Tune in to Liquid Metal on SiriusXM channel 40 on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT for an exclusive interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield. James will talk to Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin about METALLICA‘s 30th-anniversary celebrations, the Orion Music + More festival, progress on the follow-up to “Death Magnetic”, and more. In addition, the entire hour’s playlist was handpicked by James himself.
METALLICA‘s next major project is its Orion Music + More festival, a band-curated two-day event which will take place in late June in Atlantic City and feature over 20 bands as well as lifestyle attractions and other entertainment.
When METALLICA recently confirmed reports that it was working on a 3D movie, the band was vague about what exactly the project would entail or when it come out. The Pulse Of Radio asked drummer Lars Ulrich for more info and he said that film production is new territory for the group which they’re taking very slowly. “It’s been an idea that’s been kind of circling in everybody’s heads for about the last two years,” he said. “Getting your own 3D movie off the ground is easier said than done, but we’re doing our best and we have a window for that later in the year that we’re hoping to still make happen. We just want to make sure that we don’t throw ourselves out into something that gets so completely overwhelming that the whole thing just blows up in our face.”
Ulrich added that the band hopes to get the movie onto screens in late 2013.
Entertainment industry web site Deadline first broke the news in October that METALLICA was looking to self-finance its own 3D feature film, and had hired Hollywood producer Charlotte Huggins to develop the project for them.
Ulrich did hint to Rolling Stone a few months back what the film might be like, saying, “Imagine if you took [LED ZEPPELIN‘s concert film] ‘The Song Remains The Same’, which is 75 percent concert, 25 percent other stuff, and flipped it around. And all the non-concert footage, instead of being about the band members, is a story that unfolds, set against the backdrop of the concert.”
METALLICA‘s four-song EP called “Beyond Magnetic”, which was made available digitally last month, was released as a physical CD on January 31 (one day earlier internationally). The effort consists of the quartet of previously unheard tracks that the band unveiled in concert in December during its 30th-anniversary celebration. All four tunes — “Hate Train”, “Just A Bullet Away”, “Hell And Back” and “Rebel Of Babylon” — were recorded during the sessions for the band’s 2008 “Death Magnetic” album but left off the final track list.