METALLICA Drummer Doesn't Rule Out Getting Into Movie Directing
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is at the Cannes Film Festival in France, where he has done a couple of video interviews to talk about the band's movie, "Metallica Through The Never", which is due for release this fall. Ulrich is at the festival to help sell the film to international distributors.
Asked if he wants to follow in the footsteps of Rob Zombie and direct a movie, Ulrich told Getty Images Entertainment: "The biggest enemy I have is time. METALLICA in its 32nd year is busier and has more projects on the table and takes up more of my time than it ever has.
"I may do it," he continued. "I would love to do something. I have actually been offered the chance to both direct and produce as well as write and I've acted in a couple of films so I do what I can.
"METALLICA is the main thing in my life and I'm not going to turn my back on that."
Lars added that with METALLICA, you never know what they are going to do next and they never rule anything out.
"As a band we have an inbuilt fear of repetition or stagnation or irrelevance and we just like to throw ourselves into all this crazy shit all the time. Most of the time we never think about it until we're half way through," he added.
"Making a movie at this level has been a little overwhelming. In the music world, you get very used to controlling your environment and in the film world there is nothing to control… it's just like a complete clusterfuck… and there's a bizarre beauty in that."
The Pulse Of Radio asked METALLICA frontman James Hetfield aboutUlrich's trip to Cannes as well as the status of the movie itself. "Lars is there right now, and he's the biggest of all movie buffs in this group here for sure, so he's representing us over there right now," he said. "Film is not done; we're extremely close. There's editing, sounds, mixing, things like that that have to happen. It's pretty complex."
It is not clear whether buyers at Cannes will see an unfinished version of the movie or just selected clips or scenes from the IMAX 3D release.
"Metallica Through The Never" will open on IMAX screens in the U.S. on September 27, with a wider release following on October 4.
The movie stars Dane DeHaan has a member of the band's road crew who is sent on a mysterious mission while the group headlines a concert at an arena. The film is said to mix a conventional storyline with concert footage.
LAMB OF GOD Members Discuss Safety At Shows: 'You Need To Be Responsible For Your Own Actions'
Fuse conducted an interview with LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adlerand guitarist Mark Morton at this year's Rock On The Range festival, which took place May 17-19 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
In the wake of LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe's recent acquittal after a fan death in the Czech Republic, Adler and Morton discussed safety at shows and emphasized how important it is for fans to have fun without getting hurt.
Chris: "Since I've been growing up, it's been a common practice — stage diving and stuff like that. And we just see more and more people getting hurt doing that kind of thing, and whether it's the band, the security, the barricades, the venue… whatever it is… there's so many random pieces to the puzzle that could end up with loss of life, which is what we had; it happened to us. So it's not that we wanna change the show — we can't just stop people from stage diving for the rest of eternity; it's not what we're trying to do. But I think that when you come into a show, you need to know that you need to be responsible for your own actions and you need to think about what you're doing."
Mark: "Based on that experience, I think it just underscores, probably for all of us, the need for everyone just to be safe at shows and to look out for each other. It's scary that there's situations that people can get hurt in. Randy mentions it on stage a little more, trying to keep everyone aware of it. We're all there to have a good time. It's about having fun; it's not about getting hurt, that's for sure."
A clip from the interview is available below.
You can watch the full chat tonight (Tuesday, May 21) at 8/7c on Fuse.
RED FANG To Release New Album In The Fall
RED FANG return this fall with their as-yet-untitled third studio album on Relapse Records. The Portland-based group is currently in the studio finishing the disc with the producer Chris Funk (DECEMBERISTS) and mixer Vance Powell (THE WHITE STRIPES, RACONTEURS, KINGS OF LEON). This same team worked on RED FANG's last album, "Murder The Mountains", tagged by NPR as "a sleeker style of riff-heavy metal" (April 2011) and Alternative Press magazine as "a near masterpiece of tangled tar pit riffs and whisky-and-bong-hit vocals" (April 2011).
Comments the band: "We're hyper excited about this new album. The basic tracks are like rabid monkeys we're wrangling at Type Foundry in our hometown of Portland. Producer Chris Funk has almost been amputated twice. Surprise guests abound! We're in the final moments before all systems are go on this sucker. Dig people!"
On Friday, May 24, RED FANG will head to the picturesque Gorge Amphitheater outside Seattle for their first festival appearance this year atSasquatch! The band will then hit the road for European trek through mid-July with festival stops at Sonisphere, Download, Hellfest, Reload,With Full Force and Eistenaflug, among others. Expect the group to announce a full U.S. run for late summer.
Formed in 2005, RED FANG — Bryan Giles (guitar/vocals), Aaron Beam(bass/vocals), David Sullivan (guitar), John Sherman (drums) — has two albums under their belts: their 2009 self-titled debut on Sargent House and 2011's "Murder The Mountains" on Relapse Records.
RED FANG quickly became known for its series of hilarious videos directed by Whitey McConnaughy (BAND OF HORSES, FLOGGING MOLLY,TURBONEGRO). Each clip was picked up by Reddit and went viral, garnering over 1 million+ views.
Photo credit: Whitey McConnaughy
JASON NEWSTED: 'I'm In Much Better Shape Than I Was At 37'
Pop-Break's Bill Bodkin recently conducted an interview with former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Pop-Break: What is different about Jason Newsted — the musician, the man — since you last did a full tour or played with METALLICA.
Newsted: I'm in much better shape than I was at 37 and I'm about to turn 50. When I left METALLICA in 2001, I was on pills, James [Hetfield,METALLICA frontman] was drinking, the others were doing things they shouldn't … We were all mentally fucked. But it was "let's plow on and not take time to assess our mental health." With this band, we're taking the old avenue of taking the music to the people. I don't care if there's 5,000 people in the audience or 30 people, they are all getting their asses kicked! I've always felt that way to go bring the music to the people. But there's many new avenues I haven't been down or it's been a long time. I mean, I haven't been on a tour bus in 10 years since I was on the road with Ozzy. But there's also the technology, the social networking … I've tried to repel all of this for as long as I could. I've tried and still try to remain as analog as possible. But then I learn and discover that social networking is the way to connect with the people and rekindle my relationship with the fans. Change has made me adapt. Mike [Mushok,STAIND/NEWSTED guitarist] just came off the road with STAIND in October so he's been a big blessing in this, because he's helping me so much. I need that help, because with this band, it's all me. I'm the manager, the bassist, the investor, the singer, I'm micro-managing things, booking flights, hotels … all things I never had to undertake before. I was conditioned to have people handle this for me when I was in METALLICA. Now it's a humbling thing, but it's also exciting because I'm calling all the shots and I have more control and there's lots of new things to learn.
Pop-Break: Is it odd touring without a big production like Ozzy orMETALLICA and doing a more club-centric tour?
Newsted: The idea behind this first tour is to get warmed up because in June we're hitting 15 different countries playing with IRON MAIDEN andSLAYER. So that's a pretty big deal. This is the next phase of the band … we'll be second on the bill and we're there to take care of business. We don't have the LP out yet so we just have the EP and the live show, some video is getting out there on YouTube. It's a challenge to get people to respond to the new stuff, but they are definitely responding.
Pop-Break: Then you hit the road with Gigantour this summer. How do you feel about hooking up with [MEGADETH's Dave] Mustaine and this now-epic and popular tour?
Newsted: Dave and Dave [Mustaine and Ellefson] gave my old bandFLOTSAM AND JETSAM their first shows outside of Arizona when we opened for them back in 1985. So there's a definite camaraderie there with them. We're going to be on the bill early, but we'll be taking it to the people, for sure. It kinda reminds me of when METALLICA went on theMonsters Of Rock tour in 1988 and we played second before DOKKEN. [laughs] Man, he got pelted with a lot of shit on that tour. I mean, we were playing a take-no-prisoners 30-45-minute set each night. We weren't playing no fucking ballads and we didn't care who was headlining, we were bringing the show to the people.
Volbeat's latest album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, has been getting some serious love on radio and on the active charts since its release last month. Frontman Michael Poulsen says that he's thrilled fans are enjoying the release, which was inspired by his love of the Old West.
“Lyrically…it was about time that something a little bit different happened, and I just started writing about these outlaws and gunslingers and shady ladies from the 1800s, because I could hear in the music I was writing that I was getting inspired by some of those old Western movies I'd been watching as a kid," he tells ABC News Radio. "Now is the right time to bring those characters to life and make that part of the whole Volbeat universe."
Poulsen adds that one of the biggest reasons for the band's successful new musical direction is the addition of former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, who officially joined Volbeat in February. "[Caggiano's] very tight, he's very solid and he definitely has his own touch when it comes to the solos, but style-wise, him and I fit perfectly," he explains. "It worked out really, really good, and I think you can definitely hear that on the record. It has a really good heavy dynamic, so I think he’s an amazing guitar player."
Volbeat is currently on tour overseas, but the band will return to kick off the next leg of its North American tour with an appearance at the Shadow Hill Ranch Festival on August 24 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Visit Volbeat.dk to view the full itinerary.
Jared Leto Says Love Lust Faith + Dreams Is a "New Chapter" for 30 Second to Mars
Frontman Jared Leto says he feels 30 Seconds to Mars’ recently-released album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, is the beginning of a new musical direction for the group.
“This album is a new chapter,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It feels like a new band, like we let go a lot of the past. It's not just a rock record -- it's more expansive, it digs deeper. It gets a lot more involved.”
Leto adds that he's happy with the band’s new sound, which is “more focused and decisive” than the group’s previous three albums. "I feel like we've made the best album of our lives, hands down, because we've learned a lot about who we were," he explains.
30 Seconds to Mars will be promoting Love Lust Faith + Dreams when the band drops by TBS’ Conan on Wednesday night.
Rise Against Preview New Version of “Like the Angel” fromRPM 10
Rise Against is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their Revolutions Per Minute album by putting out special version of the release. Titled RPM 10, it includes a number of previously-unreleased demo versions. To give you a taste of the demo tracks, the band is offering a preview of an early version of their single “Like the Angel,” which is currently streaming at RollingStone.com.
Frontman Tim McIlrath says he feels the demo version of the track helps to showcase that the song is more than just a political anthem. "While politics play an unapologetic role in what we do, they do not consume our entire artistic output,” McIlrath tells Rolling Stone. “'Like the Angel' is an early example of the kind of songs that found their ways onto all of our records, and how we've always had one foot in politics and one foot in the personal. We loved heavy music but also songs that had a poppy or hooky side to them."
Here is the track list for RPM 10:
"Black Masks & Gasoline"
"Like the Angel"
"Voices Off Camera"
"Blood-Red, White & Blue"
"Last Chance Blueprint"
"To the Core"
"Black Masks & Gasoline" (demo)
"Heaven Knows" (demo)
"Like the Angel" (demo)
"Voices Off Camera" (demo)
"Blood-Red, White & Blue" (demo)
"Broken English" (demo)
"Last Chance Blueprint" (demo)
"Amber Changing" (demo)
Muse to Be Featured on World War Z Soundtrack?
Muse has hinted that they may be lending their talents to the soundtrack for the upcoming zombie horror flick, World War Z. On Tuesday, the group posted a six-second video on their YouTube channel that features the “S” in the band’s name changing to a red “Z,” along with the phrase, “There will be no warning.” That phrase has been used to promote the film. World War Z, a big-screen adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel of the same name, will arrive in theaters on June 21. It stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and Matthew Fox.