On Saturday, heavy metal titans Metallica was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony ended with the band performing “Train Kept A Rollin’ “ — Cleveland’s unofficial classic-rock anthem — with members of Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones. Gentlemen, as if the quarter-million-plus crowds weren’t enough, you have now officially arrived.
Granted, Metallica hasn’t been strictly a metal band for years. And 1991’s “Unforgiven” has not one, but two sequels. But last year’s Death Magnetic — produced by Rick Rubin, who’s worked with Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and fellow Rock Hall class of ’09 inductees Run-DMC — is thrashier than anything they’ve done for damn near two decades.
So, to cap Scene’s commemorative Great Metallica Debate, we ask: What does Metallica’s Rock Hall induction mean for metal? Answers by D.X. Ferris (the paper’s designated Metalhead), Chris Akin (Classic Metal Show host and webmaster of Pitriff.com) and Matt Wardlaw (former Metal Show host, Radio 92.3 Inner Sanctum host and proprietor of music blog AddictedToVinyl.com). If you think they’re full of shit, let us know what you think in the comment section.
PS. Flea seemed like a total WTF? choice to induct Metallica. Instead, he gave one of the great induction speeches, passionately explaining why bands like Metallica matter, and lovingly eulogizing late original bassist Cliff Burton. Check out his speech here.