In 2009, the band Metallica played a concert at the University of Virginia. After the show, a fan of theirs, Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, went missing outside the arena, and her remains were found a few months later, in a remote area about 10 miles away. Metallica offered a $50,000 reward for help in finding her killer (on top of a separate $100,000 reward), and as part of an effort to keep the case on the radar, James Hetfield recorded this PSA. ”The band reacted to that right away,” said Morgan’s mother, Gil. “It was a matter of days before James Hetfield was on the phone to Dan saying, ‘As a father, I am outraged.’” If you know anything, please don’t hesitate to call the Virginia State Police at the number listed in the video.
Metallica and Lou Reed record an album: Uh, what? Apparently The Velvet Underground’s art-damaged living legend, inspired by a jam during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary celebration, spent a few months in the studio with James Hetfield and the gang recording an album. That’s actually quite fast by Metallica standards. So what do you guys think it’s gonna sound more like, “Load” or “Loaded”? “Ride The Lightning” or “Transformer”? “Master Of Puppets” or “Metal Machine Music”?