Metallica wisely emerged from the pandemic lockdown on live concert performances with a much scaled-down pop up appearance in the 400-capacity San Francisco club The Independent on September 16. Here is “Fade to Black” from that Metallica show.
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“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.
For the Super Bowl 50 halftime entertainment hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area, the NFL really fumbled the ball when they passed on homies Metallica as “too heavy for halftime”. So the band threw their own party the night before in Golden Gate Park, from where this terrific performance of “Wherever I May Roam” comes, shared just ahead of the “Black Album” thirtieth anniversary.
Metallica “Load” did not budge from the top seller position for a full four consecutive weeks in June 1996 because of such tender love songs as “Ain’t My Bitch”,”Bleeding Me”,”King Nothing”, “The House Jack Built”, and “Until It Sleeps”. Guitarist/singer James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett are surprisingly unguarded, conversational, and open about this dizzying rocket ride into superstardom.
When the Super Bowl was played in San Francisco in February 2016, hometown Bay Area hard rock heroes Metallica were the obvious choice for the midpoint entertainment slot…except the Load they were bringing was deemed “too heavy for halftime” by the NFL. So Metallica staged their own free concert the night before in Golden Gate […]
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.
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.
In memoriam : More Echoes “In the Studio”, pt 4 with rare interviews with fallen rockers Lou Reed, Bon Scott, Rick Wright, Malcolm Young, George Harrison, David Bowie
So when their sophomore effort “Get Lucky” came out in Fall 1981, these Canadian rockers Loverboy were the right band at the right time. North American rock radio was waiting in anticipation for”Working for the Weekend”, along with “When It’s Over”, “Jump” co-written by fellow countryman Bryan Adams, “Gangs in the Street”, and “Take Me to the Top”. Lead singer Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean recall how nice guys don’t finish last in this In The Studio classic rock interview.