Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jersey Shore

"That not dead which eternal lies.. Stranger eons Death may die.." - Metallica / 'The Thing That Should Not Be'

"Everything dies that's a fact.. but maybe everything that dies someday comes back.." - Bruce Springsteen / 'Atlantic City'

According to my publicist:

METALLICA's Orion Fest Presents Live Q&A With
"Murder in the Front Row" Coauthor Brian Lew

Upcoming this weekend (June 23 - June 24), Metallica's heralded Orion Music + More Festival at Bader Field in Atlantic City will present Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, Roky Erickson, and dozens of emerging metal and rock bands, plus a full metal expo, including an hourlong Q&A with Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter coauthor and photographer Brian Lew.

As displayed in heavy archival detail in Murder in the Front Row, Brian Lew was present and photographed several pivotal moments during Metallica's formative years, including: the young band's first San Francisco and Bay Area live appearances and afterparties; their first jam session with former bassist Cliff Burton; and the first soundcheck and live show with a legendary but short-lived lineup including Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Dave Mustaine.

Says Brian Lew: "Being invited by Metallica to chat about Murder In The Front Row at their Orion Fest means a lot to me personally. The original Bay Area metal days were a profoundly important time for my coauthor Harald Oimoen and I, and it's cool that those memories obviously still mean a lot to Metallica. The fact that my Q&A session is scheduled for the same day that Metallica will be playing the Ride The Lightning album in its entirety for the first time is mind blowing!"

Brian Lew's session will take place June 23 at 4PM at Orion fest in the Enter Met Club lounge. Also scheduled to participate in Q&A sessions during the festival are longtime Metallica audio engineer "Big" Mick Hughes, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, and band father Torben Ulrich. For more info, visit the Orion Music + More site:


MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, is a stunning collection over 400 color and black-and-white photos of the birth of thrash metal in San Francisco, capturing historic moments including the earliest shows by Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, and events such as the first night Slayer met the young members of Metallica. The book also includes passionate personal accounts by Bay Area veterans Harald Oimoen, Brian Lew, Ron Quintana of Metal Mania, Gary Holt of Exodus, Alex Skolnick of Testament, and Robb Flynn of Vio-lence/Machine Head. From DIY origins to world domination, the Bay Area thrash metal scene screams to life in these fearless pages.


Thank you! Brian Lew is available for further comment.

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