Is Metallica’s busy schedule to blame for album delays?
There has been a lot happening in the Metallica camp lately, and fans have got to wonder if the busy schedule has slowed the process of making the new record that they have now been waiting on for eight long years. This weekend, frontman James Hetfield hooked up with Sammy Hagar for the Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Hetfield performed acoustic renditions of Metallica’s “Motorbreath” and “The Unforgiven”, as well as a cover of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins track “I Put a Spell on You”. A great cause to be sure, but one of many events on the band member’s collective plates…
As the band notes:
It’s been a busy month for Metallica… including many activities right in our own backyard. Check out some of the highlights below!
For the 4th year in a row, we had the opportunity to join forces with our local baseball team, The San Francisco Giants, for a fun-filled evening at the ballpark and to do some good in our community. Head over to the So What! section of Metallica.com for some behind the scenes reporting on all things Metallica Night. And while you’re at it, check out the media section for photos from the big game and the events surrounding it as well as video of James and Kirk playing the National Anthem and Lars throwing out the first pitch.
Still want more? Download your own digital copy of the Anthem here for free!
Last but certainly not least, with the new online format of So What! comes new features not possible in the print magazine. We took advantage of all the excitement surrounding Metallica night and sat down with Kirk to discuss all things San Francisco with the band’s true native, including El Faro, the Say Hey Kid and what constitutes a good veggie burger among other things. We’re psyched to debut our inaugural So What! Podcast for Fifth Members here!
Record Store Day
If you haven’t read up on the blast-from-the-past week that surrounded Record Store Day…what are you waiting for?! Check out all the stories, photos, and videos that came out of this deeply personal event at Rasputin Music in Berkeley and the Metalli-Mansion in El Cerrito celebrating the release of the remastered versions of Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Speaking of deeply personal…little else is Lars Ulrich as passionate about as he is about the band Deep Purple. Watch the video of Lars fulfilling a (long overdue!!) lifelong dream of inducting Deep Purple into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! As Ulrich stated to the crowd:
Every hard rock band in the last 40 years, including mine, traces its lineage directly back to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.
So, clearly Metallica has been busy, but where is the band at in terms of finishing the new record? According to a recent interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich says the band is getting close, and making progress, but he admits all of these other engagements have been slowing things down:
I’d say it’s mostly done. There are all these other responsibilities that have to be taken care of. Life in Metallica these days is not only about making a record; it’s about these things and we played a show at AT&T Park and he does this, I do this. We have all these sort of different things that we turn to. But the record gets worked on where there’s absolutely nothing else going on. In all seriousness, it’s actually what we like. It works for us. It’s not just record, tour, record, tour. We like to do. We’re doing the Record Store Day next week and doing all that stuff. There’s lots of stuff going on all the time, but the record is almost done.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett also admitted recently in an interview with Alternative Press that their schedules have been problematic in making the album progress more quickly:
Life has its demands. We’re trying to make an album and go on tour, trying to be a band, but we all recognize that if someone has a family situation, that takes priority over everything.
The fans just want new music, so please hurry up guys, before you become the unforgiven…
Thanks to Metallica.com, Blabbermouth, Rolling Stone, and Alternative Press.