Hawk Rock News – 5/19/14
Metallica was the center of attention at the second annual “Metallica Night” at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Friday night (May 16th). Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch before the San Francisco Giants’ game against the Florida Marlins, while his bandmates James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed a dueling-guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
- 41,819 baseball fans attended the game, the 266th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park.
- James Hetfield spoke with a local radio station about how the relationship between Metallica and the Giants came about, explaining, “They are a bunch of local boys doing good and we are hopefully in the same department as that. It’s basically a fun night. Local people. Local music.”
- The first “Metallica Night” took place on May 3rd, 2013 and featured many of the same festivities and giveaways for the crowd.
- Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo told the Associated Press last year, ”I feel that music is such an inspirational form of energy, as baseball is. And especially with Metallica, believe it or not, our shows are very physical. Sports is a very physical thing, too.”
- Metallica is reportedly at work on its 10th studio album, but will take a break this summer for a European tour on which the band will play an all-request set list every night, along with one new song.
Jimmy Page has finally come out and blamed Robert Plant for being the bandmember thwarting any hopes of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour. Although during the band’s joint press outings for their 2012 Celebration Day concert project, Page stuck to the company script of “been there, done that” — now, on his own while promoting the June 3rd reissues of the first three Zeppelin albums — he’s telling it like it as.
During a lengthily interview with The New York Times, Page said, “I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn’t it?”
- Page, who hasn’t launched a full-scale major solo tour since 1988, was pressed about wanting to play live again: “Absolutely, absolutely. I definitely want to play live. Because, you know, I’ve still got a twinkle in my eye. I can still play. So, yeah, I’ll just get myself into musical shape, just concentrating on the guitar.”
- In October 2012, during the press conference to promote the band’s live Celebration Day collection, Jimmy Page dispelled any rumors of imminent Led Zeppelin tour dates: “Well, look; at this time four years ago, we’d have been rehearsing to get to the O2. In December it’ll be five years since the O2. So, that’s a number of years that pass in between, so that seems unlikely, if there wasn’t a whisper, or a hint that we would get together to do something or other. I’d say even two years ago, or whatever. Seems pretty unlikely, that’s what I think.”
- In The Times interview, Page was questioned about Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” which made use of Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love,” which was made famous by Muddy Waters and initially released without giving Dixon songwriting credit or any royalties. Page defended himself and the band by saying: “I had a riff, which is a unique riff, O.K., and I had a structure for the song that was a unique structure. That is it. However, within the lyrics of it, there’s ‘You Need Love,’ and there are similarities within the lyrics. Now I’m not pointing a finger at anybody, but I’m just saying that’s what happened, and Willie Dixon got credit. Fair enough.”
- Led Zeppelin’s penchant for pinching other people’s songs, lyrics, and musical ideas is still haunting them in 2014. Ultimate Classic Rock (UCR) reported that Mark Andes, the founding bassist of Spirit, has initiated yet another plagiarism lawsuit against the band. Andes claims that Spirit’s 1968 instrumental, “Taurus,” was used as the introduction to Zeppelin’s 1971 classic, “Stairway To Heaven.”
- Guitarist Randy California, who wrote “Taurus,” died in 1997 and never sought out legal action for the two songs’ similarities, was quoted by UCR as telling one reporter: “I’d say it was a ripoff. And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.”
This article was written by MURPHY