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.Download Our App
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.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield mentions that the technical issues METALLICA faced during its performance with Lady Gaga at this yr’s Grammy Awards “ended up being a blessing” as a result of it made the duet seem “more like a real collaboration.”
The band‘s appearance with Gaga at the 59th annual event in Los Angeles on February 12 turned into one thing of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew didn’t turn James Hetfield‘s mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Lady Gaga after the first verse and chorus.
As an additional humiliation, presenter Laverne Cox didn’t even introduce the band by name. At the end of the track, a visibly angry James Hetfield hurled his guitar at a road crew member whereas kicking over his mic stand.
Asked by the New York Post if he thinks the microphone malfunction made the Grammy Awards performance even more exciting, James Hetfield mentioned: “I felt embarrassed. I have never been that angry in a very long time. When one thing out of my control goes wrong, I nonetheless get wound up. I am sure it taps into other stuff from my past, however I felt helpless. I agree, it ended up being a blessing as a result of I ended up singing in a microphone with Lady Gaga — maybe even more than she wanted. It felt more like a real collaboration because of that.”
Frontman James spoke the Chilean newspaper La Tercera that he wasn’t interested in collaborating with Lady Gaga again or one other pop artist in some capacity. However, he mentioned, “Even just talking with her, being round her, her energy was very, very exciting. She has a lot of ideas, and she likes to push the boundaries like we do. So it was a good fit.”
Shortly after this yr’s Grammy’s, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that Lady Gaga was the “quintessential perfect fifth member of this band,” saying, “Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome. [The performance] was so easy and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing through her veins. It comes very easy for her. There’s nothing contrived; she just has this tremendous warm, easy energy.”
The band was up for a Grammy this yr for “Best Rock Song” for the song “Hardwired” from its new album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, however lost to the late David Bowie‘s “Blackstar”.
Lashing out the action, returning the reaction Weak are ripped and torn away Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower Battery is here to stay.
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