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METALLICA’s ROBERT TRUJILLO Recalls Being ‘Insulted’ By JAMES HETFIELD

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo was featured guest on the latest episode of “The Ex-Man With Doc Coyle”, a podcast where guitar player Doc Coyle of BAD WOLVES and GOD FORBID talks to professionals in the music world and other creative industries about the challenges and transitions of leaving monumental ventures.

Robert during Metallica’s performance in Paris back in 2019

Talking about how important it is getting along with your bandmates, Trujillo said: “Any situation, people that are coming up and doing bands, never get caught up in the idea that you’re in your band and you’re safe and nothing can touch you. Anybody can be replaced. And you wanna always try to be as respectful as possible. Because you’re gonna have your ups and downs and you’re gonna bump heads, but it doesn’t mean you quit or you hate the person or whatever.

“I’ve always been in situations in my bands where there were those moments and things get heated and you’re bumping heads. It happens in METALLICA. There’s been a couple of times, even with James. Maybe something was bothering him… I remember one time, about three years ago in Italy. Poor guy, he got stung by a bee in his face, I think it was. I don’t think he’s allergic, but there was poison oak going on. So your face is hurtin’, your body’s itchin’. You’re out there on the road. It’s raining. We were in Italy or something. And one of the songs, like ‘Memory Remains’ or something… I had a lot in my head. Kirk and I were doing these duets and I’m singing in other languages. And Lars threw, like, ‘Do a bass solo,’ kind of a day before. And I’m just, like, ‘Aaaargh…’ So I’m tense. And [James is] tense too, but we’re tense about different things. And we’re going on stage very soon and things are running late. And we’re playing ‘Memory Remains’ [in the tuning room], and I’m just kind of jamming through it, but I’m not really jamming through it with full intensity, I’m just kind of ghosting it a little bit. And he’s, like, ‘You know the song?’ And this is a song we’ve played thousands of times. And I was insulted, because this is one of the easiest songs we play, and you’re asking me if I know the song. So I’m just kind of, like, ‘Yeah, I know the fucking s…’ I blew a fuse for a second. And then I felt horrible, and he felt horrible. And then we realized, I think, that I’m tripping on the load that I have on my shoulders over here, he’s tripping on this and that, and probably… I mean, I get it, man, I’ve had poison oak, I’ve had bee stings before, and it ain’t fun. And you’re out there and you’re trying to be the best you can. So, rather than throwing your instruments down and coming to blows or anything like that, you work it out, you kind of calm yourself and you realize what’s going on.”

He continued: “So even in our situation, things like that can happen. And it’s just the nature of the beast. We’re all individuals and we all have our moments. So I always stress that, more now than ever.

Hetfield praised Trujillo during a 2017 interview with the 94.5 The Buzz radio station, saying: “Who else could [have come in and done the job]? I mean, there were a few people we auditioned, I know. It might have worked out with other people, but it’s hard to find people that are, say, your age, kind of your upbringing, musically, obviously, ability-wise, they’ve been on the road. It’s not like you’re bringing some kid out for his first time, and it’s, ‘Oh my God!’ He’s going through all the stuff that you did twenty-five years ago. He’s got kids. He’s married. It just jelled, and it’s still jelling. And his personality is probably one of the best contributions, I think, to the band, ’cause he’s so chill, he’s so up for anything, he’s always in there rehearsing. So he does fit in.”

You can listen to the full podcast here:

Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Testifies in Bataclan Attack Case

The Eagles of Death Metal testified on (May 17) about the tragedy that occurred during one of their concerts in 2015.
Terrorists killed 89 people at Le Bataclan and the attack was a part of a coordinated series of attacks in Paris.

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes and guitar tech Eden Galindo were both onstage when the Islamic group of terrorists entered the theater and sprayed it with gunfire. 
A soccer stadium and cafes were also targeted and a total of 130 people in total were killed during the attacks.

The Washington Post reports that during Hughes’ emotional testimony, he told the court how he prays for the victims’ families every day. Ever since the attack, he says, “I live a different life. I’ll never be the same.”

When the guitarist was asked if he was ready to forgive the sole surviving member of the terrorist group (the other attackers were killed by police or blew themselves up), he said,  “Yeah. It’s important to forgive. I’m a Christian. And…everyone can be lost, and everyone needs to find a way. And most of those gentlemen in there do. So I forgive them, and I hope they find the peace of God for themselves.”

Hughes described what happened during the attack to the court, and immediately recognized the sound of gunshots and “knew that death was coming.” He concluded his testimony by quoting Ozzy Osbourne, “You can’t kill rock ‘n’ roll! You can’t kill rock ‘n’ roll!”.

Judas Priest and Motorcycles explained by Rob Halford

Motorcycles were always part of Judas Priest’s image, and it actually came about fairly early in the band’s career.

In a recent interview with Goldmine Magazine, Rob Halford explained how the motorcycle became part of their live show and his thoughts on what it added to their overall presentation.
Halford recalled, “There was a moment when we first had the song ‘Hell Bent for Leather’, and we’re at a club, somewhere in U.K., still making our sound happen in any venue we could play in. And we pulled up and there were bikers parked outside the venue, down the alley and stuff. I said out of the blue, ‘It would be very cool if we could bring a motorcycle out during ‘Hell Bent for Leather.” I go and speak to a couple of bikers and told them what the idea was. [They responded], ‘Yeah, yeah. But his isn’t that big. Use mine.

Halford continues, “So, I had the bike, and I had a leather jacket. I put a leather jacket on, and it was like an epiphany. It was a very unplanned epiphany. Everything seemed to feel 100 percent connected at that particular show. And then that was it. You walk off stage going, ‘Something’s happened’ you know.”

He continues, “Now we have the whole manifestation of the look, the sound, the feel, it has all coalesced through that bike. It was like a simple On the Waterfront moment. Marlon Brando and all these things that have already preceded you, but in a non-musical way. Here it is. And that’s all she wrote. The fans loved it. They totally went ballistic.” That said, Halford’s motorcycle arrivals haven’t always gone as planned. On the last show of the tour supporting Judas Priest’s 1990 Painkiller album, Halford was knocked off the motorcycle he famously rode onto the stage at the end of each show by a misplaced prop. He broke his nose and was rendered unconscious, causing him to miss the last song of what would be his final show with the band for more than a decade.

In 2011, Halford also toppled off his Harley after driving it onstage during a show in Brazil. As he attempted to get his balance after stopping the Harley, Halford toppled over to his side as the weight of the bike got the best of him. Luckily the singer was uninjured from the stationary wreck, quickly getting back onto the bike with some help from his crew.

Judas Priest are currently touring Europe during a year that also will include their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for musical excellence.
To check their stops and purchase tickets, This is your stop.

Watch: “Hell Bent for Leather” live with the majestic Harley entrance.

Footage: METALLICA’s JAMES HETFIELD Gets Emotional At a Concert in Brazil

METALLICA‘s front man James Hetfield got emotional during the band’s concert Thursday night in Brazil, admitting to the audience that he was “feeling a little bit insecure” prior to taking the stage.

Before starting “Sad But True” at Estádio do Mineirão in Belo Horizonte on May 12, the 58  years old thanked the huge crowd, saying how he and his bandmates are “so blessed” to have the support of such a loyal fanbase.
But then he added : “I’ve gotta tell you I wasn’t feeling very good before I came out here. [I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like I’m an old guy, [I] can’t play anymore, all this bullshit that I tell myself in my head. So I talked to these guys, and they helped me, as simple as that. They gave me a hug and said, ‘Hey, if you’re struggling on stage, we’ve got your back.’ And I tell you, it means the world to me.” At that point, all three of James‘s bandmates approached the singer and once again gave him a heartfelt group hug, with Hetfield visibly touched by the gesture. He then once again addressed the audience, telling them: “And seeing you out there, I… I am not alone. I am not alone, and neither are you.”

James has been open about his battles with addiction, anxiety and low self-esteem in the past, most recently last fall while discussing the transformation he had to undergo in order to successfully front METALLICAduring the touring cycle for the band’s 1991 self-titled album, which stands as one of the top-selling records of all time.

He told Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe in October 2021: “There was such an expectation already on myself to not let the team down and be the best as possible. But then you add 60,000 people out there… You need to be what they need you to be, ’cause this is what you’ve evolved to be. And it is a little bit of Oz,” referencing the classic 1900 children’s book “The Wizard Of Oz” by L. Frank Baum which was then adapted into the two-time Oscar-winning film in 1939. “Like, the man behind the curtain, pay no attention, but this guy behind the curtain is just dying and struggling and freaking out and not knowing who he is.”

You can watch the video right here below:

CHILDREN OF BODOM: The Secret Revealed.

Former CHILDREN OF BODOM members Jaska Raatikainen (drums),Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä (bass) and Janne Wirman (keyboards) have opened up about the real reasons behind the band’s breakup, explaining that “the fans have a right to know what happened.”

Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman announced their departures from CHILDREN OF BODOM in October 2019.
A couple of months later, they issued a statement denying that they quit because they had families to support or wanted to retire. “Music is our profession and our lives, and all our families know that,” they said at the time.

CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho passed away on December 29, 2020 in his home in Helsinki, Finland. He died of alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue. Furthermore, Laihohad a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system. He had suffered from long-term health issues leading up to his death.

In a brand new in-depth interview with Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat, Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman discussed publicly for the first time the circumstances that led to CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s split and ultimately Laiho‘s death.

According to the three surviving members of CHILDREN OF BODOM, the real reason for the band’s breakup was not that they wanted to stop touring in order to spend more time with their families, which is how Laiho explained it to Helsingin Sanomat in November 2019. Instead, what caused the group to split was Laiho‘s substance abuse, and that is also what eventually killed him a year after they went their separate ways.

Laiho‘s addiction began to take a serious toll on CHIDLREN OF BODOM in 2008, when the band was the support act on a SLIPKNOT tour. In the ensuing years, Laiho promised his bandmates that he would not drink on the road anymore. Although he kept his word for a few years, Alexi “went into a tailspin again in 2016,” according to Wirman. Laiho, who had a substantial income as COB‘s main songwriter (all other income, from gigs to merchandise, was split equally),repeatedly complained that his income was declining and threatened to pull himself out of the limited liability company, AA & Sewira Consulting Oy, he and the other members formed in 2003.

After CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s manager brought up Laiho‘s substance abuse at a business meeting in New York in early 2019, Alexi refused to go into rehabilitation but did agree to see a doctor. He was diagnosed with diabetes, and he began taking medication to treat the condition.

In the summer of 2019, Laiho filed an application with the Finnish Patent And Registration Office to register the CHILDREN OF BODOM name to Laiho. This infuriated his bandmates who saw this as an attempt to hijack the name and brand that was controlled by the group’s LLC.

During CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s tour of Russia in October 2019, Laiho “was hitting the bottle like back in 2008,” his bandmates told Helsingin Sanomat.

“I told Alexi that you don’t usually drink starting at breakfast before a gig, and now you don’t even warm up with the guitar before going on stage like you always do,” Raatikainen recalled.

Laiho later apologized and stopped drinking for the last concerts of the tour.

“His hands were shaking for two days, but the gigs in Moscow and St Petersburg went pretty well,” Raatikainen said.

Raatikainen, Seppälä and Wirman decided to go with Alexi‘s wish from a few years back and buy him out of the LLC. Laiho retained the rights to his music and was paid royalties on performances and record sales as before, but sold his part of the LLC that owns the name of the band and the merchandising rights.

According to the trio, Alexi was sober for CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s entire final tour of Finland in December 2019 and he “exchanged cordial messages” with them even after the start of the pandemic.

Alexi‘s sister Anna Laiho told Helsingin Sanomat that the three surviving members of CHILDREN OF BODOM “have the full support of our family.”

Anna, Alexi‘s Australian wife Kelli Wright-Laiho and a few close friends attempted to get him professional help in the fall of 2020, but he refused.

“At heart, he was a warm and caring person, always ready to help others. But he had his demons, and he wanted to fight those alone”, Alexi‘s sister said. “He wanted to make his own choices. For better or worse.”

Read Helsingin Sanomat‘s entire in-depth article by following this link.

Alexi‘s ashes were buried in December 2021 — nearly a year after his tragic passing. He was laid to rest at the Malmi Cemetery, a large cemetery located in the Malmi district in Helsinki, Finland.

Alexi and Jaska founded CHILDREN OF BODOM in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. In 2020, Alexi put together BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, which recorded three songs and shot one music video, all of which were released posthumously.

CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s latest album, “Hexed”, came out in March 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Marty Friedman: Even I Sometimes Skip Guitar Solos When I Listen To Music

The legendary guitarists and former Megadeth member adressed recently a new statistics about music listeners who skip the songs when the guitar solo kicks in.

Marty posted on his Facebook page the following:

OK friends, strap yourselves in, this should be a good one.
日本語は英文の下にあります。
So “GUITAR SOLO” is trending in Japan right now. Why, you ask? Its because it has been reported (true or not, who knows) that in Japan it seems that data shows that on music subscription apps, many people are skipping to the next song when the guitar solo comes on. This makes sense and it wouldn’t surprise me if it were true. Here is my theory on why I think this is happening. After you read it, definitely share your thoughts with me in the comments.
First of all, I believe that this data must be referring to the mainstream hit music, not heavy metal bands and rock bands. I’m talking about what the vast majority of people listen to, pop artists who are on the top of the charts,. The journey of an actual hit song from creation to the end user, is incredibly long and a laundry list of professional people are involved. Aside from the artist himself, you have the songwriter(s), lyricist(s), producer, arranger, studio musicians for the demo, studio musicians for the master, label people, recording engineers and technicians, music video creators, directors and tech staff, and more. At this point we still don’t know if the song will even be popular or not, but one thing is for sure there is a lot of money and time being gambled.
For the above reasons, guitar solos have all but vanished in the top levels of the US mainstream.
Other countries too. Luckily for us in Japan, Japanese people are accustomed to having guitar solos in all genres of music in Japan. They are so ingrained in the consciousness of the Japanese listener that many producers, artists and people in the music business may feel that the guitar solo is an important part of the song, a break for the vocalist, and a necessary “sound” of familiarity that is a must for any great song. The problem is, it can sometimes take on an obligatory existence, where as long as there is some kind of distorted guitar solo for 8 bars somewhere in the song, the quota is met and all is well. That just don’t cut it, people! No wonder people skip the guitar solos when they listen. Even I skip them sometimes. I can tell in the first opening phrase whether or not I will give a rat’s behind what the rest of the solo will be like. I bet you can too.
With all of the above listed people and tasks involved in making that hit song, the guitar solo is the first thing that some producers feel they can save time, energy, commitment and money on. “Oh the solo is fine, the player is great, sounds good to me”. This is the problem. In heavy rock, the fans care a lot about nuances of guitar solos and love them, even more than the rest of the song, But in the mainstream pop world, that solo better have just as much care, magic, and reason for being there going for it as the vocal that preceded it does. Imagine any Queen song with some decent random guitar solo coming in directly after Freddie`s performance. Those solos would be skipped for sure. So instead of having a guitar solo in the song just for the sake of familiarity, or because a guitar solo sounds cool (they usually do) it must be there for a deeper reason. In the song creation stage, ideally the solo`s content, performance and even unique magic that fits that one particular song should be committed to and given a lot of thought. As a fan I would wish that, and as a guitarist I always strive to do that.
What do you guys think?
 
 

MIKE PORTNOY on his recent DREAM THEATER show experience as a fan

Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy was at the group’s concert on March 4 in New York City. His first time seeing his former bandmates perform live since his exit from the legendary progressive metal band over 11 years ago.

Portnoy appeared yesterday (May 3) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Mike talked about the circumstances that led to him being present at the show:
“We had been slowly rekindling the relationships over the years. Obviously, John Petrucci and I have made a few albums together at this point — I played on his last solo album, and then he, myself, Jordan and, Tony Levin got back together to do a LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT album in 2020. So, yeah, John Petrucci and Jordan had been hanging with me a lot through the years, and our families as well. In fact, the first time I played together with Jordan again was on the last Cruise To The Edge in 2019, Jordan and I played together on that. So the relationships had been really, really good and comfortable with those guys. And John Myung lives right down the street from me, so I would see him in town all the time. And his wife is very, very good friend with my wife. So there’s three of the guys that I had been on very, very good terms with over the years. And my wife and John Myung‘s wife were going to see them at the New York show, and I was, like, ‘You know what? What the hell.'”

Portnoy went on to say that he had previously “dreamt about going to see” DREAM THEATER play. “I’m not saying I dreamt like it was my goal, I’m saying I literally would have dreams at night sleeping, where in my dreams I’m going to see DREAM THEATER and it’s just an awkward thing. “So for a long time I was very nervous about it, like how weird would it feel? Would it be uncomfortable? But I finally was at peace with it. I went to the show, and it was a really cool experience, it was not as awkward as I had anticipated or feared. And at the show, James  welcomed me from the stage. And I hadn’t spoken to James, as a lot of people know, I hadn’t spoken to him since I left the band, so I got to see him that night after the show. And I went into his dressing room, and within literally 10 seconds, any of that drama or B.S. that had built up through the years, it melted away immediately. And it was all hugs and kisses and ‘love you, bro’ and ‘miss you, bro.’ And it was, like, all that bullshit from the last 11 years was just water under the bridge.”

Mike continued: “You can’t spend most of your life with a group of guys like that and not be family for life. I met John Petrucci and John Myung when we were teenagers, we met in college and our families have grown up together and our wives all played in a band together and our kids,  my daughter and John Petrucci‘s daughter live together in Brooklyn. So it’s a family. Whether I’m currently in the band or not, that doesn’t matter, you can’t take away the friendship and the family and the history and the experiences we shared for so, so long.”

Portnoy talked about what it was like to see another drummer play his parts live with DREAM THEATER, Portnoy said: “I’ve always been the type of drummer that just flies [by] the seat of my pants in the moment. Even with my own drum parts, I don’t necessarily stick to them faithfully from show to show, whereas [current DREAM THEATER drummer Mike] Mangini obviously really studied the drum parts and they had everything programmed out. They’re all about the precision, and that’s surely their thing. And yeah, he killed it. There’s no doubt he’s an amazing drummer and he plays my parts incredibly faithfully. I feel bad for him. He and I joked about it. He’s in a horrible situation where he’s damned if he does and he’s damned if he doesn’t. He expressed that frustration to me, and I feel for him, it’s definitely a weird position to be put into. I kind of had it a little bit when I played with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and TWISTED SISTER, coming into the throne of two drummers that have passed away, and I tried to learn those parts as faithfully as I could. When I had a hired-gun gig like that, I spent a lot of attention trying to honor the drummer that came before me it’s important. I don’t wanna go into a gig like either of those and try to force my style onto it.”

Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER 37 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

Portnoy was a guest on Petrucci‘s second solo album, “Terminal Velocity”, which was released in August 2020 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The effort marked the first time Petrucci and Portnoy recorded together in over a decade, as well as their first time playing together since Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER.

A couple of years ago, Portnoy told Loud that he left DREAM THEATER because he wanted to expand his musical horizons. “[I didn’t] want to go to my grave and just be the drummer from DREAM THEATER,” he said. “I knew there was way more to what I had to offer.”

LaBrie had previously closed the door on the possibility of a DREAM THEATER reunion with Portnoy, telling Chile’s Radio Futuro in an August 2013 interview: “That possibility, I don’t see it ever happening, it’s not gonna happen. Because, first and foremost, Mike Mangini is a full-fledged member of the band now, he’s a phenomenal drummer and he’s doing everything that we could possibly want as a drummer in a band. He’s helping us realize exactly what we wanna do right now musically. And he will be our drummer until the day that we finish doing this, when we conclude. Mike Portnoy was a big part of our past, but I think that’s where it’s going to remain. He was a drummer from the past. And as far as presently and into the future, it will be Mike Mangini, and we all feel very strongly about that. He’s an incredible drummer, he’s an incredible asset to the band, and he is fulfilling our wildest dreams as far as what we’re doing musically and what we’re doing with each album. So that’s the way it stands.”

 

Paul McCartney Reunites with John Lennon Virtually

The Beatles legend Paul McCartney performed his first concert in three years in Spokane, Washington on April 28, delivering a 36-song set that even included a virtual duet with his long deceased bandmate, John Lennon.

Paul played a setlist that  featured 21 Beatles tracks, six by Wings, a cover of The Quarrymen and the rest being a mix of solo songs that brought things all the way to the current with the live debut of “Women and Wives” off the musician’s 2020 solo record, McCartney III.

You can watch the video down below




HELLFEST: A Special Message

As promised, Hellfest released the following message yesterday, sealing the festival’s line-up.

All the fans have been waiting for the revelation of the final Headliner to close Saturday night 18th of June.

The team behind closed doors has been working very hard to find an alternative name that can replace Faith No More.

Through a mysterious video, Hellfest finally announced the band that will be headlining the night of 18th June.

You can watch the video down below to find out who’s coming:

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana Form a SUPERGROUP

A new supergrou is coming together with great musicians behind this new project called “3rd Secret”

Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil, Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic and, Pearl Jam‘s Matt Cameron joined by vocalists Jennifer Johnson and Jillian Raye of “Giants In The Trees” and guitarist Jon “Bubba” Dupree, formerly of Void.

Photo by: Mike Hipple ©3rd Secret Music

 

The band have quietly released their self-titled album, which you can stream now, and have launched a new website

This is their latest est statement published yesterday:
Thanks for all of the coverage with releasing 3rd Secret.
Nice to hear the reporting refer to a “Supergroup”! We’ll take it!!!

There is a video performance of the band in the works, which was captured at Seattle’s MoPop. These are the live stills we have provided. No real reason video is not out yet, other than same old delays. Releasing real soon, we promise!

We have added more royalty free images for people to enjoy and distribute.

The album covert art was created by : Tim Gabor

 

You can now stream the album below, let us know your thoughts

 

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