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Very longtime HardRadio friends METALLICA have teamed up with veteran distiller Dave Pickerell on not only a Metallica-themed whiskey, but there are also plans to invest in a distillery as well. "I can just say that we're going to make a killer whiskey product, and probably build a little distillery someplace as well...putting all the logistics together and crashing just as hard as we can," the former Maker's Mark master distiller said in an interview for Episode 682 of WhiskyCast during the Go Whisk(e)y Weekend at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, Massachusetts. Pickerell had only just been given permission to disclose the plans, while representatives for Metallica have not responded to emails seeking confirmation.
MetalRock Films has released part one of a new two part Inside Metal documentary DVD series entitled THE RISE OF L.A. THRASH METAL. Directed by HardRadio.com's Bob Nalbandian with narration by David Ellefson of thrash legends Megadeth, the documentary focuses on the Los Angeles thrash metal uprising of the early/mid '80s and acts as a follow-up to the first two Inside Metal titles, The Pioneers of LA Hard Rock & Metal and LA Metal Scene Explodes. Get Part 1 on DVD, or stream it via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime.
As previously reported, founding MR. BIG drummer PAT TORPEY passed away on Wednesday, February 7th at the age of 64 from complications due to Parkinson's disease. The band has announced a tribute show for Torpey on may 23rd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. An all-star line-up of performers will be announced in the coming weeks, but former Mr. Big guitarist Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs) has been confirmed.
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