Metallica frontman James Hetfield has joined the ensemble cast of the upcoming thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile. The film follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy's crimes. Hetfield will play officer Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975.

  • While Hetfield has played himself in other films and TV productions, along with doing voiceover work, this will be his first dramatic role in a live-action feature film.
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile is in production now and is being directed by Joe Berlinger, one of the co-directors of the 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster.
  • Berlinger said in a statement, "Having spent hundreds of hours behind the scenes with James and the rest of Metallica, I have experienced his charisma and powerful presence close up. It seemed only natural that he would bring that same power and magnetism to a dramatic role, so when he agreed to my pitch that he be in the movie, I was thrilled."
  • Also starring in the movie are Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario, Terry Kinney and Dylan Baker.
  • A release date and distributor for the film have yet to be announced.

Story source: press release

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich voice a couple of dragons in the animated series Dave The Barbarian:


Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 has compared the singer's upcoming album to the Beatles' landmark LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, saying that it is "by far the best Zombie record that he's ever done." In an interview with Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, John 5 said about the next Zombie disc, "I'm so proud of it. It's definitely his Sgt. Pepper for sure." John added, "A lot of people say, 'Oh, it's just our greatest record,' and I don't say that. Whatever I say is so honest when I'm doing interviews. So I think it's our best record."

When asked what made the new Rob Zombie album so special compared to his previous records, John explained, "First of all, Rob did incredible with the lyrics and the melody . . . he came up with, in my opinion, the hookiest, most memorable lyrics and melody that he has ever. And what he did is brought me in and then we worked on the music, and it was un-f**king-believable; it just worked so well."

  • Zombie and his band began working on the follow-up to 2016's The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser last summer. The new LP is tentatively due out later this year.
  • In the meantime, the group continued to play sporadic shows, with Zombie's final appearance of 2017 taking place in early November at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest festival in San Bernardino, California.

Story source: Blabbermouth


  • Zombie's last album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, debuted at Number Six on the Billboard album chart and was the only rock record in the Top 30 that week.
  • He shot videos for every track on the album, including the singles "In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High" and "Well, Everybody's F**king In A U.F.O."
  • Zombie will reportedly begin production in March on a sequel to his 2005 horror hit The Devil's Rejects, allegedly titled The Devil's Rejects 2: Three From Hell.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for "In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High":


Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is retiring from touring due to Parkinson's disease. Tipton, who is now 70 and has performed on every Priest album since the band's 1974's debut set, Rocka Rolla, is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle to rigorous challenges of performing live. Joining Priest for its upcoming dates will be their co-producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap.

Glenn Tipton and Judas Priest issued an official statement, which reads:

Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s -- from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important. Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson's progression he wants to let you all know that he won't be touring as such. True to the metal spirit of 'the show must go on' Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him.  

(Glenn Tipton said): "I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band -- it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest!  So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again."

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say: "We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest -- he is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real - as Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road..... We love you Glenn!"

Rob Halford spoke with and shed light on the news about Tipton, saying, "There’s been a lot of emotion today with the announcement. But we’re very happy for Glenn, that he’s been able to make a decision that’s good for him and where he’s at right now. Glenn’s thing was that this was all about the band. It was the band, the band, the band. And we said, 'No, it’s about what’s best for you,' and he said, 'No, I want what’s best for the band.' Which just goes to show you where his heart is at."

  • Halford went on to say: "The most important thing is that Glenn is still in Judas Priest. It’s just that his role is going to be different. He can’t tour, but it’s going to be great for fans when he comes out every now and then to do 'Breaking The Law' or 'Living After Midnight.' The love that we’ve had already has been amazing, and I know when he walks onstage whenever we do that, it’s going to be something special."
  • Judas Priest next performs on March 13th at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania's Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza.
  • Five days later, on March 18th, the band will release its 18th studio set, Firepower.

SOURCE: Press release

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CHECK IT OUT: Judas Priest on December 12th, 1982 performing "Living After Midnight" live in Memphis:

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