Keep up with all things Metallica by going straight to the source. Now you can get your news directly from those entrenched in the band’s own Northern California headquarters. This weekly report is hosted by Steffan Chirazi and Renée Richardson, two members of the Metallica Camp.Steffan is a long-time rock scribe and editor of the band’s online mag, So What!, whose days covering Metallica began in the 1980s with the British music magazines Sounds and Kerrang! Renée is the Director of Philanthropy for the band’s foundation, All Within My Hands, and also has a storied background in music as a well-known Bay Area radio personality.Each week will sound a little different, but you’ll always remain in the loop. Steffan and Renée will keep you posted with the latest news and updates from Metallica HQ and the road as the M72 Tour makes its way around the world. They’ll bring you mini-features for a little peek behind the curtain, and you’ll learn bits of info you won’t find anywhere else through chats with everyone from members of the road crew to poster artists, from fans to band members themselves! They won’t just tell you what you need to know; they’ll also get to the bottom of what you want to find out! Listeners can submit questions, and Steffan and Renée will get to work finding answers.You’ll enjoy all of this and more with The Metallica Report, your quick, weekly fix covering our most relevant topics of the day.Produced by Pantheon Media & PopCultExecutive Producers: Marc Reiter, Vickie Strate, Doug OswandelProduction Coordinator: Lane Watson
About the Host
Host Name: Steffan Chirazzi & Renée Richardson
Host Residence Country: United States
The editor of Metallica’s So What! Magazine, Steffan Chirazi has been writing about -and working with- the band since 1984. He has also written for many publications worldwide, including Kerrang! and the San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed literally hundreds of stars from David Bowie to Kurt Cobain, and provides a continual chronicle of James, Lars, Kirk, Rob and Metallica since the days of Ride The Lightning. Chirazi has also worked with Sirius XM on their Mandatory Metallica channel as a producer and host, and does the same with a weekly podcast on his beloved English soccer team Tottenham Hotspur titled "The Game Is About Glory."
Renée Richardson is the Director of Philanthropy for Metallica’s foundation, All Within My Hands. While this is her most significant professional achievement to date, Renée also has a long history on the airwaves in San Francisco. Renée’s radio career began in the late 90s as Renée Rotten on zi, and a few years later, she rebranded as Renée Richardson and joined the KFOG Morning Show. Her 17 years as a “Foghead” were spent as an on-air announcer, music programmer, and she cultivated the Bay Area’s music scene as assistant producer of the KFOG Local Scene series. After an unexpected showing of the door by Cumulus Media in 2016, Renée prioritized philanthropy. She spent three incredible years as Director of Development for Blue Bear School of Music, a 501(c)(3) music school in San Francisco, while also working with “Irish” Greg McQuaid to create Renée & Irish Greg’s Pop-Up Show, an immersive live and in-person podcast featuring music, conversation, and a fundraising element for various NPOs. When the call came, she was positioned perfectly to take on her new role with Metallica’s foundation. Renée is a Missouri School of Auction trained auctioneer and a voice actor best known for her role as a Chevron talking car. She lives with her husband, Mike, and a toothless chihuahua named Rocco.