Apocalyptica Shares their Single and Video of Their New Cover of Metallica’s “One” ft. James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo


Apocalyptica previously announced the sequel to their legendary debut record. Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2, releasing on June 7th, 2024 via Throwdown Entertainment / BMG Music, will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki’s world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four–heavy metal titans Metallica. The band has now shared their new cover of the Metallica classic “One” – their first big hit, reveled an updated own James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo! Trujillo, also already featured on the previous single “The Four Horseman!” For their ninth record the classically-minded dynamos are returning to their roots to bring a legendary story full circle. “One” will be the next single off of the album. This will be the final album for drummer Mikko Sirén, who is stepping down from the band. It also features a host of surprises beginning with a unique collaboration. Stream the single and watch the video!Continue reading


Apocalyptica Announces James Hetfield As a Guest on Their Upcoming New Album On a New Cover of Metallica’s “One”


Apocalyptica previously announced the sequel to their legendary debut record. Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2, releasing on June 7th, 2024 via Throwdown Entertainment / BMG Music, will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki’s world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four–heavy metal titans Metallica. The band has now reveled an updated tracklisting with Metallica’s own James Hetfield appearing on a new cover of the classic song “One” – the highlight of And Justice For All.That track also features bassist Robert Trujillo, who already featured on the lead single “The Four Horseman!” For their ninth record the classically-minded dynamos are returning to their roots to bring a legendary story full circle. “One” will be the next single off of the album. This will be the final album for drummer Mikko Sirén, who is stepping down from the band. It also features a host of surprises beginning with a unique collaboration. Continue reading


Watch More Pro-Shot Video of Metallica Covering Elton John’s “Funeral For A Friend” and “Love Lies Bleeding” at The Gershwin Prize Awards Ceremony


Photo 24705234 | Metallica © Yakub88 | Dreamstime.com

Photo 24705234 | Metallica © Yakub88 | Dreamstime.com

Metallica joined Garth Brooks, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and others for the at the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize tribute concert and award presentation to Elton John And Bernie Taupin on March 20. PBS stations nationwide will premiere the concert on Monday, April 8, at 8 PM ET (check local listings), available via broadcast and streaming on PBS.org and the PBS App. In an interview with Howard Stern in 2023, Metallica’s James Hetfield called “Candle In The Wind” by John and Taupin was one of the “greatest songs ever.” Watch new pro-shot footage of the band performing “Funeral For A Friend” and “Love Lies Bleeding!” Continue reading


Watch Metallica Cover Elton John’s “Funeral For A Friend” and “Love Lies Bleeding” at The Gershwin Prize Awards Ceremony


Photo 24705234 | Metallica © Yakub88 | Dreamstime.com

Photo 24705234 | Metallica © Yakub88 | Dreamstime.com

Metallica joined Garth Brooks, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and others for the at the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize tribute concert and award presentation to Elton John And Bernie Taupin on March 20. PBS stations nationwide will premiere the concert on Monday, April 8, at 8 PM ET (check local listings), available via broadcast and streaming on PBS.org and the PBS App. In an interview with Howard Stern in 2023, Metallica’s James Hetfield called “Candle In The Wind” by John and Taupin was one of the “greatest songs ever.”Watch the band perform “Funeral For A Friend” and “Love Lies Bleeding!” Continue reading


Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo Share Elton John Stories On the Latest Metallica Report Podcast.


On the latest edition of The Metallica Podcast, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo swapped Elton John and Bernie Taupin stories ahead of the bands’ performance at The Gershwin Awards. The last two episodes focused on their producer and live performance mixer Greg Fidelman. On this weeks’ episode they also discussed their prior appearance on Howard Stern with Miley Cyrus where Elton called “Nothing Else Matters” from The Black Album is “one of the greatest songs ever written,” infamously making James Hetfield cry. The Gershwin Awards. The Gershwin Awards broadcast will air in full on PBS stations and streaming on April 8th, 2024. Metallica soon will embark on leg two of the M72 World Tour!Continue reading


Metallica to Perform at Award Ceremony Honoring Elton John and Bernie Taupin at the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize


Photo 24705234 | Metallica © Yakub88 | Dreamstime.com

Photo 24705234 | Metallica © Yakub88 | Dreamstime.com

Metallica will join Garth Brooks, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and others for the at the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize tribute concert and award presentation to Elton John And Bernie Taupin on March 20. PBS stations nationwide will premiere the concert on Monday, April 8, at 8 PM ET (check local listings), available via broadcast and streaming on PBS.org and the PBS App. In an interview with Howard Stern in 2023, Metallica’s James Hetfield called “Candle In The Wind” by John and Taupin was one of the “greatest songs ever.”Continue reading


James Hetfield of Metallica is Still Thrilled by The “Excitement And Danger” of Using Pyro at Shows, 30 Years After Being Accidentally Set on Fire


On the latest episode of The Metallica Report Podcast, episode 23, James Hetfield gave an interview in which he discussed still being thrilled by the “excitement and the danger” of using pyro during Metallica shows, 30 plus years after he nearly lost his life on August 8th 1992. The infamous pyro accident took place during the Metallica / Guns N Roses co-headline tour. James said in the interview that it takes a special kind of person to manage pyrotechnics for a band, that they might be pyromaniacs deep down, and he’s still very excited Metallica gets to use it for songs like “Fuel,” “One,” and “Fade To Black!” He also remarked that Kirk Hammet is frequently a near miss of pyro accidents because he runs around the stage so much during a show, and he’s unpredictable. But he also said that the staff and crew are excellent, the band employs spottters, and fire marshals every show to prevent them from making mistakes. Hetfield suffered third degree burns to his hand, arm, and face when he accidentally stood in front of the wrong pyro station during a performance of “Fate to Black.” Recently profiled in Guitar World for his Messengers guitar book that was released in 2023, James shared the books’ in-depth review of that double-neck ESP guitar he was holding in that night when he was burned, and the memories that it holds for him. James said “I don’t blame the guitar. I don’t blame the pyro guy. It happened for a reason.” Listen to the Metallica podcast below!Continue reading


James Hetfield Shares a Holiday Message to Metallica Fans


Metallica has had a banner year with the release of their album 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings) their M72 World Tour, hosted a global concert livestream in movie theaters, released several new books about the band, continued to hit milestones and new frontiers as a band, and more. Feeling reflective at the close of the year, James Hetfield, who is not on social media on any personal accounts, has a message for fans via the Metallica accounts. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Paradise Lost – Icon 30


 

Named after the epic 17th-century biblical poem by John Milton, Paradise Lost are without a doubt one of the real success stories of British Heavy Metal. Continue reading