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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 Footage From Antarctica Available

Metallica recently played a live show in Antarctica, and photos from the set can be found at the band's Facebook profile here. An hour and a half long video from the show is available below. Metallica comments:

"This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done. The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in ANTARCTICA!

"The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words can not describe how happy everyone was. The band cranked out 10 songs for the small crowd including Creeping Death, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Sad But True, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Master of Puppets, One, Blackened, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, and Seek & Destroy.

"No word on if there were any penguins were attendance."

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Metallica Adds Final Round Of All-Request Shows

Metallica today announced the final round of live dates for Europe next summer.

In addition to the six dates already announced in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and England, today the band announced visits to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland.

See below for a complete list of 2014 European dates with on-sale information. For the first time, the multi-platinum, award-winning band will be performing an All Request show. Details on voting for the band's set lists can be found here.

May 28, 2014 - Beach Sonisphere - Helsinki, Finland (On-Sale 12/12)
May 30, 2014 - Gardet Royal Park - Stockholm, Sweden (On-Sale 12/10)
June 1, 2014 - Valle Hoven Sonisphere - Oslo, Norway (On-Sale 12/10)
June 3, 2014 - Gaol - Horsens, Denmark (On-Sale 12/10)
June 4, 2014 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale Now)
June 5-8, 2014 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale Now)
June 6-9, 2014 - Rock Im Park - Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale Now)
June 9, 2014 - Landgraaf Pink Pop - Landgraaf, Netherlands (On-Sale 3/15)
July 1, 2014 - Rock In Rome Sonisphere - Rome, Italy (On-Sale 12/5)
July 3, 2014 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, Belgium (On-Sale 12/7)
July 4, 2014 - St. Jakobspark Sonisphere - Basel, Switzerland (On-Sale 12/7)
July 6, 2014 - Knebworth Park Sonisphere - Knebworth, England (On-Sale Now)
July 8, 2014 - Aerodrome Festival - Prague, Czech Republic (On-Sale 12/5)
July 9, 2014 - Krieau Rocks - Vienna, Austria (On-Sale 12/5)
July 11, 2014 - National Stadium Sonisphere - Warsaw, Poland (On-Sale 12/6)

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Metallica Adds More By-Request Shows

Metallica today announces additional live dates in Europe next summer. In addition to three dates in Germany revealed last week, the band has added dates in The Netherlands, Belgium, and England.

See below for a list of announced dates, and dditional dates will be announced later this week. For the first time, the multi-platinum, award-winning band will be performing an All Request show. As a special tribute to their fans, the band has introduced "Metallica By Request," the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience. Get details right here.

June 4, 2014 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany
June 5-8, 2014 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany
June 6-9, 2014 - Rock Im Park - Nuremberg, Germany
June 9, 2014 - Landgraaf Pink Pop - Landgraaf, Netherlands
July 3, 2014 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, Belgium
July 6, 2014 - Knebworth Park Sonisphere - Knebworth, England

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Metallica Letting Fans Vote On Setlist

Metallica today announced that the band will bring an explosive live show to fans throughout Europe next summer with an All Request show, a first for the multi-platinum, award-winning band.

As a special tribute to the fans, the band will introduce "Metallica By Request," the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience. Fans who purchase tickets online to these upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on the set list Metallica will play at that show - giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica's material and close to 140 recorded songs to date.

Metallica's traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs as well as a brand new song. Fans will be able to visit the Metallica website to see what songs fellow fans are voting for and the results of their specific shows.

"We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls in the studio to get energized by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June," said Lars Ulrich. "On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set list!"

Currently announced dates are as follows (with more coming next week):

June 4 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale November 29)
June 5 - 8 - Rock am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale November 27)
June 6 - 9 - Rock im Park - Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale November 27)

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Metallica Announces 3D Movie's DVD Release

Metallica today announced that the band's 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never," will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) on January 28th, 2014 viah Blackened Recordings.

Formats will include a standard 2-disc package on DVD, Blu-ray, or 3D Blu-ray, as well as special expanded versions.

The DVDs and Blu-ray will include extensive behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film, including an 80+ minute "Making Of 'Metallica Through The Never'" documentary, various interviews with the cast and crew and never before seen Metallica content.

Metallica fans will also be able to purchase a limited-edition deluxe package containing a piece of the actual stage used in the film, a lithograph print autographed by all four band members and more.

The digital format will include the feature film, as well as the "Making Of 'Metallica Through The Never'" documentary. For more information on each DVD format, visit this location. The film will also be available for rental and download via V.O.D. on January 28 in the U.S., and at a later date (tbd) in Canada. More...

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Headline News

Lou Reed Passes Away

It has been widely reported across the Internet that Lou Reed passed away yesterday at the age of 71.

Reed was a member of Velvet Underground and also collaborated with metal icons Metallica for the "Lulu" album.

In 1999, Reed snagged a Grammy win for the documentary "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart."

The cause of death was apparently due to problems with his liver transplant earlier this year. CNN.com reports:

Lou Reed, who took rock 'n' roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said.

The publicist, Peter Noble, confirmed Reed's death but released no details. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in May, his wife, the musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson, disclosed over the summer.

Reed's physician, Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, has confirmed now that the cause of death was liver disease. More...

Read the full article at CNN.

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Metallica To Appear On The Colbert Report

Metallica will make a rare T.V. appearance to chat and perform live on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" this coming Tuesday, September 24th.

The band is appearing in support of "Metallica: Through the Never," which is a 3D movie set to hit IMAX on September 27th and regular theaters on October 4th. Check out a teaser trailer for the movie below.

The two disc CD soundtrack "Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)" will also be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings this coming September 24th. More...

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Rock In Rio Streaming Live

Check out the live stream of Rock In Rio tonight (September 19th) via the link below. The live stream will feature the following performances:

Metallica
Alice in Chains
Ghost B.C.
Sepultura (with Tambours du Bronx)

The live stream can be viewed right here:

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Metallica Posts New "Through The Never" Trailer

Metallica's forthcoming feature 3D film "Metallica Through The Never" is due in theaters October 4th, 2013.

The band has now released a second trailer for the movie, which can be viewed below, or you can watch the first trailer at this location.

The two disc CD soundtrack "Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)" will also be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings this coming September 24th.

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Metallica Announces Invitation-Only Performance

Sirius XM Radio announced today that Metallica will perform at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Saturday, September 21st at 8:30 pm ET.

Metallica will perform songs from the band's 30-plus year career, and the concert will air live nationwide on the band’s limited-run SiriusXM channel, Mandatory Metallica, days before the release of the upcoming 3D feature film "Metallica Through The Never," which will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27th and wide on October 4th.

"With historic performances from James Brown to B.B. King to Ray Charles and all that came before us, this will definitely be a memorable night for Metallica, our fans and those listening on SiriusXM," said guitarist Kirk Hammett.

Bassist Robert Trujillo added, "With its rich musical history the Apollo Theater and its legacy are totally unparalleled and we can't wait to perform there this September."

“Metallica is a band of unquestioned influence, whose body of work spans decades and whose musical style is literally a music genre unto itself,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We are so excited to bring this private performance only to our subscribers nationwide. Listeners will also have access to Mandatory Metallica, the channel we’ve created with the band to showcase their iconic music.” More...

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Revocation Posts Metallica Cover

Today, the self-titled 4th full-length album from Boston metallers Revocation has been released via Relapse Records. This is the first release to feature new bassist Brett Bamberger.

The deluxe CD and LP contain an exclusive bonus track, a cover of the Metallica classic "Dyer's Eve."

Today RevolverMag.com is hosting an exclusive premiere of Revocation's ripping rendition of this Metallica track. Check it out below.

Revocation's new album is also streaming in full at this location. The band recently completed work on a video for "Invidious." The video was shot by David Brodsky (Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, Kylesa) at a sold out hometown show. The clip will receive its premiere in the coming weeks. More...

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Metallica Releasing 3D Movie Soundtrack

Metallica today reveals the details of "Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)," the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never."

The two disc CD set will be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings this coming September 24th and highlights last year's career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film.

Both the CD and digital album will be available 9/24 at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall.

"Let's hear it for the old school soundtrack!" said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way fuckin' cool." More...

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Metallica Releases "Through The Never" Trailer

Metallica recently appeared at the 2013 Comic Con to discuss the band's upcoming 3D movie "Through the Never" as well as perform a secret show only available to con goers who had winning raffle tickets.

A preview trailer for the "Through the Never" movie is also now available online, and can be viewed below.

The movie premieres in North America on September 27th, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4th, 2013.

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Metallica Posts "Master Of Puppets" Live Footage

Metallica performed "Master of Puppets" live last month at the band's Orion Muisc + More festival, which took place on June 8th and 9th in Detroit, MI.

Footage from the live performance is now available online and can be viewed in the YouTube clip below.

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Sanktuary Posts Live Footage Of Metallica Cover

Canadian Yukon power thrashers Sanktuary have posted a live video covering Metallica's "Whiplash" during last weekend's show in Halifax, NS at Gus' Pub.

The clip can be found below, and the show took place with Montreal's Alcoholator plus locals Spew Cirrhosis and Shit Kicker.

Sanktuary unleashed the band's debut thrash thrill ride "Something Fierce" on July 2nd via Spread The Metal Records.

The full album is also now available for streaming at this location. More...

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Metallica Announces Comic-Con Appearance

Metallica will appear for the first time ever at Comic-Con in San Diego with a special live performance and Hall H Panel on Friday, July 19th in support of the 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never."

The band will perform an intimate private concert at a secret location in San Diego. The film's 6:30 p.m. Hall H panel includes all four members of Metallica: James Hetfield (vocals, guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (guitar, background vocals), and Robert Trujillo (bass, background vocals), along with actor Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), director/writer Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll), and producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth).

The Hall H presentation will world premiere the "Metallica Through the Never" theatrical trailer and poster, show exclusive preview footage, and discuss the making of the film. Only during the Hall H panel will Comic-con conventioneers in attendance have an opportunity to win tickets and learn the location where Metallica will play later that same evening. Also, the event launches advance ticket sales for the September 27, 2013 opening of the film available online at this location.

"Metallica Through the Never" opens in North America on September 27th, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4th, 2013.

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Sunday Old School 200: Monsters Of Rock

This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.

The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.

Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...

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Golden Gods Black Carpet Report Posted Online

Metal Injection hit the Golden Gods 2013 black carpet for interviews with members of Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Suicide Silence, Queensryche, Anthrax, Sick Puppies, Testament, Miss May I, Zakk Wylde, Children Of Bodom, Dillinger Escape Plan, New Years Day, Broken Hope, Jose Mangin from SiriusXM Liquid Metal and more.

Check out the footage via Metal Injection or in the player below.

The site's correspondent asks metal luminaries if they could pick one member of Metallica to joint their band, who would it be? Also find out who does the best Rob Zombie "Yeah!" and who the youngest person to walk the black carpet is. More...

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Orion Music Announces More Details

Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, today announced lineup additions for Orion Music + More, the two day festival created by Metallica that will take place June 8th and 9th at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI.

Rocket from the Crypt, Vista Chino, Dead Sara and local favorites Matt Clarke and Calico have all been added to the already stacked lineup. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar.

A very special addition to Orion Music + More 2013 will be an original lineup reunion of Infectious Grooves, featuring Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies), and special guest Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More, filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel).

"To reunite with those guys after 22 years is going to be really special for me. Orion is the perfect place for that to happen...I'm looking forward to it," said Robert Trujillo.

Vans will be returning to Orion in 2013, featuring pro skating demos happening right alongside live music. Vans will also feature four signature models of the Vans x Metallica footwear at Orion, including two Kill 'Em All styles.

Music fans will be able to stay well fed and hydrated throughout the weekend with the addition of the Orion food area ...And Food For All. Orion Music + More has enlisted Detroit restaurateur and entrepreneur Phil Cooley of Slows BBQ to curate the area and showcase some of the region's great offerings.

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent, and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

Tickets for Orion Music + More are currently onsale for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit this location to buy tickets. Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.

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Orion Music Headliners Revealed

Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th.

Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips, and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs and Battlecross.

"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members," said Lars Ulrich. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!"

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold.

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