February 19, 2004 reports that Trevor Mills thinks new-school METALLICA blows, which is why his group, METALLIKIDS, only focuses on their first three albums. The METALLICA cover band plays two sets today (Feb. 19) at 8150 in Vail, while LIPSLIDE plays one in the middle. Music starts at 10 p.m.

How do they approach the music?

"We're not making fun of it, we're super stoked on it," he said. "It's been my favorite band since 1984. Everything else sucks."

He discovered METALLICA when he was in high school. Somebody gave him "Jump in the Fire", and he was hooked.

"I was one of those pissed off kids," he said. "I like the power, the energy, the complexity, the melody, the crossover-ness of it. It's not as big a deal now, but they forged the way for heavy music."

Mills is in his 30s, but he's playing with a trio of 18-year-olds — hence the Kids of METALLIKIDS. They've been gigging since last summer. Despite their lack of disc or press photos, they're all booked up.

"If you would have seen METALLICA in 1990 just after the Black Album came out, that's what we're going for," said Mills. "Similar breaks, similar medleys. METALLICA nowadays will start a song and not finish it. But we'll play it from start to finish. We play the whole damn thing."

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