Alice In Chains is being honored by Seattle’s MoPop Museum of Pop Culture on December 1st, and the band will be celebrated by a cadre of their peers, as well as hold their first performance of 2020. Korn, Metallica, Mastodon, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana are among the artists who will take part in virtual tribute performances when AIC is presented with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Founders Award. The full list of presenters (virtually) is listed below. Continue reading
Metallica’s partners in their spirits business, Blackened American Whiskey, has announced its partnership with Metallica’s All Within My Hands (AWMH), a foundation dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services, for its “Season of Giving” charitable initiative. From now until January, Blackened will donate $5 for each bottle purchased either online or in-store to All Within My Hands. To participate in Blackened’s “Season Of Giving”, consumers must upload a photo of their receipt by scanning the QR code on in-store signage or via a link on BlackenedWhiskey.com. Each receipt upload is an automatic entry into the sweepstakes to win a METALLICA autographed All Within My Hands guitar or a METALLICA autographed Blackened drumhead, where allowed by law. Blackened’s web site will also give consumers the opportunity to make a direct donation to All Within My Hands. No purchase, receipt upload, or donation is required to enter the sweepstakes, but contestants must be a U.S. resident, 21+. A new winner will be selected each week between November 22, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
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In 1995, Alice In Chains had been feeling good on the success of their first #1 album on the charts, 1994’s Jar of Flies EP, the first EP to ever debut at #1. At the same time, they were in peril as a band, with issues stemming from Layne Staley’s addiction to heroin and other band turmoil. The band did not tour to support Jar of Flies as Layne was in rehab and they took part of 1995 off. The lost opportunities from this period, including a massive Metallica/Danzig/Suicidal Tendencies tour and a near-top-of-the bill split at Woodstock 1994 (which I am still mad about) almost killed the band. They broke up briefly too, according to Sean Kinney. Little did we know they were crafting a great album, Alice in Chains (Columbia), to wash all that pain and disappointment away for a brief moment in time.
Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees virtual ceremony last night, November 7th, 2020. The program aired on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. The tribute was announced within days of his passing. The band was founded in 1974 and Van Halen was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his band in 2007. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class included Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Continue reading
According to a published report by Blabbermouth.net, Metallica’s recently released 2019 concert film “Metallica And San Francisco Symphony: S&M²” will air on PBS tonight. The concert will premiere tonight (Thursday, October 29) 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) and will re-air a number of times over the coming weeks on PBS affiliates. You can read our review of the original concert here. The S & M2 boxed set arrived in stores, streaming, and mailboxes on August 28th via Blackened Recordings, the Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with ton of exclusive and limited edition merch bundles with all the typical merch, as well as special things, such as S&M2 performance-used music. S&M2 were two performances held in San Francisco in September of 2019, the second show was added after scalpers boxed out real fans from getting tickets. The band also world-premiered the concert footage in a series of exclusive global movie theater events via Trafalgar Releasing. 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.
Aftershock Festival has announced its comeback for the fall of 2021 with an additional day and exciting new bands! The headliners are intact with Metallica headlining two nights and My Chemical Romance’s reunion highlighting the middle weekend date. Added to the festival bill now are Limp Bizkit, Rancid, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Volbeat, Machine Gun Kelly, Mastodon, Gojira, SEETHER, Parkway Drive, and many more. A special first time ever Thursday night date, presented by Jack Daniels, is headlined by Limp Bizkit and also hosts Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose and Fit For a King. Brought to you by Danny wimmer Presents, the West Coast’s Biggest Rock Festival–to Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7, 8, 9 and 10. Passes are on sale now at the link below and you can watch a special trailer video now.
The year 2000 is very memorable for many things, exceptionally in music. As pop dominated the airwaves with releases such as, N*Sync’s No Strings Attached, and Britney Spears’ Oops I Did it Again, an album that was forced by the media into the new category nu-metal was about to become historic. Continue reading
Get into the Halloween spirit with this awesome light show by Magical Light Show of Tracy, California, featuring Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”.
Metallica released their latest album S&M² (Blackened Recordings) this past summer, as a live document (CD/Blu-ray) of their 20th-anniversary concerts in 2019. Now Sweet Amber Distilling Co. has announced the launch of Blackened American Whiskey’s Batch 106 expression, which has been sonically enhanced to an S&M² live album playlist. The new Blackened batch is sold in a limited-edition box featuring a unique, original design by artist Squindo that is a rendition of the sonic-enhancement process, making it the perfect gift or collector’s item. It can be purchased through Caskers.com or found at local retailers by visiting Blackened’s web site. Continue reading