METALLICA is among the confirmed artists for Outside Lands' 10th anniversary. The world's original gourmet music festival takes place August 11-13 at San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park, bringing together the best music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy from across the region and the world. Regular priced 3-day and VIP tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT exclusively at SFOutsideLands.com. As Huffington Post wrote of last year's festival, "there's a lot to love about Outside Lands: the diverse slate of musicians, the unbelievable food options, the magical forest-like setting." For its 10th anniversary, Outside Lands has gone above and beyond to bring together some of the most talented artists the world has to offer while creating a festival lineup you won't see anywhere else this season. Legendary rock band THE WHO, heavy metal icons and Bay Area natives METALLICA, and a rare festival appearance from GORILLAZ lead a lineup that features the likes of LORDE, FLEET FOXES, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ALT-J, SOLANGE, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, LITTLE DRAGON, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, THE AVETT BROTHERS, ABOVE & BEYOND, TOVE LO, ACTION BRONSON, THUNDERCAT and many, many more. Outside Lands is among the rare festivals anywhere in the world to sell out immediately upon lineup announcement and ticket release, boasting six consecutive sellouts to date. To show Outside Lands' ongoing commitment to the local community, the festival has contributed nearly $17 million to the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. Once again, the world's original gourmet music festival will offer ticket-holders a wide array of culinary options. This year, fans will have access to more than 80 Bay Area restaurants, 40+ Northern California wineries, close to 30 west coast breweries, and a collection of the region's best cocktail bars. Outside Lands also features ten distinct experiences that celebrate San Francisco's culture and excite the senses, including Taste of the Bay Area, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, The Back Wine, Cocktail Magic, the Festival Market Place, Outsider Art, Eco Lands, as well as The Barbary, named in honor of San Francisco's Barbary Coast district and featuring the best of comedy and cabaret, and GastroMagic, a fully programmed stage devoted to one-of-a-kind culinary and music collaborations. The Outside Lands 2017 food and drink lineup will be announced soon. Since its inception, Outside Lands has evolved into a beloved San Francisco tradition and boon for the Bay Area, as thousands of fans from around the world flood the iconic city for an incomparable weekend in one of America's greatest parks. The festival generates over $70 million annually for San Francisco's economy, employing over 4,850 people in and around the area in the process. Additionally, Outside Lands diverts more waste than any other festival of its size, with an astonishing 91% of last year's waste consisting of reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials.
According to Corren.se, GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — is being sued by four former members of the band who are accusing him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours. The lawsuit, which was filed in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where GHOST was originally based, claims that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The four musicians furthermore state that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put Tobias in charge of carrying out the company's management duties. The former GHOST members are asking the court to order Forge to disclose the company's revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 as well as to reveal the company's assets as of December 31, 2016. If he fails to act as ordered, they are asking the court to force Forge to pay a penalty of SEK 200,000 (approximately $22,000), or an amount that the court considers reasonable. According to the lawsuit, GHOST was formed in 2010 and Forge, through his company, has been collecting all revenues from the sale of the band's merchandise and music recordings. The GHOST leader did not at any time provide the other musicians with the company's financial statements, the lawsuit claims, and has instead insisted that the company was not yet profitable. In 2012, GHOST's economic situation became particularly dire when the bandmembers did not receive any compensation. Under pressure, Forge paid sporadic amounts out to the other musicians while continuing to claim that the company's bank accounts were empty. During 2016, the GHOST bandmembers received two separate contract proposals from Forge that they rejected on the grounds that they saw them as "slave agreements," the lawsuit says. Meanwhile, relations between Forge and the other musicians became increasingly chilly, with guitarist Martin Persner — who is not one of the four people behind the lawsuit — quitting the band in July 2016. On December 20, Forge, through his lawyer, contested the four musicians' claim that GHOST was a partnership. Asked by Corren.se for his reaction to the lawsuit, Forge said: "I can't comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered farily soon by my legal counsel." The new, predominantly U.K.-based lineup of GHOST — which is rumored to include musicians who have previously played with THE SISTERS OF MERCY, KORN, PENDRAGON and BLOODBATH — gave its first live performance on March 24 as the band kicked off its 2017 "Popestar" European tour in Norwich, England. Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its seven-year existence have gone unannounced. Forge writes almost all of the group's music and does most of the act's interviews disguised as a Nameless Ghoul.
FOREIGNER will celebrate 40 years as one of rock's most popular and enduring acts with a new career-spanning compilation titled "40" that features 40 hits from 40 years. This summer, the band will also launch an extensive 40th-anniversary U.S. tour with CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. Rhino will release "40" on May 19 as a double-CD set for $19.98 that includes 40 songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. A double-vinyl version that features 23 songs will be released on June 2 for 31.98. Following its self-titled debut in 1977, FOREIGNER went on to record some of rock's most enduring anthems — "Juke Box Hero" and "Hot Blooded" — as well as the #1 smash "I Want To Know What Love Is". The group has 10 multi-platinum albums to its credit and is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with worldwide sales in excess of 75 million. "40" brings together the best songs from FOREIGNER's nine studio albums, including all 16 of its Top 30 hits: "Feels Like The First Time", "Cold As Ice", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and more. The collection features "Too Late" from the group's 2008 retrospective "No End In Sight" and "The Flame Still Burns", the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year, making its debut on CD in this collection. All prior recordings have been remastered and the album features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, "Give My Life For Love" and a new version of "I Don't Want To Live Without You". The first disc covers FOREIGNER's first five albums: "Foreigner" (1977), "Double Vision" (1978), "Head Games" (1979), "4" (1981) and "Agent Provocateur" (1984). The 21 tracks include some the group's biggest hits ("Urgent" and "Feels Like The First Time") as well as deeper cuts like "Luanne" and "Women". The second disc features songs from "Inside Information" (1987), "Unusual Heat" (1991), "Mr. Moonlight" (1994) and "Can't Slow Down" (2009), and features "Rain", "When It Comes to Love" and "Heart Turns To Stone". FOREIGNER — Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) — will hit the road this summer for their 40th-anniversary tour with CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. The tour kicks off on July 11 in Syracuse, New York. "40" CD track listing: Disc One 01. Feels Like The First Time (radio edit) 02. Starrider 03. Cold As Ice 04. Long, Long Way From Home 05. Headknocker 06. Hot Blooded (radio edit) 07. Double Vision (radio edit) 08. Blue Morning, Blue Day 09. Dirty White Boy (radio edit) 10. Head Games 11. Women 12. Urgent (radio edit) 13. Juke Box Hero 14. Waiting For A Girl Like You 15. Night Life 16. Luanne 17. I Want To Know What Love Is 18. That Was Yesterday 19. Tooth And Nail 20. Reaction To Action (radio edit) 21. Down On Love Disc Two 01. Heart Turns To Stone 02. Can't Wait 03. Lowdown And Dirty 04. Soul Doctor 05. White Lie 06. Rain 07. All I Need To Know 08. Too Late 09. When It Comes To Love 10. Can't Slow Down 11. In Pieces 12. Fool For You Anyway 13. Say You Will 14. Save Me 15. Girl On The Moon (Live) 16. Break It Up (Live) 17. I Don't Want To Live Without You (new recording) 18. Give My Life For Love (new recording) 19. The Flame Still Burns (available on CD for the first time)
Frontiers Music Srl will release SNAKECHARMER's sophomore album, "Second Skin", on May 12. The song "Follow Me Under", taken from "Second Skin", can be streamed below. The British hard rock supergroup SNAKECHARMER was originally founded in 2011 by former WHITESNAKE members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with the perfect mix of high-caliber musicians, including Laurie Wisefield (WISHBONE ASH), Harry James (THUNDER, MAGNUM), Adam Wakeman (OZZY OSBOURNE), and Chris Ousey (HEARTLAND). The band's debut self-titled album was released in 2013 and musically the record showed a finely crafted hard rock style mixed with blues and melodic overtones, akin to Micky and Neil's former band and BAD COMPANY, with hints of early FOREIGNER as well. SNAKECHARMER played live shows regularly in support of the album's release and built a solid fanbase in Europe. In 2016, Moody left the band and was replaced by the Irish-born Simon McBride on lead guitar. Simon was hailed "among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world" by Guitarist magazine and has built up an impressive resume playing with outstanding rock, soul, and blues artists. "Second Skin" is the hotly anticipated second effort from SNAKECHARMER and brings the listener straight back to the good old days of real rock n' roll played with heart and soul. Slightly harder edged compared to the debut, but with roots still firmly planted in the classic hard rock vibe with a hint of late '70s AOR, this new record sounds fresh and crisp. Murray says: "It's been a rather long journey, but finally I'm very pleased to announce that SNAKECHARMER are soon to release our new album, 'Second Skin'. "The band has now found its own unique musical identity and in particular Laurie Wisefield and Chris Ousey have contributed some very powerful and melodic songs, which still have the SNAKECHARMER blues-rock distinctive trademarks. "The band works in a very democratic and collaborative way, which means that sometimes there is a lot of discussion before decisions are finally made, and it was great to have a more objective viewpoint from producer Gary Stevenson, who also fired the band up with his ideas, enthusiasm and sonic skills. "We can't wait to get out on tour and play some of the new songs, together with the best of our established classics, both SNAKECHARMER and WHITESNAKE, and showcase our new virtuoso guitarist, the brilliant Simon McBride." Track listing: 01. Sounds Like A Plan 02. That Kind Of Love 03. Are You Ready To Fly 04. Follow Me Under 05. I'll Take You As You Are 06. Hell Of A Way To Live 07. Fade Away 08. Dress It Up 09. Punching Above My Weight 10. Forgive & Forget 11. Where Do We Go From Here SNAKECHARMER is: Chris Ousey - vocals Laurie Wisefield - guitar Simon McBride - guitar Adam Wakeman - keyboards Neil Murray - bass Harry James - drums
German alcohol-soaked thrash metal act TANKARD will release its seventeenth studio album, "One Foot In The Grave", on June 2 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)" was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, ACCUSER, PERZONAL WAR, SUIDAKRA). A trailer for "One Foot In The Grave" is available below. The clip was filmed at a listening session for the new album which took place on February 17 at the Alte Liebe pub in Frankfurt, Germany. "One Foot In The Grave" track listing: 01. Pay To Pray 02. Arena Of The True Lies 03. Don`t Bullshit Us! 04. One Foot In The Grave 05. Syrian Nightmare 06. Northern Crown (Lament Of The Undead King) 07. Lock`Em Up! 08. The Evil That Men Display 09. Secret Order 1516 10. Sole Grinder This time, the album is going to have a serious streak, not only filled with humor but criticizing today's society. Even the traditional beer song "Secret Order 1516" displays some critical elements. But don't worry: fans of the typical TANKARD humor won't be disappointed! With songs like "Sole Grinder", the band hasn't forgotten their raison d'être. This song pays tribute to the band’s manager Buffo (Gerre: "The funniest choleric person in Germany") in an ironic way. The cover artwork for "One Foot In The Grave" was created by Patrick Strogulski, who is a student of Sebastian Krüger, the recent artwork designer of TANKARD. He also created the cover artwork for the "A Girl Called Cerveza" and "R.I.B." albums. With this, the iconic band mascot, the TANKARD Alien, celebrates his return after about 13 years of absence. The alien was born in 1989 with the "Alien" EP and has already graced five album covers. The TANKARD fan club "Maniac Aliens" is also named after it. States TANKARD vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia: "Mister Strogulski has once again created a real masterpiece and surpassed himself. Our first plan was that I would be on the cover instead of the alien... but, lucky me, it ended up being the alien..." The clip below offers a look behind the scenes of the "One Foot In The Grave" album production, as well the very first song snippets.
Frontiers Music Srl will release "The Nature Of Time", SECRET SPHERE's ninth studio album, on June 2. The new recording celebrates 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of the band's widely praised debut album, "Mistress Of The Shadowlight". Since then, SECRET SPHERE has evolved and developed its unique style into what has become a trademark sound, making it one of an elite group of bands putting the Italian metal scene on the global map. The addition of extraordinary singer Michele Luppi (also currently serving as keyboardist and background vocalist for the legendary hard rock act WHITESNAKE) in 2012 brought the band to the next level. This was evidenced by his first release with the band, "Portrait Of A Dying Heart", receiving wide fan and critical acclaim and landing on many metal journalists best releases of 2012 lists. "The Nature Of Time" proves to be the ultimate showcase of the band's skill in composing highly orchestrated songs and introducing their foray into a new age of heavy rock and metal music. High-class songs with amazing choruses, big vocals, majestic orchestral arrangements, and amazing, mind-blowing, guitar heroics are the order of the day. "The Nature Of Time" explores the "back-to-life" concept, an inward looking search of the self that can positively impact everyone's everyday life. States guitarist Aldo Lonobile: "The long writing process of this album has been a constant 're-living' of memories and feelings that started with only instrumental pieces that were put together only in order to vent my then current state of mind: a way to express emotions purely, without any kind of 'holding back,' so to speak. I then talked to Michele and we decided these were the perfect basis for a new SECRET SPHERE record" Adds Luppi: "What can I say about this album? We spent a few months writing songs in a way that opened the doors to our new age of heavy rock... definitely a new beginning for each member of the band, a new approach that got inspired by the concept of the album itself. "It's not easy to open and talk about love and kindness. We chose the most direct way, no masks, only passion, energy and light guided each note leaving any kind of fear behind. Eventually, with time, we became US, not individuals... THIS IS US. Some of these songs earned a very special place in my heart." "The Nature Of Time" track listing: The Nature Of Time Chapter I - Genesis - Intermission - The Calling Chapter II - The Seven Virtues - Love - Courage - Kindness - Honesty - Faith - Reliance - Commitment Chapter III - The New Dawn - The Awakening Chapter IV - The Way - The New Beginning SECRET SPHERE is: Michele Luppi - Vocals Aldo Lonobile - Guitars Andrea Buratto - Bass Gabriele Ciaccia - Keyboards Marco Lazzarini - Drums
Frontiers Music Srl will release RADIATION ROMEOS' self-titled debut album on June 2. RADIATION ROMEOS is a new band formed by Parramore "Perry" McCarty, best known for being the frontman of legendary U.S. metal act WARRIOR and famed BILLY IDOL guitarist Steve Stevens's solo project ATOMIC PLAYBOYS (in fact, the inspiration for the name RADIATION ROMEOS came from a line in the song "Atomic Playboys"). Musically, the band moves in a melodic hard rock direction with solid, metallic edges thanks to the production of Michael Voss (PHANTOM 5, CASANOVA, MICHAEL SCHENKER), who also contributed to the songwriting. In the studio, Parramore sang all vocals with Dag Heyne handling guitars, Jogi Spittka on bass, and Gereon Homann laying down the drum work with gusto! Perry says: "RADIATION ROMEOS started when producer Michael Voss contacted me in San Diego through Facebook. A few days later, we had the record agreement with Frontiers, so the RADIATION ROMEOS album was soon under way. "Our goal was to write great melodic rock songs. The album 'spans the globe' from the title track, power-rockin' 'Radiation Romeos', to some songs with a bit more grit like 'Castaways'. All the way to a beautiful ballad, 'Like An Arrow'. Something for everyone, if you will… "The recording was so much fun and exciting for me. I couldn't wait to get up the following day to work on the next song! "Michael is a wonderfully professional person with endless talent and the musicians super-cool guys and top players!" Parramore McCarty's career in music started when Robbin Crosby of RATT gave him his start singing in cover bands. His first major label album was "Fighting For The Earth" on Virgin Records in 1985 for the legendary heavy metal band WARRIOR. Steve Stevens's ATOMIC PLAYBOYS followed in 1989 on Warner Bros. Records. Then he returned to WARRIOR and also started gigging in the L.A. area with METAL FREQS and MONSTER TRAXX. "Radiation Romeos" track listing: 01. Radiation Romeos 02. Ocean Drive 03. Bad Bad Company 04. Mystic Mountain 05. Like An Arrow 06. Promised Land 07. Castaways 08. Ghost Town 09. Til The End Of Time 10. On The Tight Rope 11. Monstertraxx RADIATION ROMEOS is: Parramore McCarty - vocals Dag Heyne - guitars Jogi Spittka - bass Gereon Homann - drums
In a brand new interview with Australia's The Rockpit, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li expressed his distaste for social media, saying: "I don't really engage with social media that much, not even with friends. [Laughs] I unsubscribe everyone off my Facebook, I unfollow everybody. If I want to see anybody, I just look up their name and see what they are up to or they have to call me or we have to be out for some dinner or whatever. But I'm a man of technology, I love computers. I don't know how many laptops and video screens are in my house — loads. But for someone who likes computers and tours a lot, social media is always less relevant, because we socialize all the time. We're on tour all the time, and if I have to socialize with people on the computer and I'm on the computer anyway, it's kind of a bit of nonsense to me. But I don't know, maybe I'll change my mind one day. If you ever subscribe to my Twitter, I won't be bombing you with boring stuff that you don't care about." Asked if he feels that social media is sort of anti-social in some weird way, Herman said: "In certain ways, yeah, but you can then say, 'Well, actually, you're wrong.' You can go to parties and read about it, I'm sure, but who knows? There's no wrong answer; it's just how you feel what works for you in your lifestyle. I use it to keep in touch with certain people, but I just don't bother reading about all these feeds, so when I meet my friends, they can give me the best version of their amazing life instead of reading crap about that I don't care about on social media that they got to complain about. [Laughs]" DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Reaching Into Infinity", will be released on May 19 via earMUSIC on CD, LP and a special-edition CD and DVD. The follow-up to 2014's "Maximum Overload" marks the band's third full-length studio release with singer Marc Hudson, who joined the group in 2011 following the departure of original frontman ZP Theart (now in SKID ROW). The bulk of the recording sessions for "Reaching Into Infinity" took place at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. The band also laid down tracks while touring their "Killer Elite" best-of album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios in London, U.K.; Dark Lane Studios in Witney, U.K.; as well as the band's own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mézières, France and Shredforce One Studios in California.
Hundreds of IRON MAIDEN fans reportedly attempted to buy tickets to the band's concert in Birmingham, England from a hoax web site designed to raise awareness of fake ticket fraud. The City Of London Police and Action Fraud in partnership with Get Safe Online and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) have been working to show members of the public just how easy it is to be tricked into buying fake tickets online. During a series of Facebook flash sales, over 1,500 people tried to purchase music tickets from a fake ticket sales web site called Surfed Arts. Surfed Arts purported to be a secondary ticket provider and the Facebook adverts were targeted at people living in specific areas where there are sold out music events happening this summer. Adverts were targeted at fans of Adele in London, Ed Sheeran in Manchester, IRON MAIDEN in Birmingham, COLDPLAY in Cardiff and Bruno Mars fans in Leeds. Women aged over 65 and those who live in London were the people who tried to buy the most fake tickets whilst men and women aged 35-44 and those who live in Birmingham were the least inclined to click on the spoofed advert. Those who clicked through to the Surfed Arts web site were immediately told that they were not able to purchase the sold-out event tickets and advised on how to protect themselves from falling victim to real ticket fraudsters in the future. The purpose of the hoax was to try and directly affect consumers' online behaviour and make them think twice before buying tickets from illegitimate secondary ticket sites. A recent report written by the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has shown that people are increasingly using other secondary tickets sources such as social media in order to purchase tickets for popular and often sold-out events. In the last three years, more than 21,000 people have reported falling victim to ticket fraudsters and the majority of these reports concern the secondary ticket market and other secondary sources; for example, social media or independent ticket web sites. Legislation has recently been proposed which may prevent the use of "bots" buying tickets to re-sell at inflated prices, but the threat of bogus ticket outlets remains. Sites like Surfed Arts don't have any tickets to sell in the first place; buyers pay for what looks like tickets to concerts, festivals or sporting events only for the seller to disappear with the victim's money or send them counterfeited tickets that aren't valid for entry. The most common type of ticket fraud victim to report to Action Fraud is a man in his twenties. 51.9% of men reported falling victim whilst 48.1% of women reported. Those in the age group 20-29 most commonly reported to the service. Bank transfers were the most commonly used method to buy tickets with 64.6% of people saying that it was the payment method used when they were defrauded. Of those reporting, more than 33% said that the fraud had a significant effect on their life and an additional 7.8% said that being defrauded in this way has severely affected them. A recent interview of a convicted ticket fraudster undertaken by the City Of London Police proves that fraudsters use ticket web sites as a source of income and have little remorse for how it may affect the person they are defrauding. The convicted fraudster said: "I sold fake tickets for every festival and every music event. The high value tickets were the way for me, but I know lots of guys that are doing the lower value tickets too. I was earning thousands of pounds a day." City Of London Police's National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Temporary Commander Dave Clark, said: "No matter what you're buying a ticket for: a concert, a sports event or a flight, you need to remain vigilant and be aware that there are fraudsters all over the globe trying to make money out of people's desire to buy tickets quickly and easily online. "Always buy tickets from an official events organiser or website and if you are tempted to buy from a secondary ticket source, always research the company or the person online before making the purchase. "Our fake web site Surfed Arts was put together to show just how easy it is to become a victim and we want to help to change consumers' online behaviour so that they don't fall victim to real fraudsters in the future." Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, commented: "Clever criminals will try every trick in the book to make us part with our hard-earned cash. One way they'll try and do this is by luring fans into buying tickets for concerts and sports events which are sold out. "Many of the adverts for these fake tickets seem like 'too good to be true' offers, with tickets often being heavily discounted. However, this means people often act before thinking. The Surfed Arts ticket hoax clearly demonstrates how easily we can be duped when we think there is an offer to be had. Luckily, our scam didn't have a nasty surprise at the end, but some useful information on how to protect yourself against ticket fraudsters. "To avoid becoming a victim, do as much research as you can to ensure that the provider or person you are buying from is reputable. Also, when buying an event ticket, use a credit card if you can to ensure you are protected when paying. If someone asks you to transfer money directly to them, you'll have absolutely no protection if you are scammed." Jonathan Brown, Chief Executive of the Society of Ticket Retailers and Agents, said: "These figures demonstrate that ticket fraud is a continuing problem and that, too often, people are misled by fake promises. Fraudsters prey on the anticipation and excitement that surround our fantastic sports and entertainment industries. "It is vital that customers take care when buying tickets. Protect yourself by following safe ticket-buying advice and by taking time to research the authorised sellers for an event before parting with any money. "STAR and its members are committed to providing customers with high standards of service and information and to playing our part in helping you avoid the fraudsters." IRON MAIDEN announced last fall that it was scrapping printed tickets for its next U.K. tour in an effort to crack down on touts. Concert-goers will have to present a photo ID and credit card when they arrive at a venue instead of having a paper ticket scanned or checked. MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood told the BBC: "We do not want our fans being ripped off either by counterfeit tickets or through costly mark-ups on so-called secondary ticketing web sites. "These problems now affect the U.K. more than any other country outside of the U.S.A."
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was interviewed by Sonar FM before the band's April 1 concert at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what it has been like for METALLICA to self-fund its projects, having launched their independent record label, Blackened Recordings, Ulrich said: "Well, I think being autonomous and being independent has always been in the METALLICA spirit. We've never felt like we really belonged to anything specific. We've never felt like we were part of a movement or part of a wave; we've always kind of felt like loners. I've always felt like a loner, and I think that James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] and I, when we found each other, we connected over music, but we always felt disenfranchised and a little ostracized. And so being in a band, it gives you a sense of belonging to something. And so we love what we have, and I think we always feel like we never really fit in anywhere. And, obviously, whenever I say that, people [are like], 'Oh, you're in the biggest band in the world,' or whatever, but that doesn't mean very much. I still never quite feel like we really fit into anything; we're always kind of in our own little world. But, obviously, we have a lot of friends and fans with us, which makes it worthwhile. But being autonomous and independent is a great position to be in because you never feel like you owe anybody anything." Ulrich also spoke about how his relationship with Hetfield has evolved since the release of METALLICA's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", which followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group while making their "St. Anger" album. He said: "I think it's the best it's been now. I think we know where each of us are, we know much more about who each other is, and we know how far we can push each other, and I think there's much more of a partnership going on than there used to be. Now we're not fighting to win an argument. We rarely argue over anything, and we try to see each other's point of view much more. It's called growing up. [Laughs] So it's in a very good place — much more mature than it's been forever, basically." The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.
¿Quién es el mejor amigo de Lars Ulrich en el mundo de la música? ¿Cuánto más estarán de gira? Todo eso y más en esta entrevista de Francisco Reinoso.Posted by Sonar FM Chile on Saturday, April 1, 2017