The Dish - 09/27/13
Posted 9/27/2013 8:10:00 AM

--Metallica Members Visit Theaters Across The Country For Film Premiere

Metallica's "Through the Never" is finally in theaters, and it turns out the band members themselves will be popping up in a few cinemas as well.  The metal vets are celebrating the release of the the 3D concert film-slash-post-apocalyptic thriller by introducing the film and enjoying a little popcorn at IMAX theaters across the country.  Frontman James Hetfield was at a pair of San Francisco theaters Thursday night for the late-night screenings, while drummer Lars Ulrich stopped by two theaters in Los Angeles.  Guitarist Kirk Hammett was in Milwaukee and Chicago, and bassist Robert Trujillo was in Philadelphia and New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Ulrich is scheduled catch a few more showings Friday evening in Riverside and Norwalk, California, while Hammett will be in the Lone Star state at theaters in Houston and Dallas.  Trujillo is scheduled to stay on the east coast with visits in Washington, DC and Boston.

The full details surrounding the band's theater visits are available at Metallica.com.  "Metallica: Through the Never" is currently playing only at IMAX 3D theaters, but will get a wider release on October 4th.


--Nine Inch Nails Kick Off "Tension" Tour This Weekend

Nine Inch Nails are ready to get back on the road.  After a summer filled with festival gigs all over the world, Trent Reznor and company will kick off their North American "Tension" tour Saturday night in St. Paul, Minnesota at The X.  They've been chronicling the preparation for the comeback trek over the past couple of months with a number of behind-the-scenes photos and a documentary series on Vevo.  The outing serves as support for the first Nine Inch Nails album in more than five years, "Hesitation Marks," which came out earlier this month.


--Bono Talks Next U2 Album, ONE Campaign On "Late Night"

Bono says there's a very good reason U2 hasn't released a new album since 2009.  He explained on the "Late Show with David Letterman" that after more than three decades in the music business, he and his bandmates have learned that it's better to wait for "great" rather than settle for "very good."

The frontman also talked about his work with the ONE Campaign in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease.  Bono says American taxpayers have helped the organization provide antiretroviral drugs for ten-million people with HIV/AIDS in Africa.  He says it's something the country should be very proud of, and suggests that continued aid like that is also a smart way to fight terrorism in the region.


--Hatebreed Bassist To Undergo Surgery After Breaking Elbow, Wrist

Hatebreed will be touring with a new-look rhythm section for a while after bass player Chris Beattie broke both his wrist and elbow in a tree-trimming accident.  According to "Loudwire," Beattie says a large branch fell off a tree he was cutting Monday and knocked the ladder out from under him.  He fell eight feet onto a sidewalk, but, luckily, was able to throw the chainsaw he was using away from him on the way down.  Now, Beattie is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday to correct the breaks and begin the recovery process.  Chris says his bandmates have all been very supportive, and he's looking forward to joining them on stage again as soon as possible.

Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand is sitting in with Hatebreed for the fall tour behind their new album "The Divinity of Purpose."  They kicked off the trek Thursday in Poughkeepsie, New York, and are scheduled to be on the road through October 12th.


--Pearl Jam Chat With Judd Apatow, Carrie Brownstein In New Short

The guys in Pearl Jam and a few other famous faces are chatting about the band's upcoming album "Lightning Bolt" in a short new documentary streaming on the official Pearl Jam YouTube channel.  Eddie Vedder and company field questions from director Judd Apatow, "Portlandia" star and rocker Carrie Brownstein, former NFL safety Steve Gleason, and champion surfer Mark Richards.  Vedder -- a surfer himself -- tells Richards that surfing and songwriting have a lot in common.

Other topics of conversation include hearing loss and the band's lyrics.  When Brownstein asked a question about the former, guitarist Mike McCready told her he's "ringing right now" -- to which Carrie replied, "ow."  As for Pearl Jam's lyrics, Apatow asked whether any of the other guys read what Vedder has written and find themselves wondering what in the world he might be talking about.  Jeff Ament, however says he's actually learned a lot about his own craft by watching Vedder work.  Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" is due out October 15th, while the band is scheduled to embark on a U.S. tour on October 11th.


--Today's Birthdays

Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins is 49.
3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold is 35.


--Today In Rock History

In 1979
New album releases included The Police's "Regatta de Blanc" and Blondie's "Eat to the Beat."

In 1986
While on tour in Sweden, Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died when the group's bus hit a patch of ice and flipped over.  Burton was 24.

In 1990
Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone was arrested for possession of marijuana in New York's Greenwich Village.

In 1992
Pearl Jam released the single "Jeremy."

In 2000
Former Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille kicked off a tour with his new band, Samantha 7, with a show in Sandusky, Ohio.

In 2002
Vince Neil entered an innocent plea through his attorney in a Los Angeles court room in connection with an incident in which he allegedly attacked producer Michael Schumann outside a West Hollywood restaurant five months earlier.

In 2003
Great White drummer Derrick Pontier was injured in a car crash in Allentown, Pennsylvania, while on his way to a benefit concert for the victims of the band's show earlier in the year in Rhode Island, in which 100 people were killed when the venue caught fire during their performance.

In 2005
System Of A Down held a rally at the Batavia, Illinois office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert in an effort to persuade the politician to allow the House of Representatives to consider legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide in Turkey.

In 2006
Dave Mustane took time out during a show in Montreal to express his outrage that a man who went on a shooting rampage at Dawson College in Canada had said he was a Megadeth fan and had been inspired by the song "A Tout Le Monde."

In 2007
Van Halen began their highly-anticipated tour in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The trek featured original singer David Lee Roth fronting the group, marking the first time he'd performed an extended run of shows with the band in more than 20 years.

U2's Bono received the Liberty Medal in recognition of his work to help Africa.  Former President George H.W. Bush made the presentation to the singer at a ceremony in Philadelphia.

In 2011
A remastered deluxe edition of Nirvana's "Nevermind" was released today as part of the iconic album's 20th anniversary celebrations.

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