Rick Rubin Says Metallica Is About to Record a New Album, Plans S.F. Show

Rick Rubin: Now this is what Metallica's producer should look like.

UPDATE: In more local Metallica news, a posting on the band's websit​e today indicates the band will perform at the annual Salesforce.com convention at Moscone Center on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Turns out Kirk Hammett's next-door neighbor is Mark Benioff, founder of the sales software giant. Fan club members will be able to win tickets to the S.F. show. We're not sure yet whether any tickets will be made available to the public, but we'll let you know when we can. More details and backstory here.

Them Metallica boys sure are busy: After a couple of weeks in which they released their own Monopoly game, let the world in on their recording collaboration with Lou Reed, and went drinking with U2 and Green Day, the members of Metallica are also beginning to work on their next album. Guess who's producing it? That's right, the sainted beardo production wizard himself, Rick Rubin, who had a sit-down with drummer Lars Ulrich right here in S.F. to discuss the new project.

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