Torben Ulrich, the father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has died. He was 95 years old. Ulrich announced his father’s death on social media post (Wednesday, December 20). He wrote: “Torben Ulrich: 1928-2023. 95 years of adventures, unique experiences, curiosity, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo, tennis, music, art, writing….and quite a bit of Danish contrarian attitude. Thank you endlessly! I love you dad”. A lifelong fan and lover of Jazz as well as Rock, Torben released a jazz album in 2021 titled “Oakland Moments: Cello, Voice, Reuniting (Rejoicing)”. The project featured Torben and cellist and composer Lori Goldston.Continue reading
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Master Distiller Rob Dietrich will sign bottles of Blackened Whiskey at two Costco locations Saturday, October 28th. Details below. Metallica resumes their M72 World tour next week in St. Louis, MO. Continue reading
Taipei Houston, the Psychedelic and Alternative rock duo featuring Myles and Layne Ulrich, sons of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, has released the official music video for the song “Frequency”. Taipei Houston’s debut album, “Once Bit Never Bored”, was released last November via C3 Records.
And so the Metallica riff machine rolls on! forty years after their debut album Kill Em All (1983) laid the blueprint for the Thrash Metal genre, they return with record number … well that’s kind of up for debate depending on how you view their discography, and whether you count live albums, covers album and erm collaborations. But 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings Inc) is here, their latest artistic statement four decades into a career that has seen them rise from the US West Coast underground, to become the most successful Heavy Metal band of all time. Continue reading
Forty years ago today on March 14th, 1982, Metallica performed their first concert ever at Radio City club in Anaheim, California. The Los Angeles band (at the time) performed a set of mostly NWOBHM covers and a few originals. The band consisted of co-founders James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, with Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney. Metallica called out this anniversary on social media with some messages for the occasion, including the band’s first-ever concert by sharing an early flyer from the gig and their first-ever setlist. It cost $15 to get in and according to the post (from Lars’ diary entry of the show) 75 people attended.
Metallica has kicked off a weekend of celebrations all over their hometown of San Francisco in honor of their 40th Anniversary Concerts and city-wide takeover. Mayor London Breed welcomed Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo from the band in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. Watch it now!
Long teased by the band on social media, Metallica has announced the opening of The Metallica Black Box. Debuting with The Black Album Exhibition, the Black Box will offer an unprecedented and ongoing deep dive into every era of Metallica from the early 1980s garage days up to today.
Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Among the artists well wishing are members of of Metallica, Korn, Slayer, System Of A Down, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Exodus, Behemoth, Lamb Of God, Halestorm, Trivium, Fear Factory, Kreator, Hatebreed, Black Stone Cherry, Death Angel, Fit For An Autopsy, Repentance, Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, and many others. The band also released a 30th anniversary shirt via their merch company which you can order below. Watch the clip here
“Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!”
To celebrate 40 years of Metallica, the band joins Zane Lowe for a career-spanning conversation exploring the group’s early days, seminal moments, lineup changes, and the secrets to longevity. They also discuss why their 2004 documentary ’Some Kind of Monster’ was so ahead of its time, gratitude for former bassist Jason Newsted, the status of new music on the way, and more. The band will perform two 40th anniversary shows at The Chase Center in their hometown of San Francisco, CA this December 17th and 19th.