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.
"I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican," said Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine in a recent interview. "I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see."
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Apparently, Hulk Hogan almost joined an early version of Metallica. The former WWWF champion wrestler, who stars in his own reality TV show, Hogan Knows Best, told The Sun in England that he and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich were tight during Hogan's days as a session musician.
According to a new interview with Rolling Stone, Metallica are currently seven to eight songs into the writing for their new album, and are aiming for shorter, more concise songs than the ones featured on 2008's Death Magnetic.
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?"