Metallica recently confirmed they’re working on a new album, and the band has now shared footage from inside the studio.
In an exclusive clip for Metallica’s new website, drummer Lars Ulrich thanked fans and the band’s development team before heading indoors to offer a fleeting taste of fresh music.
“There’s a recording in progress, so just say hello real quick,” Ulrich says as he taps frontman James Hetfield on the shoulder in the studio. Hetfield launches into a characteristically heavy riff before Ulrich ducks out and promises that “lots more of all this type of fun and games” will come soon.
Over the course of the past year, Metallica has slowly dropped hints about its long-awaited follow-up album to 2008’s Death Magnetic. It’s coming sooner or later, though we still don’t have much to go on.
Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett confirmed last week that the band was in the process of recording new material, saying, “At this point, we’re still just doing basic backing tracks. James is doing his guitar stuff, and I am just kind of waiting patiently to go in there and do all of my guitar stuff.”
In an Oct. 2015 interview with EMGpickupsTV, Hetfield stated that Metallica was currently recording.
In an April 2015 interview with Billboard, Kirk Hammett estimated the album was 25 to 30 percent finished.
Metallica is now confirming that it will perform at “The Night Before”, a concert event set to take place the night before Super Bowl 50, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
During an appearance on the Alice @ 97.3 radio station, drummer Lars Ulrich stated about the upcoming event:
“We’ve only played AT&T one time before, which… we played with THE ROLLING STONES about ten years ago. So we’ve actually never headlined the baseball park. And we do, obviously, our cool thing with the Giants there… We have the ‘Metallica Night’ there with the Giants three or four years in a row, and I saw AC/DC there about a month ago, and, obviously, I’ve seen THE STONES there a bunch and I saw Jay-Z and Beyonce there last year. And we are so excited to… We’ve played, obviously, a lot of shows at Candlestick [Park] over the years, a lot of shows at Oakland Stadium. Actually, I was thinking about it the other day — we even played some shows at the soccer stadium in San Jose. But we’ve never played the baseball park until now. So there you go.”
The show takes place on Saturday, February 6th, and tickets range from $49.95 to $149.50.
Ulrich also spoke about the significance of playing next year’s Super Bowl for him and his bandmates.
He said: “Obviously, it’s Super Bowl 50, and it’s all the Bay Area. And Metallica is very proud and honored… I don’t wanna sound too corny, but, obviously, it’s gonna be a big week for all of us — whether you’re in radio or rock and roll or whatever — so having all the hoopla in town for a whole week is gonna be a lot of fun, and the fact that we were asked to be part of that is, obviously, a huge honor. And playing at home, in our backyard, is obviously always a cool thing. But it’s gonna be a bit of an extra-special one this year.”