop on the tour is St. Louis, Missouri on June 4.
The death of Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell has brought out the reflective side of James Hetfield. In a new interview, the Metallica frontman spoke about how, during dark times, it’s important to reach out to those who care about you.
While speaking to Boston’s WAAF, he was asked to share how he was dealing with Cornell’s death. “Well, it does make you hug those around you, for sure — bandmates, family that’s out here, family at home,” he began in the video above. “It makes you realize that, you know, there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel that they’re trapped in. And when you’re there — and at least I know the depth of my darkness at times — it is difficult when you’re in that space to even fathom that there’s someone there that can help you or has been through that before. Sometimes you’re at such a loss. I … obviously can’t explain what he was going through, but we all have our darknesses. And check in with each other — check in with each other. Let each other know how you’re doing.”
Cornell hanged himself last week following a Soundgarden concert in Detroit. His widow, Vicky, has questioned the role that Ativan, a prescription drug Cornell was taking to combat anxiety, may have played in his decision to take his own life. The couple had spoken to each other shortly before Cornell died, and he told her that he “may have taken an extra Ativan or two.” Suicidal thoughts can be a side effect of Ativan.
During Metallica’s concert in Foxborough, Mass. this past Friday, Robert Trujillo played the melody of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” during his bass solo, and Hetfield said, “We forgive you, Chris,” after performing “The Unforgiven.” For the frontman, Cornell’s death has gotten him to think about the many rockers who have passed away in recent years.
“Yes, it’s a sad story, and there’s a lot of sad stories recently, especially in the grunge world, losing a lot of people,” he added. “And for us, Lemmy and all of the things that have been happening in the last couple of years, it just makes us feel even more grateful to be out here doing what we’re doing.”
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was talked by the 98 Rock radio station when the band performed in Baltimore, Maryland on May 10. Now you can watch the chat in two parts under.
Talking about the pressure the band feels to keep its hardcore fanbase happy every time it releases a brand new album or pursues a brand new creative endeavor, Ulrich stated:
“You’ve gotta keep your eyes open to what’s going on around you, and all four of us are connected enough to reality to sort of… We’re not aloof or detached to the point where we don’t, obviously, know what’s going on around us. But it’s a fine line where you try to make sure that that doesn’t influence the choices that you’re making, both creative or in terms of the gigs you’re playing or t-shirts or pricing or whatever.
“We appreciate it, we love it, we’re obviously honored, blessed, humbled — all the rest of that — but at the same time, you also have to have just enough of a detachment away from it so it’s not something that you become enslaved to,” he continued. “Because you don’t want the choices that you’re making to end up being artificial because of trying to serve your fanbase, ’cause I believe ultimately… You serve your fanbase by having the best social media that you can, by showing up on time, by doing meet-and-greets, by doing interviews, by playing gigs and having cool shirts and all that, but you wanna make sure that the music, at least, is always as pure and organic and an honest extension of yourself, because that ultimately is what I believe they want, and that they want the music to be pure.
“You know curling, where they throw that thing that looks like an oversized ashtray or something, they throw that down the ice, and then a bunch of dudes are in front of it kind of sweeping, so the path of the curling ball, or whatever you call it, is pure and unaffected. That’s kind of how I look at the METALLICA music; you want the music to be pure and unaffected by what the people want from you. The guys in front of that is the bandmembers trying to make sure that the path of METALLICA forward is as pure as possible, as unpolluted as possible and as unaffected by too much thought or too much playing into what people want from you.”
Elliot of Little Punk People had an superior interview with Metallica frontman Hetfield was probably the most relaxed I have ever seen in an interview speaking about poops in hardware shops, playing in outer space, the wifi connection on Mars, how to fake a fart and just general silliness.
Elliot is going to put us out of work on day, and he is had a number of amazing interviews with cool musicians over the years.
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