An all-star group of Ronnie James Dio's friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a new Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life, which will be released April 1 by Rhino. Proceeds from album sales will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Metallica's James Hetfield recently visited Guitar Center in San Francisco. The guitarist, who sat in the store's "little room," shared stories about his early fears, becoming a musician and rising to fame. He even played some guitar!
This one comes to us via a recent post over at kottke.org. It's a clip of Metallica performing "Enter Sandman" in Moscow, Russia, in 1991. Besides the impressive performance, the clip stands out because of the massive sea of people that turned out to see the band.
Later this month, Metallica will return to the Grammys stage for the first time in 22 years. But, as always, it's not so cut and dry. The band will perform with renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang during the show, the 56th annual event.
Metallica have released their entire December 8 Antarctica show as an audio download on their website. The set is available in multiple formats, including mp3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, ALAC-HD and FLAC-HD.
Today, Metallica announced the final round of live dates for next summer's European tour. The new dates include trips to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria and Poland. See the complete list of 2014 European dates below.
Metallica have announced that their annual Orion Music + More festival will take a year off in 2014. C3, the promoter of the festival, told The Detroit News that Orion would have conflicted with the band's recently announced European summer tour dates.
Fans who buy tickets online will be invited to vote on the set list Metallica will play at their show. Metallica's traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top-voted songs. Because the band didn't want to be left out of the fun, their vote for the 18th slot will go to a brand-new song.