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(Left to Right) Ringo Larz, Jaymz Lennfield, Kliff McBurtney, Grg Hammetson
|Past members||"Krk Hammetson"|
Beatallica is a mash-up band that plays music made from combinations of songs of The Beatles and Metallica. A Beatallica song is typically a blend of a Beatles song and a Metallica song with a related title (e.g. "The Thing That Should Not Let It Be", combining The Beatles' "Let It Be" and Metallica's "The Thing That Should Not Be" or "And Justice for All My Loving" combining Metallica's "And Justice for All" and the Beatles' "All My Loving"), though sometimes just a Beatles song will be used as a basis with modified lyrics. The lyrics slip back and forth between the two songs—occasionally neither in lieu of original lyrics comically referencing Metallica, heavy metal music or the heavy metal community—while the scansion and melody are usually Beatles-based, the music is played metal style with some Metallica riffs and solos thrown in. Consistent quirks made in the lyrics also criticize glam metal much in the fashion that thrash metal fans would do, as well as many references to blood. Their version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" called "I Want to Choke Your Band", is an example of their criticism towards glam metal.
Although facing some misunderstandings in the media, members of Metallica itself have repeatedly praised the comedic styling of the group. For example, Kirk Hammett has publicly remarked point-blank that "I think it's cool" and "it's just fun for me". James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have also been friendly with the band.
The project was founded in 2001 by original guitarist "Krk Hammetson" and singer "Jaymz Lennfield". The EP A Garage Dayz Nite was recorded for the annual Spoof Fest concert held in Milwaukee, as a memento of that year's concert. A few dozen copies of the EP were handed out to friends. Later that year, one of those CDs made its way to Milwaukee resident Dr. David Dixon, who created a web page that included mp3s of the songs and he named the band "Beatallica". The band was unaware of the webpage until Dixon finally met them in the summer of 2002, carrying a stack of fan emails from all around the world. Beatallica gave the webpage its blessings, and after further urgings from its internet fanbase, recorded the EP Beatallica, also known as The Grey Album, releasing it online on April 1, 2004.
Later in 2004, the band (including bassist "Kliff McBurtney" and drummer "Ringo Larz") started to perform at live venues nationally and internationally, with a stage show incorporating elements from both Beatles and Metallica performances. They also played as an opening act for Dream Theater; Mike Portnoy even joined the band on stage playing drums for one song.
During 2005 and 2006 the band toured around the world, playing over 60 shows, including their first UK show in London on April 26, 2006. Beatallica would go on to perform with likes of Motorhead, Testament, Kreator, Sepultura, LA Guns and play huge summer festivals worldwide, including Milwaukee's Summerfest, Germany's Earthshaker Festival, The Netherlands' Kings of Metal festival, and Korea's Busan International Rock Festival.
In 2007, the band's current lineup of Jaymz Lennfield (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Grg Hammetson (lead guitar), Kliff McBurtney (lead bass, backing vocals) and Ringo Larz (drums) went into the studio to re-record many of Krk and Jaymz' original songs and write some new compositions for their official debut Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band.
May 2008, marked the release of Beatallica's single; "All You Need Is Blood" recorded in 13 languages as a worldwide thank-you to the network of Beatallica fans known as Beatallibangers. The band added Belgium, Czech Republic, and Poland to the list of places they have toured. Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band was released in Poland on the label Metal Mind Productions.
On April 1, 2009 (Beatallica's birthday), Beatallica met Metallica backstage after Metallica's show in Paris, France. This was the first time that both bands had met each other in person. Both bands had communicated with each other over the years, as they continue to do so.
On August 4, 2009, Masterful Mystery Tour, the band's second full length album was released internationally. An official music video for the first single, Hero of the Day Tripper, was made with the band starring as hesh 1970's superheroes saving a party from the clutches of four Big Sleazers.
On September 9, 2009, Masterful Mystery Tour was released by Sony-ATV in Japan. The Japanese album version includes 2 bonus tracks, live versions of "I Want to Choke Your Band" and "Revol-ooh-tion", recorded live in concert in Milwaukee, WI.
September 11, 2009 Masterful Mystery Tour was released by the German label Megapress. The CD contains a bonus track, Beatallica's cover of the JBO song "Eine Guten Tag Zum Sterben" (English translation: "A Good Day for Dying"). Also of note is fact that Beatallica recorded this cover song singing in German, making this the second song they have released singing in German. Beatallica's cover version of the song was also included on the JBO 2009 album I Don't Like Metal – I Love It (Limited Edition version that includes a bonus CD).
Winter Plunderband was released on November 17, 2009. It is Beatallica's first ever Holiday Season release. The (EP) album is only available as a CD at Beatallica live shows (very limited pressing) and can also be purchased as a Digital Download which includes Digital Booklet with artwork, lyrics and photos (including Beatallica and Metallica together). The songs included are covers of Paul McCartney’s "Wonderful Christmastime" and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" and also the very first two Beatallica original songs "Hella Day For Holiday" and "Heretic".
Beatallica toured Germany in December 2009 supporting JBO who were celebrating their 20th anniversary. During the tour Jaymz would join J.B.O on stage to sing "Ein Guter Tag Zum Sterben" in German. On the final night of the tour in Berlin, J.B.O. (mainly Vito C.) hijacked Beatallica's set by playing AC/DC's song "Highway to Hell" on guitar from backstage. Beatallica had no idea what was going on and thought a CD somehow was being played in error from the soundboard. During J.B.O.'s final set, Beatallica came out on stage wearing J.B.O.'s pink robes, which they stole from their dressing room, and took over the stage dancing around and drinking. Jaymz used a 'Beatallica Arschwaschlappen' to wipe Hannes Holzmann face much to the laughter of the sold out audience.
March 5, 2009 saw the release for Beatallica's second (and third) official video entitled "Fuel on the Hill (and Benzin auf dem Berg)".
On April 16, 2013, Beatallica's third album, Abbey Load, was released. Unlike other Beatallica albums, the songs on this album maintain the original lyrics written by the Beatles.
To avoid legal problems, the band maintained a strict non-commercial policy (all songs were available for free download) and shrouded themselves in anonymity (all names mentioned above are stage names, but their real names were revealed in interviews and, hence, also appear in this article). Metallica were aware of the spoof band's existence and never threatened to take any legal action; Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have all publicly stated that they enjoy Beatallica's music.
On February 17, 2005, a cease-and-desist notice was sent to David Dixon (and the band's web host) by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a company which holds rights to most of The Beatles' catalog. The notice states that the "music", "news" and "merchandise" sections of the official Beatallica website constitute a copyright violation and should therefore be taken down. In response to this, a petition requesting Sony/ATV Music Publishing to retract its threat of legal action was created. The band was saved from further legal action by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who offered to provide assistance with legal negotiations and also asked Metallica's longtime attorney to try to defuse the situation with Sony. Sony ultimately reached an agreement with Beatallica and their new label Oglio Records, and an official Beatallica recording was released in July 2007 entitled Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band.
Members, former members, special guests
|Jaymz Lennfield||James Hetfield, John Lennon||Michael "Tinker" Tierney||vocals, lyrics, songwriting, rhythm guitar|
|Grg Hammetson III||George Harrison, Kirk Hammett||Jeff Hamilton||lead guitar, backing vocals|
|Kliff McBurtney||Cliff Burton, Paul McCartney||Paul Terrien
Lee Bruso (2004–2005)
Troy Butero (2001-2004)
|bass, backing vocals|
|Ringo Larz||Ringo Starr, Lars Ulrich||Ryan Charles||drums; also performs "Lou Reed"'s vocals in a parody of "The View"|
|Flemball Rasmartin||Flemming Rasmussen, George Martin||Shane Olivo||producer|
|Dave Newkid||Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted||David Benton||touring bassist, backing vocals|
|Grg Hammetson||George Harrison, Kirk Hammett||Jeff Salzman||lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–2008)|
|Krk Hammetson||George Harrison, Kirk Hammett||Michael Brandenburg||lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–2006)|
|Diablo Mysterioso||L'Angelo Misterioso,||unknown||guitar, special guest|
|Marshall||John Marshall||Sean Williamson||guitar, special guest, backing vocals|
|Joey Nicol||Joey Jordison, Jimmie Nicol||Mike Portnoy||drums, special guest|
Until 2007, Beatallica's recordings were only available as MP3 and FLAC downloads.
- (2001) A Garage Dayz Nite (EP)
- (2004) Beatallica (EP)
- (2007) Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band (Full Length)
- (2008) All You Need Is Blood (Maxi-single)
- (2009) Masterful Mystery Tour (Full Length)
- (2009) Winter Plunderband (EP)
- (2013) Abbey Load (Full Length)
- "Jaymz Lennfield of Beatallica Interview". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. July 15, 2006. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- Internet Archive of official Betallica news, 2006
- THE FAB FOUR HORSEMAN: An Exclusive Interview with Jaymz Lennfield of BEATALLICA
- Newkid on backing vox...in progress!
- Beatallica's Jaymz Lennfield talks Beatles/Metallica mash-ups on Abbey Load
- iTunes Beatallica Biography
- Recording some \m/ 2nite w/ Beatallica!
- Beatallica.org – Official website