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Metallica (formed 1981) Metallica is a Los Angeles-based heavy metal band. The band is one of the most successful heavy rock bands of all time and rose to fame with the release of 1986's Master of Puppets.

Formation: In 1981, Lars Ulrich placed an advert in The Recycler, an LA newspaper, looking for musicians to join him on drums, and citing Tygers of Pan Am, Iron Maiden and Diamond Head as influences. James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner, two guitarists, responded to the ad. A second ad found Dave Mustaine, on lead guitar, who was recruited on account of his extensive and expensive range of guitars and equipment. With Hetfield on bass on vocals, the band recorded 'Hit the Lights' for the Metal Massacre I compilation.

The band's first live show was in March 1982, at Radio City, in California. Ron McGovney had been recruited to play bass by this point. Later that year, they watched a band called Trauma at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and recruited one of their members. Cliff Burton accepted and replaced McGovney. His first appearance on record with Metallica was the Megaforce demo.

The band's debut album was made possible by promoter Johnny Zazula, who borrowed money to set up his own label, Megaforce Recordings. Mustaine was forced out of the band for drug misuse and Kirk Hamnett was swiftly brought in to replace him.

1983 Onwards, Career Highlights: Metallica's debut album, Metal Up Your Ass was released in 1983, produced by Paul Curcio. The album was eventually renamed as Kill 'Em All, after distributors reacted against the original title. The album peaked at 120 on the US album charts and helped to build a fan base on the underground metal circuit in the US. In 1984, Metallica supported Venom on their Seven Dates of Hell tour.

Metallica's second studio album was released in 1984. Ride the Lightening included songs such as 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' and 'Creeping Death'.

In late 1984, an Elektra Records A&R representative attended a Metallica gig and the label eventually signed them. Metallica went on tour with Tank, playing to average crowds of 1300, their largest tour yet. They also played huge shows with W.A.S.P. and Armored Saint, as well as the Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park, UK.

One of the band's most iconic albums, Master of Puppets, was released in 1986. The album reached number 29 in the US and was certified gold later that year. In 2003, the album was certified six times platinum. During their tour supporting Ozzy Osbourne, Hetfield broke his wrist whilst skateboarding. He continued on vocals, but guitar technician John Marshall had to play rhythm guitar for the band.

In September 1986, whilst on tour in Sweden, the driver of the tour bus lost control of the vehicle. Cliff Burton was pinned under the bus and eventually died. The remaining members of the band finally decided to continue with the band, after receiving Burton's family's blessings to do so. His replacement was Jason Newsted, formerly of the band Flotsam and Jetsam. In 1987, they released the video Cliff 'Em All, documenting the three years that Burton was in the band.

1988 saw the band release .And Justice For All. The album was a huge commercial success and earned the band a Grammy nomination. Metallica made their first promotional video for the song 'One' and was shown on MTV, becoming viewers' first exposure to Metallica.

In 1990, Bob Rock (formerly responsible for albums by Bon Jovi, Motley Crüe and the Cult) entered the studio with Metallica to record Metallica, alternatively known as 'The Black Album'. The album cost over $1 million to make, as it was remixed three times before release. On its release in 1991, it reached the top of the American album chart. The supporting stadium tour, which they co-headlined with Guns N' Roses, saw Hetfield suffer burns to his arms, face, hands and legs, when a pyrotechnic stunt went wrong

In 1995, whilst on a break from recording, the band played three huge outdoor shows, including a headliner at Donington Park, with Slayer, Skid Row and Therapy?

Their sixth studio album, released the next year, was Load. In support of the album, they headlined that year's Lollapalooza tour. With enough material from the recording session to release another album, Metallica then released ReLoad. They appeared on Saturday Night Live, performing 'The Memory Remains' with Marianne Faithfull.

In 2000, Metallica took legal action against the peer-to-peer file sharing website, Napster. With Dr. Dre joining Metallica in the fight against Napster, over 230,000 of its users were eventually banned. Napster eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2002.

In 2001, Newsted left Metallica, following a dispute with Hetfield over Newsted wanting to promote his side-project, Echobrain. Over the next two years, filmmakers recorded footage that would become the documentary Some Kind Of Monster. In the documentary, the band hired a therapist to help them to overcome their problems. Robert Trujillo, ex-member of Suicidal Tendencies, became Newsted's replacement.

St. Anger, released in 2003, was another number one for Metallica. The title track earned the band a Grammy Award. With Ulrich rushed to hospital during the Download Festival in 2004, he was replaced by Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Slipknot's Joey Jordison and their drum tech, Flemming Larsen. In 2005, the band opened for The Rolling Stones for two shows.

Metallica's next studio album, Death Magnetic, was slated for release in September 2008, this time with Rick Rubin on production duties. Their first performances of songs from the album were at the 2008 Leeds Festival.

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Metallica Honoured With Sweden's Polar Music Prize


Metallica are set to receive the music industry's answer to the Nobel Prize this Spring; that is, the coveted Polar Music Prize. The award includes a monetary prize, which they are planning on donating to their own charitable organisation All Within My Hands.

Metallica perform live in LondonMetallica perform live in London

After almost forty years of metal, Metallica are finally being honoured for their musical legacy with the Swedish prize that was initially founded by Stig Anderson of ABBA in 1989. The award is given out each year to a contemporary musician and a classical artist.

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Metallica's Manchester Tribute

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Metallica performed Oasis 'Don't Look Back in Anger' in Manchester at the weekend.

The song has become an unofficial anthem for the North West England city since Manchester Arena was rocked by a terrorist attack after an Ariana Grande concert in May, and the 'Enter Sandman' hitmakers led their fans in a sing-along to the track during their sold-out gig at the venue on Saturday (28.10.17) evening.

Drummer Lars Ulrich tweeted a clip of bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett performing the track and admitted the emotional moment had given him ''goosebumps''.

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Metallica on the WorldWired Tour 2017 performance at the Rock on the Range 2017 Music Festival at Mapfre Stadium - Columbus, Ohio, United States - Monday 22nd May 2017

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Metallica and Kirk Hammett
Metallica and James Hetfield
Metallica and Robert Trujillo
Metallica and Kirk Hammett

Metallica Light Up 'The Late Show' With 'Now That We're Dead'


Metallica hit 'The Late Show' this week for a live performance with a song from their latest album 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct', which they are currently promoting on a massive worldwide tour. 'Now That We're Dead' is their first single release of the year.

Metallica perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'Metallica perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

The thrash metal group joined Stephen Colbert on the CBS show last night (May 15th 2017), performing their newest single 'Now That We're Dead' to a much-appreciative audience. The group kicked off their WorldWired 2017 North American tour last week at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.

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Metallica Are Getting Europe Wired Over New Tour Dates


With Spring and Summer 2017 set up for their extensive North American dates, Metallica have finally announced the schedule for the European leg of their WorldWired Tour which will take them into 2018. Also, they reveal support from the Norwegian band Kvelertak.

MetallicaMetallica announce their European tour dates

Following their show at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, Metallica will journey to Denmark to play their postponed gig from February 5th at Copenhagen's Royal Arena on September 2nd 2017, with Aphyxion as the special guest. 

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Metallica and Lady GaGa seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 13th February 2017

Metallica and Lady Gaga
Metallica and Lady Gaga

James Hetfield: Adele 'blows My Mind'

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Metallica's James Hetfield says Adele ''blows his mind''.

The 'Nothing Else Matters' hitmaker has gushed about the 'Hello' singer's ''unbelievable'' live shows and praised her ''candour and coolness'' up on stage.

He told BBC Radio 6 Music: ''I have to tell more stories ... She's got funny stories!

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Metallica performing live at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival held in Central Park, New York, United States - Saturday 24th September 2016


David Bowie Reckons Lou Reed's Metallica Collaboration 'Lulu' Was His "Masterpiece"

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Never one to back away from a controversial opinion, David Bowie has pretty much a unique opinion on Lou Reed’s career. Believe it or not, he reckons that the late singer’s greatest musical work was his recent collaboration project with Metallica.

Lulu, released in 2011 with the metal legends, was one of the former Velvet Underground singer’s final projects before his death in 2013. It was almost universally panned by critics and listeners who were baffled by its complexity and lyrical themes. While not as challenging as Reed’s notorious 1975 album Metal Machine Music (seriously, don’t even bother with that one), it was instantly overlooked.

Lou ReedLou Reed's best work was his Metallica collaboration Lulu', according to David Bowie

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Sonisphere 2015 Cancelled

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Bad news for metal fans today: the UK edition of Sonisphere festival at Knebworth will not go ahead this year. Sonisphere’s organisers made the announcement on its official website late on Friday (January 16th).

One of the reasons given was that there had been a struggle to put together a “good enough” line-up, though The Prodigy, Metallica and Iron Maiden had all been announced as headliners for the July 4th-6th event. Furthermore, in the increasingly crowded festival fixture list, it’s been difficult to find a weekend that doesn’t clash with other events.

Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden had been one of the confirmed headliners for Sonisphere 2015

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Metallica To Headline Reading And Leeds 2015

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The first announcement has been made as to who will be playing the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2015, and it’s a big one: Metallica have been confirmed as one of the three headliners!

Organisers announced on Tuesday (25 November) that the American legends of metal will appear at the festival for the first time since 2008, when they also topped the bill alongside Rage Against The Machine and The Killers. They also headlined in 2003 and 1997, so they’ve got plenty of experience of satisfying the festivals’ notoriously raucous crowds.

Metallica headlined Glastonbury (above) this year, and will do the same at Reading & Leeds in 2015

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Rock In Rio Festival Headed To Las Vegas With Taylor Swift And Metallica

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The Rock in Rio festival is coming to the United States for the first time ever next year, with a four day event being held in Las Vegas. Taylor Swift and Metallica are among the names already announced for the event, which will coincide with the festival’s 30th anniversary.

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift will be helping bringing Rock in Rio to Las Vegas next year

The event will be held at Las Vegas’s MGM Resorts Festival Grounds and is set to take place on the weekends of May 8th-9th and May 15th-16th 2015. Alongside Swift and Metallica, Linkin Park and No Doubt have also been confirmed, as have John Legend and the Deftones who will be performing on the Sunset Stage.

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Miley, Metallica, 1D And Eminem Added To Guinness Book Of World Records

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What do Metallica, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Eminem all have in common? Erm, not much, but they're all set to be immortalised in the new edition of The Guinness Book of World Records which comes out next week.

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One Direction: Big in America

As reported by Billboard, the long-standing almanac of impressive achievements is adding the musicians for various reasons, Metallica's being they are the first band to play a gig on all seven continents. They completed this feat this year in fact, when they treated some unusual guests to a show in Antarcita. James Hetfield spoke about the gig in a statement: "Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being the gig of a lifetime, yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!"

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Nimród Antal - Arrivals at the regional premiere of "Metallica Through The Never" at Fantastic Fest in Austin,Texas 9.25.2013 - Austin, TX, United States - Thursday 26th September 2013

James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival - James Hetfield of Metallica Saturday 9th June 2012 The Download Festival 2012 at Donington Park

James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival
James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival
James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival
James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival
James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival
James Hetfield, Metallica and Download Festival

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