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Metallica announce winners of ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ marching band competition
Metallica have announced the official winners of their first ever ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ marching band competition.The band launched the contest last April, with over 450 US colleges and high schools applying to enter.Bands were challenges to create “their most exciting, unique and impressive performances of some of the band’s most beloved songs”, with the band supplying them with musical charts of songs including ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Master of Puppets’, ‘Fade to Black’ and others.The band chose the winners themselves in a number of categories, based on the school age groups. The biggest winners, in the College (Division 1) category, were Auburn University in Alabama, who will receive $75,000 (£58,800) worth of musical instruments and gear for their school.Other winners include Eastern New Mexico University, Dobyns-Bennett High School in Tennessee, Boerne High School in Texas, Malverne High School in New York and Oakton High School in Virginia.Check out footage of Auburn University’s prize-winning halftime Metallica marching band show above.Earlier this month, the band’s frontman James Hetfield said that he would love somebody to create a microphone with a built-in straw.Speaking on the band’s in-house podcast The Metallica Report, he said: “Being able to maybe sip some water while I’m playing, you know, some kind of straw on the microphone…that could be cool.”Metallica will hit the road again in May 2024 for another leg of their M72 World Tour, for which they’ll play two nights in each city with two unique “no repeats” setlist and different support acts.
Listen to Sam Fender’s soulful new song ‘Iris’
Sam Fender has shared his soulful new song ‘Iris’, taken from the soundtrack to the new film Jackdaw.The track was debuted on Edith Bowman’s BBC Radio 2 Culture Club show yesterday (Tuesday January 9), and can be heard here from around the 38 minute mark, or below. The first new material from Fender following on his 2021 second album ‘Seventeen Going Under‘ – named as NME‘s Album Of The Year – was described by Bowman as “absolute perfection” in how it accompanies a touching scene in Jackdaw, which is set in Fender’s native North East of the UK.“He’s been away doing what he does and writing new things, and what’s absolutely wonderful is that he’s been incredibly supportive of fellow creatives – in the form of Jamie Childs the filmmaker, who’s about to release his first feature film,” said Bowman introducing the film.”She continued: “Jamie has worked across some brilliant programmes, directing things like Dr Who, The Sandman, His Dark Materials, and now he’s about to release his first feature film Jackdaw – which is set in the North East of England, which is where Sam is from.“They got in touch with Sam and said, ‘Do you fancy seeing if you’ve got anything around?’ and, lo and behold, Sam gifts them this track exclusively for the film – and it could not be more fitting.”The song leans on Fender’s soulful side, set to a stripped-back guitar backing as the North Shields artist tenderly sings of a woman navigating her way through hard times in the North East.Jackdaw is released in cinemas January 26 following a Stockton-On-Tees premiere on January 24.
Metallica share footage of ‘The Unforgiven’ from first-ever concert in Saudi Arabia
Metallica have released footage of ‘The Unforgiven’ from their first-ever concert in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.The metal icons performed at Soundstorm festival in Riyadh on December 14 as their final show of 2023, which also marked their first gig in the country.The show was originally billed as the first-ever from a major international heavy metal act in the country, but Canadian death metal band Cryptopsy performed in Riyadh on December 1.Metallica performed a 16-song setlist that included favourites like ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Enter Sandman’.Now the band have shared an eight-minute, professionally shot performance video of ‘The Unforgiven’ from the show. Check it out below.You can find fan-shot footage and the full setlist from Metallica’s first show in Saudi Arabia here.A spokesperson for Heavy Arab Entertainment (per Metal Injection) said of Cryptopsy’s historic performance: “We take immense pride in pioneering the organization of the first-ever international metal band in Saudi Arabia, and we are incredibly honored to have Cryptopsy, alongside [support bands] Creative Waste and Necrosin, marking a significant milestone in the history of the Saudi metal scene.”“Our commitment to promise and deliver, even in the face of imperfections, has truly been the driving force behind this milestone for the scene.
Foo Fighters fool Glastonbury festivalgoers with surprise appearance
Glastonbury Festival on Friday, Foo Fighters took the Pyramid Stage for a surprise appearance that marked the band’s first appearance at the English extravaganza since 2017.It was also the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band’s first full show in the UK since the death of their beloved drummer, Taylor Hawkins, in 2022.Although there were rumors that the ChurnUps were actually the Foos, it wasn’t confirmed until a tweet about an hour before their set.“You guys knew it was us the whole time, didn’t you?” said Foo frontman Dave Grohl. “It’s nice to see your faces again.”And then Foo Fighters launched into an hour-long set that included hits such as “All My Life,” “Learn to Fly,” “The Pretender” and “Best Of You” as well as short covers of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.”“We’ve only got one hour so we gotta make sure we fit in all the songs we can,” said Grohl. The set included a slow, stripped-down version of “My Hero” that many felt was a tribute to Hawkins, who actually received an official dedication on “Everlong.”But he wasn’t the only dearly departed loved one that the Foo Fighters remembered at Glastonbury.