Metallica (affectionately known as “The Black Album” in the same way The Beatles had been dubbed “The White Album”), Metallica’s birthday boy lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (18th) and lead throat James Hetfield show how the band sits atop the family tree of hard rock/heavy metal evolution.
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So who did the the NFL secure to perform at halftime during the historic 50th All-American Super Bowl, broadcast to over a billion viewers worldwide from San Francisco, a city with a long rich heritage of musical contributions? Coldplay, the finest British innocuous band money can buy.
Metallica dropped their sixth studio album, Load, almost five years after the phenomenon of their “Black Album“, and the pent up anticipation for a follow-up resulted in a staggering almost 700,000 copies sold in the first week! Metallica Load did not budge from the top seller position for a full four consecutive weeks in 1996. […]
In memoriam: Echoes In the Studio, pt 2.
Top Three seller on Billboard‘s album chart, with ditto in the UK… combining for just shy of 5,000,000 copies sold in America alone. Regardless of those admittedly impressive numbers surrounding Rush‘s eighth studio album Moving Pictures, released February 1981, they don’t begin to convey this album’s importance to the band’s long career nor to rock […]
The godfathers of hard rock Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Klaus Meine from Scorpions, David Coverdale from Deep Purple and Whitesnake, and Queensryche co-founders Geoff Tate and Chris Degarmo rip through some seminal hard rock including the late Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath on “Neon Knights“, “Queen of the Ryche”,”Rock […]
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