Former METALLICA Tour Manager To Sell Band Collectibles Online

June 12, 2003

Former METALLICA tour manager/personal assistant/fan club president Tony Smith has founded in an effort to "try to establish a genuine and personal link between interested [METALLICA] fans and rare and unusual artist items," according to a message posted on the site. "With you'll find the type of genuine stuff you can't just run to Best Buy or Spencer's and purchase. Most of these items come directly from the band themselves and have often been used onstage and many are autographed!

"With the kind of honesty that those who know him (or know of him) have come to expect from Tony, he openly states that is obviously an opportunity for him to earn income. However, Tony also states, strongly and sincerely, that anything connected with him and is absolutely genuine."

Among the initial items available for fans to bid on are a METALLICA autographed Rolling Stone magazine, an autographed promo pic, guitar picks, t-shirts and more.

Smith worked for METALLICA from the 1980s until his retirement (from touring) in 1999. His duties with METALLICA also included designing, founding and overseeing the band's fan club (The Metallica Club) from 1994-2000. Besides METALLICA, Tony has worked with many other major-league recording and touring bands.

(Thanks: Inter Sandman)

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