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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.

A proud part of Pantheon Podcasts


Produced by Pantheon Media & PopCult

Executive Producers: Marc Reiter, Vickie Strate, Doug Oswandel

Written by: Steffan Chirazi & Renee Richardson

Production Coordinator: Lane Watson 

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The week of February 21, 2024 on The Metallica Report… The second installment of two episodes recorded at the band’s creative ground zero for over 20 years: Metallica HQ. Steffan and Renée tour the building with one of its longest inhabitants, Jeff Yeager - webmaster, touring photographer/videographer, and network manager. Sprinkled with fun facts and historical context, the group makes its way through the artifact-filled workshop, the infamous Some Kind of Monster kitchen, the former pick-and-pack space (yes, all your merch orders used to ship right out of HQ), the office space, into the corridor that houses four separate rooms for you-know-who. Things wrap up in Studio A, a room that certainly has been transformed many times, but most significantly for the 2020 streaming All Within My Hands benefit concert. As Steff, Renée, and Jeff conclude, something is always happening at Metallica HQ. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week Steff and Renee introduce the ELI5 Podcast. We've become regular listeners of the Explain It Like I'm 5 show and hope you enjoy it too.
This week of February 14, 2024 on The Metallica Report… The first of two episodes recorded at the band’s creative ground zero for over 20 years: Metallica HQ. Steffan and Renée set up shop in the Jam Room with three people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the Metallica Machine moving. Jeff Yeager - webmaster, touring photographer/videographer, and all-around “do whatever it takes” guy - brings us back to the first event held at HQ and shares what elements of the building hold particular meaning for him. Jack Ketcham - one of the unsung heroes of the operation - details a day in the life of a runner, starting with being first in the door and ending as the last to go home. Kent Matcke - HQ veteran, audio specialist, and glue guy of the team - gives us just a glimpse of how “there is always something” in the life of the HQ recording engineer. And a man you’re more familiar with, Robert Trujillo, joins the conversation and offers his connection to HQ as not just a rehearsal and recording space but a true home away from home! The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 28: Bob Rock

Episode 28: Bob Rock

2024-02-0719:10

The week of February 7, 2024 on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée are joined by a man intertwined through Metallica history in a way maybe no one else can claim to be. A producer, a collaborator, a motivator, a fill-in, a support system, and the master of getting that sound “just right”... it’s none other than Bob Rock! The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of January 31, 2024 on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée revisit some of your favorite performances and infamous moments in Metallica’s award show history. No spoilers here, but we bet you can guess a few... They include surprise outcomes, a bit of NSFW language, and a lot of very heavy music! Plus, Clint Wells - a man many of you may know as the host of Metal Up Your Podcast - joins to share his perspective on award shows past.  The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Metal Up Your Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/metalupyourpodcast Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of January 24, 2024 on The Metallica Report… A fortuitous call from Kirk sets the stage, framing the metal scene in the early days and the roles Ron, Brian, and KJ played. Brian recalls the enthusiasm surrounding Metallica’s first album by the band members and, if you will, the founding Metallica Family members - many of whom would be acknowledged decades later. KJ traces Lars’ passion for supporting his peers back to the early ’80s, with one album in particular. Ron further taps into Metallica’s appreciation for music, discussing Lars’ and Cliff’s eclectic tastes. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. KJ Doughton: https://www.instagram.com/k.j.doughton Brian Lew: https://www.instagram.com/umlaut  Ron Quintana: https://www.instagram.com/ronquintana6  Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments:http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of January 17, 2024 on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée are joined by old friends KJ Doughton, Brian Lew, and Ron Quintana for a trip back to the humble beginnings of Metallica. From fanzines to tape trading to shows at the legendary Stone in San Francisco, these guys have seen it all and are bonded for life to each other and the band through their undying love of music.   Ron, the man behind the name Metallica, flashes back to meeting that “strange new kid” at Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park. KJ recalls being enlisted to run the first Metallica Fan Club. And Brian recounts a sidewalk introduction with the guys before their first-ever San Francisco show. Catch all that and more in this week’s episode, and tune in next week for more tales from the past when we finish our conversation with the guys. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. KJ Doughton: https://www.instagram.com/k.j.doughton Brian Lew: https://www.instagram.com/umlaut  Ron Quintana: https://www.instagram.com/ronquintana6  Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments:http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of January 10, 2024 on The Metallica Report… We have a visit from an old friend as Steffan and Renée check in with bassist Jason Newsted.   Amid an unusually quiet time in his creative world, Jason talks about plans, projects, and how he’s allowing himself to enjoy the simplicity of his day-to-day life.  Of course, we still have to touch on his artistic side, from keeping his visual art skills active to his love of the live show, including his contributions to Metallica and one of his most memorable nights on stage with the Four Horsemen at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of January 3, 2024 on the The Metallica Report… For better or worse, few people know the absolute power pyrotechnics can bring to a performance like our own James Hetfield does. He joins Steffan and Renée to get into the history of pyro within Metallica and the energy it brings to a live show.  And, of course, James touches on safety, which brings us to our second guest: M72 Pyrotechnic Project Manager Reid Derne. Reid talks about taking over the pyro duties after James’ infamous accident and how fearless James is around flames despite his bad luck. And for all you aspiring pyrotechnicians out there, Reid gets into the technical aspects of bringing fire into a Metallica production. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Watch Fuel from Detroit, November 9 & 10, 2023: https://youtu.be/vssiIRXEt7I?si=Uh9qqXE_FEJnw9_u  Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of December 27, 2023 on The Metallica Report… With the new year right around the corner, Steffan and Renée check in with James and Robert to reflect on 2023 and look ahead to 2024. Hear James’ perspective on the light and dark sides of  72 Seasons. Find out which songs off the new album have been their favorites to play live so far and which setlist stalwarts still excite them. Plus, what they’re hoping and planning for in 2024. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Enter to win merch pack:  https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Listen to 72 Seasons: http://metallica.lnk.to/72Seasons  Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments:http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of December 20, 2023 on The Metallica Report… We’re going to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the highlights of the first 20 episodes of The Metallica Report. Remember Lars and that iPod? (think Blue Oyster Cult!) What about Kirk catching waves or James’ love of a good music festival? And who could forget Robert’s night on stage in Dallas? First, Steffan gives us his review of a night out in the East Bay watching two bands featuring HQ staffers: Dana Lindstrom’s Milk For The Angry and previous pod interviewee Avi Vinocur’s Badnight, Texas (the hard core version of Goodnight, Texas).  Next we’ll revisit interviews from the first 20 episodes as all four guys gave us some great stories about their hobbies, music, being on stage (beachball chaos! guitar solos!) and creating new material for every show. We close out with Robert chiming in to share his Christmas plans with us. Happy Holidays to all . . . we’ll be back next week to celebrate the New Year! The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Milk For The Angry: https://www.milkfortheangry.com/ Goodnight, Texas: https://hiwearegoodnighttexashowareyou.com/ Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: https://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of December 13, 2023 on The Metallica Report… Rob Trujillo brings us behind the scenes of “Are Bass Players Human Too?”, the new docuseries from Rush’s Geddy Lee. As the focus of one of four episodes, Rob spent two full days with Geddy, showing him around his Southern California world through surfing, biking, and skating. He also gave Geddy a spin on Jaco Pastorius’ famed “Bass of Doom” while the two shared stories of huge admiration and respect for the legendary bassist. Steffan and Renée catch up with Christian Carichner, Director of the Cyclone Marching Band at Iowa State University. Christian is brimming with enthusiasm as he details what it takes for a marching band to interpret Metallica’s music and how excited he is to open up a whole new audience to the artistry and intricacies of the band’s songs. Congratulations to Christian and the Cyclones, as they are one of the finalists in the “For Whom The Band Tolls” contest; winners will be announced the first week of the year. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. “Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too?” on Paramount+:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pEjZYjdK6k Iowa State Cyclones marching band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BymkyX7A2o&t=3s Metallica marching band competition: https://www.metallicamarchingband.com Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: https://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of December 6, 2023 on The Metallica Report… Steffan and Renée do a deep dive into both the physical and mental iPods of Lars and Rob, as Lars shares more of his musical obsessions and Rob throws down his five favorite funk cuts. They also speak with Auburn University’s Professor of Music and Marching Band Director, Dr. Corey Spurlin. The musical themed show kicks off with Lars and his deep dive into the heavier side of Lynyrd Skynyrd as he outlines his five favorite lesser known tracks from the Florida band. His other current favorite musical obsession? Warrior Soul, a band he describes as “in that zone zone between hard rock, heavy metal, but a lot of punk attitude and a lot of kind-of not giving a shit.” To no one’s surprise, Robert is our resident funk-master and he gives us his five favorite funk grooves, including divulging that the Isley Brothers were his very first concert; it was the moment he knew he wanted to be a musician. Finally we hear from Dr. Corey Spurlin at Auburn University, whose marching band has wowed us all with their half-time show entry to the For Whom The Band Tolls Marching Band competition. Corey tells us how the band chose the songs they performed and that Metallica’s performance with the San Francisco Symphony on S&M2 provided inspiration. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Lynyrd Skynyrd: https://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com/ Warrior Soul: https://www.warriorsoulofficial.com/ Isley Brothers: https://officialisleybrothers.com/ Auburn University Marching Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36yFOtgxGlk&t=1s  Metallica Marching Band Competition: https://www.metallicamarchingband.com Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of November 29, 2023 on The Metallica Report… Coming off the holiday, Steffan and Renee dip into their M72 interview archives to give you a more in-depth look at the tour. First, James thinks back to the first time he saw the massive circular stage mapped out with cones in the middle of an empty MetLife Stadium. He also touches on the logistics of a simple guitar swap and the importance of creating a “presence” on stage for both the band and the fans. Then, our hosts are joined by a couple of M72 special guests, Zoltan Bathory and Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch. Zoltan explains that, despite misconceptions behind the band’s accelerated rise to success, they come from extremely humble beginnings and a militant devotion to hard work. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Five Finger Death Punch: https://fivefingerdeathpunch.com  All Within My Hands: https://www.allwithinmyhands.org  Metallica Marching Band Competition: https://www.metallicamarchingband.com Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 now compared to the early days, the vibe that Charlie Benante and Zakk Wylde bring to the band, and, of course, what Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul would think of this chapter of Pantera. And finally, our hosts check in on Blackened Whiskey's latest collaboration in the Masters of Whiskey series with friend of the pod, Blackened’s Rob Dietrich, and Rabbit Hole’s Kaveh Zamanian. The two Master Distillers discuss their shared passion for thinking outside the box, then Steff and Renée go in for a taste, making their own Harvest Fire cocktails. Don’t worry… they share the recipe, so you can play along at home! The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Pantera: https://pantera.com Blackened Whiskey: https://blackenedwhiskey.com Rabbit Hole: https://www.rabbitholedistillery.com Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Detroit and St. Louis. Renée chats with Mammoth WVH drummer Garrett Whitlock about the awesome new Metallica Scholars sneakers he’s sporting from Wolverine, just released today! Proceeds from the sale of these shoes benefit All Within My Hands, Metallica’s foundation. Finally, we hear another of Steff and Renée’s favorite marching bands… don’t forget, submissions are due by the end of tomorrow, November 16! The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Motown Museum: https://www.motownmuseum.org Fox Theatre, Detroit: http://foxtheatredetroit.net Mammoth WVH: https://mammothwvh.com Wolverine: https://www.wolverine.com/metallica Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield book: http://metallica.lnk.to/Messengers  Metallica Marching Band Competition: https://www.metallicamarchingband.com Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 about two of our Weekend Takeover activities: volunteering with the Metallica Family at the St. Louis Area Foodbank and bowling with fans, the crew, and KSHE radio. Steffan shares stories of personal connections between James and the fans attending his book signing at Left Bank Books for the upcoming release of Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield. Last but not least, we get a Metallica Marching Band Competition update, including some clips of a few performances Steff and Renée have enjoyed so far. If you want your school’s band to compete, get those entries submitted by November 16! The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Suicidal Tendencies: https://suicidaltendenciesofficial.com St. Louis Area Foodbank: https://stlfoodbank.org Left Bank Books: https://www.left-bank.com Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield book: http://metallica.lnk.to/Messengers  Metallica Marching Band Competition: https://www.metallicamarchingband.com Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of Week of November 1, 2023 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 acknowledges that, much like that album, 72 Seasons has entered the world following a comparable stretch of unease and uncertainty. With the benefit of hindsight, Lars compares this era’s ability to accept and navigate obstacles with Metallica’s past turmoil. And with stops in St. Louis and Detroit right around the corner, Steffan and Renée catch up with a few stalwarts of the fan club. Tara Paddock and Kurt Schwarz, local chapter heads of Missouri’s Burnt Ends of Sanity and The Struggle Within Michigan, respectively, are joined by family-favorite Metallica Mom Sarah Sobeck, who has a minivan of international fans joining her and her husband, Pete, on their Metalli-travels. The three share what it’s like to live within the inclusive and supportive global community that Metallica has inspired. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Lars So What! Interview: https://www.metallica.com/so-what/2023-10-24-lars-ulrich-the-72-seasons-m72-interview.html Local Chapters: https://www.metallica.com/fans/local-chapters/ Enter to win merch pack: https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of October 25, 2023 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 collection of horror and sci-fi memorabilia and has even held his own Fear FestEvils.  Now, Steff and Renée dig into some of Kirk’s lesser-known horror-facts. Does he prefer a gruesome guts and gore or a suspenseful supernatural story? Do monsters, creatures, and haunted houses really creep him out? Which films hold up to the books they were inspired by? And just how long is his flight from Hawaii to the mainland? In terms of horror movie length, of course. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Metallica live in Quebec City on Halloween:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJzoBmVPeYw Enter to win merch pack:  https://pantheonpodcasts.com/metallica Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: http://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The week of October 18, 2023 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 Within My Hands benefit concerts, S&M2 with the San Francisco Symphony, and even an appearance on Howard Stern. Recently, the tables turned, and Avi’s band became the hosts of a special guest musician: our own Kirk Hammett.   Tony Squindo - whose art has graced many a Metallica t-shirt, poster, and even a Monopoly game - chats with Renée about the evolution of his work for the band. The man who once published a book called “Year of the Skull” talks about his fondness for revisiting his previous pieces and shares his favorite thing he’s ever created for a member of Metallica. The Metallica Report - your official, weekly guide for all things Metallica, straight from the source. New episode every Wednesday. Goodnight, Texas: https://hiwearegoodnighttexashowareyou.com Goodnight, Texas “Runaways” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6mzW0Al6O0 Squindo: https://www.squindo.net Wanna be featured on a future episode? Submit your questions or comments: https://metallica.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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