It's hard to juggle all the news surrounding Metallica these days -- summer shows, a new album, a 3D film, their own music festival -- so we can only guess what those guys are going through. While their 3D film isn't set to appear in theaters until the summer of 2013, the band are actively working on the project, and have just announced signing on director Nimrod Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins for the film.
In conjunction with the MusiCares charity, Metallica are offering special bracelets made from the guitar/bass strings of James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go toward the MusiCares charity.
Metallica have announced the release of their Beyond Magnetic EP as a limited-edition silver vinyl pressing exclusively for Record Store Day. The EP -- which features four previously unreleased tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions -- has already seen a digital and CD release.
One of the factors that led to Jason Newsted's departure from Metallica in January of 2001 was frontman James Hetfield's reluctance to allow his bass player to indulge in side projects during the band's downtime.
Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons -- including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica -- have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.