Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer Set to Blister Heavy Montreal Festival

Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer Set to Blister Heavy Montreal Festival

Montreal’s Heavy Montreal festival has revealed a line up fit for the prince of darkness himself, headed up by Metallica, Slayer, Lamb of God and Anthrax.

This year’s festival is set to roll out over the weekend of August 9th-10th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. Joining the four metal heavyweights on this year’s bill will be Hatebreed, Three Days Grace, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Apocalyptica, Exodus, Overkill, Whitechapel, Unearth, Protest the Hero, Pennywise and many more.

Metallica’s headlining stint is set to be part of their ‘By Request‘ series of shows, which allows ticket holders to pick the setlist for the concert. Their Heavy Montreal appearance will be Metallica’s only currently scheduled North American show of the summer.

The Heavy Montreal Festival, formerly known as Heavy MTL, is now in its sixth year after launching in 2008 (there was no festival in 2009). Last year’s event featured artists such as Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie and Godsmack leading the way. Other past headliners have included Motley Crue, Disturbed, Iron Maiden, Korn, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, KISS, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, System of a Down and Deftones among others.

Says event organizer Nick Farkas: “From its inception in 2008, Heavy MTL was created as a festival that would embrace the heavier side of music, from guitar rock to metal and everything in between. For 2014 we are excited to present a reinvigorated Heavy Montréal. With a brand new look and a programming direction that returns to our roots, 2014 is poised to be Heavy’s breakout year.”

Commenting on the festival’s swanky new logo, Farkas added, “We wanted to have a logo that reflects our roots but that also celebrates Montreal and its landmarks. The logo also represents our desire to be more inclusive. We are very happy with the result.”

Metallica, Iron Maiden Headline the Return of Sonisphere

Metallica, Iron Maiden Headline the Return of Sonisphere

Heavy metal heroes Metallica and Iron Maiden are set to play their only UK shows next year with headlining slots at legendary rock festival Sonisphere.

The Knebworth event was cancelled two years in a row, but is set to return next year and will mark the 40th year of rock n roll celebrations held in the grounds of the iconic Knebworth House.

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said in a statement: “We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.”

Metallica’s drummer, and, apparently, the official spokesperson of the band, Lars Ulrich (because, let’s face it, when has any other member of Metallica ever said anything?) also commented on their upcoming appearance, saying, “This just works on all fronts: Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.”

He continued: “To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindf–k. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honour, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.”

He also explained that Metallica fans will be able to vote on the band’s set list:

“And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.”

Sonisphere 2014 is set to take place in Knebworth Park between July 4th and 6th 2014.

A spokesperson for the event commented, “During our two-year absence we’ve continued to believe in and work hard on Sonisphere. We said in 2013 that if we had the right line-up then we would be back, and that’s exactly what we’ve got in 2014. The omens were obviously on our side when we secured the two biggest and best metal acts of all time in the year that also brings the 40th anniversary of the first concert at Knebworth.”

Rock on, Knebworth.

Band Politics Keep Future Big 4 Metal Concert From Happening

Band Politics Keep Future Big 4 Metal Concert From Happening

It feels like yesterday, but metal fans across the globe couldn’t quite believe their luck way back when in 2010 and 2011, the ‘Big Four’ of metal i.e. Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth embarked on a joint tour for a handful of shows scattered across the globe, including New York’s Yankee Stadium show in September 2011, which was their most recent collaborative concert.

Indeed, fans are still praying to the lord of metal every night that said Four may once again join forces and bless their town with their mighty rock. Or, rather, they were. In a new interview with the Gazette, Slayer’s Tom Araya suggests that it ain’t gonna happen any time soon. When asked why not, well, I’ll let him do the talking:

“I don’t want to say politics is preventing that,” said Araya. “It’s not the politics between bands; it’s the politics of character in one particular band. We had an issue that came up on the New York show, which really freaked everybody out, but the New York show happened.”

Araya went on to add, “I think, in all honesty, that was the last time we did the Big Four. I think another Big Four show might not happen.”

He did leave said Big Four a little leeway though, offering, “They could prove me wrong. Those shows basically, even though it was called the Big Four, it was done through Metallica. It was with Metallica’s blessing that allowed those shows to happen.”

It certainly seems Araya and Slayer would be keen to reconnect with their three spiritual-metal counterparts:

“If they want to continue and do a couple more shows, I think that would be great,” Araya said. “If we were to sit down with them and communicate with them, that’s what I’d tell them.”

Whether they’ll join forces again, no one knows; we can all but hope. Perhaps the world’s stages can only take so much metal. Regardless, we pray.

Metallica Aim to Freeze Their Nuts Off Playing the South Pole

Metallica Aim to Freeze Their Nuts Off Playing the South Pole

The internet denizens have done it again. Some clever soul stumbled across an image (now removed, unfortunately) on the Colombian Coke Zero website, which was launching a sweepstakes for the chance to win tickets to a “unique concert” headlined by Metallica down South to fans in six Colombian cities. Really, really far down South.

In short: Metallica will probably be performing a headlining show in Antarctica between December 2nd and December 15th.

Who knows whether or not the whole thing is true, but it’s possible Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, may have hinted in this direction back in September: “There’s a very interesting thing coming our way in December,” Ulrich told California’s 107.7 The Bone. “If anybody [in management] even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we’re very excited about.”

Poor old Antarctica has been a little musically neglected over the years. If this goes ahead, the legendary metal pioneers will hold the honor of being the first major band to play in Antarctica. The U.S.-manned McMurdo Station has been known to host open-mic nights, and a band called Nunatak claimed to have played the continent’s first rock concert in 2007. The quintet, made up entirely of scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, an environmental research centre, played to a crowd of 17 people. Now that’s an intimate concert, Metallica fans.

Please, Metallica, for the good of the continent: get yourselves down there pronto.

The last band to attempt an Antarctic trek was Fall Out Boy in March 2008, who were forced to cancel when bad weather kept them away from the continent’s western peninsula. Important science people blamed global warming for the collapse of the 16,000 sq km Wilkins ice shelf. “Essentially, our runway just fell off,” Pete Wentz told MTV.

Coming to a Stadium Near You the Metallica, Green Day, U2 Tour?

Coming to a Stadium Near You the Metallica, Green Day, U2 Tour?

Metallica, U2 and Green Day: together. I smell the distinct scent of worldwide domination and cold, hard cash.

In a recent interview with MTV, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich spoke of his desires to form a joint tour between the three alternative behemoths:

“U2 came to San Francisco two summers ago and we ended up having a lot to drink with them and Green Day following a dinner. I was told in the wee morning hours following this outing that members of U2, Green Day and Metallica agreed to tour together. We haven’t talked about it since, but speaking for myself I’d be very up for that.”

Next time you end up drinking a lot with U2, get the contracts involved and get going – PLEASE.

Ulrich’s love affair with the Irish megastars is well-documented. Indeed, in a 2010 interview with Australia’s Faster Louder, Ulrich referred to himself as:

“the hugest U2 fan — I would borderline call myself a groupie, actually. Playing with U2… I would fucking play on the parking lot. They’re one of the only other bands that are still functioning after 30 years, just like we are, and I feel a lot of kinship in what they do and I just really admire and appreciate… They’re really inspiring to me. I love their music, I love their way of reinventing themselves, and I love their way or thinking big and small. And it sort of works on all levels.”

Whether or not it happens is another matter, but perhaps slightly closer to the realms of possibility is a Metallica headlining slot at legendary festival Glastonbury. The drummer told MTV UK that he’d be game:

“We’ve been fortunate enough to play every other festival on this planet numerous times, so Glastonbury is the only one that’s eluding us,” Ulrich said. “There’s such a vibe and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival.”

Metallica’s Orion Music Festival Moves to Detroit in 2013

Metallica’s Orion Music Festival Moves to Detroit in 2013

Metallica celebrated its first (and surprisingly eclectic) music festival in Atlantic City this summer, and now the group has announced that there will be a second incarnation of the Orion Music + More Festival next year in Detroit.

The second version will take place June 8-9, 2013 in Motor City, and the venue, lineup and ticket information will be announced in February.

At this year’s festival, Metallica headlined both nights, and played the entirety of its 1984 effort Ride the Lightning one night and all of 1991’s self-titled record (often known as the Black Album) on the other night. No word yet on if the band plans to do something similar next year.

The lineup for the 2012 Orion festival featured artists from a wide variety of genres, and the lineup included Modest Mouse, Avenged Sevenfold, Artic Monkeys, Best Coast and Eric Church. Just before the festival, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the variety with Rolling Stone.

“I always think that our fans are as open-minded as I am, as Metallica is, and sometimes in the past we’ve been proven wrong,” Ulrich said. “And that’s OK, I’m not going to sit and tell people what they should or shouldn’t embrace. I don’t walk around and think they’re all Metallica fans, I think they’re all festival fans, music fans, people out for the experience. I hope our fans are going to be open and supportive of every body that’s here, and if they’re not, I’m going to find them and kick their ass.”

Rolling Stone also reports that the group are in the early stages of recording a new album, but that it isn’t expected to be released until 2014. As of now, the group has a handful of festival appearances scheduled for next year, including the Soundwave Festival in Australia and the Rock in Rio event in September 2013. No further touring plans have been announced.

Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden Sign on for Rock in Rio

Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden Sign on for Rock in Rio

Next year’s incarnation of the Rock in Rio festival is already shaping up to be a great one with the announcement of headliners Metallica, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen.

“We’re back with another show announcement and unlike last week’s posting, we’re giving you almost [a] whole year’s notice!!” Metallica posted on its official website. “We are super psyched to be returning to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for our sixth Rock in Rio. How’s that for advanced planning?!”

Next year’s festival will take place September 19-22, 2013. Metallica will headline on September 19, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the following night and Iron Maiden will do the honors on September 22. Of course, we can expect many more lineup announcements between now and next September.

The “unlike last week’s posting” portion of the Metallica writing refers to the band’s upcoming headlining spot at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans later this month. The band announced earlier this week that they would fill in for Green Day, who had to cancel their appearance after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said he would enter rehab for substance abuse after a well-publicized rant at the iHeartMusic Festival last month.

Metallica will perform on Saturday, October 27 at the Voodoo festival, which also features Jack White, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Skrillex and the Avett Brothers, among many more.

The NME reports that Brazilian residents will be able to purchase tickets for the 2013 Rock in Rio festival beginning October 23. International residents, however, will have to wait until April of next year.

This announcement is just the next in a string of 2013 shows announced by Iron Maiden. The metal legends have also already announced a number of European festival dates for June and July of next year.

Metallica Take Green Day’s Slot at Voodoo Festival

Metallica Take Green Day’s Slot at Voodoo Festival

Metallica will step up and take over Green Day’s headlining spot at New Orleans’ Voodoo Music and Arts Experience this weekend.

Green Day had to pull out of the festival after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong announced he was entering rehab following a very public rant at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas last month. Metallica will perform on Saturday, October 27, and the appearance will mark the group’s first time at the festival.

“Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. “We’re hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud.”

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet also spoke of the gig during an interview with Fuse, saying the band got the call to headline the festival just a few days ago.

“We discussed it between the four of us and we all said, ‘Yeah,’” Hammet explained. “It would be a great thing for us to do and it would also be great to help out Billie Joe because he’s a friend of ours and we love Green Day. If we can help them out in any way possible, we’re always happy to do it because we love those guys.”

Green Day also released a statement about the cancellation.

“Canceling shows is something we rarely do,” said drummer Tre Cool. “We never want to let our fans down, and we are grateful for all of you being understanding during this time.”

The Voodoo music festival will be held October 26-28, and features other notable artists including Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, the Avett Brothers, Skrillex and more.

Green Day is scheduled to start a tour on November 26 – as of now all dates are still scheduled.

Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink-182 Travel Australia with Soundwave 2013

Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink-182 Travel Australia with Soundwave 2013

The lineup for Soundwave 2013, a traveling festival in Australia, has been announced and includes Metallica, Linkin Park and Blink-182.

Next year’s festival will start out in Brisbane, Australia on February 23, 2013, and run through a March 4 festival in Perth. In between, the huge group of bands will visit Sydney (February 24), Melbourne (March 1) and Adelaide (March 2).

In addition to the headliners, the festival also will feature A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Paramore, Garbage, Flogging Molly, Sum 41, Anthrax, Of Mice & Men and Lucero, among many more. So far, 40 or so bands have been revealed, though the official website for the festival promised “many more to be announced!”

Though not confirmed by the band, rumors have been circulating that Metallica may be playing their 1991 self-titled album in full at these shows. That album, better known as the Black Album, has sold more than 500,000 copies in Australia alone.

Soundwave began as a small festival held on in Perth in 2004. It became a traveling festival in 2007 when Brisbane and Sydney were added to the itinerary. Melbourne and Adelaide shows were added the following year. In the past, the festival has hosted bands including Nine Inch Nails, Iron Maiden, Faith No More, Alice in Chains and Lamb of God, among many, many others. This year’s version of the festival featured Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and System of a Down.

In other Metallica news, the band has recently announced that they have signed on to cover a track for an upcoming Deep Purple tribute album called Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head. Deep Purple is best known for their hit “Smoke on the Water,” which comes from the album Machine Head, and each track from the album will be covered by a different artist. Both Carlos Santana and the Flaming Lips will tackle “Smoke on the Water” in what promises to be two very different version of the song. Metallica will record the song “When a Blind Man Cries.”

Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Metallica Featured at Outside Lands Festival

Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Metallica Featured at Outside Lands Festival

This year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco may be the festival’s greatest year yet. A large part of the reason for this are the recently announced headliners, which are Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Beck and Jack White.

If those names weren’t enough, the rest of the extensive and eclectic lineup contain many other notable names, as well. These include Norah Jones, Sigur Ros, The Walkmen, Alabama Shakes, Bloc Party, Justice, Die Antwood, Sharon Van Etten and White Demin, among others.

This year’s festival will be held August 10-12 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The festival, now in its fifth year, drew over 60,000 attendees last year.

In addition to the music, the festival also welcomes more than 100 food and wine vendors to the even grounds. Additionally, more than 50 restaurants will gather for “A Taste of the Bay Area,” which allows fans to sample food from many establishments from around the Bay Area.

The event uses part of its proceeds to give back to the San Francisco area, and has thus far raised around $4.3 million for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. A portion of every ticket sold this year will go to the same organization.

The Outside Lands Festival continues in the tradition of using Golden Gate Park as a gathering place for a large variety of guests. The park is the third most visited park in America, and hosts 13 million visitors every year.

Rock concerts were first held in the park in the 1960s. The Outside Lands Fest takes place mainly in the parks Polo Fields, Speedway Meadow and Lindley Meadow. Other festival attractions in the park include the Japanese Tea Garden, the De Young Museum and the Conservatory of Flowers, among others.

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