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Still Thrashin’! Metallica’s “The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited” Hits 30 (1987-2017)

Today is also the day that the mighty Metallica is celebrating a bit of an anniversary as their extended play “The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited” is thirty years old today. Do you own this one? I must admit that I do not have this on LP but clearly remember seeing it in the bins at numerous record shops back in the day when it had come out. However, since I didn’t recognize any of the songs that they were doing I just didn’t want to take a chance on spending money that could be used on something else KISS or Iron Maiden related at the time. You see back in 1987, I wasn’t really the biggest of Metallica fans but I did purchase their “Master Of Puppets” at Tower Records at the moment that it was uncrated with my friends. I discussed that Music Milestone HERE if you’d like to refresh your memory. Now as usual this is mostly personal recall instead of deep liner notes since you can read all of that stuff down on the Wikipedia link below. There is no sense in repeating what their editorials have already accomplished.
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Visuals From The Metallica Pop-Up Shop In NYC

The mighty Metallica has embarked on their “Hardwired To Self Destruct” tour and it’s in our neck of the woods on Sunday at the Metlife Stadium as well as Nassau Coliseum on this coming Wednesday. To properly celebrate the occasion, they have set up a Pop-Up Shop on 96 Spring Street in NYC and this will only be open until Sunday 5/14 at 4pm. It opened on Friday but I couldn’t get to the place until Saturday when I was heading to a show at Webster Hall. It was a terrible rainy day in NYC and as I write this some hours after my visit, I think parts of me are still wet. Anyway here is a quick video captured by the Samsung point and shoot. The reception was terrible in the place and I couldn’t get a Facebook live done so this was the next option.

Now just in case you didn’t catch everything in the video clip, you can peruse the stuff that I observed by browsing through the photos below. I’ll let them do the talking for the most part. There was something for everyone here today from shirts, hoodies, beverage koozy, hats and posters along with music of course.

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Metallica Announces Worldwired North American Tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat

I know that a lot of you readers are still in an uproar about Metallica performing with Lady GaGa on the Grammy Awards last night and not even being introduced by the host but did you really expect anything less than that from the Grammy’s given Metallica’s storied history with them? I was just glad that I knew how to read lips when they began playing since James didn’t have a working microphone 🙂 Let’s hope that at least a few new fans were made for the band by the appearance because sonically speaking they did sound great even though it was a weird combination. With that now out of the way we can get to the more important stuff like the recently announced North American tour by the Mighty Metallica who are bringing along both Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat. The full press copy and dates are below. Dig in.

The Press Release:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 13, 2017 – Metallica today announced their WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The WorldWired 2017 tour is produced by Live Nation and kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® Award winning band’s first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.
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“All Hail Thrash”; Metallica’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” Debuts @ Number 1 Globally

The mighty Metallica has really been keeping the Metal Media on point with all the news and coolness related to their brand-new album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” which was released only a couple of weeks ago. First, we had fiery singles being unveiled that led us to believe that something special was at hand and then in the days before the album’s release we saw videos for every single song in a massive streaming takeover. Whew. Metallica were not simply going to put this album out and hit the interview circuit. It was all about the domination and honestly, the new release kicks some serious ass and that makes me happy to share the latest press from their team that speaks to the successful reception of the new Thrashing Metal. Take a look down below and I will return with some brief thoughts.

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The Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA – November 28, 2016 – Metallica’s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self Destruct, debuted at No. 1 around the world today selling over 800,000 albums worldwide. In addition to the United States, Hardwired…To Self Destruct is No.1 on the album charts in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden with many of these markets having their best sales week of 2016. A complete list of the 20+ countries where the album debuted at No. 1 will be available midweek
when the respective charts are published.


In the United States, Hardwired…To Self Destruct debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart with over 291,266 equivalent album units and 281,645 actual album sales, and is the band’s 6th consecutive No. 1 album in the United States. It is the largest debut for a rock band in 2016, and according to Hits Magazine, this is the third biggest debut of 2016 behind Beyoncé and Drake. It is currently the “Most Wished For” album on Amazon.com.
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Metallica TV Presents: “Lords Of Summer” (Official Video)

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Looks like you’ve made it safe and sound my friends because we have arrived at the final video clip from Metallica’s newest album “Hardwired To Self-Destruct” and wow what an undertaking this has been. I’’ll admit that when I started this groups of posts I debated whether or not to continually append a single post with each new video against a unique post for each and every video. I obviously decided on the latter and am glad that we’re done because I see the Metallica logo when I close my eyes at this point. The final clip is for the song “Lords Of Summer” and it was directed by Brett Murray. Take a look below.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: This clip is the perfect closing video since it shows the mighty Metallica in the environment that they know so well and that is the live concert stage. It’s here that we get a close-up look at the excitement that is to be found at one of their shows and how well they interact with each other and the assembled masses. It’s amazing that Metallica undertook such a video effort for their fans for this new body of work and they are to be applauded for giving us all something worthy to enjoy and watch again and again. I can only hope that we get all of these thirteen clips on a DVD or Blu-ray disc sooner than later. Thanks for sticking with me for all of these posts. Now, let’s start the countdown to the brand new album which happens at midnight. We only have a few more hours to go.

Official Website: http://www.metallica.com