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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 Shares Comedic Clips For Brioni Menswear

Metallica has shared various comedic behind the scenes clips from the band's recent photo shoot for Italian luxury menswear company Brioni.

You can check them out now below:

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Metallica To Live Stream Record Store Day Show

The 2016 Record Store Day Ambassadors from Metallica are set to perform live at Berkeley, CA's Rasputin Music this Saturday, April 16th in celebration of Record Store Day.

While a few lucky Met Club members and Rasputin customers have won tickets to see the rare in-store performance in person, fans from around the world will also be able to join from the comfort of their own living room via a Facebook Live stream here.

The band will hit the stage around 4:00 PM PST and will be celebrating the releases of the remastered reissues of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning."

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Metallica Premieres New Live Version Of "Frantic"

Metallica premieres a new live version of the song "Frantic", taken from the upcoming "Record Store Day" release, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!", out this Saturday, April 16th.

The track was recorded during the band’s June 11th, 2003 performance at Le Bataclan in Paris, France. All proceeds from "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!" will be donated to the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France via Fondation de France’s Give For France charity.

Check out now "Frantic" below.

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Metallica Announces Record Store Day Show

Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica will perform live at Berkeley, CA's Rasputin Music on Saturday, April 16th in celebration of Record Store Day 2016.

As this year's Record Store Day Ambassadors, the band invites fans to join them on this special day to experience the passion for music that lives on in local record stores around the world.

"Getting loud, noisy and sweaty at Rasputin's on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley transports Metallica right back to the core of its Bay Area beginnings," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "We can't wait to celebrate Record Store Day while shaking up the East Bay old-school style."

Rasputin Music customers and Met Club members are invited to be in the audience by entering to win tickets to this very intimate performance. There are two ways to win:

1. Visit Rasputin Music in Berkeley between now and April 10th to fill out a ballot for your chance to win one ticket to the special performance.

2. Met Club members can click here to win one ticket to the performance. More...

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Metallica Posts 1984 "Seek & Destroy" Live Version

Metallica premieres a 1984 live rendition of "Seek & Destroy", taken from the band's upcoming new "Kill ‘Em All" deluxe reissue, which will be out in stores April 15. The track was captured during Metallica's live set at J Bees Rock III in Middletown, NY back on January 20th, 1984.

Check out now "Seek & Destroy" below.

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Metallica Show Sells Out In 10 Minutes

Metallica's recently announced headlining concert at Minneapolis' brand new U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20th has completely SOLD OUT.

Pre-sale fan club tickets were made available earlier this week, followed by this morning's public on-sale, which sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Metallica's show in Minneapolis will be the first rock concert at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, as part of the opening weekend festivities.

Avenged Sevenfold will provide direct support, marking one of only a few shows the hard rock band will play in the country this year. Volbeat will open the show with a unique blend of rock, metal, and rockabilly. More...

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Metallica Named 2016 Record Store Day Ambassador

Record Store Day is thrilled to announce its ambassador for 2016: Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica!

Metallica is no stranger to Record Store Day, this year set for Saturday, April 16th, a special day in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide, now in its ninth year.

"Independent record stores are part of Metallica's DNA," said drummer Lars Ulrich. "They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we've all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond."

This year the band's official release will fit into a wider theme of Record Store Day 2016, highlighting the relationship between U.S. record stores and their French counterparts, "Disquaire Day," following the tragic events in Paris in November 2015. Metallica will release "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Live at Le Bataclan," with proceeds to benefit Fondation de France's Give For France charity.

The live recording set list includes: "The Four Horsemen," "Leper Messiah," "No Remorse," "Fade To Black," "Frantic," "Ride The Lightning," "Blackened," and encores: "Seek & Destroy," and "Damage, Inc." More...

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Metallica Re-Issuing Two Early Album

Metallica today announced that the band will reissue "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning" on April 15th.

Both albums have been remastered for advanced sound quality and will be available in three formats - CD, vinyl, and a deluxe box set. Both deluxe box sets include original source material from the band's personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings, along with a book including rare photos and essays.

The deluxe numbered box set of "Kill 'Em All" includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including rare photos and a patch. The deluxe numbered box set of "Ride the Lightning" includes four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including more of those unseen photos, a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by James Hetfield, and a set of three posters.

Check out this location for the full package details and track listing. All six new items will also be available at your local record store on Friday, April 15th, just in time for Record Store Day. More...

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Metallica's The Night Before Performance Online

The entire two and half hour Metallica "The Night Before" show - which took place the the night before Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park - is now online and can be seen below.

During the performance, Hetfield also gave this update on the progress of an upcoming album: "We’re working on a new record… for the last twenty years or so. We’re gettin’ near the end. I don’t wanna get anyone’s hopes up too high, but… we’re coming to the end!"

The full setlist consists of:

16:00 Creeping Death
22:41 For Whom The Bell Tolls
27:54 Fuel
32:24 King Nothing
38:04 Ride the Lightning
44:56 Bleeding Me
46:23 Unforgiven One
53:02 Memory
58:15 Welcome Home
1:06:20 Sad But True
1:13:36 Roam
1:20:10 One
1:28:25 Master Of Puppets
1:37:10 Battery
1:44:47 Unborn hero
1:47:20 Fade To Black
1:55:51 Seek And Destroy
2:07:08 Whiskey In The Jar
2:12:55 Nothing Else Matters More...

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Metallica To Live Stream "The Night Before" Show

On the eve of the nation's most anticipated sporting event, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winning rock band Metallica will headline CBS Radio's The Night Before.

This one-of-a-kind concert experience takes place the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band's hometown of San Francisco, CA. This concert also marks the band's first performance of 2016.

Metallica fans around the world will be able to tune in to a live webstream direct from the historic show. The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream available on mobile and desktop devices at this location.

Metallica will take the stage at approximately 8:30 PST. Fans can watch the show live for free and pre­order professionally mixed audio recordings of the performance as downloads and collectible CDs.

"We can't wait to play our first show of 2016 and there's nowhere we'd rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness."

"We've released audio recordings of every Metallica show for the past 12 years at LiveMetallica.com, so naturally we're excited to deliver the band's first live HD stream from their hometown on their own web site," says nugs.net founder and CEO Brad Serling. More...

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Headline News

Metallica Rescinds Cease And Desist

Last week a Metallica tribute band titled Sandman posted online about receiving a cease and desist letter for using the band's logo during live shows.

The story went viral, with the usual Lars/Napster comments dominating any given story or social media post, but as it turns out, Metallica was unaware of the legal action - and has both rescinded the cease and desist and fired the lawyer responsible!

The band has now checked in with Rollingstone.com to discuss the situation. An excerpt from the story follows.

"We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging, figured out why," the band tells Rolling Stone. "It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the band Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge."
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Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:



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Video Highlights Of Lemmy's 70th-Bday Party Posted

Pro shot video highlights - directed and produced by Robert John and Greg Olliver - of Motörhead frontman Lemmy's 70th birthday party can be seen below. The event was held on December 13 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA.

Among others following musicians performed at the event:

Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Steve Vai
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper)
Billy Idol
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne)
Paul Inder (Lemmy's son)

Check out also a 360 Video of the event after the jump: More...

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Kirk Hammet Discusses Success In New Podcast

Earlier this month, Jabberjaw Media announced the addition of The MetalSucks Podcast, featuring hosts Chuck and Godless. The podcast has recorded well over 100 episodes since its formation over two years ago. The duo just unveiled a special episode with Kirk Hammett of Metallica, where they dive into the importance of measuring one's success and some unique projects he is working on now.

As the podcast episode unravels the audience quickly learns that Kirk Hammett is not all about the fame and added perks it brings. Rather he measures his success by the music he produces. He explains how he quickly learned that just being a musician would not fulfill all of life's happiness, and would need to set out to find other avenues to reach this feeling. He expanded on how other members started tackling their "life outside of Metallica" and wanted to join the movement. Listen to the full podcast right here.

Late last month, Hammett alongside industry vet David Karon unveiled their latest venture, the Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal. Hammett credits his awkward teen years and upbringing as giving him the necessary drive and will to take his dreams one step further and states that building a good infrastructure is the key to life.Hammett and the rest of Metallica are currently in the studio working on new music.

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Meek Is Murder Streaming Metallica Cover

Earlier this year, Metallica's Kirk Hammett passed NYC trio Meek Is Murder some very nice words via mutual friend Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal.

Today is Kirk Hammett's birthday and, in celebration, Meek Is Murder has released a raw rendition of Metallica's 1988 banger, "Blackened."

In true MIM form, the cover clocks in at under two minutes, while still paying homage to the original favorite. The song was recorded at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY, with Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox.

Meek Is Murder's latest release, the Kirk Hammett-approved "Onward" EP, is available for full streaming at this location. Meek Is Murder is currently at work on a third album. More...

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Headline News

Metal Bands React To Paris Terrorist Attacks

Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.


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Vanna Posts Metallica Cover

Vanna just released new covers EP, titled "Alt," today with Pure Noise Records. The band has partnered with MetalSucks.net to unveil the final track from the record, a cover of Metallica’s 1999 single “Fuel.” Check it out below.

“I hate when people said after Metallica cut their hair it was over,” says vocalist Davey Muise. “False, they were making themselves more aerodynamic for riffage like 'Fuel.' I dare you to put this track on in a car and not get pulled over for speeding. This track not only opened so many doors for the band, it blew them right off the hinges. All hail the kings."

Vanna's new EP also features covers from Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, The Smashing Pumpkins and Korn. Catch the band performing tracks from the record on these upcoming tour dates:

Oct 23 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
Oct 24 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
Oct 25 - London, ON - Rum Runners
Oct 26 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
Oct 27 - Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe
Oct 28 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall's
Oct 29 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
Oct 30 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Oct 31 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance More...

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Robert Trujillo Releasing Jaco Pastorius Movie

Robert Trujillo, in association with Passion Pictures, has announced the official multi-platform release of the "Jaco" documentary, directed by Mr. Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak.

The film - which chronicles the brief but extraordinary life of the American musician/composer Jaco Pastorius - will be available via VOD, streaming services, and digital download on Friday, November 27, 2015.

Jaco will have its official DVD/Blu-ray release that day, in association with Record Store Day and Black Friday 2015. That same day will also see the release of "Jaco: Original Soundtrack," Sony/Legacy's official musical companion to the film.

Trujillo - bassist with Metallica and the film's Executive Producer - will celebrate "Jaco" and Record Store Day Black Friday 2015 with a special in-store at The Sound Garden in Syracuse, NY. For details, head to this location.

"Jaco" has earned applause at a number of festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film "(captures) the essence of what made Jaco such an influential artist," declared the Montreal Gazette, praising "the glowing words of Marchand's interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves" and hailing the movie as "an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician." More...

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Metallica Posts Official Live Footage Of "One"

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's August 25, 2015, performance in Saint Petersburg, Russia, including a birthday "pie-ing", pre-show tuning-room footage, and "One" from the show.

Check it out now below.

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Metallica Posts Official Live Footage Of "Battery"

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's August 22, 2015, performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, including drummer Lars Ulrich in a meet-and-greet with local fans, and the performance of the track "Battery" from the show.

Check it out now below.

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