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Why Metallica filmed ‘Metallica Through the Never’ in Vancouver and Edmonton

Yahoo TIFF Blog
September 12, 2013

Metallica is all about Canada. The legendary band filmed "Quebec Magnetic," their last live concert recording, in the Great White North. Now, they've also shot their new 3D concert movie, "Metallica Through the Never," in Edmonton and Vancouver. The film even debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday.

What gives?

"It's all been a five-year journey to try to get to the Toronto Film Festival," drummer Lars Ulrich recently told HuffPost Canada. "And we figured with Canadian content we would have a better shot if we shot it here in Canada. So we've had this planned for a long time."

Guitarist Kirk Hammett (who joined Ulrich, bassist Robert Trujillo and frontman James Hetfield at the Scotiabank Theatre premiere earlier this week) added that the local "friendly" filming environment didn't hurt either.

"We've always felt comfortable filming stuff up here," he said. "And obviously everyone knows that there are great crews here, good production deals to be had, that kind of stuff."

Metallica's affection for their northern neighbours is not just a one-sided affair. "Canadians have so much love for Metallica," Hammett added. "It's very, very evident all across the country. I mean, every time we come here, we sell out instantly. We play the shows and the fans are always so great and the people are always so great. Canada is a very welcoming place for Metallica."

The band has no plans to tour Canada anytime soon, but it sounds like they're itching to get back here as soon as possible. Stay tuned.

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