Monday, May 12, 2014

Metallica guitarist issues video for charity album contribution

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has issued a video for his performance of the 19th century pop standard "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)", as featured on the new limited-edition charity album release, "The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell."

The project includes different versions of the 1982 song, which was later popularized in the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey", in which it is sung by the HAL 9000 computer.

Other artists appearing on the CD include "Weird Al" Yankovic, Tyler The Creator, Nick Cave, Katy Perry, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and ex-Oingo Boingo mastermind Danny Elfman.

Printed in a limited run of 999 hand-numbered and signed copies on 180-gram red vinyl, "The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell" is the brainchild of artist Mark Ryden, who got his start in the music business as an album art painter, creating the cover for Michael Jackson's "Dangerous", Red Hot Chili Pepper' "One Hot Minute" and Aerosmith's "Love In An Elevator" single.

The proceeds from the record, which will sell for $99.99, will benefit Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that supports musical education in disadvantaged elementary schools.

Half of the records are being sold at Ryden's new show, The Gay 90s, which recently opened at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles; the other half will be sold on the artist's web site beginning on May 13 (here).

Hammett and Metallica will bring their “By Request” concert series to Europe for shows starting May 28 at Sonisphere Finland in Helsinki, Finland.

See also:

Metallica to headline Glastonbury Festival
VIDEO: Rob Zombie covers Metallica’s Enter Sandman
Metallica guitarist featured on limited-edition charity album release
San Francisco Giants to host 2nd annual Metallica Night
Search Metallica at hennemusic