Metallica previews ‘Master Of Puppets’ story book

Metallica is giving fans a preview of Back To The Front, the definitive story of Master Of Puppets and the subsequent tour that followed, that will be released in Fall 2016, celebrating the album’s 30th anniversary. The band announced over a year ago that they had teamed up with acclaimed award winning author Matt Taylor to tell the story.

“We’re pretty sure it will be worth the wait as the book is chock full of exclusive intensive interviews with all of us as we spent countless hours with Matt digging deep in our memory banks for stories, anecdotes, tidbits and tales from the studio, the road and beyond,” the band writes. “Matt spoke to all the major players at that time in our history, including those who were with us during the making of the record including producer Flemming Rasmussen and the man who mixed it, Michael Wagener.

“We’re pretty sure it will be worth the wait!”

“He tracked down the entire MOP road crew including John Marshall and members of the bands who toured with us, Anthrax and Armored Saint. Our booking agent, tour promoters and managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch all were overly generous with their time and recollections. Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and drummer Mike Bordin and Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler spoke with Matt about their memories of those crazy times and of course you, the fans who were at those shows gave us an amazing view of your memories and experiences. Finally, we’re honored that Cliff Burton’s dad Ray sat down for an extensive interview.”

Besides the aforementioned accounts from above, fans were also asked to submit photos, videos, stories and mementos to include in the project. The band also scoured through their storage lockers, attics and basements to include never-before-seen images from their personal archives.

No definitive release date has been announced, but more previews are scheduled throughout 2016.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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