Metallica have officially announced the release of their 2019 S&M2 shows as a live album and concert film documentary, which will be available in a variety of formats on August 28th. They’ve also released two songs that will be featured on the album.

Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 will feature songs from the performances, which took place on Sept. 6th and 8th of 2019 at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The concerts marked the 20th anniversary of their 1999 live album S&MThe sold out shows gave 40,000 fans the chance to see Metallica songs performed in a whole new light.

The upcoming release will be available on digital and streaming platforms, as well as vinyl, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray editions and two different box sets. The exclusive super deluxe box set is limited to only 500 copies, and include the real sheet music used during the performances that were signed by the members, in addition to other collectible items. View the trailer for the set below.

You can pre-order Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 here now. See the full track listing below.

To commemorate the release of the album, the band have also shared two songs from the set — All Within My Hands and Nothing Else Matters. Listen below.

Track Listings:

LP 1 / Side one:

1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. The Call of Ktulu
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls

LP 1 / Side Two:

1. The Day that Never Comes
2. The Memory Remains
3. Confusion

LP 2 / Side Three:

1. Moth Into Flame
2. The Outlaw Torn

LP 2 / Side Four

1. No Leaf Clover
2. Halo on Fire

LP 3 / Side Five

1. Intro to Scythian Suite
2. Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God and the Dance of the Dark Spirits
3. Intro to The Iron Foundry
4. The Iron Foundry, Opus 19
5. The Unforgiven III

LP 3 / Side Six

1. All Within My Hands
2. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth
3. Wherever I May Roam

LP 4 / Side Seven

1. One
2. Master of Puppets

LP 4 / Side Eight

1. Nothing Else Matters
2. Enter Sandman

CD 1:

1. The Ecstasy of Gold (Live)
2. The Call of Ktulu (Live)
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
4. The Day That Never Comes (Live)
5. The Memory Remains (Live)
6. Confusion (Live)
7. Moth Into Flame (Live)
8. The Outlaw Torn (Live)
9. No Leaf Clover (Live)
10. Halo on Fire (Live)

CD 2:

1. Intro to Scythian Suite (Live)
2. Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God And The Dance Of The Dark Spirits (Live)
3. Intro to The Iron Foundry (Live)
4. The Iron Foundry, Opus 19 (Live)
5. The Unforgiven III (Live)
6. All Within My Hands (Live)
7. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
8. Wherever I May Roam (Live)
9. One (Live)
10. Master of Puppets (Live)
11. Nothing Else Matters (Live)
12. Enter Sandman (Live)

DVD / Bly-Ray

1. Menu (features “Moth Into Flame”)
2. Intro (features Wherever I May Roam and All Within My Hands)
3. The Ecstasy of Gold (Live)
4. The Call of Ktulu (Live)
5. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
6. The Day That Never Comes (Live)
7. The Memory Remains (Live)
8. Confusion (Live)
9. Moth Into Flame (Live)
10. The Outlaw Torn (Live)
11. No Leaf Clover (Live)
12. Halo on Fire (Live)
13. Intro to Scythian Suite (Live)
14. Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God And The Dance Of The Dark Spirits (Live)
15. Intro to The Iron Foundry (Live)
16. The Iron Foundry, Opus 19 (Live)
17. The Unforgiven III (Live)
18. All Within My Hands (Live)
19. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
20. Wherever I May Roam (Live)
21. One (Live)
22. Master of Puppets (Live)
23. Nothing Else Matters (Live)
23. Enter Sandman (Live)
24. Credits
25. Behind the Scenes: Making of the Show
26. All Within My Hands Promo

Digital Film:

1. Intro (features “Wherever I May Roam” and “All Within My Hands”)
2. The Ecstasy of Gold (Live)
3. The Call of Ktulu (Live)
4. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
5. The Day That Never Comes (Live)
6. The Memory Remains (Live)
7. Confusion (Live)
8. Moth Into Flame (Live)
9. The Outlaw Torn (Live)
10. No Leaf Clover (Live)
11. Halo on Fire (Live)
12. Intro to Scythian Suite (Live)
13. Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God And The Dance Of The Dark Spirits (Live)
14. Intro to The Iron Foundry (Live)
15. The Iron Foundry, Opus 19 (Live)
16. The Unforgiven III (Live)
17. All Within My Hands (Live)
18. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live)
19. Wherever I May Roam (Live)
20. One (Live)
21. Master of Puppets (Live)
22. Nothing Else Matters (Live)
23. Enter Sandman (Live)
24. Credits

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AC/DC is launching the new video series, The Story Of Back In Black. Episode one of the series, which focuses on the song You Shook Me All Night Long, and can be viewed here.

The band recently launched a range of new merchandise to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Back In Black

The album was originally released, in the USA, on July 25th, 1980. It has reportedly sold 50 million copies worldwide (and still selling) and has gone reportedly 25 times platinum.

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Ruben Mosqueda of spoke with guitarist Steve Brown (Tokyo Motor Fist, Trixter). Portions of the interview appear below. You’re back with another Tokyo Motor Fist, album [Lions]. So glad you did another album.

Brown: We’re a real band, we’re not one of these fabricated Frontiers [Records] or Golden Robot [Records] “supergroups” where they get a guy from this band or that band, they do one album and basically a quick cash grab. We are a real band, always have been. This band has real history. We are all like brothers, we all grew up together. Chuck [Burgi] and Ted [Poley] are North Jersey guys, like I am. We have all known each other for like 35 years. I knew Chuck back when he was the drummer in Rainbow. Ted, I have know [since] he was the drummer in the New Jersey band Ptophet, then he went on to front Danger Danger, so you see we have a lot of history between us. That goes for Greg [Smith] as well. People that have seen us live…oh yeah, that’s another thing, we actually play live. People see the chemistry when we play together. Listen, I don’t blame people for doing what they need to do with their bands, but we play live, we are a band and I think that puts us way ahead of these other “supergroups.” Tokyo Motor Fist was on the 2020 Monsters of Rock Cruise, I believe.

Brown: Yeah, we were and thank God we were on that because those two performances on there were the last two shows we’ve done in 2020, thanks to the pandemic. What were the pros and cons to putting out new music during a pandemic?

Brown: We’ve never been in this sort of situation ever, my parents are 85 years old and they’re never been through something like this. I don’t know. I’m not the record company. Frontiers chose to put it out on July 10th…I know a lot of friends in bands are holding on to their records because they aren’t able to promote it with a tour. It’s not my call. I will say,…this record is coming out at a time when people really need this record and the message of Lions. I don’t know if you know but we have Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx on the title track playing keyboards…This album features by far the best guitar work that I have ever done. It’s the best sounding album that I have ever done. The great Bruno Ravel of The Defiants and Danger Danger mixed the record. This is everything that a melodic hard rock fan loves in an album. We’ve left no stone unturned on this rock. Speaking of you being all smiles, I remember seeing Trixtee open for Scorpions on the Crazy World Tour in Portland, Oregon. You’re not kidding when you say you’re running and jumping around the stage with a huge smile on your face.

Brown: Yeah, that’s what we were man, Trixter was modeled after Van Halen. I wanted the band to be a kid version of them. We brought in the good times, party vibes and lots of laughs and smiles. We love what we do, there’s no reason not to have a huge smile on your face. What’s been the biggest thing that you’ve taken from the time you’ve stepped in to help Def Leppard?

BROWN: The coolest thing about Leppard is the guys. They have been together for 40 plus years and they still share the same dressing rooms. I can’t tell you how many bands use separate dressing rooms and at times don’t even talk to one another. The organization from management to the crew to the band, they are all great people. The biggest take away is their humility that they have. They always have time for their fans to take a picture, say hello, and sign an autograph. They are great ol’ chaps! [laughs] They have people who have been working with the organization for 20 plus years and they are loyal to their crew. When I filled in Vivian [Campbell] or Phil [Collen] they took care of me like I was in the band. I traveled with them, I ate with them, I got changed with them, I was included. The only thing that I didn’t get was one of those Def Leppard bathrobes! [laughs] Hey guys if you’re reading this, I’m still waiting for that. [laughs] They are wonderful people and I’m proud to call them friends.


To see videos from the songs Youngblood and Around Midnight, from Lions, click on the highlighted song titles.

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Richard Bienstock of the New York Times spoke with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, portions of the interview appear below.

[Due to the current pandemic shut down, singer Roth has take up visual arts. When asked why, he replied].

“Well, I lost my job!”…Roth, who has also worked as an E.M.T. in New York, had battled an unspecified illness. “I’m not so unconvinced I didn’t have the corona,” he said. “Man, they gave me enough prednisone to put boots on the moon. We left a trail of groupies, rubble and incandescent reviews. But I don’t want to go back through it.”

Q: You were on tour when the lockdown began. As a lifelong performer, was it difficult being forced to leave the road so hastily?

A: Every Jiu-Jitsu magazine has a 28-year-old who’s going to tell you about the two years that got taken away by his elbow. Every kickboxing magazine has a 32-year-old instructor who goes, “Well, I lost those three years to my left knee.” So I’ve just been isolating away. Because I myself am high risk.

Q: Why do you consider yourself high risk?

A: The road will deteriorate you from the beginning or it will keep you alive forever. When we go out, we wear ourselves to a nubbin. I just had a lower back surgery. It was a spinal fusion where they take a chip from somebody else. I’m actually taller now. Do I seem taller? I mean, over the phone?

Q: You last toured with Van Halen in 2015. Do you think it’ll ever happen again?

A: I don’t know that Eddie [Van Halen] is ever really going to rally for the rigors of the road again. [The guitarist first announced he had cancer in 2001, and it has recurred since.] I don’t even want to say I’ve waited — I’ve supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual — you can’t take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it. He’s a band mate. We had a colleague down. And he’s down now for enough time that I don’t know that he’s going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You’re talking to him.

Read more here.

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Def Leppard have released a “facts” video for their 1981 album High N’ Dry, watch it here.

During its formative years in the late 1970s, Def Leppard became one of the hottest properties to emerge from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

For its sophomore release, High N’ Dry, the Sheffield quintet turned to a new producer, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, whose credits included AC/DC’s multi-platinum Back In Black

“It was almost like army discipline, but he got great performances out of everyone that we’d never have got otherwise,” said vocalist Joe Elliott. “We were rudderless and he gave us a direction, which was what we desperately needed.”

During the course of the album’s sessions, the band and their new producer painstakingly dissected, rearranged and even significantly re-wrote the material they’d prepared, marking the arrival of Def Leppard’s distinctive, arena-slaying sound.

High N’ Dry subsequently peaked at No. 38 in the U.S. and No. 26 in the U.K., offering Def Leppard a first taste of the sustained mainstream success they would experience throughout their career. 

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 In the last 24 hours, singer Jack Russell, former front man and founding member for the band Great White, has been under scrutiny for a live performance North Dakota. The headline read: “Great White Plays Concert In North Dakota With No Restrictions In Place, No Social Distancing, No Masks.”

The former front-man clarifies, in a video statement for the public (see below), that this is not his band performing. Russell has not toured in over 5 months due to the Covid pandemic, with no plan to perform until everyone is safe.

Russell has not performed under the moniker of Great White or with this former band members, who owns the name, in 11 years. The band Great White consists of Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie with Scott Snyder and Mitch Malloy.

Russell also states: “The way it works out, if I just wear [my mask], I’m not that safe. If you put yours on too, I’m 70 percent safe as opposed to being zero-point-something [safe]. It’s amazing the amount that it changes. It’s, like, if you don’t want to help yourself, help everybody else. ‘Well, it’s my right. It’s my human right.’ Well, look, dude, you’ve got to pay to smog your car, you’ve got to have a seat belt, you have a driver’s license, you have to have a license to be born, and you have to have a marriage license. So you have to wear a mask for a while so you don’t die. What’s the problem?”

Russell’s band, Jack Russell’s Great White has spent these months creating new music and videos while each artist recorded, worked and taped from their homes. Here are a few of the amazing original music and fun cover video’s featuring Robin McCauley.

Jack Russell’s Great White performs Fast Road:

Hold The Line – Toto acoustic flamenco style featuring Robin McCauley:

Born to be Wild (hard rock cover) by Jack Russell and Robby Lochner.

Jack Russell and his band mates sends well wishes for your safety and health during this uncertain time.

Jack Russell’s latest release was Once Bitten, Acoustic Bytes, which was released on May 1st.

For more information:,, Twitter @JacksGreatWhite.

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