LATEST: Rockers Metallica have recruited Rick Rubin to producer their next album - after vowing not to replace longterm collaborator Bob Rock. Drummer Lars Ulrich recently refuted claims Rubin was being courted, insisting, "I would say that Bob Rock will always be our producer. You know, it's almost like default. It's not whether he should produce, it's more whether he shouldn't produce it." But Rubin - who has worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers and SYSTEM OF A DOWN - has been announced as the producer for the follow up to the band's 2003 album ST ANGER, in an announcement on Metallica's website. The statement reads, "Since this Rick dude is new to all this, we thought it would be a nice gesture to help break him into the music business by asking him to produce our new record. "We're very happy he said yes."