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Video and mp3s: Metallica reunites with Jason Newsted at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony last night. Inductees included Jeff Beck, Run DMC, Metallica and others. Personally, I have mixed feelings about the Rock Hall.

On one hand I think getting inducted into the HOF it’s a meaningless token awarded by music industry execs who happen to be in positions of power that allow them to recognize artists they are friendly with. On the other hand I think it is great that certain artists, like Run DMC, that deserve recognition are enshrined and properly acknowledged by The Man. But I don’t want to bother you with my theories about why certain artists are in the HOF and others aren’t because my two cents is pretty much meaningless on this topic.

What I want to bother you with are these three awesome videos and some mp3s of the HOF ceremony. The reason these videos are awesome is because Jason Newsted is back with the band for “Master Of Puppets,” “Enter Sandman” and the pretty cool show-closing all-star jam which is a cover of “Train Kept A Rollin” featuring Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Metallica as the rhythm section with James Hetfield on vocals and more.’

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REVIEWS, AUDIO, PHOTOS & VIDEO: Metallica @ KeyArena

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

I’ve been fighting off a pretty vicious cold the last few days, which means I haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and write about the awesomeness that was my Night of Musical Madness.

I’ve got to run off to work in a few minutes (hopefully I can make it through the day without going home sick), so I won’t be able to give you my full rundown of the night’s events. However, I want to leave you with a few things to hold you over until I start feeling better so check out the reviews of the Metallica show that ran in other publications below. I would have included a review from the Times but there wasn’t one (more on that later).

Also, here are a few pics and an mp3 of “Motorbreath” from the show. You can see all of my photos from the show at my Flickr page. Enjoy!

METALLICA “MOTORBREATH” @ KEYARENA 12.01.08

Seattle Weekly’s review

The Stranger’s review

The P-I’s review

News Tribune review

“ONE” @ KEYARENA 12.01.08

“MASTER OF PUPPETS” @ KEYARENA 12.01.08


Night of Musical Madness 2008 update

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Here’s a quick update on how things went during the 2008 Night of Musical Madness:

• Everything went as planned. I was able to see an hour of Wu-Tang and catch all of Metallica
• I lost my voice screaming along to Metallica. It happened during “Sad But True.”
• There were lasers and pyro at Metallica. Set highlights included “Motorbreath,” “Harvester of Sorrow” and “Sanitarium.”
• Metallica also broke out a cover of The Misfits (or is it Danzig song?) “Die, Die My Darling,” before which Kirk and Lars teased the crowd with about one minute of “The Shortest Straw.”
• Wu-Tang was sans Method Man but they still rocked the Showbox SoDo. I was in awe of the lyrical skill of all seven members who were there.
• I got to hear just about every Wu track I wanted to hear including an ode to O.D.B. suite and I threw up about a hundred Wu-Tang W hand symbols.

I’ll have videos, photos and more words later, but for now I have to boogie on over the hill and head to work.


My ideal Metallica set list

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I know I have no say whatsoever in what songs Metallica chooses to play, but I thought it would be fun to put together a set list for tonight’s Metallica concert anyway. Also, it will likely be interesting to compare what songs I want Metallica to play with the songs the band actually performs.

If you’re reading this James, Lars, Kirk or Bob (can I call you Bob, Mr. Trujillo?) it would be great if you included “Breadfan,” “Creeping Death,” “Last Caress” and “Four Horsemen” in tonight’ set. I mean, can you remember the last time you guys broke out “Breadfan”? Me neither. Also, notice that I did not include “Sad But True,” “Unforgiven” or anything from the Load and St. Anger debacles. Just stick to the metal guys, stick to the metal.

That Was Just Your Life
Battery
For Whom the Bell Tolls
One
Master of Puppets
The Day That Never Comes
Enter Sandman
Breadfan
Broken, Beat and Scarred
Cyanide
Whiplash
Fight Fire With Fire
Last Caress
Creeping Death
Fade To Black
ENCORE
Four Horsemen
So What
Seek and Destroy


The method behind the madness: Why I love Wu-Tang and Metallica enough to see them both on the same night

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Fact: I was once a metalhead.

Fact: Any self-respecting metalhead likes Metallica.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the speed and thrash of “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride The Lightning,” the classic metal of “Master of Puppets,” the cerebral concept metal of “… And Justice For All,” the shiny, overproduced mainstream metal of “Metallica,” the stuff that Metallica attempted to pass off as metal in the mid-90s and early ‘00s, or the current “return to form” Metallica of “Death Magnetic,” what version of Metallica, every metalhead likes Metallica.

Personally, I prefer “Master of Puppets” and “… And Justice For All” versions of Metallica. I even wrote an English paper in high school where I dissected the lyrics of “Eye of the Beholder” and explained the reasoning behind the song’s anti-Big Brother message. So it only makes sense that because I was a teenage metalhead and am now a music journalist that Metallica has a special place in my music-loving, high school-English-paper-writing heart.

I’ve seen every Metallica show in this state dating back to 1994 when a young 16-year-old me was blown away by the band’s marathon set at Memorial Stadium. Almost every detail of that show, right down to the disappointing cancellation of Alice In Chains as openers, is still vibrantly etched into my memory. After that show I promised myself I would never miss a Metallica show in my life and so far I’ve been able to keep that promise.

Wu-Tang Clan, on the other hand, is a band I have always wanted to see live but for one reason or another I have never been able see all the members of the Wu form like Voltron on the same stage.

I had a ticket to see the killer bill of Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against the Machine at the Gorge in 1997. That show had plenty of controversy surrounding it. A quick Google search shows that MTV heavily covered the events leading up to the show (including the legal proceedings) as well as the show itself. Personally, I think the whole mess behind the 1997 concert is the reason RATM has yet to schedule a reunion tour date in Washington state.

Unfortunately, when Wu-Tang dropped out of that tour I sold my ticket. Nineteen-year-old me thought it wasn’t worth a trip to the Gorge just to see Rage since I saw them a few years prior at Mercer Arena. Today, 30-year-old me wants to slap 19-year-old me in the face for making that decision.

The other opportunity I had to worship at the altar of the Wu came in 2007 when they headlined a night of Bumbershoot. I try to never miss Bumbershoot and I did make it to a day of the 2007 festival, but it wasn’t the day Wu-Tang was headlining. You see, I was leaving to attend a wedding in Maui during Labor Day weekend and, well, I wasn’t going to abandon Maui just to see the Wu-Tang Clan. So sorry Wu-Tang, when it comes to you versus Maui, Maui wins.

Because I love Metallica so much I have made the decision to not leave their show early tonight in an attempt to see more Wu-Tang. So I’ve accepted that I will not be able to see both sets by Metallica and Wu-Tang in their entirety. But man, if Wu-Tang takes the stage late and I am able to see more than an hour, or hell I’d settle for a little under an hour, of the Rza, Gza, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon it will be well worth all the frantic fuss.


Night of Musical Madness 2008: Metallica and Wu-Tang Clan

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Tonight is going to be an unforgettable night of music for me. Or at least tonight will be a night the teenage version of myself will never forget.

Two very different high-profile concerts are happening tonight, and as per the fine print of my Music Critics Club card, it is my duty to attend both are report the details back to you. Tonight I will attempt to attend Metallica, The Sword and Lamb of God at KeyArena and then hightail it to Showbox SoDo to watch Wu-Tang Clan.

Now, I have pulled off the feat of seeing two shows in the same night before. Last year I drove 348 miles to see six bands perform for five hours and it was quite an exhilarating experience. I jokingly called that experience Ear Candy’s Night of Musical Madness.

This year I’m driving the same distance and going to two shows in the same night but the stakes are a little higher. For starters, the shows are bigger. The combination of arena rock and hardcore rap icons trump the indie rock and hip-hop legend I saw in concert last year (Although to be fair, Ghostface Killah was a part of last year’s experience and he will be spitting rhymes with Wu-Tang tonight so there are some parallels to last year.). Also, unlike last year, I paid for my tickets to both of tonight’s shows. I paid $90 for my Metallica ticket (the ticket price included a copy of “Death Magnetic” as well as a download of tonight’s show) and $50 for my Wu-Tang ticket.

So why am I doing this? Well, for several reasons.

First, I have been a huge fan of both Metallica and Wu-Tang since my early teenage years. Second, I love live music and these shows will likely be the last two I see this year so I want to end the year with a bang. What better way to do that than to attempt this? Finally, the third reason, which comes back to the first reason, is because I am a fan.

I’ve been a fan of Metallica since I started seriously listening to music back in 1991. I even remember waiting in line outside of Tower Records on Mercer Street at midnight to buy “Load.” And while I’m not the biggest hip-hop head on the block, I practically spent half my teenage years listening to “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” I simply could not pass up the opportunity to catch these two completely different, but equally important to me, groups on the same night.

Both shows are happening at the same time, so it will be tricky to get the timing right. I’m counting on a few things to fall into place tonight, such as Wu-Tang taking the stage late and being able to find parking near Showbox SoDo easily. Here is my timetable for tonight, keep your fingers crossed that things go as planned and come back tomorrow and throughout the week to find out how things went.

7 p.m. The Sword takes the stage
8 p.m. Lamb of God takes the stage
9 p.m. Metallica begins what is hopefully a two-hour set (I read that the band limits itself to two hours on stage due to the whole “Some Kind of Monster” therapy session film)
11 p.m. Leave KeyArena, find car and drive to Showbox SoDo
11:20 p.m. Find parking and arrive at Showbox SoDo
11:30 p.m. Catch the last hour of Wu-Tang


VIDEO: Metallica’s “The Day That Never Comes”

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” is set to be released in less than 10 days and here is the first music video (remember those?) from the album.


VIDEO: Even more new Metallica, “My Apocalypse”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

If you can’t tell, I am a little jazzed about the upcoming Metallica record “Death Magnetic.”

So in case you haven’t heard it, here is another track from “Death Magnetic,” called “My Apocalypse.”


VIDEO: More new Metallica, “The Day That Never Comes”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

A few weeks back I posted a video of the new Metallica song “Cyanide.” As every metalhead knows the song is off the upcoming “Death Magnetic,” which will be released Sept. 12.

Well, Metallica has released another new song to the masses, this one called “The Day That Never Comes,” and it packs a wallop during its final three minutes or so.

Here is a recording of the song, with lyrics, from the good old YouTube:


VIDEO: New Metallica, “Cyanide,” and a Seattle tour date

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Metallica performed at the one-stop Ozzfest last weekend. The Bay Area thrashers broke out a new song from the upcoming “Death Magnetic,” which is due Sept 12.

Here’s a video of the song “Cyanide.”

Aside from unleashing a new song on the world (Rolling Stone describes the track as swinging in a hammock between St. Anger an the Black Album), the band also announced when it will be coming to Seattle.

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