Metallica's Big Black Box, Toto's Africa Hits The One Billion Mark


Exit light, enter the Black Box. Metallica have unveiled the Black Box. And I guess you’re thinking… What’s in the box?!? It’s a collection of meaningful keepsakes and virtual goodies the band had stored away in their personal archives. Many not seen before, will now be shared with us.

40 years since it was released, Toto’s “Africa” just crossed the threshold of one billion plays on Spotify. Thanks likely to the renewed attention it received from Weezer’s cover of the song.

In the History of Rock in 1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to Number 1 on the US album chart with their third and final studio album Electric Ladyland. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Child’ and a version of Bob Dylan's ‘All Along the Watchtower’. Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with this “naked lady” cover which was banned by several record dealers as “pornographic”, while others sold it with the cover turned inside out.

In 1974 – John Lennon had his only solo, number one hit in the US during his lifetime when “Whatever Gets You Through The Night.” Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached Number 1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton.

And in 2002 –Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman spent $7 million dollars to have The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp and Robin Williams perform at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. He is now the co-owner of the Seattle Kraken.


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