Metallica Captures Its First-Ever China Concerts on Video for Future "Shareable" Use
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich isn't kidding when he says "everything we do is always documented."
When the band played its first-ever China concerts last week, the cameras were rolling -- and some of the footage, according to Ulrich, might end up "bridging" into Metallica's upcoming 3D film, Through the Never.
"We think that there is something cool that will come out of [this]," Ulrich added during a press conference held August 14 in Shanghai. "Whatever that is, we're not quite sure yet, but we'll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody's while."
Ulrich also noted how "emotionally engaged" the fans in China had been during Metallica's visit to Shanghai for two sold-out shows at the Mercedes-Benz Arena last Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Obviously, there is a language barrier," Ulrich said. "What we try to do, we try to loosen the moment with banter and so on, and some of that doesn't seem to translate when there's language issues or whatever. But you can feel that there is a passion, and that there's been a longing for this moment that is really special."
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Black Sabbath Bassist Says Band's Current Tour May Be Its Last
Black Sabbath has given its fans plenty to cheer about this year, thanks to its first-ever chart-topping album, 13, and a successful reunion tour. However, in a new interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, bassist Geezer Butler shares some potentially very disappointing news about the band's future.
The 64-year-old rocker tells the paper that the current trek "will probably be [Sabbath's] last tour." He explains that he wants to keep performing "as long as I can do it to a good level, [and when I] can't play to my usual standards, [t]hat's when I won't go out anymore."
Butler points out that he wants "to go out on a high," while noting that Sabbath "is playing really well at the moment."
Geezer admits that at his age, it's becoming difficult to go out on a lengthy tour. "It really is tough going on every night," he says. "You wake up next day, all the pains you never had before."
Butler insists that he doesn't want to keep performing just "for the sake of the money," noting that "you have to have a lot pride in yourself." He adds, "I honestly think I'm coming to the end of the top of my job."
Black Sabbath wraps up its current North American tour on September 3 in Los Angeles. After that, the band will play a series of Latin American shows in October, followed by a European trek in late November and December. The heavy-rock legends' final scheduled concert is set for December 22 in their hometown of Birmingham, England. No word yet if they plan to extend the tour into 2014.
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Avenged Sevenfold Releases Video for "Hail to the King"
Avenged Sevenfold's admiration for Metallica is no secret, as frontman M. Shadowsrecently made clear to U.K.'s Metal Hammer.
With its just-released video for the title track to Hail to the King, Avenged Sevenfold borrows a page from Metallica's successful visual playbook. The clip features striking imagery and performance footage in black-and-white, the same approach Metallica used for "The Unforgiven."
Avenged Sevenfold's new album is due August 27 as a standard release and as a limited-edition box set. The band is scheduled to begin a stretch of headlining U.S. tour dates on October 3 in Chicago.
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Imagine Dragons Have "Low Expectations" for Victory at MTV VMAs
You might think that Imagine Dragons, with a platinum debut album to their credit, would be optimistic and confident leading up to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Then again, the Las Vegas band is already a seasoned act when it comes to disappointment at the VMAs.
"Last year, we lost to Coldplay," Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon tells Yahoo! Canada Music, referring to "Paradise" besting "It's Time" for Best Rock Video. "So, we'll see who we lose to this time. It's always an adventure."
Singer Dan Reynolds adds, "We like to go in with low expectations; that way, we're never disappointed."
This time around, Imagine Dragons' clip for "Radioactive" is up against videos byMumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Fall Out Boy in the Best Rock Video category. Find out who will claim this year's Moonman trophy when the Video Music Awards airs live on MTV from Brooklyn, N.Y., on August 25 starting at 9 p.m. ET.
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New Song from Slipknot's Joey Jordison's Side Project, Scar the Martyr, Now Streaming Online
Featuring the refrain "you're dead inside my heart/I won't take it anymore," the newScar the Martyr song "Soul Disintegration" pulls no punches lyrically or musically.
It's the latest tune from Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison's side project, and on Friday, Roadrunner Records announced it was available as a stream on the band's official site.
Previously, the band posted a stream of the single "Blood Host." That song and "Soul Disintegration" can be found on Scar the Martyr's self-titled debut album, which arrives October 1.
Meanwhile, the group is on tour supporting Danzig on their 25th anniversary tour across North America. Upcoming stops include Magna, Utah, on Tuesday, and Garden City, Idaho, on Wednesday.