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KIRK HAMMETT Hopes New METALLICA Album Will Be Completed By End Of 2005

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently spoke to the Cleveland Free Times regarding Jason Newsted's departure, the "Some Kind of Monster" documentary, touring and the next studio album which he hopes will be completed by the end of the year. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On Jason New...
September 19, 2004

METALLICA's 'Performance Coach' Speaks To Australia's ABC: Audio Available

METALLICA's "performance coach" Phil Towle, a 65-year-old former psychotherapist who was brought into the picture in January 2001 to help James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich repair their relationship with Jason Newsted, recently spoke to Red Symons of Australia's ABC about his time spent wi...
September 7, 2004


METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke to Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM prior to the band's show in Chicago last Friday (Aug. 27). A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Scoop: What kind of metal, what kind of tunes are you listening to right now? Have you hea...
August 31, 2004

VALUME NOB: Live Shows Announced

VALUME NOB, the Louisiana based band featuring CROWBAR/DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein on bass, have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Sep. 17 - New Orleans, LA - The State Palace Theatre Oct. 07 - Auburn, AL - Roosters,Rythm,& Brews Oct. 08 - Tampa, FL - The Brass Mug Oct. 09...
August 30, 2004

Review: Anger Management Bad For METALLICA

Jim Derogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times reviewed METALLICA's headlining performance at Chicago's Allstate Arena Friday night (August 27). An excerpt from his review follows: "The problem with METALLICA's more than two-hour set, however, was that Hetfield and his bandmates — who've famously benefitted...
August 29, 2004

VALUME NOB: Extended EP To Include Live Tracks, Band Interview

VALUME NOB, the Louisiana based band featuring CROWBAR/DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein on bass, will be releasing an extended version of their previously recorded "The Most High" EP on October 19 through Crash Music Inc. The CD will contain the four songs from the original recording as well as two "li...
August 28, 2004

METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT 'Down With All Things Metal' At OZZFEST 2004

Former BROKEN HOPE and current LUPARA guitarist Jeremy Wagner sent us the following report from yesterday's Ozzfest stop in Tinley Park, IL: "I went to the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, IL yesterday and thought you might be interested to know that Kirk Hammett was in attendance. I heard he had show...
August 22, 2004

METALLICA: 'So What' Book Signing Session Attended By 650 'Die-Hard' Fans

Six hundred and fifty die-hard fans attended an exclusive book signing with METALLICA at the legendary live music club First Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday night (August 16). METALLICA autographed every fan's copy of "So What! The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" from midnight to 3 a.m. following their...
August 20, 2004

ZAKK WYLDE Was Shocked By Lack Of Guitar Solos On METALLICA's 'St. Anger'

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde recently told the Akron Beacon Journal that he believes it's time for the guitar solo to make a comeback. "I thought it was shocking when I heard the new METALLICA record and Kirk (Hammett) didn't do one solo. I couldn't believe it. They can do...
August 19, 2004

ROBERT TRUJILLO Says METALLICA's 'Groove Factor' Is Their Secret Weapon

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo recently spoke to Gemma Tarlach of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about what it's been like playing with the biggest heavy metal band in the world and whether or not he has been accepted by the group's die-hard fans. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q. Wh...
August 18, 2004

KIRK HAMMETT Says He's Always Been The 'Nice Guy' In METALLICA

In an in-depth interview with, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett conceded that the group's new documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", pushed the limits on documenting the band's recent activity, such as the infighting, therapy and more. "To be truthful I think it is all...
August 10, 2004


C.W. Nevius of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has bought a 1936 Ford coupe done up by custom car legend Cole Foster of Salinas Boys Customs. Nearly finished, the car will make its debut at the Goodguys 18th West Coast Rod and Custom Nationals at the Pl...
August 10, 2004

KIRK HAMMETT Says 'Things Are A Lot More Real' In METALLICA Camp Nowadays

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently told the Reno Gazette Journal that the band underwent a "paradigm shift" thanks to the therapy sessions documented in the METALLICA movie "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster". For example, band member James Hetfield used to curse at crowd members from the stage...
August 9, 2004

ON A PALE HORSE To Enter Studio In September

ON A PALE HORSE, the band featuring ex-SLIPKNOT guitarist Josh Brainard, will enter Junior's Motel studio in Otho, Iowa in September with producer Kirk Kaufmann to record their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Riding the Wind". The follow-up to "Black Is Not the Darkest Colour" will contain 12 s...
August 7, 2004


New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. The group's new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", is expected to see a February 8, 2005 Stateside release date. Final studio work on the album, produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and...
August 5, 2004