Rock News: September 18th, 2013
METALLICA Frontman Looks Back On NAPSTER Battle
In a brand new interview with CraveOnline.com, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke about how far the digital music industry has come since 2000 when METALLICA launched legal action against Napster, claiming that the pioneering music file-sharing service was illegally allowing users to download METALLICA tracks without paying royalties to the band. Although the case was settled out of court, 300,000 users were banned from Napster as a result and METALLICA's image took a tremendous beating in the eyes of music fans. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, who was the main spokesperson for METALLICA in the Napster battle, has since become friends with Napster co-founder and current Spotify investor Sean Parker and recently attended Parker's wedding. Asked what changed over the last few years, Hetfield replied: "I don't know, kind of like in our lives, as you get older, you're able to get past certain roadblocks mentally and friendship-wise, like things with MEGADETH, people from our past," Hetfield explained. "They become a little less potent. They become less of a source of hatred or whatever. They affect you less and at the end of the day you're just kind of realizing that everyone is looking out for the best interest, hopefully, for the world. "[Lars Ulrich] was wanting to do something. He had a vision and had no idea what the consequences would be. "At the end of the day, we're all adults and you sit down and you talk and you go, 'Hey, when I did this, that happened.' We did the same and let's move on from there. "I think we've learned a lot, like from obviously the 'Some Kind Of Monster' movie and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Seeing all these bands that can't even show up and play together because they're arguing about something that happened 20 years ago and they can't celebrate a great moment, or create a new moment in history. Life's too short for stuff like that." Ulrich later admitted that he wished he had dealt with the Napster situation differently. In a 2003 interview with Launch, Lars about the band's battle with Napster, "Most of the time, it's like a bad dream, like what the fuck was that? [Several] years later, it's like did that really happen? We went from being somewhat well-respected, well-liked, and then I woke up one day and all of a sudden I was the most hated man in rock 'n' roll. It was like, huh? Me? What did I do wrong? I'm one of the good guys. That was all kind of weird. "If you look at our history, we've always been pretty protective of our own shit. When anybody got too close or fucked with our shit, we always took action. "In retrospect, I'm proud of what we did. I really felt sideswiped on that one. In my own little ignorant world, I didn't see it coming. I was completely ignorant and unaware of the magnitude of this issue for people. I was just sitting there in my own little selfish world going, 'I'm going to protect METALLICA. Don't fuck with METALLICA.' Then (explosion sound), 'You're pro-record company, you're greedy!' "I'm not pro-record company. We invented being anti-record company. We told our record company to go fuck themselves before anyone else. Stop. "It was a very surreal thing, because it was so hard to connect what I read about myself and METALLICA, it was so abstract to what was on my radar about my own reality. People going, 'You're a really greedy little man.' It was like, what are you talking about? We've been giving shit away for years. We want to be the ones giving it away, not someone else. "I'm proud of the stance we took. It was a very tough time. It was a much tougher time, because in the middle of that you have to put your best game face on. It was difficult. A lot of that shit hurt and it was very bewildering because it was difficult to connect it to your own reality. For better or worse, it got a good debate started. "In retrospect, I'm not claiming any sort of victory — who gives a shit about that? — I think more people are starting to realize, not that we were right, but this is an issue that is changing the face of everything that is going on. Not only the music world, but the film world is next. What better way to deal with it than at least educate people about it. If nothing else, I look back at the six months in 2000 as the first step in the education."
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Stream Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull Album Now
30 Seconds to Mars, Green Day Lead Rock Nominees for MTV Europe Music Awards; Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons Among Other Noms
Before Kings of Leon releases Mechanical Bull, their first album in three years, you'll will get a chance to sample it free. The group is currently streaming every song from the release on iTunes.
Mechanical Bull will arrive in stores on Tuesday, September 24 in both standard and deluxe editions, the latter of which contains two bonus tracks: “Work on Me” and “Last Mile Home.” If you pre-order Mechanical Bull now from iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of “Wait for Me.”
Here’s the track list for Mechanical Bull:
“Wait for Me”
“Coming Back Again”
“On the Chin”
“Work on Me” (deluxe edition only)
“Last Mile Home” (deluxe edition only)
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Beck Previews New Single, “Gimme”
30 Seconds to Mars and Green Day have racked up three nominations each for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, which will be handed out November 10 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
30 Seconds to Mars' nominations come in the categories of Best Video -- for “Up in the Air,” Biggest Fans, and Best Alternative. They'll compete in the latter category againstArctic Monkeys, Fall Out Boy, Franz Ferdinand and Paramore. Green Day scored a nod for Best Live and will battle Black Sabbath, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age andThe Killers for Best Rock. In addition, Green Day will face off against a number of rock acts, including fun., No Doubt, Garbage, Linkin Park and The Black Keys, for the Best World Stage award.
Daft Punk is up for Best Electronic, while their hit single, “Get Lucky,” will compete for Best Song. Imagine Dragons and Bastille each scored two nominations and will be facing off against each other in both the Best New and Best Push categories.
You can now check out the full list of nominees and vote for your favorites at MTVEMA.com.
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Imagine Dragons Documentary, Imagine Dragons: The Making of Night Visions, Now Available on iTunes
Good news for Beck fans: the singer has returned with another brand-new track. Titled “Gimme,” the cut is currently streaming on the singer’s YouTube channel. In addition to checking it out online, you can purchase the song on iTunes or pick up a double vinyl album which features the original track, an instrumental version and a 30-minute extended mix spread out over two sides.
As previously reported, Beck is currently recording two new albums: an acoustic release and a follow-up to 2008’s Modern Guilt. Release dates for both projects have yet to be announced.
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Green Day to Release ¡Cuatro! Documentary on September 24
If you missed your chance to see Imagine Dragons’ documentary in theaters or on Palladia last year, don’t worry: Imagine Dragons: The Making of Night Visions is now available for purchase on iTunes.
As the title suggests, the film documents the band as they put together their debut album, Night Visions. It features interviews with each member of the band, behind-the-scenes clips, and footage of a live performance of some of the songs from Night Visions.
Night Visions has spent over a year on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling more than 1.4 million copies. The release, which includes platinum-selling hits "It's Time" and “Radioactive,” debuted in the #2 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week out.
Night Visions also holds the crown for having the best first-week sales for a full-length debut by a new rock band in more than six years, selling over 83,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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A Perfect Circle to Release Greatest Hits Album, Three Sixty, in November
Green Day has set a release date for their documentary, ¡Cuatro!, which offers an inside look at what the band went through while making their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! The flick will be available on DVD and at all the usual digital retailers on September 24.
"Over the last year while we were recording our trilogy, we posted multiple clips every week so fans can see parts of the recording process of ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!," says bassistMike Dirnt in a statement. "¡Cuatro! brings our fans one step closer by giving them even more access and revealing what it was like for us to make these records."
The announcement comes just a few weeks after Green Day revealed their documentary about the making of Broadway Idiot -- the musical Broadway adaptation of their 2004 smash hit album American Idiot, would be released in theaters next month. That flick will screen first in New York on October 11, and then arrive in U.S. and Canadian theaters and video-on-demand on October 18.
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A Perfect Circle has unveiled the full track list for their upcoming greatest hits album,Three Sixty. The compilation album arrives in stores on November 19 and will feature 13 songs, including the previously unreleased single “By and Down.”
"[Guitarist] Billy [Howerdel] and I created A Perfect Circle out of a now long-running friendship, and I think the music we have made reflects that personal connection and has given us the ability to further develop and trust our intuition,” says frontman Maynard James Keenan in a statement. “I feel Three Sixty is an accurate representation of that friendship and those instincts."
Three Sixty will be available in standard and deluxe formats. The deluxe edition includes live versions of “People are People,” “3 Libras,” “Gravity” and “Fiddle and the Drum,” as well as the studio version of “The Package” from 2003’s Thirteenth Step.
In other A Perfect Circle News, the band is also set to release a limited-edition box set, A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo, on November 26. That package includes 3-CDs of live performances and a DVD of the band’s August 2011 concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.
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