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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Heart Sisters Team Up With Ne-yo And James Hetfield For New Album


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The odd couple hit the studio together to record the title track for Beautiful Broken, which will also be the project's first single.

The album, Heart's 16th, also features a new song written by Ne-Yo and sung by Nancy Wilson, as well as reworked versions of older Heart songs, like City's Burning and Sweet Darlin'.

Opening up about Beautiful Broken, the band's first new release in four years, Nancy Wilson says, "There is really a 70s feel to this record both in the sound, and the way we got to the emotional core of each song. We picked songs that we always wanted to re-do, plus we've added three new tracks. On both new and old, we have the band playing together the way we used to. This is classic Heart."

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Lars Ulrich Turns Fashion Photographer


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The Metallica rocker may be more at home thrashing about on stage with his heavy metal band, but the 52-year-old has also put in a confident performance snapping fashion.

He shot his model wife Jessica Miller for a set of stills, in which she shows off a range of styles from the denim brand’s new collaboration with MyTheresa.

The project started four months ago when Lars was approached by his publicist about doing a piece in the Citizens of Humanity magazine with former MyTheresa fashion director Justin O’Shea. The musician jumped at the chance, explaining he and Justin were like “kindred souls or lost brothers”.

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Metallica Plan Shop Gig On Record Store Day


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The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, who are this year's Record Store Day Ambassadors, will perform live at Berkeley, California's legendary Rasputin Music on 16 April (16).

Metallica performed at Mountain View, California's Rasputin Records in 2008 to kick off the very first Record Store Day.

Their cassette-issued demos collection, No Life Til Leather, was the biggest seller of last year's (15) Record Store Day.

Gloria Gaynor Anthem Will Survive In U.s. Song Library


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The track, which was adopted as an anthem by the gay community after its 1978 release, was joined by Metallica's album Master of Puppets and Billy Joel's song Piano Man among the 25 songs and albums selected for induction into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry (NRR).

In a statement given to the Library of Congress, Gloria spoke of how she was recovering from a serious spine injury while recording the song.

"I was actually at the mic in a back brace, believing the song would save my career - and it did," she said. "I Will Survive is my mantra, the core of my God-given purpose. It is my privilege and honour to use it to inspire people around the world of every nationality, race, creed, colour and age group."

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Budgie Star John Thomas Dead


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The former Budgie guitarist passed away on Thursday (03Mar16).

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Metallica To Release Bataclan Live Album For Record Store Day


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Proceeds from sales of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica!: Live at Le Bataclan will benefit the Give for France charity, which was set up to honour the victims of the terror attacks in Paris.

The tracks were recorded during Metallica's Bataclan gig in June, 2003.

Armed terrorists stormed the venue during an Eagles of Death Metal show at the end of last year (15) and opened fire on the audience, killing 89 people.

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Lars Ulrich & The Black Keys To Be Part Of Hall Of Fame Induction Gala


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It's not clear if the rockers will be inducting friends or heroes or performing at the ceremony on 8 April (16), but this year's honourees include Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Steve Miller Band and N.W.A.

Ulrich is a clear favourite to induct Deep Purple after kickstarting a campaign to get the heavy rockers into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

"I’m not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: Deep Purple...," he told Rolling Stone. “Seriously, people, Deep Purple. Two simple words in the English language."

Metallica Give Cover Band Blessing To Use Logo


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Members of cover band Sandman received a 41-page letter from Metallica's lawyer over the weekend (09-10Jan16) ordering them to stop infringing on the band's trademark or face legal action.

The tribute stars posted the letter on social media, which brought it to the attention of members of Metallica, who insist they had nothing to do with the legal action and blamed the misunderstanding on an "overzealous attorney" who fired off the papers without their knowledge.

Drummer Lars Ulrich called Sandman singer/guitarist Joe Di Taranto on Wednesday (13Jan16) to apologise for the situation and give them permission to keep using the logo.

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Metallica's Lawyers Fire Off Ceast-and-desist Notice To Tribute Band


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Singer/guitarist Joe Di Taranto claims he and his Sandman bandmates were served with legal papers, ordering them to stop infringing on Metallica's trademark, as they prepared to perform a gig in Ontario on Saturday night (09Jan16).

He shared a photo of the letter on Facebook.com, and explained, "Well last night when we arrived at the venue for our show in London, ON, we were served with 'Cease & Desist' papers courtesy of METALLICA's lawyers. Quite funny! LOL (laugh out loud)!"

In the legal papers, dated 30 December (15), Metallica's representatives accuse the Sandman bandmates of using their "official, stylized logos... on or to identify or promote live musical performances through Facebook and YouTube".

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Lars Ulrich: 'I Told Lemmy He Was Obliged To Live Forever'


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The Motorhead frontman passed away on Monday (28Dec15), just two days after doctors told him he had just months to live, and the loss sent the rock world into mourning.

Lars has now revealed he caught up with Lemmy at the rocker's 70th birthday party in Los Angeles on 13 December (15), and the drummer told his idol he had an "obligation" to the music world to "live forever".

In a tribute piece penned for Rolling Stone, Lars writes, "I was down at the 70th party two weeks ago, and I got a chance to sit with him for about 10 minutes, just him and me. I told him it was his obligation to the rock & roll community to live forever, because he was the reason we could all get together... because we're all so scattered now. His birthday party was like a hard-rock class reunion...

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Metallica Perform Live

Metallica , James Hetfield - Metallica perform live in front of 63,036 fans at Ullevi stadium at Ullevi Stadium - Gothenburg, Sweden - Saturday 22nd August 2015

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Metallica and James Hetfield
Metallica and Kirk Hammett
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Lollapalooza Festival 2015

James Hetfield , Metallica - Lollapalooza Festival 2015 - Performances - Metallica at Grant Park, Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Sunday 2nd August 2015

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James Hetfield and Metallica
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James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Metallica

Glastonbury Festival 2014

Metallica and James Hetfield - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 3 - Metallica - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Saturday 28th June 2014

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English National Ballet - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - English National Ballet - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

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Metallica and English National Ballet

Glastonbury Festival 2014

Metallica - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 3 - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Saturday 28th June 2014

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