Metallica To Let Fans Pick Setlist & Debut New Song On European Tour


After spending the better part of the last couple of years making our film Through The Never, we are so ready to make another album… it’s been far too long! And when we’re locked away in the studio, history has dictated that we always need that inspirational break to soak up all the great live Metalli-energy that you guys bring to the gigs. So as we may have done once or twice before (!!), we will be hitting the road this summer, but not just for another “European vacation”… we’ve added a twist – YOU PICK THE SET LIST!!

As we embark on two short treks through Europe, we’re going to give you, the ticket holders, the chance to vote on what songs you would like to hear at the show(s) that you attend. It will be pretty simple… pick up your ticket(s) online and you’ll receive an e-mail shortly after with a code and a link to a site on which you may cast your ballot. We normally play around 18 songs a night, and since we didn’t want to be left out of the fun, the band also gets to vote . . . and we vote for a NEW SONG! That leaves the other 17 slots for you to choose, so vote for all your favorites from the close to 140 songs we’ve recorded in our career and to make it more fun along the way, you’ll be able to follow what you and your fellow fans are selecting by watching the site for continuous results.

In true Metallica fashion, we don’t have all the shows ready for you just yet, but here are a few dates to get you started:

June 4, 2014 – Imtech Arena, Sonisphere – Hamburg, Germany, tickets on sale November 29 at 10:00 AM local time
June 5-8, 2014 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany, tickets on sale November 27 at 9:00 AM local time
June 6-9, 2014 – Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany, tickets on sale November 27 at 9:00 AM local time

Tickets will be available at

Setlist From Pearl Jam’s Show In Oakland, California

Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA, USA
November 26, 2013

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Why Go
Hail Hail
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Even Flow
Daughter (w/ W.M.A. tag)
Unthought Known
Let the Records Play
State of Love and Trust
Better Man

After Hours (The Velvet Underground cover)
Yellow Moon
Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
Just Breathe
Thin Air (first since 20 June 2008)
Given to Fly
Big Wave
Do the Evolution
The New World (X cover) (with John Doe)

Encore 2:
Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams cover)
Fuckin’ Up (Neil Young cover)

Latest Update On New Tool Album Writing Sessions

Blair has provided on update on Tool’s new album in the November Tool Newsletter:

“Last month I posted an update about how things were progressing with regards to the band’s writing/arranging sessions at their rehearsal space, reporting in a timely and concise fashion that they were indeed making headway in adding the finishing touches to one of the more lengthy, complex pieces of new material. Now that the page of the calendar has been flipped to the month of November, as to whether or not they finally completed the ‘musical’ part of the arrangement in question, though I’m really not sure, one could hazard a guess that something rather positive must have occurred to warrant last week’s leisurely break by at least three band members.

But then while checking out last year’s newsletter for November, I was immediately struck with a sense of déjà vu! It suddenly seemed that even if the song still remained near completion, several of the guys were going to step away from it for a while.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days, and the band have toured sporadically in recent years.

Billy Corgan Raises $60,000 For Chicago Animal Organization

Billy Corgan recently participated in a festival for PAWS Chicago, a humane animal organization for dog and cat adoptions. During the festival, Corgan auctioned off a private concert along with a dinner for 12 by chef Curtis Duffy. The offer sold for $60,000.

Last year, Corgan also auctioned off a private concert, raising a total of $90,000. The private concerts were performed at Madame Zuzu’s tea house and Corgan played tracks such as Today, Plume, Pinwheels, With Every Light, and I Am One.

Dave Grohl Discusses Foo Fighters’ Innovative Approach To Recording New Album

Dave Grohl gave an update on Foo Fighters’ new album in a recent interview with Rolling Stone:

“It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s fucking rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”

Dave Grohl will have a busy year in 2014, with the Foo Fighters planning to release their 8th studio album in the spring and Nirvana likely to receive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors.  Foo Fighters entered to studio with producer Butch Vig over the summer to produce the new album.  Grohl has previously worked with Vig on Nirvana’s Nevermind, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light, and the Sound City soundtrack.

Kim Thayil Discusses Soundgarden’s Changing Dynamics As They Age

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil discussed Soundgarden’s dynamic now as they’ve gotten older in a new interview with Consequence of Sound:

“It’s different, it’s the same. I think I’ve done a few interviews regarding that question, and at times I can put my finger on it, sometimes I can’t. We’re all older, more mature. There’s certainly, I think, with Matt and Chris [Cornell, vocalist/guitarist]‘s experiences over the past 10 years, touring and making records, they may have developed a more professional outlook with the role they play in a band. Ben [Shepherd, bassist] and I, of course, are more mature. Everyone’s grown up. Some of us have families, and certainly, when you start a family, you are no longer the center of your own universe. Your kids become the center.

I think there’s a certain maturity and perspective that we have as individuals. The chemistry… there’s a way, I mean, after so many years of playing together, there’s a way that we communicate, and a certain rapport we have with each other, that we weren’t sure how it would have changed or even if it was still there, but it was almost exactly the same. We just started jamming together, and the way we communicated musically, and the way we would share song ideas was very much the same. I can’t quite picture how it was different other than technologically there were some changes. We weren’t sharing cassette demos [laughs].”

Pearl Jam In Los Angeles Night 2: Exclusive Review, Photos & Setlist

I apologize for posting this recap a day late (and for it being kind of short, I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run on the first review), had to spend all day yesterday writing a final paper on why weed should be legal.  Night 2’s setlist was completely different from Night 1 outside of 5-7 songs.  The show gradually picked up energy throughout, from show opener “Oceans” to “Lightning Bolt.”  “Immortality” and “Blood” were highlights (I’ve been on a real Vitalogy kick as of late).

The stretch from “Even Flow” until the end of the show is probably the best I’ve ever seen Pearl Jam perform.  Mike McCready killed it on that song, playing the solo behind his back.  It was his standout moment like “Black” and “Eruption” were on Night 1.  The first encore featured two great covers (Pink Floyd’s “Mother” and Velvet Underground’s “After Hours”) and the last three songs of the first encore (Breath/Go/Porch) took the show to another level energy wise.

Like Night 1, the 2nd encore is when the show peaked.  Eddie sounds like he was born to sing “Love Reign O’er Me.”  Overall this was these two shows were the best two live music experiences of my life.  The only other shows that I can think of that were on the same level are Stone Temple Pilots at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008, Pearl Jam at the Gibson Amphitheatre in 2009, The Killers at Staples Center in 2007, and Soundgarden at the LA Forum in 2011.


Low Light
Present Tense
Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover)
Lightning Bolt
Amongst the Waves
My Father’s Son
Given to Fly
Swallowed Whole
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Future Days
Even Flow
Do the Evolution
Mind Your Manners
No Way

Better Man (with Save it For Later)
Daughter (with Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall Part 2)
After Hours (The Velvet Underground cover)
Sleeping By Myself
Mother (Pink Floyd cover)

Encore 2:
Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
Unthought Known
Love, Reign O’er Me (The Who cover)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)

New Book ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion’ Released


Despite being listed as an influence on countless notable bands, there has never been a book that tells the complete story of both Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. Until now. Author/journalist Greg Prato’s tenth book overall, ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,’ serves as both a career overview and analyzation of both bands – tracing their ups and downs, uncovering quite a few unheard or uncommon tales, and of course, telling the stories behind such classic albums as ‘The Real Thing,’ ‘Angel Dust,’ ‘Disco Volante,’ and ‘California.’

And many members of today’s top rock bands offer up opinions and memories of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle exclusively for this book, including Jason Newsted (Newsted/ex-Metallica), Max Cavalera (Soulfly/ex-Sepultura), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project/ex-Strapping Young Lad), Ville Valo (HIM), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), John Garcia (Vista Chino/ex-Kyuss), Wes Borland (Black Light Burns/Limp Bizkit), Everlast (House of Pain/solo artist), Mike Fleischmann (Vision of Disorder), Mitts (Madball), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).

Prato writes for Rolling Stone, and has penned such popular and critically acclaimed music book titles as ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,’ ‘A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ ‘Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets,’ and ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ among others. He is also a long-time fan of both bands – having interviewed every single Faith No More member who appeared on record over the years (of which excerpts from these interviews are included in this book), and having witnessed countless FNM and Bungle performances over the years.

Available as both a paperback version [$14.99, 210 pages] and a Kindle download [$6.99, 189 pages], ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion’ helps put it all into perspective for fans of both bands.

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Kim Thayil Hints At Soundgarden Rarity Compilation, Discusses Band’s Future

Rolling Stone had the chance to sit down with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil. When asked about the possibility of a new studio album, Kim replied, “Yeah, the band has talked about that. That’s something that we’ll look at in the next two years.” Interestingly, the magazine also brought up the idea of a Soundgarden rarity compilation.

There’s also the possibility of a collection of unreleased material. Will this upcoming set be just strictly B-sides, or also include some unreleased songs?
This is almost exclusively – there might be one or two exceptions – released material, focusing on original Soundgarden released and published material that has never been compiled on a Soundgarden album. Things from compilation records, like “Sub Pop Rock City,” for instance, might have been on the B-sides album.

I recall around the time of Badmotorfinger, a lot of non-album cover songs were issued overseas, like Devo’s “Girl U Want” and Budgie’s “Homicidal Suicidal.”

Those are covers, but if we focus on originals, there’s certainly enough for another album-plus. Around Badmotorfinger, we did the song “Cold Bitch,” which was an original. We did “Birth Ritual,” which was in the movie soundtrack for Singles. “Birth Ritual” we put out on the Telephantasm album, but that’s a compilation of already released songs. But as far as compiling an album’s worth of original material that hadn’t been compiled on other Soundgarden albums, this would be like another studio album.


Billy Howerdel Discusses His Favorite A Perfect Circle Songs

In a new interview with Gibson, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel revealed his favorite APC songs in addition to the new track “By and Down” which he told us was a top 3 APC track:

I would say “Orestes” and “Gravity.” “Orestes” was one of first songs we ever did, so for me, it had a little history. It’s got that origination of APC, bringing me back to that time. I find that if I had to tell someone what we’re about or someone had never heard of the band and wanted to hear what it was about, I would probably play “Orestes” first, to give an overall sense of what the band is about. I think “By and Down” fits within that, as well. It’s a different song. And, “Gravity,” I think it’s the marriage of the lyrics and the music together is really powerful. It’s a really powerful song.