Grammy Awards: Stagehand Blamed For Hetfield’s Microphone Fail – Mustaine Responds To “Master Of Puppets” Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

“Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done”

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica’s classic “Master Of Puppets” being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for “Best Metal Performance”.

Tweets Mustaine:

Ah, you can’t blame ’em for not being able to play @Megadeth https://t.co/acEyzSQgyT

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 13, 2017

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Grammy Awards: Stagehand Blamed For Hetfield’s Microphone Fail – Mustaine Responds To “Master Of Puppets” Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

“Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done”

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica’s classic “Master Of Puppets” being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for “Best Metal Performance”.

Tweets Mustaine:

Ah, you can’t blame ’em for not being able to play @Megadeth https://t.co/acEyzSQgyT

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 13, 2017

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Watch Metallica & Lady Gaga Performing “Moth Into Flame” Somewhat “Together” At The Grammys Awards

Metallica took to the stage with Lady Gaga tonight at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. They more or less performed “Moth Into Flame” “together”. It quickly became clear that James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working, visibly frustrating the Metallica frontman as Lady Gaga carried on performing. At the end of the performance, Hetfield knocked down his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage.

Check it our below…

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Watch Metallica & Lady Gaga Performing “Moth Into Flame” Somewhat “Together” At The Grammys Awards

Metallica took to the stage with Lady Gaga tonight at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. They more or less performed “Moth Into Flame” “together”. It quickly became clear that James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working, visibly frustrating the Metallica frontman as Lady Gaga carried on performing. At the end of the performance, Hetfield knocked down his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage.

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Metallica Releases Video Of “One” With Lang Lang

Pro-shot footage has come online of Metallica performing “One” with concert pianist Lang Lang, which can be seen below. The video was filmed at LeSports Center in Beijing, China on January 18, 2017.

Metallica will also perform on the upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards this coming February 12th, where the track “Hardwired” is nominated for the Best Rock Song category.

Metallica’s new album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” was released last November on the band’s own Blackened Recordings and debuted at No. 1 around the world. It was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including: CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and “deluxe deluxe” versions.

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Anthrax Issues Open Letter To Irving Azoff Over Radio Lawsuit

Anthrax has issued an open letter to Irving Azoff, who apparently has begun legal proceedings against the Radio Music License Committee over radio rates for song writers. The band comments:

“Dear Mr. Azoff, as artists and songwriters, we certainly appreciate anyone’s efforts to see that we are paid a fair wage for the use of our music, ‘fair pay for fair play,’ as your lawsuit against the Radio Music License Committee states. As a result of your suit, our understanding is that as of January 1, 2017, more than 10,000 U.S.-based radio stations could be fined if they program songs written by a songwriter represented by your company, Global Music Rights, without first obtaining the proper license. We certainly understand and respect that.

“However, you’ve included Anthrax on your ‘What Songs are in the Global Music Rights repertoire’ and that mere inclusion presents a skewed and unjust misrepresentation of the complete facts. This could be very damaging to us and to our fellow performers who may find themselves in a similar situation.

“With no disrespect, none of the members of Anthrax are affiliated with GMR so the songs we’ve written would not be included or affected; however, way back in 1999, Anthrax did record a cover of the Metallica song ‘Phantom Lord’ that was released on a limited edition Anthrax EP. The credited composers for ‘Phantom Lord’ are our good friends James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and then-Metallica member Dave Mustaine. As you included Metallica and Megadeth on your GMR Rights list, we believe our having recorded that one song some 17 years ago may be the only reason we are included on your list.

“Mr. Azoff, you and the songwriters you represent have every right to fight for fair compensation, and we would completely understand if you were to inform the more than 10,000 U.S.-based radio stations that as of January 1, 2017, they cannot program the Anthrax cover of ‘Phantom Lord’ unless they agree to the GMR licensing terms. But you don’t provide that information, you’ve merely listed ‘Anthrax’ which does nothing other than create a dark chasm of mystery for radio programmers. Without offering responsible specificity for the programmers, such as the actual title of the song that we recorded, written by the particular GMR client, you’ve created a precarious situation.

“Anthrax has recorded and released more than 150 songs over our 35 year career and we don’t want radio programmers to think that they cannot play any of those other songs. With the release of our most recent album, Anthrax has had two Top 40 tracks at rock radio and our label will be working another song at this format in early 2017. We would ask that you recognize the fact that radio stations are short staffed so likely would not have the time necessary to use your search tool to locate the Anthrax song – and there is JUST ONE – that was written by one of your GMR artists.

“Please do the right thing, not just for Anthrax, but for all of the artists you’ve listed on your GMR site – provide specific information to radio about what songs are affected and cannot be programmed without the required GMR license.

“With respect, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Jonathan Donais.”

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Metallica Re-Issuing “Kill ‘Em All” And “Ride The Lightning”

Metallica today announced that the band will reissue “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride The Lightning” on April 15th.

Both albums have been remastered for advanced sound quality and will be available in three formats – CD, vinyl, and a deluxe box set. Both deluxe box sets include original source material from the band’s personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings, along with a book including rare photos and essays.

The deluxe numbered box set of “Kill ‘Em All” includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including rare photos and a patch. The deluxe numbered box set of “Ride the Lightning” includes four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including more of those unseen photos, a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by James Hetfield, and a set of three posters.

Check out this location for the full package details and track listing. All six new items will also be available at your local record store on Friday, April 15th, just in time for Record Store Day.

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Full Length Debut “Dark Matter” To Be Released By Distant Sun

Russian power/speed metal act Distant Sun, featuring Shadowhost members Konan Molodtsov (bass) and Alexey Markov (guitars/vocals), will release “Dark Matter,” the debut full-length album, on May 30th through Metalism Records. It will be available as a CD and digital format.

The album is the follow-up to 2012 EP “Sunless Citadel” (Sublimity Records) and features 10 songs in the finest traditions of melodic European power metal, bolstered with elements of American thrash metal. A deluxe digipack edition, which will include several bonus cover songs, will be released later in the year.

The band has released a lyric video for new track “Matrix Hacked,” which can be viewed below.

Though Distant Sun’s main influences are speed and power metal bands like Annihilator, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian and Rage, listeners will note a James Hetfield (Metallica) vocal style. No keyboards or drum samples were used during the recording, and the overall sound brings the feel of the heavy ’90s. The drums on “Dark Matter” were recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, while the remainder was produced in various Moscow studios. The lyrics deal with a variety of topics, including science fiction, space travel, mysticism, fantasy and adventure. The cover art was designed by W. Smerdulak (Arkonw) and can be seen below.

The band is planning its very first gigs for the autumn of 2015 in promotion of “Dark Matter,” after which Distant Sun will begin work on a sophomore full-length.

The track listing for “Dark Matter” is:

1. Prophet of the Mean
2. Kill the Fremen
3. Dark Matter
4. Godsdoom
5. Matrix Hacked
6. Shattered Empire
7. Gifts of Journey
8. Healer of Souls
9. Apocalypto
10. Zero to Hero

Check out “Matrix Hacked” here:

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Devil May Care Posts “Kanx” Playthrough Video

Devil May Care has released a playthrough video for the track “Kanx,” which is available below. The band also comments:

“This is Kanx, the only song that can solo tank everything. You can buy the music at Bandcamp here. Recorded in 2013, on iPhone 4s. The guitar we are using is an ESP Viper Baritone and every downstoke is a homage to James Hetfield Hope you like the song as much as we do.”

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Dreamstate Emergency Releases “Oneirophobia” Album

Dreamstate Emergency has released a new LP titled “Oneirophobia.” The album is comprised of nine original tracks for a running total of half an hour. Tracks are now available for streaming at the band’s website here, and the following press release was also issued about the album:

“A brutal, shocking, stabbing record with all the ferocity and viciousness that speed and death metal have been aiming to achieve for more than thirty years, ‘Oneirophobia’ is all that is horrifyingly wrong with the world, wrapped up in a set list that will chill bones, grip hearts, and strip the paint off of household appliances at appropriately high volumes.

“This being roundly and explicitly understood, ‘Oneirophobia’ is a work of great artistic integrity, vivid color, and genius-level composition. It is metal for the thinking man. Perhaps best categorized as experimental metal more than anything else, it belongs next to Neurosis in the audiophile’s cherished record collection. Like Neurosis, Dreamstate Emergency is not afraid of digital instrumentation and effects that are often frightening to the core. The careful listener will hear air-raid sirens, faraway shell explosions, and much, much more. Additionally, they boast vocals that shriek and howl, scream and tear in ways Metallica’s James Hetfield has always wished he could pull off.

“Dreamstate Emergency’s drums pound in tribal, occult patterns that evoke visions of bonfires, chants, and black hoods. Their guitars are like an ocean of orchestrated noise, a chorus of demonic sirens’ calls from deep beneath the earth. The brilliance of their guitar playing is perhaps best exemplified in their track, ‘Out of Body Experience.’ The listener who can hear the song through to its end without the hairs on his forearms standing up has no soul. Their songwriting is masterful and tasteful, often surprisingly, almost impossibly precise. Their decision to leave ‘The Awakening’ in all its beautiful simplicity at barely over a minute long shows an understanding of musical principles most artists never garner in decades of writing and performing.”‘

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