Metallica is not Glam but it's been my experience that even the most hardcore hair metal fans also love Metallica. I attribute that to the 80s connection and also the fact that Metallica has created some awesome songs. Now Metallica has some cool plans to celebrate records - you know, music old school style. The band will release the EP Beyond Magnetic on vinyl in celebration of Record Store Day, which is April 21. You can also buy the record online at the band's official website. Here's all the details. I collect records, so I'll be picking this one up for sure.
March 2, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Metallica has announced that its Beyond Magnetic EP, will be released on silver vinyl on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 21, 2012. Fans can purchase the vinyl at indie record retailers and at www.metallica.com. Originally released via all digital retailers on December 13th and on CD worldwide on January 30th, the EP features four tracks recorded during the sessions for 2008's 2x-platinum Death Magnetic, the band's fifth consecutive No. 1 album.
Said the members of Metallica of Beyond Magnetic: "During the Death Magnetic album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you've all come to know over the last three years. Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on 'Mission Metallica' (remember 'Mission Metallica'?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process, and wondered, 'What ever happened to those other four songs???.' We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them for our 30th anniversary celebration last month, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March '08. These four songs were released as gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they're being made available to you."
Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band in December 2011, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club.
BEYOND MAGNETIC TRACKLISTING:
1. Hate Train
2. Just A Bullet Away
3. Hell And Back
4. Rebel Of Babylon
Additionally, on June 23-24 Metallica will headline Orion Music + More in Atlantic City, NJ at Bader Field. Orion Music + More was founded by Metallica with their friends at C3 Presents. Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play "The Black Album" in its entirety one night and Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012. The lineup for Orion Music + More will span multiple musical genres. From punk to country, over 20 bands will perform, including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are currently on sale for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.