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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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Metallica Posts Stephen Colbert Performance

Last night Metallica performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS for the first time.

Catch the band performing "Now That We're Dead" from latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" in the player below.

You can also still hit these remaining "Hardwired" Metallica 2017 tour dates:

May 17 - Uniondale, NY - New Coliseum^
May 19 - Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium ^#
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range Festival
June 4 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium^#
June 7 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field*^
June 9 - Dayton, IA - Iowa Speedway
June 11 - Houston, TX - NRG Stadium*^
June 14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome*#
June 16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium*#
June 18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field*# More...

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Metallica To Perform On The Late Show

Metallica will perform tonight on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time. Tune in to CBS at 11:35p / 10:35p CST (check local listings) to see the band perform "Now That We're Dead" from latest album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy Award winning band also recently kicked off the "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour in support of that album.

The tour launched last week in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. Below you can find a professionally shot live clip of the band performing "Atlas, Rise!" at the tour opener. Fans can also purchase the live audio recordings from each date on the tour at here.

The "WorldWired" tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. More...

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Metallica Kicking Off North American Tour

Metallica will kick off the WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" tonight in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium.

The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winning band's first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates and visit this location for complete ticket info.

"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" was released on November 18th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. More...

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Metallica Announces Live Rehearsal Special

Metallica today announced "Now That We're Live," a live rehearsal special from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore that will stream exclusively on Facebook Live this coming Tuesday, May 9th at 9:00 PM EST.

This event takes place on the the eve of Metallica's inaugural show for the North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour 2017. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy award winning band will warm up the stadium stage with a full-scale rehearsal performance.

"Now That We're Live" will feature Metallica performing four songs (including current single, "Now That We're Dead"). The presentation will offer fans an early glimpse of the production elements of the WorldWired tour and will be available for on-demand viewing following the live stream via Metallica.com and the band's Facebook page.

Said Lars Ulrich, "We are psyched to share some of our rehearsals and final pre-production run-through with our friends around the world, and we hope you'll come hang with us as we fire up the engines for the North American Summer run." More...

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Just For Fun

"For Whom The Bell Tolls" Covered Only With Bells

For metal Youtuber Rob Scallon's latest cover, a rendition of Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls", he was using only bells. A pretty ambitious undertaking...

Check it out below.

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Metallica Announces Hit The Stage Contest

This summer, Metallica's WorldWired tour hits stadiums across North America. The band has invited along special guests Avenged Sevenfold and openers Volbeat and Gojira.

However, as some fans have noticed, there are a handful of cities (five to be exact!) where only one band from the bill is able to join. Since Metallica has had so much fun checking out local bands that fans voted for in other parts of the world, it only seems natural to invite fans to once again voice their opinion and help choose a band.

This time around, the group receiving the most fan votes will hit the stage first on a five-city tour. The mini tour includes these five dates:

May 19 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium (also with Volbeat)
June 4 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium (also with Volbeat)
June 14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome (also with Avenged Sevenfold)
June 16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium (also with Avenged Sevenfold)
June 18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field (also with Avenged Sevenfold) More...

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Metallica Shares New Official Live Footage

Metallica has shared new official footage performing "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and "The Call Of Ktulu" during the band's February 09th show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Check out now "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" below and "The Call Of Ktulu" after the jump.

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Grammys Update On Mic Fail & House Band Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield's mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

"Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done"

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica's classic "Master Of Puppets" being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for "Best Metal Performance".

Tweets Mustaine: More...

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Metallica Announces Tour With Avenged Sevenfold

Metallica today announces the "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour in support of latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct."

The tour is produced by Live Nation and kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winning band's first proper North American tour since 2009.

Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.

Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct." Fans should expect to receive information from Warner Music Artist Services on how to redeem the album within 14 business days after purchase. More...

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Metallica & Lady Gaga Performing "Moth Into Flame"

Metallica took to the stage with Lady Gaga tonight at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. They more or less performed "Moth Into Flame" sort of "together."

It quickly became clear that James Hetfield's mic wasn't working, visibly frustrating the Metallica frontman as Lady Gaga carried on performing. At the end of the performance, Hetfield knocked down his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage.

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Metallica Performs "One" With Lang Lang

Pro-shot footage has come online of Metallica performing "One" with concert pianist Lang Lang, which can be seen below. The video was filmed at LeSports Center in Beijing, China on January 18, 2017.

Metallica will also perform on the upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards this coming February 12th, where the track "Hardwired" is nominated for the Best Rock Song category.

Metallica's new album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" was released last November on the band's own Blackened Recordings and debuted at No. 1 around the world. It was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including: CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and "deluxe deluxe" versions.

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Metallica: New Live Video "Now That We're Dead"

Metallica shares the following official footage of the recent live debut of "Now That We’re Dead", shot during the band's January 11th set at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. The song appears on Metallica's latest album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct".

Check it out now below:

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Metallica Shares New Live Video Of "Metal Militia"

Metallica shares official live footage performing "Metal Militia" live, during the band's recent special set at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California on December 15th, 2016.

Check it out below:

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Metallica Named Most-Streamed Band On Spotify

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Metallica is now officially Spotify's most-streamed metal band of all time, with fans repotedly streaming 11,892 years’ worth of tracks so far.

New album "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" probably helped a bit, with it debuting at #1 around the world and all, but those songs actually don't take the crown, as it would appear "Enter Sandman" is actually the most-streamed track. More...

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Metallica To Appear On Jimmy Kimmel Tonight

Metallica will make the band's Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut tonight with an interview, block party outdoor performance, and more. Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35/10:35p CST on ABC.

New Metallica album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct: was released last month on the band's own Blackened Recordings and debuted at No. 1 around the world. It's also doing surprisingly well in our reader poll for best album of the year.

The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and "deluxe deluxe" versions. More...

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Headline News

Reader Poll: Vote Your Best Metal Album

Update: the staff awards are now here! Check 'em out and see who won at this location.

Our year-end awards for 2016 are nearly here as the staff just wrapped up our internal voting on the best album, performance, DVD, and metal newcomer of the year, along with a vote on our most anticipated album coming in 2017.

While awaiting our official awards ceremony later this week, we want to know: what was YOUR favorite metal album that came out this year? Cast your vote below!

In the poll we've listed out every single album that was nominated by our staff this year, but if you thought some other album should be #1 instead that's perfectly fine - just hit "Other" and type in your nominee.

Wondering why we have so many nominees? Each of our staff members nominates five albums, and we reach our winner by consensus of the album that gets the most votes, resulting in a well-rounded winner who was appreciated by a larger group of metal heads rather than just by people who prefer one sub-genre.

Since you can see who we nominated, we'd also like to know: who do you think was our ultimate winner in all the nominees? More...

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Dave Mustaine Reviews New Metallica Album

The folks over at Metal Hammer / Team Rock managed to talk Dave Mustaine into reviewing the new Metallica record "Hardwired... To Self Destruct," and this going to be a major shocker to anyone who has read any articles about Dave Mustaine in the last decade or so: it's completely diplomatic.

There's no ranting about conspiracy theories. No absurd name calling. No outlandish proclamations. It's positively cordial! I dunno what new regimen you are on Dave (or what substances you are off...) but keep it up!

The only thing fans may be disappointed in is that it's a very generalized review, and doesn't really dive into any one particular song or segment. Excerpts from the review follow: More...

Read the full article at Teamrock.com.

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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range festival taking place May 19th, 20th, and 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden, and Korn will each headline one night of the festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 - fueled by Monster Energy - will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus the comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at this location. The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: More...

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Headline News

"Hardwired... To Self Destruct" #1 Album In World

Metallica's 10th studio album, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct," debuted at No. 1 around the world today selling over 800,000 copies worldwide.

In addition to the United States, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" is No. 1 on the album charts in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden with many of these markets having their best sales week of 2016.

In the United States, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart with over 291,266 equivalent album units and 281,645 actual album sales, and is the band's 6th consecutive No. 1 album in the United States. It is the largest debut for a rock band in 2016, and according to Hits Magazine, this is the third biggest debut of 2016 behind Beyoncé and Drake. It is currently the "Most Wished For" album on Amazon.com.

"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" was released on November 18th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label. If you haven't heard it yet, video clips are available online for every single song here.

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Metallica Shares New Studio Videos

Metallica has uploaded a behind the scenes looks at the writing process for "Here Comes Revenge", taken from the band's new album "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct".

Check out now "RL72 - The Making of "Here Comes Revenge"" below.

Watch them as well work on "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame" after the jump: More...

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