Metallica is streaming a remastered version of the band's cover of '70s British metal trio Budgie's "Crash Course In Brain Surgery." The track is from the next Metallica reissue, a deluxe edition of the group's 1987 covers collection The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited. The package will be available in stores on April 13th in time to celebrate Record Store Day. The long-out-of-print EP included five songs that were later released as a part of the Garage, Inc. double album, but this release brings them back in the original format.

  • The remastered EP will not only be released as a CD and download, but also as several vinyl versions including a picture disc, as well as a cassette, and in long-deleted packaging known as a longbox.
  • All pre-orders will receive an instant download of the remastered version of "The Wait," originally recorded by Killing Joke.
  • The set also includes Metallica versions of Diamond Head's "Helpless," Holocaust's "The Small Hours" and medley of the Misfits' "Last Caress" and "Green Hell."
  • The EP also marked the recording debut with the group of bassist Jason Newsted, who replaced the late Cliff Burton in the fall of 1986 and stayed with the band until 2001. Bassist Robert Trujillo took over in 2002.

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to "Crash Course In Brain Surgery":


Beartooth guitarist Taylor Lumley has announced his exit from the band in a brief statement via his social media. Lumley wrote, "I quit Beartooth today to focus more on my life and my art. I love all the dudes in our band and crew like family and there was no ill will at all. Thank y’all for loving me through this chapter of my life, and encouraging me to love myself. I’ll be back?"

  • The band offered its own statement on the matter, writing, "Our close friend and brother Taylor Lumley has decided to leave Beartooth in order to focus his energy on other creative endeavors. We wish him love, success, and happiness in his journey -- and we know you all will too. Thanks for sticking with us in this transitional period. We’ll have some new tunes for you guys ASAP!"
  • Lumley had the second longest tenure in Beartooth, joining in 2013 not long after singer Caleb Shomo founded the band. He played in the band during the tour cycle for 2014's debut LP, Disgusting, and appeared on 2016's sophomore effort, Aggressive. The latter album featured the breakthrough singles "Hated" and "Sick Of Me."
  • A replacement for Lumley has yet to be announced. Beartooth isn't scheduled to return to the road until July when the band will play a handful of Warped Tour dates.

Story source: Loudwire

CHECK IT OUT: Read the statements from Lumley and Beartooth:


Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is spearheading a concert in Los Angeles next week called "Above Ground," which is aimed at raising awareness of suicide prevention and mental health issues. The April 16th event will feature appearances from Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, Courtney Love, A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel, Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver, Billy Idol and his guitarist Steve Stevens, Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads and more.

  • In an interview with Yahoo!, Navarro spoke about the "massive impact” that the suicides of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell had on him.
  • Navarro said, "We have lost a lot of friends this year, due to mental health issues . . . I can’t sit here and say what they did and didn’t have, and what caused them to do what they did. But I would say that going to Chris Cornell’s funeral and seeing Chester Bennington sing a beautiful song for his friend, and then (Chester) taking his life a month later, really had a massive impact on me.”
  • Navarro added, “I couldn’t help but be brought back to the times when I had felt that lonely, that desperate, that suicidal, and I just want to change the playing field and let people know that there are options out there.”
  • The show will feature full performances of two classic albums: the Velvet Underground's 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and Adam & the Ants' 1980 album, Kings Of The Wild Frontier.
  • The concert will take place at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, with the profits being donated to MusiCares, a charity of the Recording Academy.

Story source: Yahoo!

SIDE NOTES: In an interview with Loudwire, Corey Taylor said about the concert, "I’m really happy to be part of the show. I’ve tried to do a lot, not just to raise awareness of suicide, but for depression in general, and trying to take the stigma off that, and encourage people to get more positive help, so that they really see what their options are as far as getting the help that they need."

CHECK IT OUT: Watch a video about the concert and its goals:

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