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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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Korn Recruit Metallica Bassist's 12 Year Old Son For South American Tour

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Korn have announced that they have recruited a 12 year old bass player for their upcoming South American tour, in the shape of Tye Trujillo, the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

The youngster is a member of rock group The Helmets, and has landed the gig of a lifetime when he is set to replace Korn’s regular bass player Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu for a handful of live dates on the South American continent beginning next week.

Jonathan DavisKorn's lead singer Jonathan Davis performing live in 2013

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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.

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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 To Takeover America In The Coming Months For WorldWired


Metallica are heading to North America for the next leg of their WorldWired Tour, marking their first major US comeback in eight years. They'll be setting out in Spring, and the name of the tour suggests that won't be the last we see of them by any means.

Metallica and Lady GagaMetallica and Lady Gaga performed together at the 2017 Grammys

The thrash metal band will bring their 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' album to stages everywhere with a 25-date tour across the US and Canada, kicking off on May 10th at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium and concluding at Edmonton, Alabama's Commonwealth Stadium on August 16th. Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira are the supporting acts.

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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

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Metallica and Lady Gaga

Young Drummer Thrills Metallica With Flawless 'Atlas, Rise!' Cover


Metallica sure have some talented young fans out there. They recently put out a request to all their social media followers to send them their own cover versions of songs from their tenth studio album 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct', and one of their responses was just mind-blowing. 

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The band have shown their support for a 10-year-old budding drummer from Philadelphia named Daniel Krilov by posting a video of his cover of 'Atlas, Rise!' from the group's new album on their Instagram page. According to reports, Krilov only began making music at the age of 8 but he is currently a star student at the legendary School of Rock Philadelphia.

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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


Metallica Are Finally Set To Return With A New Album 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct'


Metallica announced yesterday (August 18th 2016) that they will be releasing their long-awaited new album 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' this Fall, and have now unveiled the very first track from the new collection. It's been eight years since their last project, and it also marks their first release through their very own label Blackened Recordings.

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This is the 11th studio album from Metallica and follows up 2008's 'Death Magnetic'; an album which reached number one across the board, going multi-Platinum and selling close to 3 million copies. The album will include not one but two discs, and nearly 80 minutes worth of metal. Plus, the deluxe edition will include a third disc full of 'the riffs that were the origins of the album' as well as a bonus track called 'Lords Of Summer'.
'Hardwired... represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you', the band wrote in the official announcement on their website. 'Keep watching this space for more information, we cannot wait to hit the road to play these songs live and get in your faces once again, so strap yourselves in. INCOMING!'

Check out 'Hardwired' here:

The first track from the record, 'Hardwired' premiered on the radio via Minneapolis' 93X yesterday; a roaring anthem filled with thunderous percussion and those classically infectious riffs. It will be available as an automatic download for everyone who pre-orders the new album through the website.

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'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' has been produced by Greg Fidelman - who worked on 'Death Magnetic' - alongside frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. While 'Death Magnetic' is their last band project, they did release a collaborative effort with Lou Reed in 2011 entitled 'Lulu', on which Fidelman also worked as an engineer and mixer.

'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' is set to be released through Blackened Recordings on November 18th 2016.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Had To Pretend To Be Metallica At Airport Customs

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was stopped at customs and forced to sign Metallica merchandise after a mix-up at an airport in Belarus over the weekend. Despite the fact that he tried to insist he wasn't in Metallica, he still had to go along with the customs officials' mistake.

FleaFlea looks nothing like Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo

Flea posted a shot of himself signing his name on some Metallica CDs, DVDs and posters on Instagram after he and the rest of Red Hot Chili Peppers failed to convince staff at a Belarus airport that they weren't the heavy metal band they were accused of being. Luckily, Flea didn't mind too much given that he's a Metallica superfan himself, but that must've been a weird day for the rockers nonetheless.

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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.

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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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Metallica and James Hetfield - Sonisphere Festival held at Hietaniemi beach - Performances - Helsinki, Finland - Wednesday 28th May 2014

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Metallica and Lars Ulrich
Metallica and James Hetfield
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Metallica and Robert Trujillo
Metallica and Robert Trujillo

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

Metallica and Chicago - Kirk Hammett of Metallica Illinois, USA - performs live in concert on their Monster Magnetic Tour at the Allstate Arena, Rosemont in Chicago. Monday 26th January 2009

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Metallica and Chicago
Metallica and Chicago
Metallica and Chicago
Metallica and Chicago
Metallica, Chicago and Robert Trujillo

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