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Metallica Announce Second Annual All Within My Hands 'Day of Service'
The follow-up to last year's event, which asks fans to volunteer at food banks, will take place on May 22
Last year, Metallica launched the first annual "Day Of Service" in conjunction with Feeding America and their All Within My Hands Foundation, which seeks to create "sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services."
This year, the GRAMMY-winning metal gods have announced the second annual "Day Of Service," which invites volunteers to visit food banks in communities that, according to Billboard, have supported the group on the North American dates of their now almost three-year WorldWired Tour. This year's "Day Of Service" is slated to happen on May 22.
According to a statement, more than 50 food banks have opted to participate in this year's "Day Of Service"; each registered volunteer will receive a commemorative All Within My Hands T-shirt.
Metallica originally formed the All Within My Hands in Feb. 2017. With a mission of giving back to the band's fans, All Within My Hands donates to a variety of charities, including local food banks. In 2018, the foundation launched the Metallica Scholars initiative to support workforce education.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about meeting a fan who'd been helping out at food banks for more than 10 years, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said, "To me, he exemplifies what this whole effort is about: giving our fans a music-based platform to connect with other members of their local community around volunteer work, giving back and sharing in the good fortune I mentioned earlier … the good fortune and incredible opportunities that most of us in the Western world take for granted."
The Week In Music: March Madness
A field of 64 bands set to vie for ESPN's best rock band crown
March Madness is here, that captivating time of year when 68 teams set out on the Road to the Final Four in their quest for NCAA men's college basketball supremacy. This year's tournament is scheduled to get underway March 17, with brackets to be announced March 13. However, those wishing to take part in some early madness with a side of musical fun can get a head start with ESPN's Herd Rock Band Bracket, a 64-artist field devised by radio host Colin Cowherd to crown the best rock band. Formal ESPN analysis is still pending, but we'll chime in with a few first-round matchups to keep an eye on. Teen spirit and Kurt Cobain will face off against the head games of Mick Jones when Nirvana and Foreigner clash in the West: Seattle Region. It will be all pinball wizardry and anarchy when the Who and the Sex Pistols battle it out in the East: New York Region. Metal will look to bring the heat against '60s psychedelia as Metallica takes on Jefferson Airplane in the Midwest: Cleveland Region. And shred guitar prowess will duel angst-ridden prog rock as Van Halen and Tool duke it out in the Far East: London region. Upset alert: Though arguably a mismatch on paper, can Scott Stapp and the No. 16-seeded upstart Creed deliver a knockout blow to the Fab Four, the No. 1-seeded Beatles, in the Far East: London region? Fill out your brackets here. Rock's March Madness survivor will be crowned later this month.
The man who went against all odds, fronted Genesis and brought us pop gems such as "Sussudio" is calling it a career. Following an onslaught of speculation on the reasons behind his retirement, Phil Collins surfaced this week to clear the air with "breaking news" on his website. "I'm not stopping because of dodgy reviews or bad treatment in the press," said Collins. "I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis." Collins did take the press to task for painting him as "a tormented weirdo…who feels very sorry for himself, and is retiring hurt because of the bad press over the years." An eight-time GRAMMY winner, Collins assured that his retirement decision was a no "straitjacket" required proposition.
If you're a musician with an appetite for rock-solid financial planning from someone who has been there, done that, you're in luck. Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is launching Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm designed to educate musicians about their finances. While McKagan made a name for himself in GNR and the GRAMMY-winning rock band Velvet Revolver, he now fronts his own project, Loaded, and is fully loaded when it comes to financial credibility. After making millions with Axl, Slash and friends, in the '90s McKagan took basic finance courses at Santa Monica Community College in Southern California, and later earned a degree in finance at Seattle University. What type of clients does he think his firm can help? All are welcome, especially those musicians who may be timid. "If they're anything like me when I was 30, they're too embarrassed to ask," said McKagan. "I didn't know what a stock was [or] what a bond was."
With possibly one too many guys trying to touch her junk, Ke$ha has launched a safe-sex campaign. You may file it under just say no way, but the party animal/cannibal has issued 10,000 Ke$ha condoms with her face on them, which will be fired from a canon into the audience at her live shows (fortunately, there's nothing symbolic about that method of distribution). With Ke$ha condoms and a bottle of jack, we should be ready to go until the police shut us down, down.
When's the last time you took a ride down the western country line on a train? Better yet, when's the last time you took that ride with three indie bands? This April, GRAMMY nominees Mumford & Sons will embark on a six-stop tour with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Titled The Railroad Revival Tour, these three bands will take a ride on a 1,500-foot long train featuring 15 vintage railcars pulled by two locomotives and are set to travel more than 2,000 miles across five states. The tour kicks off April 21 in Oakland, Calif., with stops in San Pedro, Calif., (April 22), Chandler, Ariz., (April 23), Marfa, Texas, (April 24), Austin, Texas, (April 26), and New Orleans (April 27). Could the railcar be the new tour bus? With gas prices these days, we're not sure if that'd be less or more costly.
While Lady Gaga was born this way, up-and-coming artist Maria Aragon was just born…10 years ago. After uploading a video of her cover of Gaga's "Born This Way" to YouTube, Aragon was invited onstage to perform a duet with the Lead Monster herself during a March 3 concert in Toronto. "Maria represents what this song is all about," said Gaga before leading into the song. "It's all about the next generation and the future and no more divisiveness, only unity." Let's hope this is a story that inspires future generations of Little Monsters. Don't be a drag, just be a queen.
Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor" (featuring Pitbull) is atop the iTunes singles chart.
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Last Week In Music
What Is The MusiCares MAP Fund?
It's no secret that addiction and substance abuse have plagued the music industry for decades. Through the MusiCares MAP Fund, The Recording Academy is able to provide members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. But none of this would be possible without support from music fans and the music community. In our latest installment of Ask The GRAMMYs, we detail our upcoming rocking benefit for the MusiCares MAP Fund, and how you can get involved.
I was shopping for concert tickets online and saw tickets for the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert with Ozzy and Slash, and more performers. It looks pretty cool, but I've never heard of it. Is it connected to the GRAMMYs? What's it all about?
Hi, Nathan. We're impressed with your rock awareness, and what you see is correct. On May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, MusiCares (a health and human services organization established by The Recording Academy more than 20 years ago) will host the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert.
Ozzy Osbourne will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by GRAMMY winner Joe Walsh for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and for his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process. The evening will also honor owner and CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg with MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. Greenberg will receive his award from comedian and "The Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson. Featured performers will include GRAMMY winners Metallica, Keb' Mo' and Osbourne with special guest Slash, among others.
All proceeds from the concert will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Last we heard, general admission tickets have sold out. But don't worry, GRAMMY.com will be onsite to provide you with up-to-the-minute updates via our official MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert live-blog. Keep checking GRAMMY.com for more information.
(Have a specific GRAMMY Awards process question? Need the 411 on The Recording Academy's advocacy-related work in Washington, D. C.? Are you curious about MusiCares or the GRAMMY Foundation? Ask The GRAMMYs is your opportunity. Send your burning GRAMMY-related question via email to email@example.com.)
Cliff Burton of Metallica
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Cliff Burton's Metallica Royalties Fund Music Scholarship Program
Ray Burton, father of the late Metallica bassist, donates his son's royalty checks to a support music scholarship program
Cliff Burton's bass playing shaped the sound of Metallica's first three albums and changed the band's legacy long after his tragic death in a bus accident in 1986.
His father, 92-year-old Ray Burton, recently revealed in a podcast interview with Alphabetallica, that he donates his son's royalty checks to music scholarship programs.
"From the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, the Castro Valley High School, for music," Ray Burton explained, "so the kids that have won it thank me for it. I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much."
Cliff's bass playing was inventive, distinctive and unhinged, which is perhaps most prominent in the bass-driven instrumental "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)" from Metallica's 1983 debut album, Kill 'Em All. When Metallica was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009, the band asked Ray Burton to join them onstage to accept the award.
The elder Burton also recalled the first time his son brought home a royalty check for Kill 'Em All, saying, "I had absolutely no idea what that album meant. We realized that things had a possibility of really getting big when Cliff got his first royalty check. I think it was $1,500. He said, 'Mom and dad, here's my first check. Come on, I'll take you out to dinner tonight.'
One thing is clear: Cliff Burton's contributions, both through his music and through his father's generosity, continue to make a difference in our world.
GRAMMY Insider: Madonna, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake
All the GRAMMY winners news, including the nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2014
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including information about new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)
The nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2014 include GRAMMY winners Harry Wayne Casey, Luigi Creatore and Hugo Peretti, Vince Gill, Mark James, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), and Sade, among others. Inductees will be honored at an awards gala on June 12, 2014, in New York. … Nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards were announced with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis leading with six nominations, followed by Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake with five each. The awards will air live from Los Angeles on Nov. 24.
In more Taylor Swift news, the 23-year-old songstress will be honored as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter/Artist of the Year for a record sixth time, surpassing previous records held by five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. Swift, who remains the youngest artist to receive the award, will showcase her six trophies at the Taylor Swift Education Center, set to open Oct. 12 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.
Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, 2 Of 2, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 350,000 copies sold, marking Timberlake's second No. 1 album of the year following The 20/20 Experience, which was released in March and earned the largest sales week of the year with 968,000 units sold. … Kanye West's "Gone" peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week after the song, from his 2005 GRAMMY-winning album Late Registration, appeared in the viral YouTube video of 25-year-old Marina Shifrin announcing her job resignation.
TLC unveiled their first new song in 10 years, "Meant To Be," which was written by GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo, among others. The track will appear on their forthcoming greatest hits compilation album 20, due Oct. 15. … Eminem released the video for "Survival," the second single from his forthcoming new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, due Nov. 5. The video, which also appears in the trailer for the "Call Of Duty: Ghosts" video game, features the rapper performing in a gloomy warehouse while clips of the video game flash in the background. … In a recent interview with The Oakland Press, Metallica frontman James Hetfield revealed the band will begin work on their next studio album in early 2014. "Hopefully it happens soon. I'm itchin'," said Hetfield. "We have tons of material to sift through. … I know we only need a few songs, but there's 800 riffs we're going through. It's kind of insane."
The next time you start posing for your "Sunday selfie," think of Paul McCartney. In a recent interview on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," the former Beatle said, "Most people don't actually know that I invented the selfie," referring to a black-and-white solo shot of himself. When presented with a photo in which he's spontaneously posed in the background of an image of John Lennon, McCartney said, "That's actually me inventing the photobomb."