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Michael Alago, Who Signed Metallica and White Zombie, Gets the Documentary Treatment in ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’

21 July 2017 6:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the histories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre warrant four hours of prime HBO real estate in “The Defiant Ones,” then certainly Michael Alago, the flamboyant New York punk habitue who signed Metallica to Elektra and White Zombie to Geffen during his stints as an A&R executive, deserves his 77 minutes of recognition.

In the spirit of similar documentaries on behind-the-scenes heroes such as Rodney Bingenheimer (“The Mayor of Sunset Strip”) and Danny Fields (“Danny Says”), “Who the F**k Is That Guy?” recounts the remarkable journey of Alago, a Puerto Rican kid who grew up on Brooklyn’s New Utrecht Avenue with his bedroom facing an elevated subway track. That undoubtedly influenced his passion for post-punk hardcore rock. “I love the noise,” he says at one point in the movie. “I love the sweat.  I love when I go to concerts and it’s 99% guys.”

The documentary was directed by punk-rock veteran Drew Stone, who »

- Roy Trakin

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Metallica’s James Hetfield Calls Kendall And Kylie Jenner’s ‘Vintage’ Tees ‘Disrespectful’

17 July 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield is speaking out following the release of Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s controversial “vintage” t-shirt line. Speaking with Et Canada in a Canadian exclusive, the 53-year-old singer-songwriter expresses his discontent after the two reality star sisters superimprosed their logos and faces onto shirts featuring iconic imagery of the heavy metal band. […] »

- Cat Williams

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Gene Simmons Tries to Trademark Devil's Horns Hand Gesture

14 June 2017 2:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kiss' Gene Simmons is attempting to copyright the devil's horns rock salute. Yes, really. The guy who has made a Kiss coffin for you to be buried in is now claiming to have invented the hard rockin' hand-gesture that is also really close to American Sign Language's I love you and frighteningly similar to the way Spider-Man shoots his webs. Simmons has done a lot of things in his long, long career, some of things are good and some are bad. We'll let you decide where to put this one.

The Hollywood Reporter has brought Simmons' latest attempt to remain relevant in any way he can to our attention. Simmons apparently filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office late last week and is awaiting a response. Simmons is claiming that "his hand gesture" was first used at a Kiss concert on November 14th, 1974 which would »

- MovieWeb

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Brad Pitt Takes Chris Cornell’s Kids for Play Date at Universal Studios

1 June 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Brad Pitt is spending some quality time with Chris Cornell’s kids in the wake of the singer’s death last week.

The War Machine actor, who was close friends with the late Soundgarden frontman, took Cornell’s children — Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11 — out for a day at the theme park on Wednesday.

“Brad loved Chris and of course will be there for his family,” a source tells People.

Fans posted sightings of Pitt and the kids on social media throughout the day. They were spotted walking around Simpsons Land, sipping butterbeer from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and riding »

- Mike Miller

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Chris Cornell Burial Service Draws Hundreds of Celeb Friends and Fans (Photos)

26 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chris Cornell's family, bandmates and famous friends gathered by the dozens to pay their respects as his ashes are laid in his final resting place ... the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The private event was attended by Brad Pitt, Pharrell, Dave Grohl, Lisa Marie Presley, Dave Navarro, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale, James Franco, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Billy Idol, Joe Walsh, Lars UlrichJames Hetfield and many more. The beloved singer was eulogized by Tom Morello, »

- TMZ Staff

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Chris Cornell Laid to Rest at Star-Studded Funeral

26 May 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Chris Cornell was laid to rest in a private funeral Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which was attended by the likes of Brad Pitt and Pharrell. Scores of fans gathered outside to show their respects to the iconic rocker while music from his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave played from a portable speaker. A public viewing will follow the services at 3 p.m. Pt. In addition to Pitt, a longtime friend of Cornell, and Pharrell, the star-studded guest list also included Metallica rockers Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield and Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. Cornell's wife of 13 years, Vicky and their two »

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Chris Cornell Laid to Rest in Los Angeles

26 May 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chris Cornell was laid to rest Friday at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, just over one week after his shocking death in Detroit.

The Soundgarden frontman was found dead of suicide by hanging at MGM Grand Detroit following the band’s performance at the Michigan city’s Fox Theatre May 18.

Over the weekend, Cornell’s body was flown to California, where it was cremated Tuesday, the family’s attorney Kirk Pasich previously told People in a statement. Friday’s funeral service was private, but was followed by a public memorial later in the day.

Family — including Cornell’s wife Vicky »

- Lindsay Kimble and Sarah Michaud

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Chris Cornell's Funeral Attended by Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl and More Stars

26 May 2017 1:19 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Chris Cornell's friends gathered on Friday for one last goodbye.

Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams and Dave Grohl were among those who paid their respects to the Soundgarden frontman at a private memorial for the musician at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Billboard reports. 

Related: A Look Back at Chris Cornell and Brad Pitt's Friendship Through the Years

Josh Brolin, Joe Walsh, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Tom Morello, Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and Cornell's Soundgarden bandmates were also in attendance.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, and his two youngest children -- 12-year-old daughter Toni and 11-year-old son Christopher -- were also at the service, which will be followed by a public memorial later in the afternoon.

Cornell died following a Detroit, Michigan, concert on May 17. 

The singer's attorney, Kirk Pasich, told Et on Wednesday that Cornell was cremated, and that his wife is doing her best to deal with his death. 

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Metallica Performs a Tough “Now That We’re Dead” on The Late Show

16 May 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I had the pleasure of seeing Metallica perform live at Lollapalooza way back in the 90s.   To tell you the truth, I liked Metallica at the time but I didn’t necessarily love them.   After seeing their performance I loved them.   They were just so powerful.  It’s hard to describe the kind of energy these guys can drum up in one area but it’s pretty intense.  I mean every single time you’d see Hetfield scream or give any kind of “grunt” the crowd went bananas.   It was one of the most memorable live performances I had ever seen. I can only

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- Nat Berman

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Metallica's James Hetfield 'A Little Pissed' at Raiders Move to Vegas

16 May 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_tgl0dilu"]] Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a huge Raiders fan -- and says he's "a little pissed" that his team is ditching Oakland for Sin City. Fyi, Hetfield actively campaigned for the Raiders to stay in the Bay Area -- and publicly supported Ronnie Lott in his efforts to build a new stadium for the team in Oakland.   But those plans didn't work out and Raiders owner, Mark Davis, ultimately got league approval to move the team to Las Vegas. »

- TMZ Staff

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Lady Gaga Posts Video of How Metallica Grammys Performance Was Supposed to Really Go

3 March 2017 12:19 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

If at first you do succeed (and fail on live TV) … post video evidence of it done flawlessly. Following a much-discussed, glitch-ridden performance with Metallica at this year’s Grammys, Lady Gaga posted a video of how the performance was supposed to go, had technical gremlins not botched it up. The video, posted on Lady Gaga‘s Vevo channel Friday, shows Gaga, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and crew tearing through “Moth Into Flames” during a dress rehearsal for the awards show. Also Read: Metallica's James Hetfield Was 'Livid' Over Grammys Glitches, Lars Ulrich Says (Video) And yes, they get through it issue-free. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Moonlight’ Oscars Flub and 9 More Humiliating Live TV Mistakes (Video)

26 February 2017 9:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“La La Land” Wins Then Loses to “Moonlight”: At the 2017 Academy Awards, Faye Dunaway mistakenly named “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner. The real winner was “Moonlight,” in what’s being dubbed the biggest Oscar flub of all time. Take a stroll down live TV memory lane and revisit the most humiliating mistakes in history: Metallica-Lady Gaga Grammys Duet Fail: Metallica frontman James Hetfield was said to be “livid” after his microphone glitches out during a fiery duet with Lady Gaga at the 2017 Grammys. Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Disaster: The songstress failed to »

- Meriah Doty and Reid Nakamura

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GRAMMYs Producer Apologizes to Metallica for Technical Difficulties During Performance

16 February 2017 6:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Something tells us Metallica's bad side isn't somewhere you want to be.

GRAMMYs producer Ken Erlich has issued an apology to the band for the technical difficulties that persisted during their performance with Lady Gaga at the awards show on Sunday, forcing lead singer James Hetfield to share Gaga's mic. "These kinds of things are horrible when they happen," Ehrlich said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. "That's one of the risks of live television."

While Hetfield has stayed mum on the mishap, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed during a Tuesday appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden that Hetfield was "livid." To add insult to injury, the band's name was also left out of their introduction. Presenter Laverne Cox only mentioned Lady Gaga while introducing the performance.

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Grammys Producer Apologizes To Metallica After Microphone Flub

16 February 2017 3:19 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stopped by “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Tuesday to talk about the band’s upcoming World Wired Tour and what happened during Sunday night’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards. During the band’s performance with Lady Gaga, lead singer James Hetfield found himself in a predicament when his microphone failed to […] »

- Jordan Appugliesi

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Metallica Receives Apology From Grammys Producer Over Mic Glitch

15 February 2017 4:10 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hopefully this will help to appease James Hetfield. Longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich has apologized to Hetfield and the rest of Metallica, after a microphone glitch marred the group’s duet with Lady Gaga at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. “Obviously, we apologize to the band,” Ehrlich told the Associated Press, adding that the glitch was “awful.” Also Read: Metallica's James Hetfield Was 'Livid' Over Grammys Glitches, Lars Ulrich Says (Video) “These kinds of things are horrible when they happen,” Ehrlich noted. “That’s one of the risks of live television.” While the group has blamed the mishap on a dead microphone, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Metallica’s James Hetfield Was ‘Livid’ Over Grammys Glitches, Lars Ulrich Says (Video)

15 February 2017 10:49 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Enter mad man. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich appeared on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on Tuesday night, revealing that the band’s frontman, James Hetfield, was “livid” over their glitch-damaged duet with Lady Gaga at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. “I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” the drummer said of Hetfield’s mood backstage after the performance. “I mean, he was livid. I mean, he’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun.” Also Read: Metallica's Grammys »

- Tim Kenneally

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Metallica's James Hetfield Was "Livid" After a Glitch Nearly Ruined Their Grammys Performance

15 February 2017 7:21 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Metallica and Lady Gaga's unexpectedly excellent collaboration on "Moth Into Flame" at the Grammys was one of the event's most memorable moments, but lead singer James Hetfield's microphone appeared to be turned off at the start of their performance. Gaga let him share her mic and all was well, but apparently the incident left James absolutely (and rightly) furious. "I haven't seen him like that in 20 years," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed while sitting down with James Corden on Tuesday night. "He was livid. I mean, he's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun." Fortunately once James cooled down, he and the rest of the band were all able to agree that the performance "made for great television." Related:Even If You Don't Like Metal, Jimmy Fallon and Metallica Singing "Enter »

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich: James Hetfield Was 'Livid' After GRAMMYs, 'I Haven't Seen Him Like That in 20 Years'

15 February 2017 3:09 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Though Lady Gaga and Metallica brought the house down at the GRAMMYs on Sunday, the performance wasn’t without its flaws.

Lead singer James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working and he had to share with the “Applause” singer. While the group powered through the performance like professionals, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed on The Late Late Show on Tuesday night that the reaction backstage was very different.

“Well, in the heat of the battle you’re out there you’re playing when it’s a technical issue you don’t really know is it going to the house, is his vocals going to the truck?” Ulrich explained. “Maybe it’s the monitors, so you just gotta keep playing.”

But once they got off the stage, things got heated.

“I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” Ulrich said to »

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Calls Lady Gaga Grammys Duet a ‘Clusterf—‘

14 February 2017 12:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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Lady Gaga’s duet with Metallica at Sunday’s Grammy Awards was a collaboration that, upon its announcement, surprised many; its participants, however, were blindsided by something else in the heat of the moment: technical difficulties.

Speaking to Julia Cunningham and Kyle Anderson on Tuesday morning, Metallica co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich discussed malfunction-ridden performance, telling the L.A. Daily hosts the gig — which saw lead singer James Hetfield’s microphone failing for the first verse of “Moth Into Flame” — was a “clusterf—” in the best possible way.

“It was totally energetic and crazy. »

- Joey Nolfi

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Grammy Producers on Beyonce’s Bump, Metallica’s Mic, and Whether James Corden Will Return as Host

13 February 2017 5:51 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ken Ehrlich, longtime executive producer of the Grammy Awards, found out that Beyonce was pregnant when everyone else did — two weeks ago, via Instagram. But he did get a hint at the news beforehand.

“Before she announced it, I was getting vibes from her camp, from her people all saying, ‘Wait til next week.’” Ehrlich said Monday. “They even said something like ‘You’re really going to want her for the show.’ Which, of course, we wanted her anyway.”

Beyonce’s elaborate performance — her first on television since announcing — would turn out to be one of the highlights of the 59th Grammy Awards. Because of the buzz around the pregnancy (Beyonce’s announcement post broke Instagram’s record for most likes within hours of being published), it was also one of the most anticipated.

Ehrlich, who has worked with Beyonce since she was 15 years old, knew that the pregnancy would shape the performance. Introduced »

- Daniel Holloway

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