Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand to open the dressing room doors for the Sharks as they hit the ice to the team's standard introduction - Metallica's 1983 classic "Seek And Destroy."
Hetfield and Hammett have donated their guitars from the Stanley Cup Final performance to be auctioned off to benefit The Sharks Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development.
The Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. More details and watch the video of the national anthem performancehere.
"If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest," Dylan wrote. "In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men."
Dylan's regard for Ali can be heard in his 1964 song, "I Shall Be Free No. 10," written after Ali became World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. I was shadow boxing earlier in the day/I figured I was ready for Cassius Clay," he sang. Read Simon's tributehere.
Explaining the custom graphics, uniforms and branded accessories, he admits Ed Force One is a "flying billboard" and continues: "It's the way to cause a fuss when you arrive."
He adds: "Honestly, it's such a beautiful aeroplane. It allows us to do a European itinerary on an inter-continental basis. It's our time machine, our magic carpet."
Iron Maiden continue their The Book Of Souls World Tour until August – including a headline appearance at the Download festival this weekend. Watch the videohere.
His label, Nugene Music, say: "His first professional gig with the embryonic Ian Siegal Band was in the early 90s, when blues was decidedly unfashionable. Gaining a presence as a 20-year-old singing the blues was not easy. Thankfully, he persevered.
"You gotta pay your dues to the blues – and he certainly has. From busking on the streets of Berlin as a teenage, to gruelling three-hours-a-night club residencies, to hair-raising treks across Eastern Europe, his CV includes shows in 35 countries, guest appearances with some of the great names of the blues, and a live album recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall." Read morehere.
He says: "Today and everyday, I am saluting the talent and special player that is Brian Robertson. As I am preparing for the upcoming Thin Lizzy dates, which I am privileged and honoured to be a part of, the album that I am referencing the most is Live And Dangerous."
Johnson continues: "It is inconceivable that Brian was only 21-years-old when these performances were recorded. And after decades of studying and practicing to all the Thin Lizzy albums with the classic lineup of Lynott/Gorham/Downey/Robertson, there are so many moments in Brian's playing that elude me as to what he was thinking, where on the neck he is playing, and how he is approaching his solos. Case in point – his blistering improv at the end of Are You Ready. Read morehere.
frontman Max Woodhams had the following to say about the track "It's about a person struggling to overcome an internal change, which manifests itself in aggressive behaviour, split personalities and deception.
"It's the heaviest song on the EP and we wanted the video to reflect this – the deception angle is covered by an old guard mask we found in our guitarist's garage!" Watch the videohere.
And in addition to seeing dozens of bands perform live on various stages over the weekend, the TeamRock Zone will let fans in on interviews with their favorite artists, while special guests will also be in attendance.
It'll be situated to the right of the main stage at the Donington site, and music lovers will also be able to have a drink at the bar, play Metal Hammer Roadkill, and take part in trivia quizzes.
TeamRock executive director Alexander Milas says: "Be it in print or online, TeamRock is all about getting you closer to the people behind the music you love, and this weekend we'll be doing that in the literal sense." Read morehere.
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