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Why Metallica needs the respect they deserve…

Seems like Metallica is America’s most hated band. They have a lot of haters, especially on the internet. There are many reasons why people hate Metallica. Basically, all the hate toward Metallica began when Lars Ulrich, threatened to sue Napster back in the day. Also the Metallica hate never stopped when they changed their style of music for the albums, “Load”, “Re-load”, and, “St. Anger”.

When they released their latest album, “Death Magnetic”, a few years ago, Metallica tried their best to give what the fans wanted all along. Thrash metal. That’s exactly what the band did, they gave us the return of thrash/speed metal for “Death Magnetic”. Most people are happy with the album, but of course, some aren’t. A lot of people complain, “Death Magnetic”, for a few reasons. They all say they can’t hear Rob Trujillo’s bass playing and they accused the album of being, “clipped”, in Pro Tools.

Metallica, then did the Big 4 shows with Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth, to help keep the metal fanbase going. Of course, I’m sure Metallica is being hated on for that as well. I’m sure they’re being accused of being ego’s, attention whores or they’re just doing Big 4 shows for the money alone, but I disagree with all those.

Next here comes the Lou Reed & Metallica project which they will release an album together called, “LuLu”. A lot of people say this is the worst collaboration in the history of music. Why? Because it’s Metallica. Like I said before, people call them bad guys at almost everything they want to do.

Metallica needs to be respected. Love ’em or hate ’em, they are the kings of metal, period. You may like your other metal bands (like Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Ac/Dc, etc.), but they are not in Metallica’s league. Metallica is pretty much the only metal band who is capable enough of writing memorable songs that are catchy and they can’t leave your head. Metallica is this generation of the Beatles, if you know what I mean by that. They had too many singles that you still hear on the radio today. How many other metal bands get their songs played on the radio? Not too many. Yes, I’m sure other metal bands have got their songs played on the radio many times before, Metallica are the kings of radio.

There are Metallica fans that would only support them for their earlier music in the 80’s they did with Cliff Burton and not like their new music. There are also Metallica fans who would like everything they do (like myself).

Here is a short list of why Metallica needs to be respected.

  • They had a legendary career – They toured with just about every metal band you can think of. They’ve been on the top of the Billboard charts for a lot of their stuff. Their career is so historic and they are special in a lot of ways. Did any other band had a legendary career like they did? Well the only bands that can almost top them are Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth, which is the whole point of the Big 4 shows. 4 Bands who had a similar legacy get together on a tour, but Metallica are still the kings.
  • They are passionate about music – It’s not about the money and fame for them at all. They continue at it, because they enjoy it. You can tell too by the way they play on stage. They show that music is in their blood and they love what they do.
  • They are not afraid to go different directions – If people are upset about their different styles of music they do every album. If people are pissed off that they stayed away from thrash/speed, tough shit. They are a band. No band wants to play the same type of music all the time. They need to switch it up every once in a while like all bands do.
  • They tour constantly with no days off – They tour around the world and the United States pretty heavily. Being away from their families for long periods of time, that’s a lot of guts. Can you do that?
  • They’re nice guys – I don’t see any ego problems at all. To me they seem nice and professional. They don’t do interviews that much, but I enjoy how they give interviews in the press. Plus, the boys in Metallica are very good with their fans. They are willing to do meet & greets, do autographs and take photos with them. Not many bands do that.
  • They’re talented songwriters – No matter the genre of music they decide to do, they’re always capable of writing catchy songs that never leave your head. Even if you don’t like, “Load”, “Re-load” and, “St. Anger”, you still gotta hand it to ’em. There are still good songs on those three albums. Again, they are great at making anthems better than any other band that you can sing along to them at their concerts.
  • They respect other talent – No, the boys in Metallica do not think they are better than other bands. If you read their interviews, they like other music and they support other bands, greatly. They are willing to tour and collaborate with other bands. They have been doing that stuff for years. They are friends with other bands too like all the bands on the Big 4 lineup for example.
I have seen Metallica live in concert for their, “Death Magnetic” tour, and it was a huge honor for me to see a band that I always wanted to see. I’ll never forget that night. They are the best live performers too.
I will always support Metallica. No matter what they do, they got my back. I look forward to the Lou Reed album, “LuLu”, hope they release a song soon.
Kev

 

Big 4 show tonight at Yankee Stadium, will Lou Reed make an appearance tonight during the Metallica set???

Well, the huge Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium is tonight. The same bands on the lineup that includes: Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica are all playing tonight at Yankee Stadium.

Will Metallica surprise all of us by inviting Lou Reed to jam with them on a few songs? Will Metallica and Lou Reed play a few songs from their upcoming album, “Lulu” tonight, or even the full album in it’s entirety on stage? Wouldn’t surprise me if that happens.

I’ll be on the lookout for youtube videos of this concert  tomorrow, you’ll know they’ll be all over youtube sooner or later.

Kev

DVD Review: “The Big 4”

So I finally bought the “Big 4” live music DVD. The history making concert in Sofia, Bulgaria with 4 iconic metal bands all in one show. They are: Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica. Here is a brief review of the DVD.

I thought all 4 performances were just amazing of course. All 4 bands played amazingly tight. Honestly, I never really listened to Anthrax that much before, and after hearing them on this DVD makes me want to buy more of their music, only the stuff with Joey Belladonna as the vocalist ’cause he is an awesome singer.

I love Slayer and knew most of their songs they played on this DVD. The same with Megadeth and Metallica. Some people don’t see it in me, but I’m a metalhead. I love the genre. I’ve been listening to metal for years, ever since the 80’s hair metal days.

The sound and the picture on the DVD is just mind blowing. The music on the DVD is loud. So if you have a home theater surround sound system, the drums might blow your subwoofer if you turn it up so loud, lol.

Another thing that’s cool, is that the DVD has a 49 minute documentary, giving you a behind the scenes look of that whole concert. The documentary shows all the bands traveling to that venue and arriving there. It shows the setup of the concert, meeting fans backstage and all that stuff. It also shows private conversations with the bands in the dressing rooms.

The thing that amazed me the most is the friendship between Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich. Remember, those two guys used to be enemies for years. It was Lars who fired Dave from Metallica 30 years ago. Now they are on the DVD acting like they are brothers or best friends or something. I’ll admit it almost brought a tear to my eye.

I’m just so happy that the feud between Metallica and Megadeth is finally over. Dave Mustaine looks very happy about it too. This was good of Dave to do, bury the hatchet. You can’t hold negative grudges forever. You gotta patch it up sometime. It’s called forgiving and forget. That’s what Metallica did. They finally forgave Dave for his troubles. Now Metallica and Megadeth are finally touring after so many years.

This was supposed to happen a long time ago. Metallica and Megadeth sharing the stage. Now it’s finally happening. Now the Big 4 show is set for a few US shows with them being booked for Yankee Statium in NYC. Oh man, I would love to go to the Yankee Stadium show, ’cause that would be fucking badass!

Now that Metallica and Megadeth finally buried the hatchet, lets hope for a supergroup collaboration. Maybe both Metallica and Megadeth can do an album together under a different band name, ’cause that would be a pretty cool side project for them. I’m pretty sure Dave Mustaine, Lars, James, and Kirk would plan a studio project together in the future. Maybe even Dave would let some of the boys in Metallica play on a song for the new Megadeth album, who knows. All of this is possible now they are friends again.

This is a must buy for all metalheads out there. So do yourself a favor and get it. I don’t buy music DVD’s too much but only the ones I’m interested in.

Kev

Report: “The Big Four” to play one off show in the United States!!!

“The Big Four” have announced the huge news today, that Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax will play their first show in the United States. Their show will be taken place on Saturday April 23rd, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. If you live in California or near there and want to go, tickets go on sale Friday. Get ’em fast, ’cause this will indeed be a quick sell out. Tickets are $99.00 a pop, VIP are for $199.

Read more here, at Guitar World.

Man, wish I could afford this. If I had all that money, I would certainly travel to see this show. I would love to see it. I’m sure they’ll be video taping this for a DVD too.

Kev

Cool Video: Dave Mustaine jams with his former rivalries at Sonisphere Big 4 show…

You want proof that Dave Mustaine buried the hatchet with all of the bands he feuded with in the past? He feuded with all 3 bands at the Sonisphere Big 4 show: Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax.

It is so amazing to see Dave Mustaine jam with Metallica again after all these years. I mean look at Dave on stage. He looks so happy and thrilled!

This is a great performance too!

Kev

Metallica’s big 4 show photos…

Man oh man, that’s a badass picture isn’t it? Isn’t it hard to believe seeing Kerry King, Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield in the same picture? The three of those guys have been enemies for years. There’s your evidence that they officially buried the hatchet. I’m happy that Kerry, Dave, and James are all on the same page now!

I’m pretty sure the Big 4 shows will be getting a DVD release in the future.

See more pictures from the first “Big 4” gig they had in Warsaw, Poland here:

http://www.guitarworld.com/article/metallica_slayer_megadeth_and_anthrax_first_look_photos_from_historic_show

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax to share the stage for the first time!!!

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has always been known to get into heated feuds with other metal bands over the years. Mostly with Metallica and Slayer being the big ones. Dave already buried the hatchet with Slayer. Now it looks like he officially buried the hatchet with Metallica.

I mean come on now, if Mustaine and Metallica still didn’t get along, they wouldn’t agree to do this show at all. So it’s obvious they talked things over and put their differences aside after 30 years of feuding.

I’m glad ’cause that feud with Metallica and Megadeth was getting old and pretty stupid. Now this is definitely possible for a full Megadeth/Metallica tour in the future.

This is solid evidence that Dave still loves Metallica after all these years. This show sounds killer, and I agree, it is a historic announcement for the music industry. Especially for metal fans. It is a dream come true for metalheads.

This show will happen at the Sonisphere for the Czech Republic.

Check it out here:

http://www.metallica.com/index.asp?item=602847

Hope they record this for a DVD release. I’m sure they will be video taping it, it’s a huge show that all metal fans wants to see, so of course, they will video tape it.

Kev