Apocalyptica opened the week long celebration of Metallica's 30th anniversary on Monday at The Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco. The concert launched the anniversary party which Metallica are holding exclusively for their MetClub members in San Francisco.
Besides their own set, Apocalyptica also joined Metallica on stage for a few songs. Apocalyptica supported Metallica for several times. The first one being in Helsinki on November 18th and 19th, 1996. And this was the very first time the two bands actually played together.
Eicca Toppinen says: "What can you do when Metallica invites you to perform at their birthday party? You can only say YES!!! We are honored and very pleased to be part of this unique event. Metallica have always been one of our greatest influences which makes this performance such a special experience for us. Cliff, James, Lars, Kirk, Rob and Jason.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
It has become a tradition that before a concert in Moscow Apocalyptica gives an interview to our web-site Apocello.ru.
The last meeting was held in Moscow, Crocus City Hall on October 1.
Read the interview with Apocalyptica in Moscow
APOCALYPTICA has been forced to pull the vocals of SHINEDOWN front man, Brent Smith, off the release of their new single, "Not Strong Enough" in the US. However, Smith's vocal track remains on the group's latest album, "7th Symphony".
Eicca Toppinen recently told Ylex.fi that the US radio stations had begun to spin the album version of the song with Brent, but they had no choice but to pull the single. Shinedown's record label, Atlantic Records, required the change due to the coinciding release of the Shinedown song "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)", which is featured on the soundtrack for the Sylvester Stallone movie, The Expendables. Eicca stated that nobody could have foreseen the release of the movie happening at the same time as the release of the Apocalyptica single.
Instead Apocalyptica came up with a radical solution by bringing in Hoobastank singer, Doug Robb, to record "Not Strong Enough" and it is this version of the single that will be released in the US at the end of January.
Apocalyptica will resume all touring activities in February, after postponing a U.S. tour and a number of European dates due to health issues on the part of member Perttu Kivilaakso.
On Dec 31, 2010, www.anwalt24.de reported that "Apocalyptica pays 45,000 EUR compensation to Rammstein due to trademark and naming rights violation after a settlement at the German regional court in Berlin. For their 2007 album "Worlds Collide", the Finnish cello group "Apocalyptica" recorded tracks with various guest musicians, amongst them Till Lindemann, singer of the band "Rammstein".
Both bands have since released information on their official websites, that the above named site posted incorrect information regarding an action by Rammstein against record label Sony Music, who is the successor of the previously known Gun Records.
In 2007, during the promotion of Apocalyptica's "Worlds Collide" album, Gun Records had published advertisements with the stated endorsement of Rammstein, violating that band's trademark and disregarding existing agreements. Rammstein subsequently filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the parent company of the now closed, Gun Records.
The manner in which Gun Records promoted the album did not conform with the wishes of either bands or their management. While Rammstein has stated that their action against Gun Records was filed with Apocalyptica's knowledge and agreement, the band or their management group, Halbe Miete Management, had no influence on a violation of trademark and naming rights, nor any part in the resulting settlement agreements.
Sony Music Entertainment GmbH and Rammstein have agreed on a settlement. The details of which, however, are unknown to Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management. Both bands are requesting that all reporting of this situation be addressed correctly going forward.