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Formed: 1981
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Metallica was first formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and future Megadeth member Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney. They first played in L.A., but later found themselves at home playing in the San Francisco Bay area. The band later replaced Ron with Cliff Burton and Dave with Kirk Hammet as late as 1983.

On September 27, 1986, on the European leg of the Master of Puppets tour, Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident in Sweden en route to their next show's location. Tragic as this event was, Metallica continued on and Cliff was replaced by Jason Newsted, who remained part of the band until 2001, when he finally annouced he would leave Metallica because of the damage he had done to his body touring and headbanging for fourteen years.

More than any other band, Metallica and their albums have been the yardstick with which to measure other heavy metal releases. Metallica practically defines "heavy metal" as a sub-genre of metal itself, although their music ranges from NWOBHM to Thrash in their earlier days. However, in the 1990s and beyond 2000, Metallica evolved a more mainstream sound, which helped them become a household name and the seventh biggest selling act in history.

Latest Metallica News

Below is our complete Metallica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Metallica Dates For North American Tour Announced

Metallica announce a new leg of North American dates as part of their ‘Worldwired Tour‘. The trek will start this September with the following stops booked:

09/02 Madison, WI – Kohl Center
09/04 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
09/06 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
09/08 Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
09/11 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
09/13 Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
09/15 Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
10/16 Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Entertainment And Sports Center
10/18 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
10/20 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
10/22 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
10/27 Buffalo, NY – Keybank Center
10/29 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
11/26 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
11/28 Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
11/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
12/05 Portland, OR – Moda Center
12/07 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
12/09 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
12/12 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
01/18 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
01/20 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
01/22 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
01/24 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
01/28 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
01/30 Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
02/01 Cleveland, OH – Quick Loans Arena
02/28 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
03/02 Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena
03/04 Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena
03/06 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
03/09 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
03/11 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
03/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

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Metallica: No Re-Mix For “…And Justice For All” ?

Metallica‘s 1988 effort “…And Justice For All” is the next effort in line for Metallica to re-release a deluxe edition for and it doesn’t look like the - according to many fans' opinion - album’s biggest defects will be righted with the release. Since its publication, fans have decried the drum sound being weird and bassist Jason Newsted‘s bass parts being buried in the mix.

Steve Thompson, who originally mixed the album alongside Michael Barbiero, has stated that he recently contributed some material to the forthcoming deluxe edition and got the impression that Metallica won’t be re-mixing “…And Justice For All”.

Appearing on the Talk Toomey Podcast, Thompson spoke about the original mixing sessions and how the bass came to be buried.

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Vans & Metallica Team Up For New Merch Collection

Metallica once again team up with Vans for a new collection of footwear, apparel and accessories. The collection will be made available for purchase today, Friday, February 16th, via Metallica.com and Vans.com as well as various retail outlets. What’s been offered can be found below with the band’s logo etching appearing on the sidewalls of both shoe versions.

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See James Hetfield As Cop In New Ted Bundy Movie

Director Joe Berlinger shares the below picture from the set of his forthcoming film, "Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil, And Vile". The movie tells the story of serial killer Ted Bundy with Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and Lily Collins as his girlfriend Elizabeth Kleopfer. Hetfield himself stars as Officer Bob Hayward, who first arrested Bundy back in 1975.

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James Hetfield To Play Cop In New Ted Bundy Film

Metallica frontman James Hetfield will have a role in the forthcoming movie ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile‘. Joe Berlinger, who also co-directed the Metallica documentary ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster‘, is helming the production. It stars Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy and Lily Collins as his girlfriend Elizabeth Kleopfer. Bundy was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989, having confessed to dozens of murders, rapes and kidnappings.

Hetfield will enact Officer Bob Hayward. The following description was offered of Hayward‘s character: “He's a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car but wisely suspecting much worse.”

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"Cliff Burton Day" Declared In Castro Valley, CA

Castro Valley, CA hometown of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton‘s has officially declared February 10th, 2018 ‘Cliff Burton Day’. The date would have been his 56th birthday. The proclamation follows a Change.org petition which generated 5,748 signatures at the time of this posting. More...

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Metallica & SF Giants To Host "Metallica Night"

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants will host their sixth annual ‘Metallica Night‘ on April 23rd, 2018 at the AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. The group announced the event with the following statement: More...

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Dave Mustaine Suggests Touring As "The Big Three"

With Slayer calling it quits after one final world tour, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine lately expressed his hopes that "The Big Four" (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) would perform at least one more show before they officially become "The Big Three".

In a recent interview Mustaine further spoke of the potential for a few more shows from the "Big Four" and the possibility that they do it without Metallica, who appear to be the holdout. Says Mustaine:

"I think if you asked the three of us that, our camps would probably say yes. If Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth all want to do it, and Metallica doesn’t, then what do we do? The Big Three? I’m sure that a lot of people would like to see that, and that may be what it is. You know, you may end up having it be the Big Three plus No. 5 if we have Exodus play with it. But it’s not about just doing concerts for the sake of concerts. It was about the movement. It was about what we did together as a group.

Excluding Anthrax, we’re all like neighbors almost ’cause we all lived so close. It was just a half hour to an hour at at most between each other’s houses on the freeway. So, I think it would be great to do more "Big Four" stuff - do one in Japan. Do one in South America - we never did one in South America; we haven’t done one in Asia. Give the people an opportunity to see it before it goes away forever."

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Mustaine's Vision With Megadeth: Destroy Metallica

When asked by a fan on Twitter what his measure of success and vision was when starting Megadeth, he answered:

“My measure of success was if I ate that day or not, and my vision was destroy @Metallica and stop living in a van. Good thing I got over my animosity for leaving the band. I’m glad we reconciled… where’s the Big 4 shows???””

Mustaine was ejected from Metallica in the early 80s for his drug abuse. Mustaine and Metallica reconciled back in 2004.

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Metal Parenting: Watch 11 Year Old Cover Metallica

Watch 11 year old Avery "Drummer" Molek cover Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" below. The kid also has covers of Rush's "Subdivisions" and Dream Theater's "Dance Of Eternity" on his YouTube channel.

Check this kid out:

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Lars Ulrich Discusses Metallica’s Early Days

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talks about punk and his own band’s early influences in the below recently shared video from the upcoming documentary, "Inside Metal: The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal". The documentary will be officially released on January 19th.

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Gibson Sues Funko For Usage Of Their Guitar Design

Gibson Brands Inc. have filed a suit against Funko over its usage of Gibson like designed guitars with their vinyl figures for various rock and metal artists. Gibson sued Funko earlier this month in California federal court, arguing that it owns the trademark for the Les Paul guitar, including the use of its likeness in toys, and that the pop culture toy company didn't seek permission for its wildly popular vinyl figures to hold Gibson-design guitars. Funko has released figures of current and former Gibson endorsed musicians, including members of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Kiss.

Gibson Brands Inc. claims that the suit follows an unsuccesful attempt to initiate a retroactive licensing deal for the usage of their guitar designs with the vinyl figures.

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Thrashback Thursday: Trapped Under Ice

Over the past few weeks, the Thrashback Thursday column hasn't quite lived up to its name by featuring grindcore songs, namely; Napalm Death's, "Suffer The Children" and Brutal Truth's, "Sugardaddy," with the proto-black metal staple, "Satanic Rites" by Hellhammer being featured the week before. While it's been made clear from the start that this column won't focus solely on thrash metal, this week we'll be heading back to the eighties to take a look at a song from thrash metal's biggest band, Metallica and the song, "Trapped Under Ice" from their beloved album, "Ride The Lightning."

"Ride The Lightning" was Metallica's sophomore full length album, being released a year after their debut, "Kill 'em All" and brought a lot more melody to Metallica's sound than previously heard, perhaps most notably on, "Fade To Black" and the instrumental closer, "Call of Ktulu." However, there was plenty of heaviness still on offer, including the twisting riffs of Metallica classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls," the sharp shocks of opener, "Fight Fire With Fire" and the Moses biopic, "Creeping Death."

However, the track we'll be examining this week, "Trapped Under Ice," showcases everything that was great about Metallica in their prime. On the album, the song brings listeners right back to frantic energy after the preceding number, "Fade To Black" and displays a sound which is all about speed, opening with a guitar intro and breaking into a wild riff, it's reminiscent of wild horses and motor racing less than 30 seconds into the song. There isn't much in the way of vocal melody, which is actually a plus when delivering the panic stricken and paranoid lyrics, however there's still enough to create a catchy, if brief, chourus. "Trapped Under Ice" is arguably one of the more overlooked songs on this classic album, but it's a perfect snapshot of the young thrash metal genre, showcasing a youthful energy and passion which would make the sub-genre such a success and by extension, why Metallica would become thrash's biggest ambassadors, at least for the decade. More...

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Watch: Christmas Tracks Gone Metallica, Ozzy Etc.

There’s a considerable number of metal and hard rock interpretations of holiday songs to be found in the latest edition of "Ten Second Songs". YouTuber Erock helps hammer out some of the tunes in the style of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, System Of A Down, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson etc..

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The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal-Docu Out In January

An impressing list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the upcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th and showcases narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

Below you can watch a clip from the DVD in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981:

As the title suggests, the docu will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are: More...

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Indonesia’s President Gets Signed Metallica CD-Box

Indonesia president Joko Widodo‘s love of metal is well-known since he took office back in 2014. For that reason Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen recently presented Widodo with Metallica‘s latest "Master Of Puppets" deluxe box set as a diplomatic gift. The deluxe box set presented was appropriately enough autographed by one of Denmark’s most famous sons, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.


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Metallica's Production Team Reminisce On The Album

In honour of Metallica‘s classic full-length “Master Of Puppets” being re-released past Friday as a remastered deluxe box set, the band sat down with the album’s producer Flemming Rasmussen and mixer Michael Wagener on Lars Ulrich‘s Beats 1 Radio show, "It’s Electric!". You can watch them all chat their time working on “Master Of Puppets” below:

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Metallica Posts 1986 "Master of Puppets" Live Clip

Metallica has shared live footage of the band performing "Master of Puppets" at 1986's Roskilde Festival. The clip is from Metallica's deluxe box set of Master of Puppets which is out this Friday, November 10th.

Check it out below.

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Metallica: 'Damage, Inc.' 1987 Live Version Posted

Metallica has shared a never-before-heard live version of "Master of Puppets" classic "Damage, Inc.". Recorded during the group's January 25th, 1987 show at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, it's one of many rarities exclusive to the remastered deluxe box set and 3xCD versions of the upcoming "Master of Puppets" reissue. The re-release will be out November 10th via the band's website and select record stores.

Check out now "Damage, Inc. (Live at Grugahalle, 1987)" below.

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Metallica Shares "Battery" 1986 Live Footage

Official live footage of Metallica performing "Battery" live in Nagoya, Japan back on November 17th of 1986 is streaming below.

The footage is included on the upcoming deluxe box set of the band's forthcoming remastered edition of "Master Of Puppets", which will arrive in stores on November 10th.

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