Following a warm reception at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster" is being entered in various film festivals around the world, including 11 in North America.
"Some Kind of Monster" chronicles the members of Metallica's lives from the time they started working on their most recent album, St. Anger, to the first show of the 2003 tour, and it includes dramatic scenes of the group in therapy, confronting former members Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted, and dealing with the demands of a newly clean and sober James Hetfield (see "Documentary Probes The Drama Behind Metallica's Anger").
So far, "Some Kind of Monster" has been previewed extensively for the media, and one screening has been held for 50 members of the band's fan club.
"The feedback [we got] from the true fans was so beautiful," Lars Ulrich said from Australia during a satellite press conference at Sundance. "They all talked universally about how they felt closer to us [after seeing it]. One guy said now that we had been working on being better people, he was going to work on being a better person himself, and a better fan of Metallica."
In 2002, when directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky pitched the idea of filming Metallica behind the scenes, they had no idea what would develop. "The idea was to do some kind of infomercial advertising our new album and the making of the record, but then some pretty huge things in our lives started happening and they were captured on film, and we continued filming," frontman James Hetfield explained.
Hetfield said the movie was just as valuable to his mental health as to his career.
"Connecting with people has never been easy for me," he said. "And now I realize that the more I do it, the more they know the real me, and the easier it is to be me. I've put myself out there, and if people choose to stomp on my heart or to embrace me, that's up to them. But I have done my part in letting people know what weaknesses and struggles I have, and I know it's good for me [to do that]."
Ulrich is equally stoked about the project. "I'm so proud of this film," he said. "And the important thing to realize is that this is not really a film about Metallica. It's a film about relationships, and the people who are having these relationships happen to live and breathe and play music in a band called Metallica."
In addition to announcing screenings for "Some Kind of Monster," Metallica have just added five new North American shows to their Madly in Anger Tour, which starts March 2 in Phoenix and features Godsmack opening all dates. The first new show is April 26 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Metallica's Madly in Anger North American tour, according to Elektra Records:
- 3/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
- 3/3 - Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Convention Center
- 3/5 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
- 3/6 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
- 3/8 - San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
- 3/10 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
- 3/11 - Reno, NV @ Lawlor Events Center
- 3/13 - Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center
- 3/14 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
- 3/18 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
- 3/20 - Boise, ID @ The Pavilion at Boise State
- 3/21 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
- 3/23 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
- 3/24 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
- 3/26 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 3/28 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
- 3/30 - Casper, WY @ Casper Events Ctr.
- 3/31 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 4/26 - Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk Scope Arena
- 5/2 - Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
- 5/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
- 5/12 - Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center Omaha
- 5/14 - Norman, OK @ Lloyd Noble Center
"Some Kind of Monster" festival screenings, according to the film's publicist:
- 2/7 - Santa Barbara, CA @ International Film Festival
- 2/14 - Columbia, MO @ True/False Film Festival
- 3/12 to 3/20 - Austin, TX @ South by Southwest Film Festival
- 4/1 to 4/10 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago International Documentary Festival
- 4/1 to 4/4 - Sonoma, CA @ Sonoma Valley Film Festival
- 4/14 to 4/29 - San Francisco, CA @ San Francisco International Film Festival
- 4/15 to 4/25 - Newport Beach, CA @ Newport Beach Film Festival
- 4/23 to 5/2 - Toronto, ON @ Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
- 4/26 to 5/2 - Nashville, TN @ Nashville Film Festival
- 5/7 to 5/9 - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Film Festival
- 6/2 to 6/6 - Lake Placid, NY @ Lake Placid Film Festival