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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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Josh Homme: The Amount of Shit Metallica Borrowed

In an era when METALLICA and PANTERA were the biggest metal bands in the world, legendary Palm Desert generator soldiers KYUSS were too metal for the grunge crowd and too rock for most headbangers. "We were totally against those bands," former KYUSS guitarist Josh Homme (currently the frontman of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) told Decibel magazine. "And really, the amount of shit that METALLICA borrowed from us is frustrating. It was strange."

KYUSS famously opened for METALLICA in Australia in 1993. METALLICA's soundman promised KYUSS they'd have a full PA during their set but quickly changed his mind after KYUSS plugged in and turned on. "We douched them," Homme laughed. "On a frequency spectrum, we were like a brick wall until you hit the high end — and then there was no high end. I mean, high end if not fun for anybody; you don't party with high end." Years later, Homme was playing with QUEENS at Slim's in San Francisco, high on escsasy and being interviewed about his METALLICA experience. "This guy I knew was making a movie about METALLICA, and I was trying so hard not to say something negative. I think I talked about the rider or something, and then I said meeting them was like meeting George Bush. My eyes must've been spinning."

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Entire Metallica Concert From Nov 15 Online Now

METALLICA's entire second concert as the support act for THE ROLLING STONES on November 15 at the SBC Park in San Francisco, California has been posted online in audio format at this location.

METALLICA opened for THE ROLLING STONES on Sunday (Nov. 13) at the same venue. These are METALLICA's only live shows of 2005.

As previously reported, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will appear on the cover of the January 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the band's landmark "Master of Puppets" album. The issue goes on sale November 22.

The band will reportedly reconvene before the end of the year or early in 2006 to begin working on material for their ninth studio album.

(Thanks: Michael Robison)

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Metallica Review, Photos From Rolling Stones Show

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following "review" of the band's performance last night (Nov. 13) as the support act for THE ROLLING STONES at SBC Park in San Francisco, California:

"It seems like a long year ago that METALLICA left the stage in San Jose to enjoy their personal lives and families. Well, the band finally returned after that year long absence to answer a higher calling. What was that higher calling, you ask? Well, when THE ROLLING STONES come knocking on your door I think it's safe to say that a calling like that is enough to interrupt your vacation, or solitude, or whatever you'd like to call it.

"As the breeze blew off of the Bay Sunday night, that familiar sound of 'Ecstasy of Gold' rang through the PA, despite the fact that the lights were on. I must say... personally, it doesn't have the same effect with the lights on but, after half of 'Ecstasy' they finally killed the lights and all was grand. Much debate has raged on the METALLICA Message Boards about what the band would be playing or what they would be opening up with. Well, no one would have guessed what we were about to be greeted with... when an oddly sounding bass started ringing through the stadium followed by a slow drum beat. Of course, only the die-hard's would know... but opening with 'Orion' was a truly awesome sight. They played the first half of the song which has never been played live before, despite what a certain Danish drummer might have said. More...

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Metallica Rehearsal Video Available

A five-minute video clip featuring METALLICA in the rehearsal studio preparing for their upcoming shows with THE ROLLING STONES has been posted online at this location (Windows Media). METALLICA will be the special guest for the STONES as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour at SBC Park in San Francisco on November 13 and November 15.

As previously reported, the cover of the January 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine, featuring METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett and the 20-year salute to the band's "Master Of Puppets" album, has been posted online at Metallica.com. Hammett was interviewed and took part in a new photo shoot for the magazine, which goes on sale November 22. You can check out some of the pictures at this location.

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Kirk Hammett To Guest On Santana Album

As most METALLICA fans have heard by now, the group's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, was asked by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana to contribute to the multi-Grammy-winning artist's upcoming release, "All That I Am". The CD, which features Kirk on the track the instrumental track "Trinity", will be in stores on November 1. In the meantime, you can listen to the full song "Trinity" — which also boasts harmonized guitars from Carlos Santana and pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph — at this location.

Kirk has previously worked with Carlos in 2001 at a live show benefit in San Francisco. Carlos was also invited into METALLICA's studio in 2002 while the band were recording "St. Anger".

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Metallica To Guest On The Simpsons

The members of METALLICA were in the studio today (Sept. 20) to record their voices for an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons". The show will air sometime in May 2006, so you have plenty of time to set those recorders. More information will be made available soon. In the meantime, click here to check out the pictures of the guys saying their lines.

METALLICA have been keeping a relatively low profile since completing their world tour in late 2004. The band is expected to begin working on a new album sometime before the end of this year.

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Metallica To Open For The Rolling Stones In Calif.

METALLICA will be the special guest for THE ROLLING STONES as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour at SBC Park in San Francisco on November 13 and November 15. An additional opening act will be announced shortly with times for both concerts being moved up an hour to 6:00 p.m. PST. METALLICA joins a diverse list of top opening acts, including THE BLACK EYED PEAS, MAROON 5, PEARL JAM, JOHN MAYER TRIO, LES TROIS ACCORDS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP, OUR LADY PEACE, TREY ANASTASIO, JOSS STONE and BECK.

"Over the course of our career we've been fortunate enough to share the stage with a select few of the bands we grew up on, admired and respected including AC/DC, DEEP PURPLE, GUNS N' ROSES and IRON MAIDEN. The only band that we have never played with but have always wanted to is THE ROLLING STONES," says METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich.

"Having the opportunity to play with them this November in our hometown of San Francisco is both an honor and a privilege. And it's bound to be a lot of fuckin' fun especially since we haven't special guested since 1992! These shows will enable us to recharge our batteries, both creatively and physically, as we prepare for the next phase of METALLICA."

Tickets for THE ROLLING STONES at SBC Park on November 13 are sold out. Tickets for the November 15 performance are on sale now at BGP.com, Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Ritmo Latino, select Save Mart and select FYE stores, and Tix Bay Area in Union Square. To charge tickets by phone, call (415) 421-TIXS, (408) 998-TIXS, (510) 444-TIXS, (209) 485-TIXS or (707) 528-TIXS.

The U.S. leg of the "A Bigger Bang" world tour is presented by Ameriquest Mortgage Company. ROLLING STONES' world tour 2005/2006 will be presented by Concert Productions International and produced by WPC Piecemeal Inc.

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H.I.M. & MSI Confirmed For Download Festival

Billboard magazine is reporting that H.I.M. and MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE are among the bands that have been confirmed for the first U.S. edition of the U.K.'s Download Festival, set for Oct. 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Headlining the festival will be THE KILLERS, with MODEST MOUSE, the ARCADE FIRE and DOVES also on the bill.

Like the U.K. version of the event, which drew 150,000 people this year to London's Donnington Park, the U.S. edition will offer cutting-edge technology and media experiences.

Last year's festival, with LINKIN PARK, METALLICA, KORN, SUM 41 and IGGY POP on the bill, grossed $7.3 million, the 10th highest gross of the year, according to Billboard Boxscore.

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Jerry Cantrell To Team Up With Wes Scantlin

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will be teaming up with PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin for a rare "unplugged" performance on Sunday, July 31 at Rain at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cantrell recently told MTV.com that he has been working on his new solo album with several high-profile musicians, including METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, ALICE IN CHAINS' Sean Kinney and Mike Inez, producer Marti Frederiksen (MICK JAGGER, AEROSMITH) and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin, who played drums on Cantrell's most recent disc, 2002's "Degradation Trip".

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AOL Launches "All Metallica" Station

By popular request, the #1 AOL Radio Network* today announced that it has added the All Metallica station to its lineup of best-of breed programming offerings and exclusive All Artist stations. Now available, the station boasts a playlist of every song ever released by one of the world’s best and most influential hard rock bands.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett said, “This great station gives our fans an opportunity to hear songs that they don’t usually hear on the radio, like obscure B-sides, live stuff from our last tour, and other deep album cuts. After all, there’s more to Metalli-life than ‘Enter Sandman’!”

Adding to an array of Artist spotlight stations, including All Led Zepplin, All Ozzy, All Green Day, All Ramones, All Pearl Jam, All Yes and many others, All Metallica also features rare, live tracks from the band’s 2004 “Madly in Anger with the World Tour.” Fans will be able to link to purchase those tracks from livemetallica.com, directly from the AOL Radio player.

"Metallica is one of the most revered Rock bands the world has ever known, and AOL Radio's All Metallica is truly a station that our audience demanded," said Jack Isquith, Executive Director of Record Label Relations for AOL Music. "For the last two years, there has not been a week that we did not we receive multiple e-mails from our listeners requesting an All Metallica station. We have been thrilled to work so closely with the band to give the fans what they’ve been asking for. All Metallica comes just as we unveil AOL Radio for all fans free on the web, and we are tremendously excited for the world to hear the depth and passion for Rock that All Metallica, and AOL Radio, delivers."

The All Metallica station is the first network station launch since AOL Radio went live on the web last week, as part of the new AOL.com portal. The AOL Radio Network’s programming is now available 24/7 for non-AOL members and members alike at AOL.com and aolmusic.com. In addition to being found under the Artist Spotlight category on AOL Radio, Metallica fans can also access the 24/7 stream at metallica.com.

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Metallica Signed Guitar For Charity Auction

A guitar specially made and signed by the members of METALLICA will be auctioned on July 2 as part of the the Hollister Independence Rally, a motorcycle event which takes place in Hollister, California. All the money raised through the auction will go to the Help Save the Cancer Kids Foundation.

The nonprofit foundation raises money to directly affect families of children with cancer by helping with car payments, buying laptops, or simply putting food on the table.

For more information, visit www.hollisterrally.com.

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Cantrell: 'You Can't Replace A Guy Like Layne'

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently spoke to MTV.com about his upcoming solo album, which he expects to complete by the fall.

"I've spent the last year and a half in writing mode, compiling a lot of material, writing with a lot of different people," Cantrell told MTV.com. "I've worked with some great songwriters, and I've just been stockpiling my warheads, so to speak, until it's time to do a record. And it's getting pretty close to that time. I've been just gearing up for the next phase of my career, whether that's my third solo record or, of course, there's a possibility it may be a new band as well. I'm just sussing that out for myself. CARDBOARD VAMPYRES [the 'covers' band featuring Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy], is something we do for a blast."

Cantrell's been working with several high-profile musicians, including METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, ALICE IN CHAINS' Sean Kinney and Mike Inez, producer Marti Frederiksen (MICK JAGGER, AEROSMITH) and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin, who played drums on Cantrell's most recent disc, 2002's "Degradation Trip". More...

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Metallica's 'Vault' Website To Cease Operation

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message , 'We have some good news and bad news about the closure of the Metallicavault.com website.'

"First, the bad news: We're sorry to announce that, effective on June 6, 2005, the Metallica Vault (www.metallicavault.com) will cease operation."

"Since it started in June 2003 (with the release of 'St. Anger'), the Vault has been a unique haven for us (as well as you) to offer live shows from throughout METALLICA's history for download to anyone who had an access code (provided inside copies of the 'St. Anger' CD). In that time, 18 shows were posted, and over 250,000 fans checked out the site and over 20 million free downloads flowed through cyberspace."

"We opened the Vault in conjunction with our friends at Speakeasy, who were kind enough to provide the bandwidth and logistics. However, the expenses of hosting and maintaining the site for two years didn't quite add up to the returns they were hoping for — unfortunately, the Internet isn't free to those who make it possible."

"Now the good news: There will be an abbreviated version of the Vault that will live on through www.livemetallica.com in the form of monthly free downloads — each month we'll offer you a few songs that you may have seen there and some that you haven't. You will need to register again, but you won't need that pesky 'key.'"


"We'd like to thank everyone who supported the Vault during its run, Speakeasy, the labels (who let us post the shows without any hassles), and THE FANS, who not only supported the site by checking it out so much, but also helped by providing us with live shows from their own archives! You guys rule. But you knew that already."

"We hope that you all agree with us that the Vault was a positive experience for everyone involved. As always, feel free to let us know what you think — we know you ain't shy!"

"So be sure to get all your downloading from www.metallicavault.com before the site closes on June 6th!"

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Kirk Hammett Contributes To Santana Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has contributed guitar work to Carlos Santana's "All That I Am," due September 13. As with his past two records, the disc will pair Santana with contemporary artists, but Hammett will likely be the only metal performer. Other acts on the record include Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige, Big Boi, Black Eyed Peas, Los Lonely Boys, Sean Paul and Robert Randolph.

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In Flames DVD Tracklisting

Tracklisting for In Flames' new dvd has been released. The DVD includes various live shows, a back catalogue of videos, and interviews with bands such as Metallica and Judas Priest. Tracklisting is as follows:

Disc One:

Live at Sticky Fingers ( 90 minutes )
- F(r)iend
- The Quiet Place
- Dead Alone
- Touch Of Red
- Like You Better Dead
- My Sweet Shadow
- Evil In A Closet
- In Search For I
- Borders And Shading
- Superhero Of The Computer Rage
- Dial 595 – Escape
- Bottled
- Behind Space
- Artifacts Of The Black Rain
- Moonshield
- Food For The Gods
- Jotun
- Colony
- Pinball Map
- Only For The Weak
- Trigger
- Cloud Connected

Live at Hammersmith, London ( 40 minutes )

- Pinball
- System
- Cloud Connected
- In Search For I
- Fucking Hostile
- Behind Space
- Quiet Place
- Trigger
- Touch of Red
- My Sweet Shadow

Soundtrack Tour 2004 - Live

- Only For The Weak
- Clayman

Disc Two:

Live in Madrid
- System

Live in Australia/Japan
- Dial 595 - Escape

Soundcheck in London
- Dial 595 - Escape

Soundcheck in London
- Touch of Red

F(r)iend – video
My Sweet Shadow – video
Touch of Red – video (extended DVD version)
The Quiet Place – video

Jester TV – Universal Access ( 50 minutes )

- About In Flames
- Interviews with band members
- About the Metallica show in Madrid
- Behind the Quiet Place video shoot
- Behind the Touch of Red video shoot
- Other videos: F(r)iend, Evil In A Closet
- About the start of the Soundtrack tour 2004
- Summer festival
- Like You Better Dead at Metaltown
- About the Japanese Tour
- About the Australian Tour
- LA – Roxy
- About the Hammersmith concert
- About the Judas Priest Tour
- 666 at Scandinavium
- Backstage tour
- About the Sticky Fingers concert

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Beatallica Frontman Talks About Lars' Help w/ Sony

Michael Tierney (a.k.a. Jaymz Lennfield) of METALLICA/BEATLES cover band BEATALLICA recently spoke to AdrenalinFanzine.com about receiving help from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich in their dispute with the Sony Corporation over BEATALLICA's "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license." A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

AdrenalinFanzine.com: I know that Lars came to your aid when Sony sent BEATALLICA a "cease and desist" letter to stop the spread of you music online, What kinds of advice did he give?

Michael Tierney: "His advice was really more encouragement and being willing to direct us to the right folks to talk to. He offered up the services of METALLICA's attorney, Peter Paterno. Both of them have been just great to us. We've actually received good advice and have a whole bunch of new knowledge thanks to a seminar at Harvard University we just did. All those lawyers surrounded by musicians makes for great conversation and discussion of the issues the recording industry finds itself in today. Things like downloading, the Internet as a whole, file sharing, technology, and more..." More...

Read the full article at Adrenalin Fanzine.

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VH1's 'Most Metal Moments' Selling Disinformation

Tony Hicks of the Contra Costa Times has issued the following report:

VH1 is selling disinformation again in the name of being cute. This has become a real problem over there, where reaction over a few funny shows is turning the network into the obnoxious kid who won't stop popping off.

I'm writing about, of course, this awful "100 Most Metal Moments", which first showed its ugly head last year. At first, I was repulsed, angered ... and angered some more. I wanted someone at VH1 to pay for their stupidity and thoughtlessness in not only having no idea what metal was, but executing a show that, to some, would certainly be the authoritative voice on the subject. It's like giving Ashlee Simpson a part in a Janis Joplin bio film.

Once I calmed down, I realized this would go away. It wouldn't spread disinformation. VH1's addiction to cuteness, via second-rate celebrities popping off about things they don't understand, would take them in new directions. Or so I thought.

VH1 has decided to replay the show this month, which means that at any given time, a viewer has the chance to hear some so-called expert equate BON JOVI with the term "metal." Now I'm no Count Grishnackh, but in ninth grade I did ride all the way in the closed trunk of a Camaro (there was no room in the back seat) to see BLACK SABBATH at the Cow Palace.

Anyways, here's some of the VH1 tidbits a viewer can get brainwashed into believing are "metal" or even "most metal" if they're not careful: More...

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Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Anthrax

Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."

Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."

Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."

Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...

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Beatallica: Lars Went Out of His Way To Help

Michael Tierney of METALLICA/BEATLES cover band BEATALLICA spoke to MTV.com about receiving help from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich in their dispute with the Sony Corporation over BEATALLICA's "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license."

"Both of us want this to officially be over," Tierney told MTV.com. "Our legal team, with the help of Lars and his lawyers, have been in contact with the Sony folks and we're in the process of making sure everything's square."

Tierney, 35, an occupational therapist by day, said he was pleasantly surprised when Ulrich called him a few weeks ago. "METALLICA have been following what we've been up to for the past year and they've talked about us in a few magazine interviews and I got word three weeks ago that Lars wanted to contact us to talk," said Tierney. "He called me at home and we had several conversations about it and he said what he'd be willing to do for moral support and also as far as being more active in the situation. What really impressed me was that he was calling from his vacation with his family in Colorado. Nobody of his stature needs to take time out from their vacation to do that."

"The Internet is a swamp of piracy, so you send out cease-and-desist letters all the time," METALLICA lawyer Peter Paterno said. "Someone at Sony probably saw this site and sent out a letter and once they realized what was on it they decided it was not something worth picking a fight over. They got that this is different from someone selling BEATLES CDs and not paying royalties."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Petition for Metallica To Fire Bob Rock

An online petition has been started by Metallica fans encouraging Metallica to drop their producer Bob Rock, as many think he has badly influenced and tampered with Metallica's musical style. The petition presupposes that Metallica album quality has continually gone down since the release of 'Metallica' (The Black Album) in 1991 and hit an all-time low with the release of 2003's 'St. Anger'. The the online anti-Bob Rock petition has almost 16,000 signatures at the time of this posting.

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