MTV hails Metallica
From page 7 of Classic Rock Magazine July 2003
Tribute to Lars and co, now 22 years and 85 million albums old.
LISA MARIE PRESLEY, LIMP BIZKIT, Staind, Sum 41, Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, Korn and Avril Lavigne were all among a highly unusual gathering that appeared on MTV last month to pay tribute to Metallica. The third artists to be honoured in this way (after Aerosmith and Janet Jackson), the San Francisco group who have been going for 22 years have now sold over 85 million albums worldwide.
Recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the MTVIcon show also included a short set from Metallica, who previewed the song ‘Frantic’ from their new ‘St. Anger’ album (reviewed on page 92). MTV2 are repeating the MTVIcon Metallica show on Friday June 20 at 7pm.
The group, recently augmented by new bassist Robert Trujillo, also performed an hour-long gig at the Bay Area’s San Quentin State Prison in exchange for permission to record a video for the album’s title track. An audience of inmates and prison employees saw Metallica running through ‘Creeping Death’, ‘Master Of Puppets’, ‘Fuel’ and more.
Meanwhile, captured Iraqi prisoners
are said to be having their resistance broken during question by US military units through repeated exposure to the music of Metallica and other heavy metal bands, along with the theme tune to kids TV show Sesame Street and the singing of purple dinosaur Barney. Among the songs said to have the most productive effect are ‘Nothing Else Matters’, from Metallica’s 1991 ‘black’ album, and Downing Pool’s ‘Bodies’. Sgt. Mark Hadsell recently told Newsweek : “Trust me, it works. These people haven’t heard heavy metal before. They can’t take it.” In related news, a study recently published in the Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology suggests that aggressive music and violent lyrics can be linked to angry, delinquent behaviour. Male and female students who had listened to confrontational music by Tool and Cypress Hill were found by the study to be more likely to report feelings of hostility than those exposed to mellower songs by the same bands. However, researchers also noted that many lyrics, especially those in heavy metal music, were nearly always unintelligible.