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Metallica to work with Rick Rubin again: Five things they should keep in mind if they do

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It has been three years since Metallica released Death Magnetic, the combo’s ninth studio album and a bit of a callback to their earlier incarnation as a shred first, ask questions later juggernaut. Much of the credit for that album probably belongs to Rick Rubin, who produced Death Magnetic after four straight albums with Bob Rock behind the decks.

In news that will thrill some, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo confirmed to a radio station that the band was headed back into the studio with Rubin for another album. They’ll have to wait until they’re finished with Big 4 business, which means they’ll have time to consider what they’re doing.

Because no matter what you thought of Death Magnetic (and I’ll put it out there right now that I was not a fan at all, though plenty of people thought it was great), there were some definite problems embedded within. So here are five things the band and Rubin should keep in mind while working on a new project.

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Nirvana and Metallica fans most likely to go 'all the way' on first date, Lady Gaga fans less inclined, according to poll

Sex fiends looking to get lucky on a first date could do worse than to head to Britain and loudly announce their fondness for Metallica and Nirvana.

That is the conclusion to be drawn from a new poll conducted by U.K. music and dating website tastebuds.fm. The site asked users “how far they’d likely go” on a first date and then collated the information to find out band’s fans were the most, and least, likely to go “all the way.”

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Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax to play massive one-off show together in California this April

metallicaImage Credit: Chris Weeks/Getty ImagesMetallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax have announced they will play a show together on April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (which is also the site of the Coachella Festival). The so-called “Big Four” of heavy metal performed a clutch of dates together in Europe last year but the Indio show is being billed as “the only scheduled stop in America this go around” on the official Metallica wesbsite. General admission tickets will cost $99 and go on sale this Friday.
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Metallica guitarist accidentally kicks a child off stage

MetallicaMetallica guitarist Kirk Hammett blasted a lot more than some great riffs last week during a show in Sydney, Australia. Rolling Stone reports that he also knocked a little girl off stage after accidentally kicking a balloon at her. A number of black balloons—which more resembled the oversized inflated workout balls found in gyms—decorated the stage and for fun fan interaction the band threw and kicked some out the the audience.

But in Hammett’s case, the ball didn’t get to float up and out into the crowd. The girl was at the edge of the stage (by the way, who let their toddler on a Metallica stage?) and felt the impact instantly as it left his foot and flew back until she flew off the stage. Oddly enough, the incident happened while they were playing “Seak And Destroy.” She’s reportedly fine and not injured.

You can check out the video after the jump.

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Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, and more parodied in another hilarious 'Key of Awesome' spoof: Watch it here

key-of-awesomeThe folks who produce the hilarious Key of Awesome series of videos for the Barely Digital network—they’re behind the amazing spoof of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone” video that came out last month—are busy, busy people. In fact, they’ve got yet another video debuting this afternoon, and EW has it here for you first!

Today’s clip is a slight departure for the geniuses behind Key of Awesome. Why? As you can see from the picture taken from the shoot above, this video doesn’t spoof just one specific artist and video or moment, as has been typical. Instead, an explosion of the Key of Awesome caricature characters were brought together to sing a theme song, “The Origin of Awesome!” for a series theme song: Lady Gaga! Justin Beiber! James Hetfield! Adam Lambert! Obama Girl! Ke$ha!

For a glimpse at the new video—as well as a little bit about the team behind the Key of Awesome—follow the jump.

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Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth to tour together: Invest in ear-plug companies now!

The loudest band of all time is Motörhead. Feel free to argue with me about that. But thanks to the fact that I once saw Lemmy and Co., you’ll have to speak up when you do it.

Anyhoo, if there is one tour that might collectively challenge Motörhead’s decibel count, it’s the forthcoming thrash-tastic team-up of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and  Megadeth. That’s right, according to Billboard, the Big Four of thrash metal will be playing together this summer in Europe. Megadeth head honcho Dave Mustaine is describing the shows as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for  heavy metal fans to see the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history,” on one stage. There’s no word on U.S. dates as yet. But with a prevailing wind, East Coasters will probably be able to hear their sets blasting across the Atlantic.

Do you agree that they are the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history? Would you consider heading to Europe to see the shows? And would you wear ear plugs at the shows? Let us know!

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Metallica assists in search for missing concertgoer

Metallica is assisting in the search for missing fan Morgan Harrington, 20, who was last seen at an Oct. 17 Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Va. The band has added $50,000 to the reward fund for information on Harrington’s disappearance. The Associated Press reports that police have found “no major leads” so far in their search for Harrington, a Virginia Tech student. Photos of Harrington and more details can be found at Metallica’s official site, which includes the following request: “…if you or anyone you know shot video footage or took photos of the concert or audience, please check to see if there is anyone in your photos who might resemble Morgan.”

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Metallica, Run-DMC inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Metallica_rock_hall_fam_l"Welcome to one of the greatest nights in music history," said co-host Jared Cotter at the beginning of Fuse’s TV broadcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, demonstrating exactly the sort of grasp of music history you would expect from a former American Idol contestant. It wasn’t. In fact, much of the night felt a little B-list: Ron Wood instead of Mick or Keith, Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent instead of Bruce, Rosanne Cash instead of just about anybody else (nothing against Cash, but surely they could have found a bigger name to induct rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson). Poor Spooner Oldham, the quietly dignified classic-soul keyboard legend, had to endure a hammy induction speech from  Hall of Fame-perennial Paul Shaffer.

That’s not to say this wasn’t a worthy bunch of inductees. Little Anthony and the Imperials, Wanda Jackson (how was she not in the HoF already?), Spooner Oldham, Bobby Womack, Elvis sidemen D.J. Fontana and Bill Black, Jeff Beck, Run-DMC, and Metallica all deserve their slots. But the ceremony itself was often tough to sit through. With no apparent time limit on speeches and EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of each act getting to talk, the night dragged on endlessly.

Things finally seemed like they might pick up when Eminem hit the stage to induct Run-DMC. It was a rare public appearance for the rapper, who’s gearing up for a comeback album that’s due this summer. Gaunt and a little subdued, he paid heartfelt tribute with a speech based on a recurring "two turntables and a microphone" theme that didn’t quite make sense (like no other artist in hip-hop history, Run-DMC’s sound was based on having TWO mics). It was a decent-enough set-up for a performance that sadly never came. Earlier they had announced they wouldn’t be performing out of respect for the late Jam Master Jay, a decision that was both admirable and a little disappointing.

It was up to Metallica to wake things up, which, of course, they did. Playing as a five-piece with former bassist Jason Newsted, they tore through "Enter Sandman" (something less predictable might have been nice, guys…) and the entire eight minutes of "Master of Puppets." The night ended with the obligatory "jam session," in this case a megawatt version of the Yardbirds’ "Train Kept a Rollin," featuring Metallica along with former Yardbirds Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and Ron Wood. It was a fun cap to a mostly slow night, but as usual with these things, all that heavy artillery proved overwhelming. As Paul Shaffer pointed out earlier in the night, sometimes what musicians leave out is more important than what they put in. In this case, they didn’t leave out a single thing.

But what did you think of the ceremony? Is the Hall of Fame still a big deal, or is it getting a little tired?

Metallica: Can you have too many bass players?

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The Smashing Pumpkins may currently be suffering from a drummer dearth, but Metallica seem to have a sudden abundance of bass players. According to Billboard.com, both Robert Trujillo and his four-string predecessor Jason Newsted will perform with Metallica at this weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (a previous report stated that only Newsted would play).

It is unclear as to whether the pair will be playing any songs together — a situation that would surely contravene numerous Heaviosity Laws. But it did get us thinking about bands that have featured more than one bassist in their line-up.

The list is short but entertainingly motley: There’s Cop Shoot Cop, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Dos (a band formed by bassists Mike Watt and Kira Roessler), and King Crimson, who for a spell had two bass players and two drummers (which seems like waaaaaay  too much of a good thing, rhythm-sectionally speaking — and I say that as a drummer myself).

There is also a bassist supergroup called Bx3 whose membership includes David Lee Roth sideman Billy Sheehan, and whose version of Spinal Tap’s "Big Bottom" can be viewed here, though the footage mostly serves as a reminder why most bands make do with just the one bassist.

Anyway, have we forgotten any bass-abundant bands? Or can you think of any other notably unusual musical configurations? Let us know!

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Metallica not-so-secretly rock SXSW: EW photo blog!

It was the worst-kept secret of the week: Activision’s Guitar Hero: Metallica premiere at Stubbs Friday night would not simply feature a “special appearance by members of” the veteran metal band, as the posters suggested, but would in fact consist of a big ol’ rock show involving instruments free of primary-colored buttons, and men made not of pixels but skin. SXSW is infamous for producing outlandish rumors — omg Tom Morello and David Byrne are playing a set of Pink Floyd covers at the Perez Hilton party tonight! — but the enormous trucks and trailers parked outside the humble barbecue restaurant were all the proof anyone needed that this one would turn out to be head-bangingly true, and kids were lined up pretty much all day to get in. “Surprise,” drawled frontman James Hetfield sarcastically as the band took the stage, wasting little time before using “Creeping Death” to whip everyone into the obligatory chorus of “Die! Die! Die!” … but it was a cheerful chorus, as fans and band alike had a tough time wiping the awkward wow-you’re-close-to-me-right-now grins off their faces.

After a quick demonstration of the new video game courtesy of three contest winners introduced as “the luckiest virgins you will ever see in your life,” the real Metallica motored through a fairly predictable 90 minute set of songs for the 2000+ fans, journalists, Sandra Bullocks, and formerly dreadlocked members of N’Sync who packed the backyard, as well as the hundreds who didn’t make it through the gates but lined streets and nearby rooftops to catch a distant whiff. Oldies like “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Sad But True” flanked newer material like “Cyanide” with everything at its usual gut-rumbling level of intensity, and it was hard not to giggle halfway through when Hetfield asked the crowd if they were “ready for heavy,” as though he’d been playing Colbie Caillat covers or something before. Could the sweetness of the southland and the elbow-rubbing culture of SXSW turn one of rock’s tetchiest bands all hippie and soft? Nah. I am proud to announce that as soon as “Seek and Destroy” came to its inevitable end, the four members of Metallica walked off stage, out the back door of Stubbs, and into four separate black SUVs that pulled away before half the folks assembled on the sidewalk could get their flip cams turned on. Guess that means me and Lars aren’t hitting the taco truck later.

Pictures have disappeared from this blog thanks to a server transfer adventure, but do visit the author’s Flickr page for photographic proof that what Hetfield called a “young, struggling band from Norway” might make it big someday…

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