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

Background

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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See: Trailer For New Bay Area Thrash Documentary

A new trailer for the forthcoming Bay Area thrash metal documentary, ‘Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story ‘ can be streamed below. Directed by Adam Dubin, the movie will receive its premiere at the AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, CA on April 20th. Metal Allegiance will also be performing a special set at the Fillmore in San Francisco that night to celebrate the film’s premiere with Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) among the initial special guests to be announced.

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Metallica & Slipknot Announce Australian/NZ Tour

Metallica and Slipknot will be out together touring Australia and New Zealand this October with the below dates booked:

10/17 Perth, AUS – Optus Stadium
10/20 Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Oval
10/22 Melbourne, AUS – Marvel Stadium
10/26 Sydney, AUS – ANZ Stadium
10/29 Brisbane, AUS – QSAC
10/31 Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium

Tickets for the tour will go on sale on March 18th.

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Just For Fun

Viral Clip: Woman Loves ‘Metallic’ Line Of Shirts

Well you have to see it to believe it...


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Metallica Post 2014 "…And Justice For " Live Video

Metallica share the below live footage of “…And Justice For All” filmed during an appearance at the ‘Heavy MTL Festival‘ at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, QC back on August 09th, 2014. The group have been highlighting past live performances of all the songs from their “…And Justice For All“ album leading up to its deluxe reissue through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.


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Metallica Post 1988 "One" Live Video

Metallica share the below live footage of “One” filmed during their December 07th, 1988 live performance at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. 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 through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.

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Metallica “To Live Is To Die” Live Video Streaming

Metallica share the below live footage of “To Live Is To Die” filmed on December 07th, 2011. This performance marked the only time the group have played the track live in full and it took place as part of their then four-night 30th anniversary celebration at the The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

Metallica 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 through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.

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Metallica Post 1989 "Harvester Of Sorrow" Video

Metallica share the below live footage of “Harvester Of Sorrow” filmed by Otto Weyer at an August 07th, 1989 live performance at the Stone Balloon in Newark, DE. 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 through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.

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Metallica “Blackened” Live Video From 1999 Posted

Metallica share the below live footage of “Blackened” filmed during their December 31st, 1999 New Year’s Eve show at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, MI.. 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 through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.

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See: Metallica's Entire Pro-Shot 2 Hour Live Set

RedBull TV and Austin City Limits have joined forces to bring you the entire two hour set from Metallica in DVD quality. The footage was captured during the band's performance past Saturday Oct. 6th at Ziller Park, Texas, USA.

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Metallica Share "One" Live Video From 1996

Metallica share the below live footage of “One” filmed at at the Stockholm Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on November 16th, 1996. 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 Early “The Shortest Straw” Version

Metallica post a rarity from their upcoming deluxe edition of their 1988 album re-issue “…And Justice For All“. This latest track is an early version of “The Shortest Straw” which they tracked in drummer Lars Ulrich‘s garage in El Cerrito, CA in December of 1987.

Metallica will resume their North American tour next month with the following dates booked: More...

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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.

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