The best Christmas gifts are the most useful ones. Slapping a bow on a bottle of Jack is the easiest gift you can give a metalhead. The great thing about it? Even if they have a preference, they aren’t going to turn down free alcohol. Type any brand and the words “gift set” into Google and you’ll find something. However, premade gift sets have a tendency to be overpriced and generic. You’re better off grabbing an empty box and filling it up with a variety of airplane bottles. It’s kind of like a box of chocolates—But booze.
Devin Townsend has spent the pandemic year of 202 releasing a live album, creating a podcast, and performing charity livestreams. He recently did a by Livestream for Halloween, and in news he broke in an interview with Ghost Cult, Devy now confirmed in a Tweet his livestream will take place December 23rd. Check out his thread about the event and in case you missed it, our chat with the legend. Continue reading →
Metallica has shared a clip of James Hetfield discussing the impetus for the band for founding their All Within My Hands foundation. The band initially wanted to raise money for charity, but now seeks to make an impact not just by donating money, but creating outreach programs that really help reshape the lives of the less fortunate. In this clip, Hetfield discusses the Metallica Scholars program which donated 15 million dollars to vocational schools and community colleges. The Metallica Scholars initiative was created in 2019 through a partnership between All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing the countries more than 1,000 community colleges.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the multi-platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group which raised more than $725 million for charity, has announced the cancelation of its fall 2020 tour due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. which is sweeping the globe. The band shared a statement. Continue reading →
Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation will provide a second round of new grants totaling $295,000 to five organizations doing essential work during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to continuing to support Feeding America, which partners with food banks around the United States; Crew Nation, Live Nation’s initiative to provide relief to touring and venue crews; the United States Bartenders Guild Foundation, which benefits bar workers and people in the service industries; and Direct Relief, which aims to support medical professionals and first responders across the U.S.; the band has announced a fifth grantee as its partners with MusicCares in the organization’s efforts to assist music industry professionals affected by the pandemic.Continue reading →
Ozzy Osbourne At Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, by Stephanie Cabral (with permission MSOPR)
Ozzy Osbourne has shared a video recalling the very first time he heard the song that changed his life, ‘She Loves You’, by The Beatles. The video is for a campaign supporting the “End The Silence” charity, supporting children in orphanages worldwide. Ozzy continues to recuperate from his various injuries and illnesses of the last year and is looking forward to the final solo tour of his career in 2020, The “No More Tours 2” Tour. Info on donating can be found below.Continue reading →
Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) has launched a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. The band will donate One Million dollars USD to ten community colleges across the country supporting 1,000 students training to enter the American workforce. These students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.Continue reading →
Cancer is a sonofabitch and there will be more than 1.7 million new cases of it in 2018 alone. One person making the best of a bad situation is Melissa S. who uses her multiple diagnosis of cancer to raise money on her own raise awareness and money for animal rescue, Friends of Melissa have been raising money on both BiddingOwl and GoFundMe to raise the $20,000 USD she needs for aggressive treatment for her long-term survival. Now her friend, metal legend Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity has joined the fight, donating a classic bass from his aresenal to the auction to give it a boost. Mike’s NYC Sadowsky Sunburst Vintage J 4 Bass Guitar has been played live with played in over 2,000 shows with COC and Kyuss Lives and the COC albums America’s Volume Dealer, Live Volume album and concert video, In the Arms of God, and Corrosion of Conformity. Learn more about how you can support Melissa’s fight and own Mike’s bass at the links below.
Metallica headlined their charity auction and benefit concert for their All Within My Hands Foundation this past Saturday night. The band performed unplugged, pulling out rarities, re-imagined versions of classics, and covers. You can watch some fan-filmed videos below, and see the full setlist as well. Limited items from the auction are on sale all this week at https://www.allwithinmyhands.org.Continue reading →
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), and thus a celebration is in order. The band has announced their Winter Tour 2018 Tour, their annual November-December trek. This season brings a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve”, featuring late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill‘s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater, is set to begin on November 14 and will visit 65 cities across North America, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30 (see full itinerary below). TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel. Continue reading →