Metallica Party On

Same photo, new news item.

In the continuing Metallica saga, the band has two more

weeks to go before they vacate The Plant, Sausalito California's pre-eminent

studio, which they have booked since last February. A source very close to the

band says the new album, which is scheduled for a March '96 release, will

contain 25 songs, 18 of which have already been recorded. This is not to say

that the band has kept their noses to the grindstone. James Hetfield went

hunting with Jim Martin, the former evil genius guitarist with Faith No More,

in Yosemite a couple months ago, and as we told you last week, Metallica flew

down to Los Angeles to help Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister celebrate his 50th

birthday, and just last night the entire band went to San Francisco's Bottom Of

The Hill to see Joan Jett perform with Evil Stig, aka as the Gits. All four of

the Metallica-ites pressed in close to see Jett work the crowd, just skirting

the edge of the mosh pit. Afterwards, Kirk Hammett went backstage to mingle

with the Jett and company. Lars Ulrich was about to follow, and asked the husky

fellow manning the backstage door whether Kirk was up there. When the bodyguard

answered "Yes," the drummer replied, "then I'll stay here." Go figure. Later

the foursome seemed completely at ease when they posed for pictures with Jett

and the Gits. Also in attendance was Linda Perry, formerly from For Non

Blondes, who just finished her first (and much anticipated) solo album, and

Metallica producer Bob

Rock.