4

DFW Finalists Lose Metallica's 'Hit The Stage' Contest To Chicago Grunge Band

Brothers Kelley and Kyle Juett of the band Mothership thanked fans for a close run but "today the glory was not ours.”
Brothers Kelley and Kyle Juett of the band Mothership thanked fans for a close run but "today the glory was not ours.”
Photo by Mike Brooks
^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

After weeks of battling 20 other local Dallas bands to reach the final round of Metallica’s “Hit The Stage” contest, Messer and Mothership took to their social media accounts to lead for support. If enough fans voted for them, they would win the chance of a lifetime: to open for Metallica on five dates as part of their WorldWired Tour.

It was not meant to be. Yesterday, the band revealed the alternative grunge outfit Local H had won the contest.

Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich announced the news late Wednesday afternoon on Chicago radio station 97.9 The Loop. “I’m just here to check in to throw the Loop a little love, to throw the city of Chicago a little love and to also throw Local H a little love,” Ulrich said.

“So, wait in the middle of all that you said Local H,” the radio announcer said. “Are you telling me that they won?”

“Drumroll,” he said. “Local H, ta-da, are the winners of the come out and play five shows with Metallica and have some fun this summer."

Metallica fans from around the country spent more than a week casting their ballots on the band's website for one of the eight finalists: Blood People, Hallow Point, TROY (The Reality of Yourself), Local H, Immortal Guardian, Shattered Sun, Mothership and Messer.

Unlike the other finalists, Local H’s 27-year run has included eight studio albums, EPs, singles, a couple of greatest hit albums and a live one and three concert films.  “So I know that they obviously are local hometown heroes in Chicago,” Ulrich said. “Local H has been on my radar for 20 years. To have them come and join us this summer on our stadium run and play five shows, it will be awesome.”

When the news broke, Mothership took to their Facebook page to thank their fans for voting. They were nearly neck in neck with Local H. “A valiant effort by all on board, but today the glory was not ours,” the band posted. “We’re still out here on the road getting HEAVY, promoting our new album ‘High Strangeness’ across the U.S. and Europe!”  He then listed their tour dates; they’ll be back at Trees on May 19.

“What an unbelievable experience this was and one for the books for sure," Messer’s Maddox Messer told the Observer. "While this was the first time hearing about Messer for some of you, we promise it won't be the last."

Metallica will appear in Dallas with Local H on June 16.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.