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Metallica Helps FBI Try to Catch Fan’s Killer

Rajesh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Metallica is helping law enforcement authorities try to catch the killer of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared nearly three years ago after one of the heavy metal band’s concerts.

Lead singer James Hetfield recorded a public service video, posted on YouTube, urging people to come forward with tips.

“Remember, any information -- no matter how small you might think it is -- could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case,” Hetfield said in the video, which is also posted on an FBI website dedicated to the case.

The video is part of a revived effort by law enforcement to find the man who killed Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old aspiring teacher. Harrington disappeared Oct. 17, 2009, during a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia campus. Her body was found in January 2010 at a farm in Albemarle County, not too far away.

The FBI recently released a revised sketch of the suspect who has also been linked to a 2005 sexual assault case in Fairfax City some two hours north. In that case, the suspect grabbed a woman and dragged her to a pool and park area and sexually assaulted her.

Harrington had gone to a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville when she got separated from her friends, who believe she stepped outside for a cigarette.

Surveillance cameras at the concert caught Harrington getting turned away from several entrances as she tried to return to the concert. Later, witnesses told police they saw someone matching her description in a nearby grassy parking lot, and then walking on an adjacent road.

The morning after the concert, Harrington’s purse and cell phone were found in that grassy field and later, her parents Dan and Gil Harrington, called police to report her missing.

The Harrington family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Metallica has also offering an additional $50,000, bringing the total up to $150,000.

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Metallica Records Brand-New Album with...Lou Reed?

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It seems that Metallica and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed have recorded an album together. 

Metallica released a statement on its website explaining that the band has been working with Reed at its San Francisco studios over the past few months, adding, "In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica-related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week."

The collaboration took root when Metallica and Reed played on stage together in 2009 at the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York City. "We knew from then that we were made for each other," Reed tells Rolling Stone

Reed and the band had originally planned an album of lesser-known songs from Reed's catalog. But when it came time for sessions to begin, Reed instead proposed an album of songs he'd written for the theatrical production of Lulu, a collaboration between Reed and avant-garde director Robert Wilson staged this spring in Berlin.  Metallica listened to sparse demos Reed provided and began writing parts for the songs.

The end result is a full-length album with songs whose titles include "Pumping Blood" and "Mistress Dread."  Drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone that the album is "90 percent" done but there's no set plan as to how it will be released, since Metallica and Reed don't currently have record contracts.  Ulrich says, "We are free to go wherever.  I'm obviously psyched for people to hear this, in whatever way we feel is right."    

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