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16th April 2017

lars ulrich

It's over two weeks since April Fool's Day came and went but some media outlets are looking like Easter turkeys today as a very obviously fake news story caught them out and left them with chocolate egg all over their faces.

Earlier today, Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, an email was sent out to most leading UK print and online media outlets by a previously unheard of website called The Metal Den stating that Lars Ulrich had retired from Metallica. The wording on the original message is:

"Sad news for Ulrich fans. Speculation had been rife that Metallica's drummer will announce his retirement from music, at age 53. Now it seems as this is really going to happen, with immediate effect.

"'Being a musician isn’t fun anymore.

"As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a musician just isn't fun anymore.' The report hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.


lars ulrich

Shortly after The Metal Den email was sent, the hashtag #ThankYouLars was trending on Twitter which caused a UK national free daily newspaper to seize upon the 'news' and publish it on their website.

The hashtag was, however, not about Lars Ulrich at all but was referencing an American baseball player and an education consultant. The newspaper's article was removed an hour later.

A London based UK rock radio station are also reporting the 'story' in their regular news but we can confirm that it is absolutely untrue. Ironically, the story is being aired alongside an advert for KFC which concludes with the statement:

"That's not fake news, just finger lickin' good news."

A handful of other rock and Metal sites have also gone to press without checking facts first so we want to assure all Metallica fans that this story is completely and absolutely untrue and we've had that confirmed by the Metallica camp this afternoon.

Metallica always, without fail, announce their own news through their official media channels before it is released to the press and if it's not on, it just isn't true so rest assured, Lars is absolutely not leaving the band he co-founded in 1981 on the eve of their mammoth 'WorldWired' tour which hits the UK in late October for dates in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, their first in this country for several years.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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