The bassists of Metallica, my thoughts and opinions

A conversation arose today at work about Metallica. This lead to talking about the various bassists that have been in the band. This conversation got me thinking and has led me to write my thoughts and opinions down.

Ron McGovney – 1982: Ron was the original bassist for Metallica. There are very few recordings of Ron with the band. It is said he left the band due to conflicts with band members. You can hear Ron if you are lucky enough to have Metal Massacre Volume 1. This, by the way, is a great record.  Ron left the band and closed his chapter with Metallica.

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Cliff Burton – 1982 to 1986: Cliff Burton will always be my favorite Metallica bassist. It is my opinion that Cliff brought a sense of heaviness to the band. He was that “cool guy” that everyone wanted to be or that guy that we all wanted to hang out with, and the one that your parents wouldn’t approve of. The records Cliff made with Metallica remain my favorites. Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, are Metallica at its finest. Cliff had such a presence and skill about him. He inspired a lot of musicians in his time. Unfortunately the world lost Cliff on 09/27/86 (my 22nd birthday by the way). Thank you Cliff for the music you left with us.

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Jason Newsted – 1986 to 2001:  Jason had some pretty big shoes to fill, and grieving band members to contend with.   The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, …And Justice For All, Metallica, Load, and Reload are the studio albums Jason made with the band. In my opinion after …And Justice For All the band headed in a direction that began to alienate their hardcore fans. I feel Jason was grossly under appreciated during his time with Metallica. I was familiar with Jason from his previous band  Flotsam And Jetsam and was impressed with his playing. Unfortunately things didn’t work out with Jason and Metallica and they parted ways. Jason is currently killing it with his new band Newsted which showcases his talents.

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Robert Trujillo – 2003 to present: Robert has always been one of my favorite bassists. However, not for Metallica (I know, I know, a bold statement.) Rob has only recorded one studio album, Death Magnetic. Rob is a seasoned bassist, I first heard of him with Suicidal Tendencies. Wow! I was hooked instantly by his style and stage presence. Infectious Grooves, Jerry Cantrell, Black Label Society,Glenn Tipton, Mass Mental? Ozzy, Robert got around. I was, however, disappointed when I heard of his joining Metallica. I just feel that his style and presence does not lend anything to Metallica (again, this is just my opinion).

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Well, there you have it. My opinions on the bassists of Metallica. Not dragging anyone through the mud just voicing my thoughts. I think that Metallica has evolved as the members have grown and experienced life changes. While there is nothing wrong with this, they have grown into a band that no longer interests me. Their new music does not attract me in the least.

I am interested in your thoughts, please chime in and leave some feedback!

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

– the Hellion

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Releases First Album in 13 Years — Details Announced for New Album ‘13’ and Upcoming ‘Slam City Tour’ U.S. Tour Dates

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Releases First Album in 13 Years — Details Announced for New Album ‘13’ and Upcoming ‘Slam City Tour’ U.S. Tour Dates

New Music Video for ‘Cyco Style’ — Live on YouTube Now

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The time has come. On March 26, 2013, legendary punk/thrash icons SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will release their first new music in over 13 years. The band’s upcoming full-length, entitled 13, will be released via Suicidal Records. Produced by Mike Muir and Paul Northfield (RushDream TheaterQueensrÿcheOzzy Osbourne, Hole, Marilyn Manson, Infectious Grooves), the release of 13 marks the 30th anniversary of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.

Track listing:

1.      Shake it Out

2.      Smash It! (feat. Larry Linkogle and Jimmy Fitzpatrick of the Metal Mulisha)

3.      This Ain’t a Celebration

4.      God Only Knows…Who I Am

5.      Make Your Stand!

6.      Who’s Afraid?

7.      Show Some Love…Tear It Down (feat. Pro skaters Danny Way, Tony Trujillo, Steve and Alex Olson, Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle and Jim “Red Dog” Muir)

8.      Cyco Style

9.      Slam City

10.  Till My Last Breath

11.  Living the Fight

12.  Life…(Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It)

13.  This World

Mike Muir states, “First, thank you for all the people that have patiently waited for this record. Now I will shut up and let the music do the talking.”

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In conjunction with the release of 13SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will head out on a full U.S. tour, dubbed the ‘Slam City Tour’. The tour features support from various champions of hardcore music both young and old. Support will range from NYC hardcore heroes MADBALLand SICK OF IT ALL to Houston greats D.R.I. The tour will include a stop at this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 21st. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

 

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ SXSW (Not open to the public, invite only)

3/15 Austin, TX @ Virgin 608 House – Outdoor Stage (W/ ST. LUCIA, ZABRA KATZ, JMSN, WATCH THE ENEMY, LE1F, TJ KONG, ROBERT DELONG)

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4/5 INFECTIOUS GROOVES @ GARDEN TOKYO

4/6 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ GARDEN TOKYO

 

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Slam City Tour Dates with Various Support:

4/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/12 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (W/ WAKING THE DEAD, TBA)

4/14 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/17 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (W/ SICK OF IT ALL, DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/20 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater (W/ SICK OF IT ALL, DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/21 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)

4/23 Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD, THIS IS HELL)

4/24 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (W/ SICK OF IT ALL, DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/26 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

4/28 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Tour Dates with SICK OF IT ALL, WAKING THE DEAD:

4/30 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

5/02 Miami, FL @ Grand Central

5/03 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live

5/06 Houston, TX @ House of Blues

5/07 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

5/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/10 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

5/11 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater

5/12 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES is:

Mike Muir – lead vocals

Dean Pleasants – lead guitar

Nico Santora – rhythm guitar

Steve Bruner – bass

Eric Moore – drums

For more information on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, please visit these websites:

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www.myspace.com/suicidaltendencies

www.twitter.com/OFFICIALSTIG

www.suicidaltendencies.com