METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE AND SO WHAT! PRESENT METALLICA THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT!
SPECIAL EDITION METALLICA SO WHAT! MAGAZINE TO HIT NEWS STANDS MAY 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 22, 2012 - Metallica in conjunction with Metal Hammer Magazine today announced they would be publishing a special edition of Metallica’s So What! Magazine called Metallica The 30th Anniversary Event. This special edition commemorating Metallica’s 30th Anniversary celebration that took place at San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore Theatre in December 2011 will hit news stands nationwide on May 14, 2012 and is available for pre-order now atwww.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/metallica.
“I couldn’t think of a cooler way to round out the first 30 years than how the Fillmore week played out in December,” said drummer Lars Ulrich. “And I can’t think of a cooler way to start off the next 30 years than immortalizing that unique, incomparable and unforgettable week in magazine form, our first So What! edition to leave the confines of our fan club.”
“This is an incredibly exciting partnership,” said Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas. “Metallica’s 30th anniversary shows were history in the making, and the chance to work with So What! – easily one of the metal world’s best loved and respected fanzines was simply too good to pass up.”
Metallica The 30th Anniversary Event will be a 128-page magazine featuring exclusive live and behind the scenes photos from the four historic nights at the Fillmore Theatre, post Fillmore interviews with all four members of Metallica, a few of the fan favorites who joined the band on stage, and a look behind the scenes on how the shows came together. The issue will also feature an exclusive 7-inch vinyl single of “So What!” and “Through The Never,” recorded during the four shows last year.
ABOUT SO WHAT! – THE CLUB MAGAZINE
So What! is a quarterly publication published by the Metallica Club and sent exclusively to the fan club members. Each issue is a collector's item featuring 48 glossy, full color pages that brings club members the most Metallica news, photos, and inside information. Metallica are major contributors to each magazine answering fan letters, providing personal photos and letters, judging contests, and providing a behind the scenes view that fans won't find anywhere else. Each issue of So What! brings the members of the fan club even further into the world of Metallica.
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica (www.metallica.com) have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning almost 15.7 million albums in the United States alone, and over 28 million worldwide. In October 2008, their latest album, Death Magnetic, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and in 27 additional countries around the world. It was certified platinum in the United States just six weeks later. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Metallica recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band last month, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club. They released the Beyond Magnetic EP via digital retailers on December 13, 2011 after giving the songs away to their fan club members. A CD version of the Beyond Magentic EP was released on January 31, 2012. Metallica will launch Orion Music + More June 23-24, 2012 inAtlantic City, New Jersey. They will also be headlining Download Festival in the UK on Saturday June 9th as well as playing a host of other European festivals this summer.
ABOUT METAL HAMMER
Metal Hammer is the heavy metal bible. Based in the UK, published monthly, and distributed internationally, it is now in its 25th year of publication, and its coverage of the world of metal – from the cutting edge to the extreme – is unparalleled. With 300,000 Facebook followers, 100,000 Twitter followers, and its unprecedented coverage of the global metal scene – from India to Indonesia to South America – it truly is the world’s premiere metal magazine. www.metalhammer.co.uk