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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT On 'Hardwired' Guitar Solos: 'I Wanted It To Be Unpredictable And Unexpected For Everyone Out There'

METALLICA's Kirk Hammett spoke to Kilpop about the more improvisational approach he took while recording the guitar leads on the band's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" — something that he says he accomplished by not preparing any of the solo parts and just hitting the studio. "I have always been intrigued by the ...

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METALLICA Vinyl Figures Coming From FUNKO

The popular vinyl collectible company Funko — best known for its big-headed Pop! figures — has joined forces with heavy metal giants METALLICA. The latest series of Pop! Rocks vinyl figures, which is due in August, includes all four members of the band. These stylized Pop! vinyl figures stand 3 ¾ inches and come in ...

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KIRK HAMMETT: It 'Would Be Nice' If METALLICA Could Take Less Than Eight Years To Release Next Album

Kirk Hammett says that it "would be nice" if METALLICA could take less than eight years to release the follow-up to the "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" album. Aside from touring, METALLICA had spent much of time between the release of 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2016's "Hardwired" on other projects, including launching a music festival, collaborating on ...

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CHRIS CORNELL Toxicology Report Reveals Several Prescription Drugs In Singer's System

A completed toxicology report has confirmed that Chris Cornell was using prescription drugs at the time of his death. The report reveals that the SOUNDGARDEN frontman had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (a sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and barbiturates in his system when he was found dead after the band's performance in Detroit. He was ...

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METALLICA: Official Video Recap Of 'WorldWired' Tour Kick-Off

The official video recap of the first show of the North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour — which launched on May 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland — can be seen below. According to Rolling Stone, the stage show included "seemingly hundred-foot screens that stretch to the upper rafters of the gigantic ...

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NIKKI SIXX On CHRIS CORNELL's Death: 'I Just Don't Get It'

MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has defended Chris Cornell over reports that the SOUNDGARDEN frontman may have killed himself after taking more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on May 18 after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family ...

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CHRIS CORNELL's Family 'Mystified' As They Await Autopsy Results To Resolve 'Unanswered Questions' About His Death

Two weeks after Chris Cornell's hocking suicide in Detroit, his widow has released a new statement saying that she is "mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed." In the statement, released earlier today (Thursday, June 1) through attorney Kirk Pasich, the family claims ...

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METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL During Foxborough, Massachusetts Concert

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo paid tribute to Chris Cornell by working in a snippet of SOUNDGARDEN's classic song "Black Hole Sun" into his bass solo during the former band's concert Friday night (May 19) at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Check out video footage below. According to CNN, SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell ...

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CHRIS CORNELL's Family Disputes Suicide Ruling

A lawyer representing the family of Chris Cornell released a statement expressing doubt that the former SOUNDGARDEN frontman intentionally killed himself, as a Wayne County medical examiner ruled yesterday. "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise," Kirk ...

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METALLICA Kicks Off North American Leg Of 'WorldWired' Tour In Baltimore: Video, Photos

METALLICA kicked off the North American leg of its "WorldWired" tour Wednesday night (May 10) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The band's 18-song setlist included five tracks from METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which was certified platinum last month by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). METALLICA was joined in Baltimore by ...

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METAL CHURCH Recruits Former W.A.S.P. Drummer STET HOWLAND

METAL CHURCH has recruited Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) to play drums for the band on all its summer shows. He joins the group as the replacement for Jeff Plate, who announced his departure from METAL CHURCH last month. Howland commented: "I was contacted by my good friend METAL CHURCH bass player Steve Unger recently after their ...

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