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Metallica Covers Dire Straits And More At Benefit

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METALLICA played the first of two acoustic performances last night (Saturday, October 27) at the 21st annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. I Just Want To Celebrate (RARE EARTH)
02. Please Don't Judas Me (NAZARETH)
03. Only Happy When It Rains (GARBAGE)
04. Brothers In Arms (DIRE STRAITS)
05. Disposable Hereos
06. All Within My Hands
07. Turn The Page
08. Nothing Else Matters

In his review of last night's concert, Shay Quillen of The Mercury News wrote, "The metal superstars, performing their only U.S. show of the year in front of an audience plentifully stocked with die-hard fans of the band, sat down on their stools and prompted jaws to drop throughout the amphitheater by opening with the 1971 Motown hit 'I Just Want to Celebrate'.

"'Bridge School shocker,' said singer-guitarist James Hetfield as the song concluded. 'METALLICA goes acoustic and funk.' But that wasn't the half of it. They followed that curveball with a wildly eclectic trio of covers — NAZARETH ('Please Don't Judas Me'), GARBAGE ('I'm Only Happy When It Rains') and DIRE STRAITS ('Brothers in Arms') — before finally tackling a couple of METALLICA songs, 'Disposable Heroes' and 'All Within My Hands'. The band's familiar cover of BOB SEGER's 'Turn the Page' followed, before the band wrapped up the set and the first day with its own 'Nothing Else Matters' about 20 minutes after midnight.

"The combination baffled Bridge School regulars while it frustrated the METALLICA faithful. The band would have been better served by picking just one of the covers — ideally 'Brothers in Arms', which featured some nice guitar work from Kirk Hammett — and using the remaining time to explore more METALLICA material in the stripped-down acoustic setting. Hetfield's interpretive singing is not the band's strong suit."

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Examiner.com in a new interview that the band's upcoming album will be "heavier" yet more "melodic" than 2003's controversial "St. Anger". Ulrich explained, "Whereas 'St. Anger' was an exercise in over-pummeling the listener, these new songs echo some of our stuff from the '80s — long, epic journeys through different musical landscapes, heavier, but a lot more melodic." When asked whether the new songs will be shorter, in the four-to-five minute range, Ulrich said, "Well, the most of the intros are four to five minutes. I don't know — METALLICA and short songs just don't go that well together."

Although none of the songs have official titles yet, Ulrich revealed that some of the "silly" working titles included "19", "10", "German Soup", "Glass Cow" and "Black Squirrel". Ulrich said the names "relate to where the idea came from, like Glasgow, Scotland became 'Glass Cow'. And when we don't have anything clever to call it, we just call it a number."

The new METALLICA album is tentatively due out in February of 2008.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. ab croatia writes:

Metallica covering garbage , dire stairs haa what is next metallica covers 50 cent...that
is bad and Metallica once talented band is here only for money....hope that new album
is better and more thrash metal or metallica should give up music.

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2. ab croatia writes:

at least they play benefit show wich is only good thing.

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Magical_Salamander11 writes:

I would love to hear the Metallica cover of Garbage. Both are one of my favourite bands and it sounds like it would be an interesting interpretation. Collaboration maybe? Hahaha

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 12:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ZT writes:

They covered Please Don't Judas Me? Now I HAVE to hear that!

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. . writes:

Check out 30 secons from each song at www.metontour.com.
Amazing performance!

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. metal2death writes:

f*** off metallica just die

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Black Widow writes:

Metallica = Continuous dissapointment

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 5:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jackrum writes:

Well that sounds like a gig to avoid doesnt it.

Metallica, please cover a band with talent. then maybe you'll remember what it is.

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. iEATbabies writes:

if their gonna cover anything, why not diamond head or blitzkrieg? now thats some crazy acoustic playing, imagine "devils spawn" on a grandspa's guitars. There's only one good song on this list and its diposable heroes.

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. SlayerRulz writes:

I like Garbage but come on. Next they will be covering... eh... um... (insert popular country star here). Or we'll see them playing the latest Gwen Stephani gay a$$ flower child extravaganza. Blah!

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 11:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

O MY GOD.....this only shows that they are close to death as a band....covering songs is not a bad thing at all, but come on, this list is laughable...!!!!!!!

# Oct 28, 2007 @ 11:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BoltThrower writes:

I'd rather they cover something from Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, or Master of Puppets.

# Oct 29, 2007 @ 9:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. coldiem writes:

Some of you forget that this show was part of a school benefit. They weren't playing to a crowd of their fans. People laugh when CoB covers Britney Spears, but scoff when Metallica covers Garbage? Eh.. whatever.

# Oct 29, 2007 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Diamond Oz writes:

You know what was a great cover? Xentrix- Ghostbusters! Hahahaha!

# Oct 29, 2007 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. menow writes:

Boltthrower, i dont see how a band would cover ITS OWN FUKIN MUSIC!!!!!!!!!

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