Metallica Implicated in A Scam By Live Nation To Enable Scalpers and Bots

In a shocking report by Billboard Magazine, Metallica has been linked to a scheme by Live Nation the number one concert promoter and venue owner in the world, to facilitated the transfer of thousands of concert tickets per show directly into the hands of resellers and scalpers at the request of certain artists. This is not limited to Metallica and there is no evidence the individual band members are involved in perpetrating the scheme. The proof came to Billboard via an admission on a taped conversation between Live Nation president of U.S. concerts, Bob Roux, longtime Metallica associate Tony DiCioccio, and an independent promoter named Vaughn Millette. The recording dates back to February 2017, shortly before the launch of Metallica’s “WorldWired Tour” in North America, and hears DiCioccio asking Roux to set aside a portion of tickets so that they could instead be sold on the secondary market. This entire situation came to light after bots and resellers seemed to buy up all of the tickets for Metallica’s S&M 20th Anniversary concert in San Francisco, this September. Continue reading

Pantera’s “Far Beyond Driven” Turns 25 Years Old

It’s the mid-nineties and while the economy is flourishing, our president gets cool points for playing the sax on television and we have Super Metroid, we still found the need to complain. And of all the things to moan about during that decade, one of the silliest is to decry the lack of decent metal. Did we all suddenly forget that Pantera dropped possibly the heaviest release to debut atop the Billboard Top 200 in Far Beyond Driven (Eastwest)? Continue reading

Trapt’s 1990’s Hit “Headstrong” Features In Daredevil Season 3

Season three of Netflix’s Marvel Television series Daredevil, based on the popular Marvel comic book character debuted this past weekend. In a cool origin story episode for one starring character, there was a lot of early 2000’s nostalgia such as a Korn shirt, hemp-bead chokers on dudes, the first time Lil John screamed “Yeeeah” on a track, and Trapt’s ubiquitous anthem ‘Headstrong’ was heard too. It was a massive hit in the era of Nu Metal, although it’s a lot more rock than it’s contemporaries looking back. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock (one week on July 26, 2003) and Modern Rock (five weeks on May 31, 2003) charts and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 1 on the singles recurrent charts. It crossed over to mainstream pop radio, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40. Continue reading

Metallica Tops 2017 “Hard Rock Album Artists” And “Hard Rock Albums” Charts On Billboard

Metallica‘s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct came out last November, but it didn’t stop the record from topping the ‘Hard Rock Albums’ chart for 2017, which helped make the band #1 on the ‘Hard Rock Album Artists’ chart as well. Continue reading

Neck Deep – The Peace And The Panic

Wrexham’s Neck Deep are a true British success story and have now found themselves as one of the biggest pop punk band’s on the planet. Their sophomore record Life’s Not Out To Get You (Hopeless Records) became an instant genre classic and pushed the band to global recognition. It even secured a Top 10 placing on the Billboard chart. Continue reading

Jay Wud – Transitions

While a career in music, in general, seems to be predicated on a fickle game of risk and reward, for my money no genre has it worse than Hard Rock (Metal, Punk or otherwise). You push too far into a musical extreme and you’re considered a niche product at best. Streamline the sound and introduce a melody, and pockets of fans are deriding you as sellouts before the first check is cleared. Dubai’s Jay Wud attempts to control the chaos down the middle with their new release, Transitions (self-released). Continue reading

Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct Album Certified Platinum In The United States

Metallica‘s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was released back in November via Blackened Recordings, and after selling 291,000 equivalent album units in its first week, the new record became their sixth to land at #1 on The Billboard Top 200. Earlier this week Hardwired… To Self-Destruct reached another milestone, as it was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America) for 1,000,000 units sold. Continue reading