Metallica Celebrate 30-Year Anniversary At The Fillmore In San Francisco With Special Guests

Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band last week, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club.

In August, Metallica Club members around the world were able to enter a lottery for a chance to purchase tickets to all the Fillmore shows at a cost of $19.81 for a four-pack of tickets to all of the shows. Single show tickets were $6. All four of the shows immediately sold out.

Last week, Metallica welcomed these fans from around the globe to join them in the celebration where there were no repeats in the set lists for the four night stand, aside from the established show closer of “Seek & Destroy,” playing close to 80 different songs. Each night at the Fillmore was hosted by comedian Jim Breuer and opened by the Rebel Souls Brass Band performing Metallica songs. This was followed by fan club winners invited on stage to play “Crash Course Trivia” and “Name That Riff” games where they were able to win exclusive 30th anniversary prizes and memorabilia.

Metallica also invited many special guests relevant to their 30 years to the stage to perform with them. The list of guests included Apocalyptica, Armored Saint, Geezer Butler, John Bush, Bif Byford, Jerry Cantrell, Nick “Animal” Culmer, Glenn Danzig, Death Angel, King Diamond, Diamond Head, Marianne Faithfull, Lloyd Grant, Rob Halford, Ray Haller, Pepper Keenan, Kid Rock, Laaz Rockit, John Marshall, Jim Martin, Mercyful Fate, Ron McGovney, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, Ozzy Osbourne, Rebel Souls Brass Band, Lou Reed, Bob Rock, Gary Rossington, and Hugh Tanner. Each night the finale featured all the evening’s guests joining the band on stage to perform “Seek and Destroy.”

This week, Metallica will release the Beyond Magnetic EP featuring four previously unreleased songs, which will be available exclusively on iTunes in North America for one week. After that week, the songs will be available from digital retailers. Around the world, it will be available on iTunes and other digital retailers. These four songs were originally released as a gift to Metallica’s Metallica Club members to enjoy immediately after the band played them.

“During the Death Magnetic album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you’ve all come to know over the last three years,” said the members of Metallica. “Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on ‘Mission Metallica’ (remember ‘Mission Metallica’?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process, and wondered, ‘What ever happened to those other four songs???.’ We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March ’08. These four songs were released as gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they’re being made available to you.”


Ozzy Osbourne Launches his Own SiriusXM Channel

Ozzy’s Boneyard, channel 38, will feature classic hard rock and metal music from artists like Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC,Jimi Hendrix, Pantera and Van Halen. The 24/7 music channel is expected to launch later this year.
SiriusXM listeners will hear Ozzy present music as well as share personal stories about his career as a solo artist and as front-man for Black Sabbath. The channel will also air shows and specials hosted by Ozzy family members, Sharon, Jack and Kelly.
“After everything I’ve been through in my career I never imagined I’d end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is f*****g amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever I want?” said Ozzy Osbourne.
“No one represents the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal more than Ozzy Osbourne,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We know Ozzy’s Boneyard will be alive and kicking.”
Ozzy Osbourne recently announced that Black Sabbath has reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years and that the band will launch a world tour in 2012.
Ozzy’s Boneyard joins SiriusXM’s roster of channels created in partnership with legendary musicians, including Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Radio, Pearl Jam Radio,  Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson‘s Willie’s Roadhouse, B.B. King‘s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett‘s Radio Margaritaville and Siriusly Sinatra.
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Metallica Warns Their Fans To Beware Of The Front Row

Metallica today announced that all announcements made on their behalf via Writers Group Film Corp. and their subsidiary Front Row Networks, Inc. are false.  Writers Group issued a press release on March 22, 2011 announcing “the acquisition of several hours of unique Metallica 3D & 2D concert video footage for distribution.” 
“Metallica owns and controls its recorded performances and Creeping Death Music owns the vast majority of any music embodied in Metallica Recordings,” said the band’s attorney Peter Paterno.  “Pretty much any legitimate business would have contacted us to see how Metallica felt about it.  Maybe these guys just forgot.”
“We are very happy to have bolstered the Writers Group Film Corp. stock price by using the Metallica name,” quipped Marc Reiter from Metallica’s management, Q Prime.  “We only wish they would have told us sooner so we could have bought some.”
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Lemmy: 49% Motherf**Ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch-Reflection and Review

The recent  Los Angeles premiere of “Lemmy: 49% Motherf**Ker, 51% Son Of  A  Bitch” drew a who’s who of Rock royalty last week: Guns n’  Roses/Velvet  Revolver’s Duff McKagan, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Henry  Rollins,  Warren Haynes and the man himself, Lemmy Kilmister.
The Lemmy Movie:  On The Red Carpet. says the movie is “a profile of the man that goes deeper  than  just the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” and “Lemmy’s exterior may  seem  as gruff and distorted as his trademark bass tone…but as seen  here,  he’s all heart.” Full review here:

We asked The Mac Wire’s longtime friend and rock music journalist Vinny Cecolini to write about experience meeting Lemmy back in the 90s when he working in-house for VH-1 Classic.

My Encounter with Lemmy

        Few are as worthy of the title “Living Legend” as Motörhead’s Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Since making his recording debut during the mid-‘60s as a member of the Rocking Vicars, Lemmy has had an impact on most extreme forms of rock and roll. During the ‘80s, Motörhead classics Overkill and Ace of Spades helped breathe new life into heavy metal. Today, Lemmy is an edgy, elder statesman of hard rock and metal, and the perfect documentary subject.
            Currently in limited release, Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of A Bitch, has been playing to unanimous critical acclaimed. For those unable to see it in theaters, the documentary will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on February 15th. Visit for more information.
            In 2005, while a VH1 Classic writer/producer, I had the pleasure to interview Lemmy. Although I’d idolized Lemmy since the late ‘70s, no one on the VH1 Classic staff was expecting this icon to be so entertaining, humorous, and charming. He ended his episode of “Hanging With” sipping Jack Daniels and offering these words of wisdom: “Don’t drink water, fish shit in it!”
The following are a few of Lemmy’s colorful comments from our March 14, 2005 VH1 Classic interview:
On Forming Motorhead:
“Every band I was ever in fired me. I [thought] if I could form my own band, they couldn’t fire me. And [30 years later,] it seems to have worked out very well for me.”
On Becoming a Bassist:
“I was a good rhythm guitarist, but that went out of fashion. If you saw somebody like Jimi Hendrix and you’re a guitarist, you just wanted to chop your left hand off. So I went straight onto the bass and, surprisingly, it was an easy for me.”
On How People Perceive Him:
“I can’t help the way people perceive me. Life’s too short. I’ve had a lot of fun stuff to do in my life and none of it involved doing what people think I was going to do. If you do that, you become a character. If you did everything people thought you were going to do, it’d be a very dull life indeed. My advice: just go get out and do something weird that your friends don’t expect, because then you’ll go either up or down in their estimations, and either one’s just fine with me.
On How He Earned The Nickname “Lemmy”:
I got it when I was at school in Wales. I was the only English kid in a school of 700 Welsh for two years. That’s where I learned to fight. I also learned that fighting is bullshit, because if you win a fistfight, it’s just because you were luckier than the other geezer. It doesn’t mean that you were better, or that you’ve convinced them of anything. Certain people won’t let you do anything else but fight them, but I’ve learned to argue. That’s much better.—Vinny Cecolini
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The Big Four-Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthtrax In Concert Together

When the “Big Four,” Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, shared a stage together on June 22nd, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria, it was the moment their fans had waited decades for.  That monumental show was beamed live into over 1000 theatres worldwide via satellite in a special HD cinematic event.
On November 2nd, 2010, this legendary concert will be available on DVD through Warner Bros. Records.   “The Big Four Live From Sofia” includes full shows from all four bands on a two-disc set as well as behind the scenes and interview footage.
In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-Ray, there will be a limited edition “Super Deluxe” Box Set including the 2 DVD set, five CD’s with ALL 5 HOURS of music, a 24 page booklet, a two-sided poster, photos of each band, and a collectable Big 4 guitar pick.
These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980’s to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants had never shared the same stage.  The legendary June 22nd, 2010, concert from the tour’s stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria aired the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K, over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the U.S., as well as being beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. This one-time only event, from the Sofia show, made it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise was a very limited run of dates.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic show, “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal’s Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!).  Bring it on!”
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says, “Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn’t exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up!  It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!” 
Declares Slayer’s Kerry King, “I can’t believe someone didn’t make this happen 15 years ago!  The fans finally get what they want.  I think it’s awesome!”
Says Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, “The magnitude of this event hasn’t really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theatre and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!”