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Music, All Shook Down Almost Famous: Five Musicians Who Left Before Their Bands Blew Up

Almost Famous: Five Musicians Who Left Before Their Bands Blew Up

This week, the world found out that, had he played his cards differently, Ryan Gosling could've been a Backstreet Boy. By all accounts, he thought joining the band would've been a waste of time, since New Kids On The Block…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister on Touring with Megadeth and His Forthcoming Solo Album

Q&A: Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister on Touring with Megadeth and His Forthcoming Solo Album

Rightfully worshipped by headbangers and punks alike, Motörhead and its iconic founder, bassist and principle songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, have been grinding out their influential brand of balls-out rock for nearly four decades. Founded after Lemmy was fired from…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica Turns 30 with Ozzy, Danzig, Rob Halford, and a Roomful of Fanatics

Metallica Turns 30 with Ozzy, Danzig, Rob Halford, and a Roomful of Fanatics

Metallica (plus guests) Dec. 9 and 10, 2011 The Fillmore Better than: Turning 30 alone, we're assuming. The birthday party for the biggest metal band in the world came to its finale this weekend with classic songs and surprise…
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Music, All Shook Down Author Brian Lew on the Early Days of Metallica and the Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene

Author Brian Lew on the Early Days of Metallica and the Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene

See more of our Metallica Week coverage: Metallica Brings Out Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Mercyful Fate, and More as the 30th Anniversary Party Continues Six Signs of Metallica's Pervasive Influence on Pop Culture Metallica Kicks off Its 30th Anniversary…
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Music, All Shook Down New Book <i>Murder in the Front Row</i> Tells the Story of Bay Area Thrash Metal in Pictures

New Book Murder in the Front Row Tells the Story of Bay Area Thrash Metal in Pictures

Everyone knows Metallica. But not everyone knows that Metallica was the product of a full-blown '80s thrash metal scene in the Bay Area -- a scene that fostered other notable local bands like Testament, Death Angel, and Exodus. These…
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Music, All Shook Down Hey, When Did Metallica's Lars Ulrich Turn into a Cool, Funny Guy?

Hey, When Did Metallica's Lars Ulrich Turn into a Cool, Funny Guy?

Over the years, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich just hasn't done a lot of things to make people like him. Let's recount: he's often an obnoxious interviewee; he pulls some of the most annoying faces in drumming history; he played a…
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Music, All Shook Down Sunday: The Mayhem Festival, with Disturbed, Megadeth, and More, Takes Over Shoreline Amphitheatre (Photos)

Sunday: The Mayhem Festival, with Disturbed, Megadeth, and More, Takes Over Shoreline Amphitheatre (Photos)

The Rockstar Mayhem Festival, featuring Disturbed, Megadeth, Godsmack, and more July 10, 2011 @ Shoreline Amphitheatre Who says metal is dead? Some 13,000 fans packed into Shoreline Amphitheatre yesterday for the Rockstar Mayhem festival, a mass orgy of black…
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Music, All Shook Down Big 4 Tour: Are More U.S. Dates Likely for Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth?

Big 4 Tour: Are More U.S. Dates Likely for Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth?

Pretty much since the moment we heard about the Big 4 tour, we've been wanting to see it hit the U.S. Interstate system. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax have played dates all over Europe, so when they announced only…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos from the Big Four Show, with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth

Photos from the Big Four Show, with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth

The Big Four Festival: Metallica Megadeth Anthrax Slayer Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA April 24, 2011 Well, the Big Four show -- featuring metal titans Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax -- finally arrived in the U.S for a one-off…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth Announce Plans to Play Together. Once. In Indio.

Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth Announce Plans to Play Together. Once. In Indio.

It's called the Big 4 Tour -- Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth, together on one bill -- and finally, after seven shows in Europe, it's coming to the U.S. Only problem is the date and time -- and the fact that…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica May Be Planning (Especially) 'Theatrical' Tour

Metallica May Be Planning (Especially) 'Theatrical' Tour

At first, when we heard that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told a New Zealand newspaper that his Bay Area metal band is working on a "theatrical" new tour, were kinda confused. Did he mean a tour of smaller theaters (which would…
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Music, All Shook Down Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament Wreak American Carnage at the Cow Palace

Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament Wreak American Carnage at the Cow Palace

SlayerMegadethTestament@ The Cow Palace August 31, 2010 Better than: Those lazy chillwave kids Most long-running thrash metal acts either pepper their set with goofy, ghoulish shtick or stick to the hard-pounding basics. Megadeth and Slayer, both members of the elite "Big Four" of…
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Music, All Shook Down Slayer's Kerry King Talks Messing Up Guitar Solos, the New Metallica, and Playing with the Beastie Boys

Slayer's Kerry King Talks Messing Up Guitar Solos, the New Metallica, and Playing with the Beastie Boys

Los Angeles thrash-metal juggernaut Slayer has been kicking ass so ferociously for so long that the word "fucking" has practically been appended to the front of the band's name. Raising the metal bar for brutality and blasphemy over the course…
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Music, All Shook Down Slayer/Megadeth/Testament Tour To Hit the Bay Area After All

Slayer/Megadeth/Testament Tour To Hit the Bay Area After All

So we wrote that the metal titans tour involving Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament was thrown off course after Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya threw out his back in a serious-headbanging-injury sorta way. Well, although that Jan. 21 show didn't happen, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Slayer, Megadeth, Testament Cancel Tour Due to Back Injury

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament Cancel Tour Due to Back Injury

It's not quite as metal as throwing out your neck headbanging, but Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya has a back injury serious enough that it's forced him to call off the giants of thrash tour. The Slayer/Megadeth/Testament tour, which was scheduled…
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Music, Hear This Metal on Fire

Metal on Fire

In the year since High on Fire released its last record — Death Is This Communion, an uncompromisingly forbidding, yet strangely melodic album — the Oakland metal gods have remained quite the road warriors. The Matt Pike–led trio has spent…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

The shadowy world of classified military projects, which accounts for $32 billion a year in funding, is a curious place. The people involved can’t tell you anything about it -- they’d have to kill you -- but they like to…
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Music, Reviewed Megadeth

Megadeth

While not as pissed at the world as punks, metalheads invariably despise Christianity, oppose censorship, and are often not keen on George Bush. The genre has its obsessions with war and death, but few bring such voice to the contingent…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Place to Sport a Mullet

Pound-SF 100 Cargo (at Jennings), Pier 96, 826-5009, www.poundsf.com Are you nostalgic for the days when androgynous glam-rockers filled the airwaves with future strip-club staples like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Unskinny Bop," and "Girls, Girls, Girls"? Then let your…
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Year End, Up From the Underworld

Up From the Underworld

The sight of six makeup-clad Norwegian satanists on the Ozzfest main stage this summer was a great sign for metal, if not the makers of Max Factor. During recent outings, metal's biggest event of the year has been plagued by…
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