METALLICA have completed the basic skeletons of 20 new songs during the most recent songwriting sessions for the group's next album, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in an interview published in the latest issue of METALLICA fan magazine So What. Ulrich also stated that the much-talked-about collaboration between METALLICA, rapper JA RULE and producer Swizz Beatz�which apparently follows a BEASTIE BOYS-style direction, with full-on rapping mixed in with heavy guitars�is due to be issued in February. In other news, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield and wife Francesca are expecting their third child in late January/early February.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Halt Set After Barrier Collapses
SYSTEM OF A DOWN were forced to halt their Big Day Out performance on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand, when an audience barrier at the front of the stage apparently collapsed. Although no injuries were reported in the incident, organizers temporarily stopped the show two songs into SOAD's set to prevent another tragic event like the one that resulted in the death of a teenage LIMP BIZKIT fan in Sydney, Australia, last year. After a 20-minute delay (during which New Zealand band SHIHAD played their show on the arena's second stage), SYSTEM OF A DOWN returned to complete their set.
LIMP BIZKIT's Durst To Appear On "Last Call With Carson Daly"
According to http://www.limpbizkitfan.com, LIMP BIZKIT fans are being sought out by the audience coordinators of Last Call With Carson Daly to be in their audience for an upcoming taping with Fred Durst. "If you are interested in seeing Fred Durst on Last Call with Carson Daly on 1/29/02, please arrive outside the 49th Street entrance of 30 Rockefeller Plaza [in New York City] by the NBC Studios Marquis at 10 AM. The first 50 people in line will receive one ticket to the show taping later that night. If you receive a ticket, you must arrive no later than 8 PM at the mezzanine level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza with your ticket in hand. All audience must be at least 16 years of age. Please do not bring cameras or backpacks to the studio." Pies, on the other hand, are optional.
Satanic Murder Trial Shocks Germany!
A satanic murder trial is currently taking place in a courtroom in the industrial city of Bochum, Germany, centering around a couple (Manuela and Daniel Ruda) who are accused of murdering a 33-year-old man beneath a banner reading "When Satan Lives". The couple then drank their victim's blood before making love in one of two matching silk-lined coffins they slept in. To read the full story (in English), as reported by This Is London, click here.