The Metallica Report

The Metallica Report

Keep up with all things Metallica by going straight to the source. Now you can get your news directly from those entrenched in the band’s own Northern California headquarters. This weekly report is hosted by Steffan Chirazi and Renée Richardson, two members of the Metallica Camp. Steffan is a long-time rock scribe and editor of the band’s online mag, So What!, whose days covering Metallica began in the 1980s with the British music magazines Sounds and Kerrang! Renée is the Director of Philanthropy for the band’s foundation, All Within My Hands, and also has a storied background in music as a well-known Bay Area radio personality. Each week will sound a little different, but you’ll always remain in the loop. Steffan and Renée will keep you posted with the latest news and updates from Metallica HQ and the road as the M72 Tour makes its way around the world. They’ll bring you mini-features for a little peek behind the curtain, and you’ll learn bits of info you won’t find anywhere else through chats with everyone from members of the road crew to poster artists, from fans to band members themselves! They won’t just tell you what you need to know; they’ll also get to the bottom of what you want to find out! Listeners can submit questions, and Steffan and Renée will get to work finding answers. You’ll enjoy all of this and more with The Metallica Report, your quick, weekly fix covering our most relevant topics of the day. Produced by Pantheon Media & PopCult Executive Producers: Marc Reiter, Vickie Strate, Doug Oswandel Production Coordinator: Lane Watson


November 22, 2023 20 mins
The week of November 22, 2023 on The Metallica Report… Inspired by Metallica’s love of covering other artists, Steffan and Renée open things up by musing on tracks they’d like to hear the band tackle. Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown of M72 special guests Pantera chat about playing for Metallica’s fans - the ones who already know and love them and those who are in for a fun surprise. They also touch on what being on stage feels like no...
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This week on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée check in from the Motor City for the final two shows of 2023 on the M72 World Tour.  Steff tells us of his time touring resurgent downtown Detroit with Robert, visiting the historic Motown Museum and Fox Theatre. James explains why he created Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield, and we hear more about and from the multi-generational fans who attended the book signings in...
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November 8, 2023 This week on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée check in with details about the weekend from deep in the bowels of the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. Rob Trujillo updates us on his whirlwind weekend in Mexico City, where he filled in on bass for his son, Tye. This wasn’t just any substitute gig… he was joining Suicidal Tendencies for a full set for the first time in 27 years!! Renée reports back abo...
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November 1, 2023 20 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Hot on the heels of last week’s Halloween celebration with a special Hammett-horror-episode, listeners report what their favorite fright-night feature film is.  We have a couple of nuggets from the recently published in-depth and wide-ranging conversation between Steffan and Lars for the band’s online magazine, So What! As the oft-debated St. Anger celebrates its 20th anniversary, Steff acknowle...
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October 25, 2023 20 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Who better for Steffan and Renée to celebrate Halloween with than The Ripper himself? Our own Kirk Hammett joins the pod to chat about all things horror media, from books and movies to music and makeup. As Metallica's resident horror expert and Halloween aficionado, most know that Kirk grew up loving pretty much everything that could qualify as spooky subject matter. He’s amassed an immense coll...
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October 18, 2023 18 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée chat with two of the band’s long-time collaborators: graphic artist Tony Squindo and co-founding member of Goodnight, Texas, Avi Vinocur. Plus, Kirk chimes in about his bluesy, down-and-dirty guitar solo on Goodnight, Texas’ new song, “Runaways.”  Avi fills us in on his unlikely journey from a humble studio runner to Metallica’s go-to side-man for special projects like the All ...
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October 11, 2023 17 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Steffan fills us in on what went down in the desert at Power Trip. Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Tool, and Metallica took the stage last weekend, and now James, Kirk, and Robert will take you behind the scenes with their first-hand accounts. Kirk shares his appreciation for the enduring chemistry between Axl, Slash, and Duff, reminding him of a stripped-down version of GNR fro...
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October 4, 2023 19 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… It’s all about Power Trip, this weekend’s massive hard rock festival cranking up at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Gracing the bill of the three-day fest are Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Tool, and, of course, Metallica. It’s hard to imagine now, but Metallica wasn’t always on the poster, let alone at the top! James reflects on the band’s festival journey and what it’s fel...
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September 27, 2023 17 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée explore the Metallica Family: the next generation. Proud dads James and Robert pop in to discuss their sons’ journeys as musicians and their bands, Bastardane and OTTTO.  James gives us insight into what it’s like watching Castor become his own man, from art school to choosing the drums, and how he’s learned to set aside his dad instincts and stay “the hell out of the way.” Ro...
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September 20, 2023 18 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… We’re talking all things “Too Far Gone?” - specifically, the phenomenal new music video and its mind-blowing star. He’s a pro skateboarder you’ll need to see to believe named Felipe Nunes, and he also happens to be a double-amputee. We’ve got a few very special guests joining us to dive into the details. Director Buddy Nichols fills us in on how the project came about and the long days that went...
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September 13, 2023 17 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Kirk Hammett is back, but this time, he’s talking surfing and how his approach to the waves differs from Robert’s. Later, Spencer Charnas describes his songwriting process and what it’s like to bring an Ice Nine Kills production to the Metallica stage. Then we step off the stage and into the crowd to hear from a few fans. First, a passionate All Within My Hands supporter named Yuji Moore, who al...
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September 6, 2023 16 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… Kirk “The Ripper” Hammett discusses his solos on 72 Seasons and the M72 World Tour, specifically his approach to the song “Shadows Follow.” He also geeks out while recounting hanging out with Pete Townshend, the legendary guitarist of The Who, at the Hollywood Bowl and the Peter Green tribute show at the London Palladium. Band chef Simon Mitchell checks in from Dallas with the low-down on the Me...
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August 30, 2023 20 mins
This week on The Metallica Report… During the wee hours after rehearsals in LA, straight from the dressing room, Lars shares which drummer he can’t get enough of lately, which happens to be the answer to a Metallica Report Listener question! We also spend some quality time with Southern California native & Mammoth WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen, who shares his M72 experiences and gets into his band’s new album, Mammoth II. Steff...
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August 23, 2023 14 mins
This week on The Metallica Report, Steffan and Renee check in with Robert for his thoughts on night one in Texas, just moments after he left the incredibly energetic AT&T Stadium! And with LA on the M72 horizon, the West Side native talks about his upbringing steeped in beach and skate culture and his later-found appreciation for the East Side. Next, we stay in LA but flash back to Metallica’s early days with Metal Blade Records p...
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August 16, 2023 12 mins
Welcome to the third edition of The Metallica Report. Steffan and Renée are back to talk more M72 World Tour, recapping their time in New Jersey and getting pumped for this weekend in Arlington, Texas, where both No Repeat Weekend shows will be broadcast live to movie theaters around the globe! This week’s first guest is Papa Het, and he’s here to give us a glimpse into the chaos of having 72 beach balls rain down upon the stage a...
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August 9, 2023 15 mins
We’re back with the second edition of The Metallica Report! Join Steffan and Renée for a preview of the M72 World Tour, recorded just before the North American run kicked off in New Jersey. This week, our hosts chat with Jimmy Clark (Lars’ drum tech) about keeping his equipment up to the boss’ standards. Then they get the scoop on Robert and Kirk’s plans for the M72 jams, straight from the bass man himself. Next, they look ahead t...
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August 2, 2023 15 mins
Keep up with all things Metallica by going straight to the source. Welcome to The Metallica Report, THE official Metallica podcast!  This week’s episode kicks off with a message from Lars, followed by a glance back at the European leg of the M72 World Tour, a preview of what’s to come in North America starting this week in New Jersey, plus a few crazy facts about the massive production. You’ll also hear from Austin Manning, head of...
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July 24, 2023 2 mins
The Metallica Report is coming! Keep up with all things Metallica by going straight to the source for your news. This weekly report is hosted by Steffan Chirazi, long-time rock scribe and editor of the band’s online mag, So What!, and Renée Richardson, a well-known Bay Area radio personality who now oversees the band’s foundation, All Within My Hands.   Steffan and Renée will keep you in the loop each week with updates, features, a...
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