PARADER MAGAZINE JAN. 1999
may be one of the most influential acts of the latter part of
the 20th century, but they still can't help returning to their
Garage Days. This holiday season saw the release of the third
album in the Garage Days saga, along with a home video and DVD
(digital video disc).
new package is kind of the best of Garage Days and then some,
as the newer, bigger, better CD package (all the other Garage
Days albums have been on vinyl) offers rarities and cover songs
from the band.
will not tell you what's going to be on there, and there will
not be anything that you'd expect, guaranteed," bassist Jason
Newsted teased during Metallica's U.S. summer tour. "There
will not be punk music from like Sex Pistols or Diamond Head or
things like that. It's not going to be like that; it's going to
be far more obscure -things you wouldn't expect from Metallica."
installment of Garage Days is the latest in a series that began
in 1984 with the rough and ready outing titled Garage Days Revisited.
Frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett
and then bassist Cliff Burton (who died in a tour bus accident
in 1986) truly enjoyed putting the project together because it
was a break from what had already become a career with such groundbreaking
thrash and burn albums as Master of Puppets, Kill 'Em All and
...And Justice for All. Instead of the responsibility of putting
together an album of powerful, thought-provoking tunes, Garage
Revisited was just the band banging out songs that they used to
jam in their garage before Metallica reached the levels of international
obsession they now command.
Days Revisited was a good release. So much so that this form of
unpressured music making was continued after Jason joined the
band with another collection of easy to beat up tunes on 1987's
Garage Days Re-Revisited.
vinyl collections featured songs by obscure bands like Diamond
Head groups that were influential to Metallica, but had little
lasting impact on life as we know it. Both of those records are
long out of print, which is why Metallica has decided to release
the next album in what is becoming a tradition of low pressure,
good fun releases. The new Garage Days collection, which found
its way into stores just before Thanksgiving, includes songs from
two previous Garage Days releases, and also features a new batch
of B-sides and cover tunes, including Am I Evil?, Blitzkrieg,
Helpless, The Small Hours, The wait and Crash Course in Brain
Surgery, among others.
the new Garage Days project we did a bunch of cover songs and
released them with the original $5.98 EP that came out in '87,
because that album has been deleted since what... '89", informed
Kirk. "It has been out of print for a while so we're re-releasing
it along with these new cover songs and also all the other cover
songs we have ever done. All the other B-sides. So it's going
to be just a big collection of cover songs."
has been needing new musical entertainment. It took them minimal
time to record 1998's Re-Load, since most of that disc had been
recorded at the same time as their 1997 release, Load.
have changed -the Metallica of our youth, and the band's youth,
has gone. The musicians are well into their 30s at this point.
The black on black attitude is comfortably familiar, but the long
hair has been chopped to an easy to manage level. Facial hair
is now the rebellion of choice, coupled with various body piercings.
thrash metal they pounded out in tight little clubs and megaseat
arenas that made you bang your head a million miles a minute has
slowed to a more manageable beat... so much so that for the first
time in Metallica's history, they've begun incorporating an acoustic
set into their live show.
something different that we haven't done before in front of people
in America -acoustic stuff," revealed Jason. "It went
over really well on the first leg in the Pacific Rim. We needed
to do it -we wanted a change. Playing acoustic is really fun for
us, and it's important to keep touring fun."
any band and they'll tell you. The road can definitely get old.
The cheering crowds are fabulous, but the travel and the impersonal
hotel rooms, sometimes you want more...
"When you go to Chicago and you play Rosemont Horizon for
the eleventh time, I wouldn't say it was fresh and exiting,"
confirmed Lars. "But, there's always something that you can
focus on to inspire you -some new face in the crowd. There's always
some new place you can channel some energy from, that's the most
the road, you do whatever you can to give a new twist, and that
might be playing acoustic, changing the set around or synching
the fireworks badly. Metallica enjoy the spontaneity of roaming
the countryside, and they don't like doing the same thing time
and time again. An easy way to vary things is to change the set
you've done 20 or 30 gigs, it kind of has a tendency to settle
in and sometimes it can get a little too comfortable," offered
Lars. "But we can always throw some variety in because we
have so many songs to chose from. We pride ourselves on the fact
that we cover all the different bases.
always some obscure song from somewhere that we can dig up and
pull off that we haven't played for 10 years. And for kids who
see us a lot, they're excited to see what kind of weird stuff
we're going to pull out. We never really subscribed too much to
touring on a new album and the idea that we've got to play 10
of the new songs and two old songs. We try to do a comprehensive
set list that covers all the songs spanning our entire career
from Kill 'Em All to Re-Load -with a few acoustic numbers thrown
in for good measure, since acoustic seems to be the vibe these
added variety, the period during the band's last tour offered
Lars and James something completely different -parenthood. In
June, James and his wife, Francesca, became the proud parents
of an 8 lb, 4 oz, baby girl, Cali Tee.
baby, who was nearly two weeks overdue at the time, was born at
11:13 AM, June 11th. Lars and his wife, Skylar, followed suite
soon after, having their first child in August. Don't expect parenthood
to change either Metallimember much.
would love to have my children experience all the things that
I do and to not think that daddy sits on the couch and drinks
beer for a living," James offered. "I want them to know
what really goes on out here. I think that they should be exposed
to the life that I have as soon as possible."
offspring brought strategic breaks in Metallica's touring schedule,
there was a break in June so James could have his child, and then
another space in time in August, so Lars could be there for the
birth of his first child. Childbirth was old hat for Skylar Ulrich
as she's amedical doctor currently doing her residency in New
York. Skylar, the former girlfriend of writer/actor Matt Damon,
was also the inspiration for the lead female character in Good
Will Hunting -actress Minnie Driver played a doctor named Skylar.
Apparently Skylar broke Damon's heart when she ran off and married
Lars. Indeed, angst is very thoughtful and contemplative drummer
is trying not to get angsty about.
don't know how parenthood is going to affect me," admitted
Lars. "I try and not preplan a lot of that stuff. Instead
of wasting my time freaking out about it now, I'll just see when
it happens. It'll be a beautiful thing and I'll adjust my life