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James Hetfield Returns To Rehab, Metallica Cancels All Remaining 2019 Tour Dates

James Hetfield of Metallica has re-entered rehab, forcing the band to postpone a tour in Australia, New Zealand, and all appearances through the end of 2019. The next scheduled Metallica show is a March 28th benefit in San Fransico. The band has not stated what substance(s) James was abusing though it is widely believed to be alcohol.

A statement on the band website read…

“As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.”

https://www.metallica.com/news/2019-09-27-a-note-from-lars-kirk-and-rob.html

There has been an outpouring of support for James on social media wish him well in his latest round of recovery.

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Metallica Is The Most Profitable Heavy Metal Band Of All Time – Clocking In At 1.4 Billion In Concert Ticket Sales Alone!

Who is the most profitable rock band of all time? Fox News says it is Metallica – clocking it at 1.4 Billion in concert tickets alone.

Metallica may be right behind another famous rock band, U2, who with their 360 tour in 2011 became the highest-grossing concert tour in history pulling in $736 million. But the metal band’s profits continue to grow putting them alongside the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.

Metallica, the heavy metal band from Los Angeles, circa 1981, has grossed over $1.4 billion touring over their almost 40-year career, according to Pollster, making them arguably the world’s biggest, most profitable heavy metal band of all time.


Formed by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, the group is known for fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive rock known as thrash metal.

From Fox News…
https://www.foxbusiness.com/media/metallica-biggest-heavy-metal-band-of-all-time
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Exhorder “Desecrator” Live In Los Angeles Sept 13, 2019

Exhorder “Desecrator” Live In Los Angeles Sept 13, 2009 Exhorder plays brutal thrash metal classic “Desecrator” live In Los Angeles Sept 13 2009 on tour supporting the new album “Mourn The Southern Sky” – which drops this week on Nuclear Blast!

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Dave Mustaine “Feels Positive” About Cancer Treatment Progress

Earier this week Dave Mustaine said “doctors are feeling very positive regarding my progress” on Twitter and also on Megadeth.com. As of now, plus for the Megacruise are still on schedule.

I wanted to take a moment to give you all an update on the current status of my health. I’m almost through the last round of treatment and my doctors are feeling very positive regarding my progress. I want to thank all of you for the support and well wishes these last few months. I can’t express enough gratitude as it has made this hard road easier knowing you are in my corner fighting with me!
Over the next few weeks my condition will be evaluated, and I will keep you posted on my progress as we get closer to the sailing date of the first Megacruise! We can’t wait to see you, and I know all of the other wonderful artists feel the same way. Let’s make this event one for the record books. Less than 30 days till we are Thrashing through the Pacific!
See you all very soon.
Dave

https://megadeth.com/news/2019/a-message-from-dave-mustaine/

This is the latest update after Dave announced publicly he was battling cancer earlier this year.

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Steve Grimmett From Grim Reaper: Somebody Should Make Movie About That Guy!

I had the pleasure of getting to meet Steve of Steve Grimmett’s  aka Grim reaper – he was a fucking awesome guy and a great singer who’s life should be made into a Hollywood movie IMO. The guy is 60 years old, had a leg amputated, still sings metal because it’s the only thing he knows how to do, and can still deliver Ronnie James Dio caliber vocals – saw their show and forgot how many awesome songs the have – including this one.

I got to have drinks with him at The Rainbow Bar and Grill, Los Angeles before the show and he was a super cool guy…we talked about Trump, why Bud Light is the best beer on Earth, how even though getting his leg chapped of sucked, it was cool to see fans line up around the block to donate blood (which 3 eventually did) and how the one album he sang on with Onslaught outsold all of the Grim Repear albums (which was something I didn’t expect)

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“The Hardship Of The Scots” by Darkthrone – Best New Metal Song of 2019

This is my pick for best metal song of 2019 – I’ll have to admit I hadn’t listened to Darkthrone since “The Cult Is Alive”, so it took me a minute to catch on to this one even though it’s been out for a minute – check it out if you hadn’t already!

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Slayer Shit-Canned As NASCAR Team Sponsor

Slayer their walking papers regarding Slayer sponsored NASCAR team car. J.J. Yeley’s No. 54 car was scheduled to race earlier this month painted to promote the Slayer Farewell Tour, but that never happened.

I guess Slayer wasn’t Redneck enough, because the team pulled the plug on the Slayer sponsorship in favor of PODS.

The team was not clear about the decision to forgo the Slayer sponsorship and only released this tweet.

I’m sure; the decision had much to do with protecting the right-wing Cristian bureaucracy of the sport. Slayer has been saying since the mid-eighties that they were not Satanists. Tom Araya even identifies himself as a Christian, but no, Slayer is still too terrifying for NASCAR fans.

Ironically, NASCAR has no problem with sponsoring a Kid Rock car, even though his lyrics gloried pimping, cocaine, homophobia and smacking women, but a little fo-fu Satanism is a bit too much!!

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“Murder In The Front Row” – Epic Thrash Metal Documentary – Coming To A City Near You?

Murder In The Front Row documentary

About “Murder In The Front Row”

“Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story is a documentary about the early days of the Bay Area thrash scene featuring Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth, Death Angel, Possessed and Anthrax.

Screening Schedule August / September 2019

8/2/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/3/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/4/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/5/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Yonkers Yonkers, NY
8/6/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Yonkers Yonkers, NY
8/7/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/7/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/8/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/8/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/10/2019 Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
8/10/2019 Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
8/16/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Woodbury Woodbury, MN
8/16/2019 Erie Movie House Erie, PA
8/17/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Tempe Tempe
8/21/2019 PhilaMOCA Philadelphia, PA
8/22/2019 PhilaMOCA Philadelphia, PA
8/24/2019 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
8/24/2019 Filmbar Phoenix, AZ
8/25/2019 Filmbar Phoenix, AZ
8/26/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Loudon (Northern Virginia) Ashburn, VA
8/28/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Woodbridge (Northern Virginia) Woodbridge, VA
8/29/2019 Alamo Drafthouse, Austin Austin, TX
8/29/2019 Regent Theater Arlington, MA
8/30/2019 Columbus Theatre Providence, RI
9/2/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Houston Katy, TX
9/2/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Lubbock Lubbock, TX
9/2/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – El Paso El Paso, TX
9/8/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Raleigh Raleigh, NC
9/10/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Lake Highlands (Dallas) Dallas, TX
9/10/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – San Antonio San Antonio, TX
9/10/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
9/12/2019 Alamo Drafthouse, Winchester Winchester, VA
9/12/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sf San Francisco, CA
9/13/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/14/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/14/2019 Gateway Film Center Columbus, OH
9/15/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/16/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Denton (Dallas area) Denton, TX
9/16/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Littleton (Denver Area) Littleton, CO
9/16/2019 Art Theatre Long Beach, CA
9/17/2019 Alamon Drafthouse – Richland Hills (Dallas Area) North Richland Hills , TX
9/17/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/17/2019 Art Theatre Long Beach, CA
9/18/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/19/2019 Athens International Film Festival Athens, GR
9/19/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/19/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/21/2019 Alamo Drafthouse -Westminster (Denver Area) Westminster, CO
9/22/2019 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH
9/24/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Cedars (Dallas Area) Dallas, TX
9/26/2019 Oakland International Film Festival – Regal Jack London Oakland, CA
9/27/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – La Vista (Omaha Area) La Vista, NE
9/28/2019 Goen Cinemas Window Rock, AZ
9/30/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Richardson (Dallas Area) Dallas, TX

Get ticket info here.