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Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 457
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post

Just saw the Metallica movie tonight, and while I'm not a huge fan, I REALLY have to give them big props for having the guts to film all that dirty laundry, and the guts to put it out for all to see. Bravo.

J o e y
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 546
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 4:07 am:   Edit Post

But the question is WHY, this movie simply shatters the near infinite coolness and mythology that surrounded the band in the glory days. And most fans don't like to see their favorite band as vulnarable and (wish I could see it another way) childish as this.
I personally found it very painful to watch. Maybe the therapy sessions worked for them, but I wish that they'd kept it for themselves instead of trying to earn some of that therapist's enormous wages back by releasing it on DVD...

Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 975
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 5:47 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, I thought it was painful to watch as well. They were very childish.
Username: hup

Post Number: 38
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 6:29 am:   Edit Post

i'm a big Metallica fan, i liked the film for obvious reasons but thought Phil Towles theapy sessions where just a bit much ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 458
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 8:58 am:   Edit Post

It was compelling to me because to most of us who've been in bands where we had a big emotional investment, hearts get broken, egos go crazy, and on and on. As I suspected

--it's all magnified when stacked on top of mountains of money

--how do you take something you'd do for free as kids, grow up to become middle-aged men with families, become a corporation, and keep the original fire? How does James take his darling little girls to ballet and yet turn into JAMES HETFIELD on the road, sober? And have cred with all those headbangers, yet live a fulfilling life that's NOT self-destructive?

--The face-to-face with Dave Mustaine was just heart-tugging, and they tell Newsted to hit the road: He does, he's loving his new life, and THEY'RE miserable?

And through the whole thing, I keep seeing 'Spinal Tap' scenes in my mind!

Bands always seem to boil down to one or two power centers, and I don't envy this bunch as James and Lars are two VERY different people.

J o e y
Advanced Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 303
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 10:26 pm:   Edit Post

I couldn't bring myself to watch it. I've heard some stories and they made me scratch my head in confusion. Success has many twists, turns and pitfalls. Lessons duly noted. May we all learn by watching others and avoiding the difficulties when possible.
Username: bigideas

Post Number: 50
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 8:36 am:   Edit Post

after i'd watched it i was glad i had, but while i was watching it i felt very uncomfortable. it was sort of like i was peeping on someone in their home.

one thing that was quite cool was watching the "interview" process for bass players. watching all those guys playing with the boys and then seeing why they picked Rob was interesting.
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 72
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

Cliff Burton....Basses used:

- Alembic Spoiler
- Rickenbacker 4001
- Aria Pro II
.....Expcustom ..and I have been discussing the merits of the Aria Pro II SB (Super Basses) at the intro site. If you get a chance at one go for it. (Matsumoku)...

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