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Beardfilter: Hetfield responds to recent rumors of his detention

We have all been closely following the story that Metallica’s James Hetfield was not long ago detained at a London airport due to his Taliban-like beard. Days after the initial report, updates in the press questioned the veracity of the original story.

Yesterday, Mr. Hetfield himself weighed in on the matter on the official Metallica website. I quote his commentary in its entirety below (mostly because there is no permalink to the quote itself):

“In the last few weeks there have been a lot of rumors flying around saying that I was detained by airport security in London while on tour in Europe. I’m here to tell you that it never happened . . . pure fabrication! The story is simply that there is no story . . . it’s scary how gullible and easily fooled the press is!
With that said, we had a blast out there on the “Sick of the Studio” tour and big thanks to everyone who came out to the shows and to the crew who made it happen. Now back to the studio . . .”

We stand corrected, though we are no less impressed with Mr. Hetfield’s Taliban-like beard. This important case is – for the moment, at least – closed.

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Vintage audio video

An insanely soothing gramophone. Listen to this one with the sound on. Best of luck. (Nervous tension!)

No Wii are the Champions?

I don’t post much actual music here, but I will make a brief exception:

1) Vocals by Vanilla Ice, music by Wii: Play that Funky Wii. [via]

2) DJ WiiJ: using a Wiimote to scratch or whatevs.

Awesome dual-meaning spoiler headline redacted

Harry Potter reveals his favorite band to be the Hold Steady. Apparently Mr. Potter is NOT a fan of Wizard Rock.

(I really feel bad about not being able to use the original, spoiler headline.)
(Even though –– or maybe because? –– I have never read a Harry Potter book.)
(Though I did just read the summary of the end of the last book on Wikipedia this morning.)
(Thank you, Wikipedia.)

Tech / Tunes links 7.21.07 – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

*Universal Music Group had a 26.5% share of digital music sales in 2006. (EMI brought up the rear with 10.5%) [via]
*TMZ grabs Amy Winehouse doing her hair. [via]
*Jamendo – who offers free downloads of DRM-free, Creative Commons tracks – announced that they’ve just taken Series A money.
*Native Americans write a Martha Stewart protest song. Previously, Chinese American rapper Jin brought the noise against Rosie. When do we get an Elizabeth Hasselbeck protest song?