Metallica has come a long way. After wondering last year if the band had gone pro file-sharing (read more) and then announcing their ‘reconciliation’ with Napster, now we come with another piece of news about the four horsemen – the heavy metal group is offering free downloads for fans through Xbox Live.
As Game Informer magazine informs, Metallica wants to make demos of some of their songs like “Sad But True” and “Seek and Destroy” to include them on XBox Live.
This decision synchronizes with the group’s debut on Guitar Hero video game – March 29th (and a week before Hetfield & Co. are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). Fans and gamers reunited will be able to perform as their idols in practice, Head-to-Head, Pro Face-Off and Battle mode.
At the band’s request Alice in Chains and Queen will be also take part in the project.
Now we leave you with a treat, an interview with frontman James Hetfield, courtesy of Rolling Stones Magazine:
Which member of Metallica is the best at playing Guitar Hero?
Oh, I don’t know. I think we’re all equally bad.
As a guitarist, how are you at using the guitar controller?
The initial thought was, “This is gonna be so easy.” And then I picked it up and tried doing it. And it was like [makes plunking sound]. “Are you kidding me? You guys suck! You’re supposed to follow me!” I gotta be on with the lines. And Metallica’s not as on with the lines as some other bands. Especially having Lars as a drummer [Laughs].
How do you feel about the criticism that games like Guitar Hero are keeping a generation of kids from picking up actual guitars?
That’s an interesting backlash. I think Guitar Hero is a great gateway drug to real music. If you’ve got the music bug, nothing’s gonna stop you. It’s your destiny to express your gift.
When you were speaking out about file-sharing in 2000, Metallica was accused of being anti-technology. And now you’re on top of a technological trend…
We’ve never been anti-technology. Never ever. When we’re recording records, I want the newest, coolest gear possible. You want to combine it with the old amp or the vintage something. We’ve had one of the coolest websites from way back. Obviously the Napster part and the music-sharing was something that struck us in a different way, and we stood up for the artist. Technology’s always been a way for us to get out music out there and this is another prime example. That’s how music is connecting with people. Young kids love playing video games. Let’s school ‘em. Lars’s kid came up to me and says, “You know what my favorite song is? ‘Mississippi Queen’ by Mountain!” Where did you hear that? “It was on Guitar Hero.”
How do you feel about the way your character looks in the game?[Laughs] Well if I had my way, it would be super giant and ugly. Well, it is anyway… There’s a bit of ego in there, like, “I wish my guns were bigger.” But it’s a chance to change yourself, maybe the way you want to be seen. Maybe there’s some psych class 101 in there… When they brought the first drawings in, everyone was cool with the other people. But with your own person it’s, “I don’t look like that! The hell?! I look like a friggin’ cavemen!” Well, Robert’s definitely a caveman. [Laughs]
What do you think about the opinion that the mastering job of your last album, Death Magnetic, sounds better on a video game than on CD?[Laughs] Then… cool, I guess! It sounds better in my car than on my TV, I think.
What’s the first video game you fell in love with?
My buddy had Pong. We were obsessed with it. That was it, man.