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Metallica To Headline Reading And Leeds 2015

Metallica Leeds & Reading Festival

The first announcement has been made as to who will be playing the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2015, and it’s a big one: Metallica have been confirmed as one of the three headliners!

Organisers announced on Tuesday (25 November) that the American legends of metal will appear at the festival for the first time since 2008, when they also topped the bill alongside Rage Against The Machine and The Killers. They also headlined in 2003 and 1997, so they’ve got plenty of experience of satisfying the festivals’ notoriously raucous crowds.

Metallica headlined Glastonbury (above) this year, and will do the same at Reading & Leeds in 2015

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Rock In Rio Festival Headed To Las Vegas With Taylor Swift And Metallica

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The Rock in Rio festival is coming to the United States for the first time ever next year, with a four day event being held in Las Vegas. Taylor Swift and Metallica are among the names already announced for the event, which will coincide with the festival’s 30th anniversary.

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift will be helping bringing Rock in Rio to Las Vegas next year

The event will be held at Las Vegas’s MGM Resorts Festival Grounds and is set to take place on the weekends of May 8th-9th and May 15th-16th 2015. Alongside Swift and Metallica, Linkin Park and No Doubt have also been confirmed, as have John Legend and the Deftones who will be performing on the Sunset Stage.

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Miley, Metallica, 1D And Eminem Added To Guinness Book Of World Records

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What do Metallica, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Eminem all have in common? Erm, not much, but they're all set to be immortalised in the new edition of The Guinness Book of World Records which comes out next week.

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One Direction: Big in America

As reported by Billboard, the long-standing almanac of impressive achievements is adding the musicians for various reasons, Metallica's being they are the first band to play a gig on all seven continents. They completed this feat this year in fact, when they treated some unusual guests to a show in Antarcita. James Hetfield spoke about the gig in a statement: "Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being the gig of a lifetime, yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!"

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Glastonbury Festival Goers Told To "Prepare For Rape" By BBC

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Glastonbury Festival goers were warned to "prepare for rape" by a subtitle blunder during the weather report on BBC News at Ten. The weatherman told the audience to "prepare for rain" but the caption instead read, "prepare for rape". 

Glastonbury Festival 2014Festivalgoers at Glastonbury 2014 [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

A BBC spokeswoman was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "We try to ensure our subtitling is as accurate as possible but there are occasions when mistakes inevitably occur.

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Glastonbury Weather 2014: It's Going To Rain. Loads.

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Glastonbury festivalgoers are famously robust whatever the weather, packing willies, umbrellas and waterproof ponchos to ensure their heads don’t drop should the heaven decide to open. 

Glastonbury FestivalIt Could Be A Muddy Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Getty images, Credit: Matt Cardy

And it looks like this year might be a wet one. Forecasters are predicting sunshine up until the gates open, then a deluge of rainfall is set to cascade over Worthy Farm as Arcade Fire, Kasabian and Metallica headline the Pyramid Stage. The Met Office are predicting heavy rain showers between 10am and 9pm on Friday - the first full day of music at the festival. 

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Mogwai Laugh Off "Sh*te" Metallica, Call Lars Ulrich "Terrible" Drummer

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Of course, anyone who's remotely interested in music would choose to see Scottish post-punk heroes Mogwai over Metallica at the Glastonbury Festival 2014 and the Glaswegian band have been doing their best to pull the crowds away from the Pyramid Stage on Saturday. Metallica - the only metal band on the bill - were a surprise and controversial booking, though Mogwai's singer Stuart Braitwaite doesn't seen what all the fuss is about.

Metallica James HetfieldMogwai Hates Metallica

"I just can't wait until we go all quiet and you can hear 'Enter Sandman' in the background, because we're on at the same time. I don't really see the fuss. They're a pretty big rock band and it's a pretty big rock festival. It would be good if they could go back in time to 1989. Metallica at Glastonbury in 1989," he said.

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Metallica To Cover 'Wonderwall' At Glastonbury, But What Are The Best Oasis Covers?

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In a similar fashion to the announcement of Jay Z in 2008, metal titans Metallica’s headline slot at the iconic Glastonbury Festival has been met with a wave of criticism and derision from commentators who have deemed the Metallica’s headline position as both a lazy, predictable booking and one that is incompatible with Glastonbury’s demographic. However, whereas criticism towards Jay Z in the vein of what was unleashed by the Gallagher brothers was a scathing attack on hip hop as a genre, laced with a degree of barely concealed racism, Metallica’s backlash largely stems from elsewhere.

Oasis Liam GallagherOasis frontman Liam Gallagher performing at the Universal Ampitheatre in 2000. [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Dan Callister]

Firstly, this is a band that hasn’t produced an album of any merit for well over a decade and what’s more, considering they were announced long after tickets had sold out, how many of Glastonbury’s middle class bohemians will actually want to watch the band? Metallica have themselves responded to the criticism by announcing they may open their set with a cover of “Wonderwall”, copying Jay Z’s act of protest back in 2008. However, it does appear that Jay Z’s version carried a greater amount of symbolism, given that it was the Gallagher brothers who were the most vocal opponents of his appearance. 

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Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!

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We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

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- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

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Metallica At Glastonbury: 10 Acts More Deserving Of The Headline Slot


Metallica have been festival mainstays since their appearance in the original incarnations of Monsters of Rock festival in the 1980’s- a celebration of all things hairy and leather-clad that takes place on the same Derbyshire site as the annual Download Festival. For over a decade now, the San Franciscan quartet have bounced from one UK festival headline slot to another, and does a year pass without them headlining a festival in British shores.

The metal titans remain safe in the knowledge that if they Download or Sonisphere’s booking honchos don’t come beckoning, there are plenty of other festivals just as keen to have them. To Metallica, their inaugural Glastonbury appearance will be just another huge event they can tick off their to-do list. Granted, metal has often been criminally under-represented throughout Glastonbury’s history, but the genre already boasts several continually well attended bastions of its own.

Metallica will headline Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage

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Say Your Prayers! Enter Metallica For Glastonbury Festival

Metallica Glastonbury Festival

Pack up your hemp baskets and herbal healing tents and swap 'em for some New Rock boots and a devil's horns salute: Metallica have been announced to headline Glastonbury Festival 2014. The US heavy metal group are the unexpected and final main act to be announced and will be bringing their bombastic live show to Worthy Farm on the Saturday night alongside Kasabian and Arcade Fire.

James Hetfield & Metallica Will Be Bringing Their Explosive Live Show To Glastonbury 2014.

It seems that a welcome wind of change has finally blown across the fields of the Pilton site in Somerset as the Californian rock quartet's imminent arrival is heralded by fans who have been lucky to have picked up a ticket before they all sold out in April. However, there have been concerns over whether the average Glastonbury festivalgoer will be familiar with or even receptive to James Hetfield and co.'s music.

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Babymetal To Make Uk Debut At Sonisphere In July 2014

Posted on08 April 2014

Babymetal To Make UK Debut At Sonisphere In July 2014

Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

Posted on12 March 2014

Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones,  Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

Metallica And Lang Lang? 5 More Divergent Musical Collaborations

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Metallica teamed up with the phenomenally talented Chinese pianist Lang Lang at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26, 2013). It was a strange collaboration on paper, though offered a brooding intensity to the band's classic song One. Check out Metallica and Lang Lang. 

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"It's been 22 years, I do believe [since we last performed at the Grammys], so we're excited to be back," Lars Ulrich told Artisan News before the performance, "That's a long time to be away from anything, so we've got a lot of energy stored up that we're ready to unleash.

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Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Confirmed For Grammy Awards Performance. Does This Spell A Beatles Showcase?

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform at this years 56th Grammy Awards, with their inclusion to the Grammys set list being announced this week by the music awards showcase. Although the organisers for the event have revealed that the pair will perform, they have yet to specify whether the two will appear on stage together at all, a prospect that most are hoping for.

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Paul and Ringo will hopefully be performing together

The pair were announced as two of the latest confirmed acts to appear at the awards show, with fellow performers John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles and Carole King also added to the bill.

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'Metallica Through The Never': Prepare For A 3D Rock Movie Like No Other


Metallica's action music movie, Metallica Through The Never, is smashing into IMAX theaters today in the USA and is preparing to blast wannabe concert documentaries (cough-OneDirection-cough) out of the stadium with a mind-blowing mash-up of pure metal riffage, a lean action story, plenty of fire, and that kid from Chronicle, AKA Dane DeHaan.

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Metallica Pose With Actor Dane DeHaan [Centre], Star Of The Movie.

DeHaan plays Trip, a Metallica roadie, who is sent out on a mission to retrieve something the band needs from a stranded vehicle. However, Trip's road to quest completion is littered with rioters, police fights, forests of hanging bodies and much doomier details. Meanwhile, Metallica kick into a greatest hits show and all is well and rockin' until their signature pyrotechnics, special effects and microphones begin to fail. The surreal plotline sees Trip freed from his nightmare of road accidents and death-dealing horsemen and back to his roadie ways.

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Dane DeHaan Stars In Metallica 'Through The Never' Teaser [Trailer]

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You know you’re making it as an actor when you appear in a Metallica music video, right? That’s what the up and comer Dane DeHaan must be reckoning, after the star of the forthcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 appeared in the metal legends trailer for their concert movie Metallica: Through The Never.

DeHaan’s roles have been small for the most but, crucially, have come in big films. He played a solider in Lincoln, played Cricket Pate in Lawless and appeared as Lucien Carl in the film Kill Your Darlings, which appeared at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and next year he’s going to make a huge leap as Harry Osborne in the Spidey franchise. Metallica are evidently keen to tap into this rising star and so he appears in the trailer for their forthcoming IMAX movie by dashing to make it on time for his first concert as Lars Ulrich and co. rock out on stage. Halting him is a massive scale riot that seems to be going on around him.

The trailer is for the IMAX video which will be appearing at screens on September 27th before gaining a general release on October 4th. As for DeHaan, you can expect to hear much, much more from him over the next year or so; he’s already been gaining some props for his role in The Place Beyond The Pines this year too.

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Metallica Through The Never - Teaser Trailer

Trip is a young and inexperienced roadie who is charged with the important mission of finding a damaged delivery vehicle and retrieving a valuable item that was on its way to sold-out Metallica concert. However, distracted as he is by the apparent complication of the task ahead, Trip's tour bus is crashed into side-on by a speeding car. Miraculously, he manages to escape with barely more than a scratch though only to find himself amidst a brutal looking battle between a sea of riot police and an army of masked, weapon wielding anarchists. Vehicles have been set alight and a murderous horseman is on the loose in this dystopic street scene as Metallica blare out their loudest, most aggressive hits on stage.

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Metallica's Orion Festival Reveals 2013 Line-Up, Including Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Metallica have revealed the line-up for their second annual Orion Music + More Festival, and as you’d expect from the ageing veterans of heavy metal, it’s one that bristles with more noise and riffs than you can shake a Flying V guitar at.

Over 30 acts have been announced so far for the five stages, with Metallica being joined by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar for the two day event that takes place in Detroit on June 8th and 9th. “Last year’s Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members,” Lars Ulrich said in a press release reported by Classic Rock “The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in ’13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the f— on!”

With the Chilis joining Metallica as headliners, it marks a potentially busy time for their bassist Flea, who has also been involved in Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace project. They released their album AMOK today (February 25, 2013) and he’ll be likely joining them on some live dates as well.

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The Toys Are Back In The Pram - Metallica Back Catalogue Launched On Spotify

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Twelve years after waging war with Napster, Metallica have finally softened their approach to allowing fans to access their music online. The long-lasting metal band will be making their back catalogue available to stream on Spotify, having finally laid to rest the bitter legal battle that they had with Napster’s co-founder Sean Parker (also an investor in Spotify) back in 2000.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich appeared on stage with Parker, BBC News reports, to discuss that legal battle and Spotify also announced a new range of services for its users. In 2000, Metallica sued Napster on Copyright infringement claims, leaving Napster with no choice but to remove users who had downloaded the band’s music. Many Metallica fans were angered at the decision, arguing that they were being unnecessarily targeted. Whilst onstage, Parker admitted that Napster had acted in good faith and now regretted the dispute. Napster was forced into bankruptcy, after record labels and media united to launch a campaign against the service. “We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into” said Parker. The site re-launched in 2011 and is now a legal music subscription site.

Meanwhile, Spotify announced that they will be launching the ability to “follow” influential artists such as Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. The chief executive of Spotify, Daniel Ek also announced other features that will aid their users in discovering new artists. A new browser-based client is currently being tested and will be released next year.

CMT Awards 2012 - Results Are Top Secret For First Time Ever

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The 2012 CMT Country Music Awards took place on Monday (December 3, 2012) in Nashville but this year, the winners will be kept top secret until Saturday December 8, when the star-studded show will be broadcast at 10pm on CMT. The 90 minute special will be hosted by Rascal Flatts and Hayden Panettiere and will feature performances from some of country music’s biggest stars, as well as appearances from a number of A-list sports and entertainment stars.

Amongst those treading the boards for the illustrious awards show were Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and Sheryl Crow and also making an appearance on the night were the Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sammy Hagar, Metallica’s James Hetfield, the shock-rocker Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert. From the world of sport, the Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones put in an appearance, as did the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher.

This is the first year that CMT have kept the lid on the list of honorees. As a result, country music fans will have to wait until the weekend if they want a slice of the action, when the 90-minute special is aired. According to CMT’s press release, the show will be “the most exclusive gathering of country music superstars of the year and celebrates the class of 2012 with an incredible evening of wall-to-wall performances and special appearances from others in entertainment.”


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