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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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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...

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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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Serial Killer Influenced By Metallica, Linkin Park

In another highly publicized case of attributing heavy metal as a cause or anti-social behavior, serial killer Richard Paul White (photo), one of Colorado's most notorious killers, recently spoke from jail about his crimes. He has confessed to six murders in the Denver area. A lifetime of untreated mental illness, heavy metal music and violent movies drove him to kill, he said, in an exclusive interview with CBS4 Denver News reporter Rick Sallinger.

Music was a big influence in his life, White said. His spree of killing was accompanied by a soundtrack of heavy metal.

"METALLICA probably the most," he said.

A set of lyrics stand out: "Guilty as charged, but damn it, it ain't right, there's someone else controlling me." (from METALLICA's "Ride the Lightning" off the album of the same name.)

Music by LINKIN PARK would also play in the background.

"I would listen, actually, to LINKIN PARK before I would kill," White said. "And, while I was killing usually that music LINKIN PARK was on."

A childhood of abuse, coupled with untreated mental illness, set the stage. A society filled with violence did little to hold back White.

"Today's culture, here in America, everything is based on violence," he said.

White talked about movies he would watch that influenced him to kill. There was one in particular, "The Boondock Saints", about two Irish youth who set about to rid Boston of gangsters.

"There's just a lot of killing," White said. "And it makes it seem right and makes it almost OK to go out and kill."

Add to the mix violent video games, such as Doom, that White played.

"I think they influenced me towards killing," he said. "It desensitized me to the killing, because when I pulled the trigger on the TV screen, something would just go away."

Watch the complete 48-minute interview with White, conducted by CBS4 Denver News reporter Rick Sallinger, at this location.

My advice is to take it with a grain of salt. What is the real value of these statements by someone self-admittedly with "a lifetime of untreated mental illness"? The only reason the statements are more attention-grabbing than if he was directed by voices in his head is that they provide a real-world scapegoat for his actions.

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'Some Kind Of Monster' Named Best Documentary

METALLICA's acclaimed film "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" won the Best Documentary prize at the 2005 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held earlier today (Feb. 26) in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, California.

The Independent Spirit Awards honor films whose funding comes at least in part from sources outside of the major Hollywood studios.

Winners were chosen by the 9,000-member nonprofit Independent Feature Project/Los Angeles, which includes actors, directors, writers and other industry professionals.

Other films competing for the Best Documentary honors were "Bright Leaves", "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed", "Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust" and "Tarnation".

"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" documents the turbulent making of METALLICA's last album, "St. Anger". "Some Kind of Monster" also resulted in a book, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", written by co-director Joe Berlinger.

METALLICA are currently taking time off but hope to begin working on a new album later this year.

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Zakk Wylde Denies He Spat Booze In Hetfield's Face

In the latest issue of Guitar World magazine, OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde addressed the Internet rumor that he spat booze in METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield's face when he asked to jam with Wylde.

"No, no. That's ridiculous," Wylde responded when asked if there was any truth to the rumor. "James is the shit. He is a brother and I love the guy. I just didn't think he was doing the right thing by hiring some high-price psychiatrist to work with the band after he got out of rehab.

"Here's what happened: James came on our bus and we were bullshitting. I said, 'Dude, why are you paying a psychiatrist 40 grand a month? He's raping you. Send the money to a children's cancer foundation. If I was in the band, you know what I would tell you?' And he goes 'What?' And I took a swig from my beer and spit it up in the air. And he goes 'Fuck that,' and walks off the bus. I went after him and told him I was just being a dork and that was that. I was just talking to him, being straight, because he's smarter than that. He's James Hetfield, damn it. He knows who he is and doesn't need some yahoo to tell him. It's like when Sharon Osbourne sent me to rehab a few years ago. Fuck that!"

Guitar World: What happened?

Zakk Wylde: "I just stood up and said, 'You know what? This is not for me. This is not BLACK LABEL. You guys are a bunch of losers and scamming fuckers, and I guess I'm in the wrong business. I should start the BLACK LABEL rehab and rape people 35 grand for 28 days.' The place was called Promises rehab, and I went, 'I'll make you a promise right now: I'm either going to kill someone in here or cap myself. Since suicide is not an option, someone else is going to die if I stick around.' And that was it. I jumped the fence, walked to a bar and watched the Nets and Lakers in the NBA finals."

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Black Label Society Records Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute

Black Label Society went into the studio recently to record a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1977 classic "I Never Dreamed" for the upcoming Skynyrd tribute album "Heavy Helping" being released by Sanctuary records, which is slated to include Zakk, Corrosion Of Conformity, Metallica, Sebastian Bach, Kid Rock, Saliva, Dee Snider and more.

When asked why he chose that particular Skynyrd song, Zakk replied, "I've always loved that tune. I'm not going to do 'Sweet Home' or 'Free Bird', all the shit you always hear on the radio. Pick some obscure Skynyrd song and make it your own. We Black Labelized the whole damn thing. It came out slammin'! Actually, we're going to put it on our record (Mafia, due out March 8th) as well. It'll probably be the bonus track at the end of the album. So it'll be on both. It's just more publishing for the Skynyrd guys."

As far as a release date for "Heavy Helping," Zakk was unsure. "I have no idea. But with all the other bands that are on there, I'm sure it's going to be amazing. I can't wait to hear it."

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Metallica Not Contributing To Batman Soundtrack

A spokesperson at METALLICA's management company, Q Prime, has reportedly rejected an Internet report that METALLICA will appear on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie, "Batman Begins". The soundtrack is tentatively due to arrive in late May or early June. Other artists that were rumored to contribute new material to the soundtrack are GREEN DAY, VELVET REVOLVER, AUDIOSLAVE, CHEVELLE, PEARL JAM, FOO FIGHTERS, THE CURE and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro. A representative for GREEN DAY has since said reports of the trio's involvement in the project are "not true." "Batman Begins", which stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader in his early years, opens in theatres on June 17.

METALLICA has only contributed a new song to a film soundtrack once before, when they recorded "I Disappear" for 2000's "Mission: Impossible 2".

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Metal Featured On Batman Begins Soundstrack

Metallica, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave and Green Day are all expected to have songs included on the soundtrack album for the movie 'Batman Begins'. The record should be released in May/June.

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Killer Who Cited Metallica Lyrics Executed

A Texas death row inmate who chanted the chorus to METALLICA's "No Remorse" after fatally shooting a man in the head in Corpus Christi and robbing him of $13 twenty years ago was executed Tuesday (Jan. 25), according to The Associated Press.

The execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused on a narrow 5-4 vote to block Troy Kunkle's execution.

Kunkle was contrite as he looked toward the daughter and son-in-law of his victim, Stephen Horton, and sought their forgiveness.

"I would like to ask you to forgive me," he said. "I made a mistake and I am sorry for what I did. All I can do is ask you to forgive me."

Kunkle then turned his head toward an adjacent window in the death house and expressed love to witnesses he selected to watch him die, including his mother and his wife.

"I love you and I will see all of you in heaven," he said. "I love you very much. Praise Jesus."

Kunkle recited the Lord's Prayer and then indicated to the warden he had finished. In the seconds before the lethal drugs began taking effect, he repeatedly mouthed "I love you" to his friends and relatives. He exhaled slightly and gasped before he slipped into unconsciousness. Eight minutes later, at 8:12 p.m. CST, he was pronounced dead.

"Shame to Texas," his wife, Christa Heber, said as she watched him die.

Kunkle, 38, spent more than half of his life on death row for the death of Horton, 31, who was fatally shot and robbed of $13. Twice last year, Kunkle was spared from the Texas death chamber by court rulings on the day he was scheduled to die. The most recent halt came Nov. 18, when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution about 40 minutes after Kunkle could have been strapped to the death chamber gurney for injection.

The 1984 shooting gained notoriety with disclosures that Kunkle quoted lyrics from METALLICA's song "No Remorse", from the album "Kill 'em All" ("Another day, another death, another sorrow, another breath") after Horton was gunned down. Prosecutors also remembered him at one point during his trial playing an air guitar in the courtroom as lawyers discussed whether the METALLICA song could be admitted into evidence.

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Hetfield Says 'Monster' Still Difficult To Watch

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", the 2004 documentary about the turbulent making of the group's last album, "St. Anger", with its revealing scenes of band arguments and therapy sessions, is still difficult for him to watch. "First couple times it was difficult," he said. "There are certain scenes in the film that will always be difficult. You know, the fighting scenes - they're always pretty difficult. They always start to get your heart pumping again, and it makes sense 'cause it pushes a certain button in me, and everyone's got those buttons."

The DVD version of "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" is scheduled for release today (Jan. 25). As if the original 140-minute film wasn't enough, the two-disc DVD is filled with extras. Among its 28 deleted scenes are more bass player auditions, a longer version of drummer Lars Ulrich's therapy session with former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine, and footage from a live show with producer Bob Rock playing bass before METALLICA hired Robert Trujillo.

"Some Kind of Monster" also resulted in a book, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", written by co-director Joe Berlinger.

METALLICA are currently taking time off but hopes to begin working on a new album later this year.

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