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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 Post 1991 "Harvester Of Sorrow" Video

Metallica share the below live footage of “Harvester Of Sorrow” captured during their August 17th, 1991 concert at the ‘Monsters Of Rock Festival‘ in Donington, England. The group have been highlighting past live performances of all the songs from their “…And Justice For All“ album leading up to its forthcoming November 02nd deluxe reissue.

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Metallica Share 1989 Live Video Of “Blackened”

Metallica share the below live clip of their song“Blackened” that was recorded during a September 15th, 1989 show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. This video will be included on the forthcoming deluxe box set edition of the band’s 1988 album “…And Justice For All“, which will be out on November 02nd via the group’s own Blackened Recordings label.

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Metallica Share 1988 “Eye Of The Beholder” Video

Metallica have started a nine week lasting celebration that will feature live videos of tracks from their 1988 album “…And Justice For All“, which turned 30 on August 25th. The series kicks off with the below live footage of Metallica performing “Eye Of The Beholder” at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA on December 10th, 1988.


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Metallica Premiere New Version Of "Dyers Eve"

Metallica premiere a new version of their classic track "Dyers Eve", taken from their upcoming new 30th anniversary edition "…And Justice for All" box set, which will be out in stores November 2nd via Blackened Recordings.

Check out now "Dyers Eve" below.

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Metallica Launch Own New Whiskey ‘Blackened’

Metallica will release their own official whiskey, "Blackened". The band collaborated with master distiller Dave Pickerell on the 90 proof spirit. The group's own music is employed to ‘activate’ the whiskey while it matures within black brandy casks. A specially designed subwoofer bombards the whiskey during this process to increase the wood-flavor interaction.

An initial launch is scheduled in select markets of the U.S. with a mid-September release being planned. You can pre-order now "Blackened" HERE .

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Metal World Pays Tribute To Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below's what they have to say:

Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

Ein Beitrag geteilt von D. Randall Blythe (@drandallblythe) am


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Metallica Give Three Fans A Tour Of Their HQ

Ernie Ball and Metallica announced the winners of the Hetfield + Hammett Experience contest. The three grand prize winners won a trip to meet James and Kirk at Metallica HQ, the band’s inner sanctum where they record, write, and houses memorabilia from their 30+ years of touring worldwide.

Trevor, Kim, and Anthony had the opportunity to pick the metal masters’ brains, hear stories from the road, and learn invaluable lessons about their music gear, playing techniques, and even personal stories with an exclusive Q&A. Check out all of the behind the scenes footage below:

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New Documentary On Cliff Burton Available

A new feature-length documentary on Metallica‘s late bassist Cliff Burton has been shared online streaming below. The film is entitled ‘The Salvation Kingdom‘ with Burton‘s older sister Connie discussing her brother and sharing tales of their childhood together.

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Watch New Hilarious Megatallica Mash-up

YouTuber, The Taskmaster, debuts his first metal mash-up in over a year with Megatallica’s “The Bell Tolls in My Darkest Hour”, blending of course Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and Megadeth’s “In My Darkest Hour” into one seamless song.

Check it out below:

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Metallica Share Remastered Version Of Budgie Cover

Metallica share a remastered version of their cover of Budgie‘s “Crash Course In Brain Surgery” streaming below. It’s from their upcoming reissue of the “Garage Days Re-Revisited” covers EP. Chris Bellman remastered the EP at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. The reissue will be released tomorrow Friday, April 13th, via Metallica‘s own label Blackened Recordings.

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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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