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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's 'Ecstasy Of Gold' To Appear On Tribute

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message:

"The lights go down, the last strains of AC/DC fade out and METALLICA are about to step foot on stage, but not until 'Ecstasy of Gold' plays. The very familiar composition from the classic film 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' has been opening METALLICA shows for over two decades, and now the band will honor its composer Ennio Morricone by contributing their recording of the song to a tribute album coming out in the spring of 2007.

"Morricone, the internationally acclaimed composer of over 400 film and television scores, will be celebrating his 78th birthday tomorrow as he prepares to make his on-stage debut in North America at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on February 3, 2007. He will be conducting a 200-piece orchestra and choir performing songs from some of his best known scores. The subsequent tribute album will also feature Andrea Bocelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, and more."

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Metallica Announce DVD Release Dates

Metallica have announced the international release dates for their upcoming new DVD entitled 'The Videos 1989-2004'. The release dates for the new Metallica DVD are as follows:

North America: Dec. 5th
Europe: Dec. 4th
South America: Dec. 4th
Japan: Dec. 18th
Australia: Dec. 2nd

The track listing for Metallica's "The Videos 1989-2004" follows:

01. One (7:41)
02. Enter Sandman (5:28)
03. The Unforgiven (6:21)
04. Nothing Else Matters (6:24)
05. Wherever I May Roam (6:05)
06. Sad But True (5:26)
07. Until It Sleeps (4:32)
08. Hero Of The Day (4:30)
09. Mama Said (4:51)
10. King Nothing (5:26)
11. The Memory Remains (4:37)
12. The Unforgiven II (6:33)
13. Fuel (4:35)
14. Turn The Page (5:49)
15. Whiskey In The Jar (4:43)
16. No Leaf Clover (5:33)
17. I Disappear (4:28)
18. St. Anger (5:50)
19. Frantic (4:55)
20. The Unnamed Feeling (5:29)
21. Some Kind Of Monster (4:28)

Bonus:

* 2 Of One - Introduction (5:43)
* One (Jammin' Version) (5:05)
* The Unforgiven (Theatrical Version) (11:29)
* "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" Film Trailer (2:27)

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Gears of War Video Remixed To Metallica's "One"

Microsoft has recently released a very artistic feeling promotional video (aka commerical) for Epic Games' Xbox 360 title, Gears of War. This has in turn triggered a rash of remixes - some better than others. In particular, I'd like to share the remix to Metallica's "One" (with additional video footage inserted). I'd say it's more fun to watch than half of the metal videos out today.

On a personal note, I don't mind pimping Gears of War a little because I used to work for Epic Games (it seems like a lifetime ago) and I know Cliffyb knows how to make a killer game. (Like you needed any reassurance after seeing the video...)

Gears Of War Remix Trailer: Metallica "One": More...

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Video of Cliff Burton Memorial Unveiling

A memorial for former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was unveiled last month at the site of the bus crash that took his life in Sweden. The memorial was unveiled in correlation with the 20th anniversary of his death, September 27, 1986. A video of the unveiling is available at this location. More...

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Metallica Announce New DVD

Metallica has announced that they will be releasing a DVD collection of all their promotional videos. Titled "The Videos 1989 - 2004", the DVD will hit North American shelves on the 5th, and everywhere else on the 4th of December. The band said a few words on the subject:

"We've been getting requests for many years to release all the promotional videos on DVD and it's finally happening! In addition to every video we've ever made, for the first time ever the "2 of One," release (which up until now has only been available on VHS) will be available on DVD. Also included is 'Mama Said' which never aired in North America, maybe not even anywhere in the world, and a few little extras such as 'The Unforgiven' theatrical version and the 'Some Kind Of Monster' film trailer. Plus, all the audio has been re-mixed in 5.1 surround sound"
The DVD cover can be viewed at this location, and the tracklist is as follows:

01. One
02. Enter Sandman
03. The Unforgiven
04. Nothing Else Matters
05. Wherever I May Roam
06. Sad But True
07. Until It Sleeps
08. Hero Of The Day
09. Mama Said
10. King Nothing
11. The Memory Remains
12. The Unforgiven II
13. Fuel
14. Turn The Page
15. Whiskey In The Jar
16. No Leaf Clover
17. I Disappear
18. St. Anger
19. Frantic
20. The Unnamed Feeling
21. Some Kind Of Monster

Bonus Material:
22. 2 Of One - Introduction
23. One (Jammin' Version)
24. The Unforgiven (Theatrical Version)
25. Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster Film Trailer

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Cliff Burton Gets Memorial Stone

In connection with the 20th anniversary of Cliff's death (i.e. 27th September, 1986) a memorial stone for Cliff Burton was placed on Saturday 30th September, close to the site of the accident which took his life. A picture of the stone can be seen here.

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Download Gojira's Cover of Metallica's "Escape"

French Metallica fan site Metal Monster has uploaded GOJIRA's cover version of the classic Metallica song "Escape" here.

GOJIRA are currently on tour with Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Sanctity: More...

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Bob Rock Feels "20 Years Younger" After Metallica

According to an article at Reuters, producer Bob Rock says he feels "20 years younger" after his split with Metallica, whose albums he had produced since 1991.

The Canadian producer parted company with the metal titan earlier this year and is now devoting his energies to other artists and a return to his own recording career.

According to the 52-year-old Rock, "My life is now about my wife and kids, and recording other bands."

Rock first teamed with Metallica for its self-titled 1991 album (aka The Black Album). The Elektra set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 281 weeks. Rock helmed Metallica's subsequent albums, through 2003's St Anger.

A behind-the-scenes look at that tumultuous project was featured in the following year's unflinching documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. A petition that some 1500 fans signed subsequently was posted online calling for Metallica to dump Rock, claiming he had too much influence on the band's sound.

"The criticism was hurtful for my kids, who read it and don't understand the circumstances," Rock says. "Sometimes, even with a great coach, a team keeps losing. You have to get new blood in there."

But Metallica co-manager Peter Mensch argues that Rock "nursed Metallica out of almost complete collapse on that record. Bob is one of the five best producers on the planet. But it was time to shake things up."

Rick Rubin is producing the next Metallica album.

Rock made his international reputation in the '80s while he was an engineer at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound, working with producer Bruce Fairbairn on multiplatinum albums for Loverboy, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.

Read the full article at Reuters.

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Judge Sides w/ Original Supernova On Name Issue

MTV.com reports that according to a Tuesday, September 12 ruling by San Diego Judge John Houston, the producers of CBS' "Rock Star" are going to have to come up with an alternate name for Supernova, the band made up of Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Voivod's Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Last month, the original Supernova — an Orange County, California, punk trio — filed for a preliminary injunction in San Diego's U.S. District Court against CBS Broadcasting, Mark Burnett Productions and Lee, Newsted and Clarke, who are starring in the second season of the reality show. The injunction sought to halt the television-contrived act from performing or recording under the name "Supernova" if the band fails to change or add any words to the moniker.

Lee, Newsted and Clarke were dropped as defendants late last month at the request of the original Supernova's lawyers.

Earlier Tuesday, Houston granted the request from the members of the original Supernova — bassist Art Mitchell, drummer Dave Collins and guitarist Jodey Lawrence — for the preliminary injunction. The injunction keeps the producers of "Rock Star: Supernova" — which concludes Wednesday night — from "performing rock and roll music, or recording, or selling rock and roll music recordings under the same [name], pending a trial of this action on its merits, or until otherwise ordered by the court."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Metallica Discuss Importance of Master Of Puppets

METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich recently spoke to Masa Ito's "Rock City" TV show in Japan about their decision to play the "Master of Puppets" album in its entirety to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Hetfield: "My gut feeling is… I think 'Master of Puppets' represents a certain time in history. It was kind of the end of the Cliff Burton era in METALLICA, which is sad, but also very important. And maybe 'Master of Puppets' was the record that a lot of the early fans identified with. 'Cause after that Jason [Newsted] joined the band and then the popularity became bigger. And then the 'black' album… It was different after 'Master of Puppets'. So I think there's still an innocence about it and just a real 'fuck you, world' attitude to it still. And we weren't, I think, very influenced by all of the 'bigness' of METALLICA. Plus the songs — they have that energy, that fire; they're still youthful, but we were still growing, and the songs got grander and bigger, and [we added] more character to the songs. I think every song on that record is really good and it stands up to time." More...

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King Diamond Voices Character On 'Metalocalypse'

KING DIAMOND is the latest metal musician to lend his voice to the cartoon series "Death Clock Metalocalypse". King Diamond recorded his part on Monday, August 21 and reportedly "kicked ass." Other musicians who have contributed to the series include Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY), Warrel Dane (NEVERMORE), Steve Smyth (NEVERMORE), Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE), Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) and James Hetfield (METALLICA). Check out images of Hetfield's and Hammett's appearance in the series, which premiered August 6 on Adult Swim (the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network), at Metallica.com.

"Dethklok Metalocalypse" follows the mayhem surrounding the world's biggest band, and 12th-largest economy, the half-Norwegian/half-American black metal band DETHKLOK, according to ThePhoenix.com. They live in a gigantic upside-down dragon boat perched atop the fjords of Norway. They cause disaster, destruction, and bloodshed wherever they go. In an age where metal is king, DETHKLOK's business savvy trumps the world's most shrewd visionaries. But they're excessively dumb when it comes to the most rudimentary tasks. For example, they don't know how to make food for themselves — not even a sandwich. During one scene, guitarist Skwisgarr Skwigelf tries to make coffee with a toaster. Although they've outsold THE BEATLES, DETHKLOK are, according to show co-creator Brendon Small, "just a thousand times more dangerous and a billion times more stupid." More...

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"Rock Star: Supernova" Tour Dates Set

LiveDaily.com reports: The winner of the CBS-TV talent-search series "Rock Star: Supernova" will get his or her introduction to big stages during a 27-city tour of the North American arena and theater circuit that opens in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.

The winning singer--who will front a new band dubbed Supernova that also includes drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), bassist Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) and guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses)--will have beaten out 15 aspiring rockers vying for the job via the TV show. Of the 15, only six contenders remain: Lukas Rossi, Magni, Patrice Pike, Ryan Star, Dilana, Storm Large and Toby Rand.

In addition to fronting Supernova on tour, the winning vocalist willl also record a new album with the group. The Butch Walker-produced set is due in stores Nov. 21.

The planned Supernova tour dates are as follows: More...

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Video Available of Kirk Hammett's Jam With Tool

A low-quality video clip of METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett performing with TOOL during their headlining appearance at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday (August 18) has been posted online at YouTube.com.

According to one TOOL fan's eyewitness account posted at the ToolNavy.com web site, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan introduced Hammett by saying, "We have a special guest tonight. He's not [unintelligible], and he's not Elvis. Well, maybe he's their bastard son, Mr. Kirk Hammett." "[Kirk] then proceeded to come out and play guitar on 'Sober'. I've never been partial to METALLICA, and for those of you who are, I'm sorry to report that Kirk damn near butchered the song. His drunken so-called 'solo' was particularly sloppy and completely extraneous. Only the band coming back through to thrash the rest of the song out extremely hard saved it. Then he totally tripped out and flustered Adam [Jones, TOOL guitarist] by grabbing him for his 'hug' and kissing him on the mouth! Only to return at the end of the show to the stage to perform the 'we're not worthy!' bow on his knees before the guys. At least he realizes." More...

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Metallica Guitarist Jams With Tool In Hawaii

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett reportedly joined TOOL onstage during their headlining appearance at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday (August 18). According to one TOOL fan's eyewitness account posted at the ToolNavy.com web site, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan introduced Hammett by saying, "We have a special guest tonight. He's not [unintelligible], and he's not Elvis. Well, maybe he's their bastard son, Mr. Kirk Hammett." "[Kirk] then proceeded to come out and play guitar on 'Sober'. I've never been partial to METALLICA, and for those of you who are, I'm sorry to report that Kirk damn near butchered the song. His drunken so-called 'solo' was particularly sloppy and completely extraneous. Only the band coming back through to thrash the rest of the song out extremely hard saved it. Then he totally tripped out and flustered Adam [Jones, TOOL guitarist] by grabbing him for his 'hug' and kissing him on the mouth! Only to return at the end of the show to the stage to perform the 'we're not worthy!' bow on his knees before the guys. At least he realizes."

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Metallica Post Video Of Second New Song Online

A video clip of METALLICA performing a second new song — tentatively dubbed "The Other New Song" — during their headlining appearance Tuesday night (August 15) at Seoul Olympic Main Stadium in Seoul, South Korea has been posted online at YouTube.com.

METALLICA's setlist – August 15, 2006 at Seoul Olympic Main Stadium in Seoul, South Korea:

01. Creeping Death
02. Fuel
03. Wherever I May Roam
04. Harvester of Sorrow
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. Frantic
07. The Unforgiven
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Orion
10. Master of Puppets
11. Fade To Black
12. Battery
- - - -
13. Sad But True
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. One
16. Enter Sandman
- - - -
17. The Other New Song
18. Seek and Destroy

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Metallica's 'The Other New Song' Audio Posted

Head to this location to check out a rough audio/video recording of METALLICA performing a second new song, dubbed 'The Other New Song'.

In related news, as previously reported, YouTube.com is currently broadcasting video footage of Metallica performing an un-named new song at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland on June 8th. Check it out here.

Additional clips from the show can be found at this location.

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Metallica Performed A Second New Song At Festival

METALLICA performed another new song — tentatively dubbed "New Song No. 2" — during their headlining appearance Saturday night (August 12) at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo, Japan. According to one BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor (jason_813) who attended the concert, the song is "totally different from 'New Song No.1'. It's about three minutes long and very fast and seems to be based around two searing [Kirk] Hammett solos. It was a very rough performance, especially from Lars [Ulrich] but definitely shows promise."

As was the case with all the concerts on the band's recent European tour, METALLICA played their entire 1986 album, "Master of Puppets", during the Tokyo show, including rarely performed tracks such as "Orion" and "Disposable Heroes".

"Master of Puppets" came out in the spring of 1986 and was METALLICA's first gold album and mainstream success. It featured staples of the band's live set such as "Battery", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and the title track.

It was also the last METALLICA album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash.

METALLICA's setlist – August 12, 2006 at Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo, Japan:

01. Creeping Death
02. Fuel
03. Wherever I May Roam
04. The God That Failed
05. Fade To Black
06. Battery
07. Master of Puppets
08. The Thing That Should Not Be
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Disposable Heroes
11. Leper Messiah
12. Orion
13. Damage, Inc.
- - - -
14. Sad But True
15. Nothing Else Matters
16. One
17. Enter Sandman
- - - -
18. The Other New Song
19. Seek and Destroy

METALLICA is currently writing material for its ninth studio effort, which is tentatively expected in the summer or early fall of 2007. "I think we've realized that the creative process works a little slower for us than it used to, and we're OK with that," METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently told BBC Radio 1. "It's not a bad thing, unless, of course, you're waiting for a record."

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Metallica's Lullaby Renditions Due Out This Month

How many sleepless nights have new parents spent trying to soothe a restless newborn? With the August 29 release of "Lullaby Renditions of Metallica" (cover), a solution is on the way. Enter Sandman.

That's right, the music that set the standard for aggressive, concussion-inducing rock will soon be lulling infants to sleep through dreamy re-workings of their head-banging fury. Classics like "Battery" and "Master of Puppets" feature glockenspiel, vibraphone, melotron, harps, bells and more. The music is arranged and performed by Michael Armstrong.

Part of the Rockabye Baby! series from Baby Rock Records, the METALLICA edition includes 11 of the band's most well-known songs. For those who grew up cranking "...And Justice for All" until their ears bled, it's a chance to share with a new generation the music of a band that's sold 29 million albums. At appropriate volume levels, of course.

Due on August 29, the METALLICA version is one of the first three releases in the series, along with albums of RADIOHEAD and COLDPLAY renditions. Future releases will focus on music from TOOL, THE CURE, NIRVANA, PIXIES, BJORK, PINK FLOYD, THE EAGLES, LED ZEPPELIN, THE BEATLES, THE BEACH BOYS, NO DOUBT, SMASHING PUMPKINS, and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

Children's music is the fastest growing musical category. The Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions series is targeting today's parents with today's tastes in a way that's gentle enough for even the youngest listener.

The albums will be available both in the respective artist's bin and "Children's Music" bin at retailers. Visit www.babyrockrecords.com for additional information and sound clips.

"Lullaby Renditions of Metallica" track listing:

01. And Justice For All
02. Battery
03. Enter Sandman
04. Wherever I May Roam
05. Nothing Else Matters
06. The Unforgiven
07. One
08. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Fade To Black
11. Master of Puppets

Check out audio samples at this location.

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Cartoon Network Goes Death Metal

Larissa Glasser of The Phoenix recently conducted an interview with Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, creators of the upcoming cartoon series "Dethklok Metalocalypse" about a half-Norwegian/half-American black metal band called DEATHKLOK.

Premiering this Sunday (August 6) at 11:45 p.m. on Adult Swim (the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network) and featuring voice cameos by METALLICA's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett — along with members of ARCH ENEMY and NEVERMORE — "Metalocalypse" follows the mayhem surrounding the world's biggest band, and 12th-largest economy, DETHKLOK. They live in a gigantic upside-down dragon boat perched atop the fjords of Norway. They cause disaster, destruction, and bloodshed wherever they go. In an age where metal is king, DETHKLOK's business savvy trumps the world's most shrewd visionaries. But they're excessively dumb when it comes to the most rudimentary tasks. For example, they don't know how to make food for themselves — not even a sandwich. During one scene, guitarist Skwisgarr Skwigelf tries to make coffee with a toaster. Although they've outsold THE BEATLES, DETHKLOK are, Brendon Small promises, "Just a thousand times more dangerous and a billion times more stupid."

"Ted Nugent once said that there's something inherently stupid about rock and roll," Blacha explained to The Phoenix. "I agree, but we aren't derisive of metal. For example, when we had Michael Amott [guitarist, ARCH ENEMY] come in to do voices for the show, it was really pleasing to have him tell us in his Swedish accent, 'I don't like it when people make fun of metal, but you guys know what you're doing.' He gave us this one head nod, and we were like, 'YES! That's exactly what we wanted.' "

Read more at ThePhoenix.com.

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Metallica Guitarist Loves Dragonforce

Steve Baltin of AOL Music recently asked METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett which new guitarists have impressed him of late.

"I really like this absurd band called DRAGONFORCE," Kirk said. "Those are the fastest guitar players I think I've ever seen. They're like Yngwie [Malmsteen] on steroids. No, they're like Barry Bonds on guitar. It's amazing. I saw one video and I swear to God the guy must've played 75,000 notes."

As for some of the other music Hammett's been digging, he said, "I like MUSE, MARS VOLTA, TRIVIUM, THE SWORD. I think WOLFMOTHER is fun. THE BLACK KEYS. And I've been listening to HANK WILLIAMS, because you've just got to. It's as heavy as ROBERT JOHNSON or BOB DYLAN."

What was the last concert he saw? "Must've been our own show on YouTube. I was watching our Moscow show from 1991 and thinking, 'Damn, we were good that night. What happened?'"

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