Author Archives: Andrew Sample

Hardwired for Justice…breaking up and getting back together with Metallica

Posted by on June 7, 2017

Tonight I’m seeing Metallica perform for the first time in 17 years. The main reason I saw the band back in 2000 (Summer Sanitarium Tour at the Los Angeles Coliseum) was because I was offered a half-price ticket a day in advance and I had no plans on that Saturday. The band were really good […]

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For those about to mock… Why Axl/DC is the worst idea ever

Posted by on April 18, 2016

As diehard music fans we all have those nights that are truly unforgettable, and one of those nights for me was on a Friday in September of 2000 when I lived in Los Angeles. Armored Saint, an all-time favorite of mine, had just come off of their tour supporting Ronnie James Dio and were playing a “welcome home” […]

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Trippin’ Jack Daniels and livin’ after midnight: ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’ turns 30

Posted by on March 22, 2016

The Documentary: If ever there was a visual time capsule that shows the hedonistic, over-indulgent lifestyle of heavy metal and the fans in the ’80s, its Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s 17-minute documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Shot outside of the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (which was torn down in 2002) before the Judas Priest/Dokken concert on May […]

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1986: puppets and hairspray – the year of the metal fork

Posted by on March 7, 2016

As the worldwide metal community celebrates the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s Master Of Puppets, I’ve realized just how much in the last few weeks we’ve been inundated with news and visibility of the entire Big Four. Along with Puppets’ birthday, Slayer’s headlining tour with Testament and Carcass is in full swing, Anthrax’s glorious new platter For All Kings scored stellar first-week release numbers […]

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