Metallica's Kirk Hammett, left, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield (Robyn Beck / Getty Images)
In an interview with a Houston radio station this week, Metallica’s James Hetfield shed a little more light on the reasons behind shelving of the band’s Orion Music and More festival this year. He called Orion, which was staged on Belle Isle last June, “a disaster financially,” and said, “It’s not able to happen again because of that.” Hetfield says Metallica hasn’t toured extensively in the U.S. since 2009 because audiences aren’t ready to rock. “I’m not sure what’s going on in the States as far as rock and metal goes and concert-wise, but there’s not really any willingness to get a big show out there and make it worthwhile to actually get out there and play,” Hetfield said. In December, promoters cited Metallica’s European concert plans as a reason for the cancellation and said there was a possibility the festival could be resurrected in 2015.
Eminem launches rap battle league
Eminem is getting back into the battle rap business. Em, along with Shady Records signees Slaughterhouse and his Shady Films division have announced plans to launch Total Slaughter, a “rap battle league” that aims to do for rap battles what UFC did for MMA fighting. The first Total Slaughter event will be held this spring in New York and will be aired online at WatchLOUD.com.
Madonna plays fill-in for Miley's 'Unplugged'
Madonna wasn’t Miley Cyrus’ first choice to join her on her “MTV Unplugged” taping, Cyrus told “Access Hollywood” this week. “I really wanted my (godmother) Dolly (Parton) to be there,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer said. Parton had a concert the night of the taping, so Cyrus got out her Rolodex and flipped to M. Not only was Madonna down, but she was up for a little on-stage groping as well. “I started grabbing on her and kind of messing around … and then she was like not afraid of that, obviously, because it’s Madonna!” Cyrus said. “It was nice to be on stage with someone that isn’t afraid of what I’m gonna do, that totally embraces what I’m doing.”
Gaye’sex-wife, Anna Gordy Gaye, died Friday in Los Angeles, according to reports. Gaye, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., was 92 and reportedly died of natural causes. She co-wrote “God Is Love” and “Flyin’ High (in the Friendly Sky)” on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album; after the couple split, she was the subject of Marvin Gaye’s 1978 album “Here, My Dear.”
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