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Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE Bassist PHIL SOUSSAN Recalls Headlining Over METALLICA On 1986 Tour: 'We Just Saw Them Explode'

Back in 1986, Ozzy Osbourne embarked on "The Ultimate Sin" tour, with METALLICA in tow as the opening act. After supporting Ozzy for six months, METALLICA began a headlining tour in September of that year, but the trek was cut short due to the tragic death of METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton (the tour...
March 6, 2023

DAVID ELLEFSON: METALLICA 'Broke All The Doors Down To Every Obstacle In The Way Of Heavy Metal'

In a new interview with "I Ask No One With Kevin Re LoVullo", former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked if the multi-platinum success of METALLICA's 1991 self-titled album helped or hurt the metal community. Ellefson responded in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Ah, it frickin' bro...
March 4, 2023

KIRK HAMMETT LTD KH-V Signature Models Launched By ESP

ESP Guitars has announced the debut of a brand new signature series guitar for Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of iconic heavy metal band METALLICA. The LTD KH-V is being made available in three finish/hardware choices: Black Sparkle, Red Sparkle, and Metallic Gold. "I actually got goosebumps when I sa...
March 3, 2023

METALLICA Shares Music Video For New Song 'If Darkness Had A Son'

METALLICA has released the official Tim Saccenti-directed music video for a new song called "If Darkness Had A Son". The full track comes days after METALLICA used TikTok's duet function to tease out instrumental portions of the new tune, with drummer Lars Ulrich, bassist Robert Trujillo, guitarist/...
March 1, 2023

METALLICA Previews New Song 'If Darkness Had A Son'

METALLICA will release a new song called "If Darkness Had A Son" on Wednesday, March 1. A short TikTok video of the four members of the pioneering San Francisco Bay Area-based band playing a minute and 20 seconds of the track can be seen below. The latest snippet comes days after METALLICA used TikT...
February 28, 2023


Today (Friday, February 24) marks the 20th anniversary of bassist Robert Trujillo joining METALLICA. METALLICA commemorated the milestone by sharing a throwback photo from two decades ago, and it captioned it: "20 years of @robtrujillo and counting! Our brother joined the band #OnThisDay in 2003." T...
February 24, 2023

TYPE O NEGATIVE And CROWBAR Members Launch New Project Called EYE AM

Former TYPE O NEGATIVE members Kenny Hickey (guitar/vocals) and Johnny Kelly (drums) have joined forces with Kirk Windstein (guitar, vocals; CROWBAR, DOWN, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and Todd Strange (CROWBAR, DOWN) in a new band called EYE AM. EYE AM is currently in Gainesville, Florida preparing to enter...
February 22, 2023

DAVE MUSTAINE And SCOTT STAPP's Performances At 'Rock To Remember' Concert To Be Streamed Tonight

Gibson Gives — the charitable arm of Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand — and Guitars For Vets will celebrate U.S. veterans with the "Rock To Remember" concert, streaming via today (Monday, February 20) at 7:00 p.m. CT. "Rock To Remember" was filmed at the Gibson Garage...
February 20, 2023

DAVID ELLEFSON Reunites With Early MEGADETH Guitarist GREG HANDEVIDT For 'Jump In The Fire' Performance In Minneapolis

KINGS OF THRASH, the new band featuring former MEGADETH members David Ellefson (bass) and Jeff Young (guitar),was joined by early MEGADETH guitarist Greg Handevidt on stage Friday night (February 17) at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota to perform a cover of the METALLICA classic "Jump...
February 18, 2023

METALLICA's 'St. Anger' Makes ROLLING STONE's List Of '50 Genuinely Horrible Albums By Brilliant Artists'

Rolling Stone magazine has included METALLICA's controversial "St. Anger" LP on its newly released list of "50 Genuinely Horrible Albums By Brilliant Artists". "St. Anger" was released in June 2003 at the end of a turbulent two-year period in which bassist Jason Newsted left the group, frontman Jame...
February 16, 2023

MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE On METALLICA: 'Why Won't Those Guys Play With Us? What Are They Afraid Of?'

In a new interview with Guitar World magazine, Dave Mustaine was asked how he views the perceived competition between MEGADETH and his former band METALLICA. The MEGADETH leader responded: "In my mind, there is no competition between MEGADETH and METALLICA. We're different bands, and I believe MEGAD...
February 14, 2023

GARY HOLT And CHARLIE BENANTE Praise METALLICA's 'Flawless' 'Master Of Puppets' Album: 'From Start To Finish, You Can't Touch It'

In a new interview with Knotfest, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante discussed some of their favorite and most influential albums of all time, including EXODUS's debut LP, "Bonded By Blood", which Benante had previously said was the "best thrash record that's ever come ou...
February 14, 2023

DAVID ELLEFSON: 'A New METALLICA Album Is Like A New iPhone Launch; It's Pretty Much Awesome'

In a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked if he has heard METALLICA's two new songs, "Lux Æterna" and "Screaming Suicide". He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I have. I liked it. I think it's very cool. You k...
February 13, 2023

Watch: Life Of Late METALLICA Bassist CLIFF BURTON Celebrated With Virtual Event On What Would Have Been His 61st Birthday

The life of late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton was celebrated with "Cliff Burton Day" on what would have been his 61st birthday, February 10. A special livestream, emceed by Nicholas Gomez, included such guests as Connie Burton, Lou Martin, Flemming Rasmussen of Sweet Silence Studios, Mike Overton...
February 11, 2023


In a new interview with Yes! You CAN Play Guitar!, ex-EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt reflected on his former band's decision to fire original singer Paul Baloff in 1986 due to what at the time was described as "personal and musical differences." Paul was replaced by Steve "Zetro" Souza, who had previo...
February 8, 2023