As anyone who's followed Metallica's career can tell you, the group's members are rarely at a loss for words. But when Kirk Hammett recently learned that he'd become the first inductee into the Guitar World Hall of Fame, he was rendered speechless for a solid minute or two. "It totally took me by surprise," he says. "Especially since our profile has been so weird lately. It's been very non-musical, you know?"
Earlier this year, Down announced that they will record four new EPs instead of a full-length album, setting off a ton of speculation about how the album's days may be numbered, thanks to any number of culprits from our download-centric culture to the impatience of fans.
Anyone who caught one of the Big Four shows over the past couple of years would agree that they were truly once-in-a-lifetime events. As many fans are still hoping the Big Four -- Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth -- will come their way, Slayer's Kerry King believes the bands will likely now go their separate ways.
In case you missed it (video here,) Dave Mustaine joined Metallica on stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco for five songs on the final night of their 30th anniversary celebration. Mustaine recently talked to Powerline about the show, including his earliest memories of Metallica.
For the last week, we've done our best to bring you clips of the four previously unreleased songs Metallica has debuted over the course of their 30th anniversary celebration. While Metallica fan club members already have downloads of all four tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions, Metallica has decided to release all four songs as a digital EP titled Beyond Magnetic.