Buzzed to the gills by the worldwide mainstream success of their 1991 “Black Album”, Metallica returned in the studio in 1996 with no less than twenty-seven songs. But a last second decision just before the release of “Load” proved to be marketing genius. Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett are my guests to unload the stories behind “Ain’t My Bitch”, “Until It Sleeps”, and “King Nothing” the week of May 31.
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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 all “In the Studio” for Heavy Metal History
Metallica reminds us that the last time that San Francisco was involved in a Super Bowl was not as a team but as host to the landmark Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. Here is “Fuel” for your fire from that show.
Metallica (affectionately known as “The Black Album” in the same way The Beatles had been dubbed “The White Album”), Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and lead throat James Hetfield show how the band sits atop the family tree of hard rock/heavy metal evolution.
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 US city with a long rich heritage of musical contributions? Coldplay, the finest innocuous British band money can buy.
“Load” from Metallica in 1996. Hear all about it here in a refreshingly honest interview with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett while you jam “Ain’t My Bitch”, “Until It Sleeps”,”King Nothing”,”Hero of the Day”, and “Bleeding Me” at lease-breaking levels.
“Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this In the Studio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist the late Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties on “Moving Pictures” with songs “Tom Sawyer”,”Red Barchetta”,”Limelight”, “Vital Signs”, and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared forty years ago for later major bands…
Halloween is the perfect pandemic party time because everybody already wears a mask! So to “Power Up” your Halloween party playlist, I invited those monsters of rock, AC/DC’s Angus Young and Brian Johnson, to join me here In the Studio to share stories from Halloweens past while putting together a playlist of haunted hits by Van Halen, The Eagles, Metallica, The Outlaws, Blue Oyster Cult, Santana…and of course the new “Shot in the Dark” and classic AC/DC!
Thirty-five years ago ZZ Top’s”Afterburner” came out. But don’t go looking for it in the 2019 ZZ Top rockumentary film “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” .That otherwise well-done pastiche of just some of the chapters in this colorful trio’s fifty year telenovella implied that all meaningful recording by ZZ Top wrapped at the conclusion of “Eliminator” way back in 1983. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard join me here In the Studio on the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Sleeping Bag”,”Stages”,”Woke Up with Wood”, and “Planet of Women”.
Notably, like AC/DC “Back in Black” forty years ago, several of the best-selling hard rock albums in history also have been made under the most dire of circumstances amidst tremendous tragedy and loss: