There's a few new Metallica items of note this week.
James Hetfield met the president of Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan Wednesday night to talk about the impact of the band's "Metallica Scholars" $100,000 grant to the school. Hetfield and GRCC president Bill Pink spoke about programs to develop skilled labor and help people get jobs. The school also gave Hetfield a few gifts, including a decorative steel guitar crafted by welding professors.
Lars Ulrich's drumming is featured on the score to the new Ben Affleck-Oscar Isaac Netflix film Triple Frontier. Ulrich posted, "Director JC Chandor, who I’ve admired for his previous films and gotten to know over the years, called me up and asked if I would contribute to the movie. The marching orders -- thunderous drums to back up the score in certain sequences. I’m in! Had some fun for a coupla days in December laying down 'thunderous drums' on top of Rich Vreeland's brilliant existing stems of music and score."
Robert Trujillo tells Australia's The Music podcast that they hope to have much less of gap in between albums than the eight years between Death Magnetic and Hardwired. Trujillo says, "We've all vowed to get this one going sooner than later. Now, how soon? I don't know. We've been touring non-stop. It's been over two years now. At some point, sure, we'll need to take a little bit of a break. It's sort of the right thing for us to do because we've been going so hard." Trujillo adds that they've already come up with a lot of ideas in "the Tuning Room," which is the space where they warm up before a concert.