Yesterday, we finished printing the latest issue of So What!, the quarterly magazine of Metallica. We print So What! in Los Angeles, at Color Graphics, just across the LA river from the Japan-town neighborhood next to downtown LA. Their plant is really well situated, not least because of the proximity to some world-class ramen spots in J-town. But most importantly, the guys and gals at Color Graphics do a great job for us, and for Metallica and their fans.
This issue focuses on Metallica’s participation in the recent Lollapalooza festival, and a comparison of their experiences in 2015 versus the last time they played the festival, in 1996, when their inclusion in the alt-rock gathering was considered quite controversial. Also in this issue is a look back to some of the other summer festivals Metallica has played over the years, with archival photos and remembrances from the editor, Steffan Chirazi.