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James Hetfield Speaks About Presidio Material

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METALLICA frontman James Hetfield gave a short phone interview to Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM Wednesday (Feb. 25). Asked to comment on the recent reports that some of the material written and recorded in 2001 shortly before he went into rehab might end up on an upcoming soundtrack, James said,

"We don't know about that soundtrack thing just yet. But there are quite a few songs that didn't make it onto 'St. Anger' that… Presidio [a rented barrack at the San Francisco army base] was a place that we were recording in in San Francisco before the Headquarters was built and before I went into rehab. So there was probably... I don't know… 15 songs or something that didn't quite make it onto 'St. Anger' — maybe more. And those things. We've got 'em. They're cool — they're not finished, but they'll appear sometime somewhere, there'll be a right time for those. But for us, 'St. Anger' is doing really pretty darn good, and it's hard to not keep writing, so it would be tough to go back and redo some of that stuff or get it in the shape to put it out. That would remind me of, like, 'Load' and 'Re-Load' — working backwards. But there's just so much good vibe going on now, there's no use in kind of turning around. So those things will appear in their form some way or another."

As previously reported, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has stated in a recent interview that the music recorded during the Presidio sessions "is very different" to the material that ended up on last year's "St. Anger", with the songs containing "much more melody" and being closer in style to 1991's "Black Album" than the band's most recent release.

With regards to who might open for METALLICA on their upcoming North American tour, Hetfield said, "[We] don't know yet. We don't know. We've got GODSMACK out for the first bit. And we'll see how that goes, see who's available. We don't yet. So it will be a surprise."

Download Scoop's interview with James Hetfield in two parts at this location.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Joel Miller writes:

it doesnt surprise me that Metallica recorded in San Francisco, FAGS!!!! Metallica unfortunatley lost their ability to write good music, and Im sure that Im not the only one that feels that the late great Cliff Burton would be turning over in his grave if he could hear the garbage they have put out since And Justice...

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2. XX writes:

DUde f***en and justice is one of there best cds and i hate to say it but jason newsted was a better bas player than cliff so face the facts you p***y and learn about music!!!

Sincerely muffins

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3. MeTal_Razor writes:

I think I'll buy this "Presidio" material just to forget that St. Anger was ever released. Cliff Burton was the f***in MAD bass player. Ride The Lightning was the best Tallica album.

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4. Jake writes:

Wow man......I have been a metallica fan my whole life! and I am 19 years old now. I just have to say that I will never turn my back on Metallica. I happen to like their older material better......but look at how different st. anger is from any metallica ever released. I have much respect for that alone. Besides it's f***ing metallica man! If anyone from Metallica shall ever read this......You always have been and always will be an inspiration to my life and to me as a musician....thank you metallica. www.gabrielandtheeapocalypse.com

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5. Cliff Burton writes:

DAMN IT! WHY DID I HAVE TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Metallica sucks my dead a$$ hole w/out me. James is a short haired has been. Lars is a b****y little punk, and Kirk...well look at him you can tell he's a fa**ot. If i wouldn't have died, metallica would have never sucked. Sorry to all you Metallica fans.

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6. Chris writes:

Everyone seems to be caught up in the fact that its no longer the early 90's and the Black Album is an old album. Metallica arent what they were 15 years ago, people change, and so does the way they express themselves. And all of you who are constantly b****ing about how "Cliff wouldnt like this and Cliff wouldn't like that". Well, unless you can talk to the dead, you might as well shut up. Because you really don't know. If you want to hear a band write the same song over and over, take a look at band like WASP. Or listen to Techno. Another thing, if you dont like Metallica for some reason, then go somewhere else and post about a band you like because nobody wants to hear it.

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