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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 '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.
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14. Sad But True
15. Nothing Else Matters
16. One
17. Enter Sandman
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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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New Metallica Song Posted Online

A high-quality video clip of METALLICA performing an as-yet-untitled new song during their headlining appearance at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland on June 8, 2006 as part of their recently completed "Escape From The Studio '06" European tour has been posted online at YouTube.com. More clips of the Arnhem show can be found at this location.

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

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MTV Shares Their Top Ten Greatest Metal Bands

MTV Overdrive has a feature on the debate that took place when MTV set out to come up with the top ten greatest metal bands list. Here's a summary of the process:

"We reached out to the most passionate and knowledgable metal fans working at MTV and asked them to send us their individual picks for the 10 greatest, with the only criteria being "whatever greatness means to you." Some feel that the influence a band had on others is the most important factor in judging greatness; others say the strength of the albums is the primary concern; and some believe the power of a band's live performance is the ultimate measure. We did not care what each participants criteria was; we only asked them to vote from their hearts."

"In part two, we gathered everyone together, showed them the results, and asked them to either stand by it, or change it as they saw fit, the only rule being that a majority had to vote in favor of every change. The discussion and debate over the rankings is what you see in the Overdrive show."

"In such debate lies much geekdom and fun, and MTV's metal brain trust — our panel of experts, consisting of nine die-hard, longtime fans — had a blast conjuring and debating this list."

The resulting list of the greatest metal bands follows, but be sure to check out the video because it was actually an interesting discussion.

1. Black Sabbath
2. Judas Priest
3. Metallica
4. Iron Maiden
5. Pantera
6. Slayer
7. AC/DC
8. Motorhead
9. Kiss
10. Motley Crue

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Trivium Interviews Metallica's Hammett

TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu "had the honor" to spend some time with guitar legend Kirk Hammett of METALLICA and ask a few questions and get a few answers. The results appear in the current issue of Guitar World magazine (web site), available on the newsstands now.

Commented TRIVIUM: "We want to thank Kirk for his kindness and genorsity for taking the time to do this with us and thank Guitar World for letting us be a part of this feature we really enjoyed it!"

Check out a photo of Heafy and Beaulieu with Hammett at this location.

TRIVIUM's third album, "The Crusade", was mixed by Colin Richardson for a tentative October 10 release via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). A European tour with IRON MAIDEN will follow in November/December, with plans for a European headlining trek in the spring.

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Metallica Ends iTunes Holdout

Billboard.com reports that Metallica, one of the biggest acts yet to make its music available for sale via Apple's iTunes Music Store, has ended its holdout. Beginning yesterday (July 25), the enduring hard rock outfit's work is for sale via the U.S. and Canada editions of the digital store.

Metallica albums have previously been available for download via services such as MSN Music, but have never been broken up for single-song purchase until now. At iTunes, the group's first four albums ("Kill 'Em All," "Ride the Lightning," "Master of Puppets" and "...And Justice for All") have been expanded with previously unreleased live tracks recorded in Seattle in 1989.

"We chose these four because, unlike the more recent releases, we were only capable of writing 8-9 songs for each of these albums," the band writes on its Web site.

The iTunes rollout only includes the U.S. and Canada for now, due to a dispute with Metallica's overseas record label, Mercury. The company "doesn't seem to want to play ball with us on this at the moment," the band says.

Among the other major artists who have yet to come to an agreement with iTunes are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and Garth Brooks.

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Metallica Guitarist Selling California Home

According to SF.Curbed.com, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett is selling his Pacific Heights, California house for $12.5 million. The Georgian Mansion with 9,519 square feet, nine bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths, a library, and a "billiard/family room" includes "a deep grassy garden and detached 2-car side-by-side garage," according to a posting on Hammett's realtors' web site. "The gated motor court affords ample off-street parking. Faithfully maintained and upgraded for more than a century, this property is among a select handful of timeless classics...at one of the City's very best locations."

For a "virtual tour" of Hammett's home, click here. To view the floorplan, go to this location.

For more information, click here.

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Metallica Among Biggest Wusses Says Blender

METALLICA has made Blender magazine's list of the "The 25 Biggest Wusses … Ever!" The list, which was published in the magazine's July 200 issue, "salutes the most awesomely wimpy musicians of all time." In the short write-up explaining METALLICA's inclusion on the list, the Blender editors state, "The haircuts were lame and the anti-Napster crusade lamer, but neither prepared fans for the soppy bitchfest that was 'Some Kind of Monster': The once-throttling metalheads dropped $40K a month on a touchy-feely life coach in a Cosby sweater who played master to METALLICA's puppets. Lars and James bicker and weep throughout, but neither has the decency to just go ahead and slug the other. Wussiest moment: Lars's ego is crushed by his gnomish father who, upon hearing a new song, sagely advises, 'I would delete that.'"

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Metallica's "The Simpsons" Debut To Start Season

As previously reported, the members of Metallica are were in the studio back in September to record their voices for an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" to air in 2006. It has now been announced that they will appear in the first installment of the show's eighteenth season, which commences in the US in September.

Metallica joins a long list of acclaimed musicians who have made cameos on the long-running animation, including the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Smashing Pumpkins, REM and Elton John.

The White Stripes are also set to appear in a forthcoming episode of The Simpsons.

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"Rock Star: Supernova" Contestants Revealed

RealityTVWorld has issued the following report from Steve Rogers:

"CBS has revealed the identities of the fifteen singers who will compete in Rock Star: SUPERNOVA, this summer's new edition of the Mark Burnett-created Rock Star: INXS reality talent competition that the network aired last summer.

Scheduled to premiere Wednesday, July 5 at 8PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode, Rock Star: Supernova will look for a lead singer for Supernova, a newly-formed band comprised of MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer (and former NBC reality show star) Tommy Lee, former METALLICA guitarist Jason Newsted (VOIVOD), and former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke. First season co-hosts Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will both return for Rock Star's second edition.

Following its July 5 premiere, a special Thursday broadcast of Rock Star: Supernova's second episode will follow Big Brother 7: All-Stars' July 6 premiere, after which the series will settle into its regularly scheduled Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time periods.
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'Metalocalypse' Cartoon Featuring Metallica

METALLICA's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett — along with members of ARCH ENEMY and NEVERMORE — have lent their voices to the cartoon series "Death Clock Metalocalypse". Check out the show teaser at this location.

Brendon Small, known for the series "Home Movies", co-created "Death Clock Metalocalypse" about a Norwegian heavy metal band called DEATHKLOK. Although they rock to the top of the charts with gusto, they are also incredibly stupid and leave a path of destruction and mayhem behind wherever they tour. The new series will premiere in August on on Adult Swim, the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network.

METALLICA had previously lent their voices to such animated shows as "The Simpsons" and "Dave the Barbarian".

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Chimaira Post Metallica Cover Online

Chimaira have posted their cover of Metallica's "Disposable Heroes" on their Myspace page. You can listen to the cover track here.

As previously reported, Chimaira recently parted ways with Roadrunner Records and are seeking a new record deal.

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Audience Video Footage Of New Metallica Song

Audience recorded sound and video clips of METALLICA performing an as-yet-untitled new song during their headlining appearance Tuesday, June 6 at Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany have been posted online. You can check out the links to an MP3 and video segments here and another video at YouTube.com.

As on the first two dates on the band's current "Escape From The Studio '06" tour, METALLICA played their entire 1986 album, "Master of Puppets", at the Berlin show, including rarely performed tracks such as "Orion" and "Disposable Heroes". The concert's second encore also featured a rendition of the RAMONES classic "Commando", with members of support band AVENGED SEVENFOLD joining in on vocals.

METALLICA will head back into the studio to resume work on their ninth studio effort after completing this summer's festival run.

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Korn Frontman To Sit Out U.K.'s Download Festival

According to VirtualFestivals.com and NME.com, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has had to pull out of his scheduled appearance at U.K.'s Download festival, taking place at Donington Park. But the band will play on, with some "very special guests" filling in on vocals.

The singer was admitted to an unspecified U.K. hospital earlier, although there are currently no details on his condition.

The rest of KORN are scheduled to appear on Download's Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. today. The band will play a shortened 30-minute set, with a variety of guests helping out on vocals.

METALLICA, who are headlining straight after KORN, famously endured a similar card of fate at this same festival in 2004, when drummer Lars Ulrich was unable to play due to illness at the eleventh hour. SLIPKNOT and SLAYER were among bands that donated their stickmen to fill the void and the resulting show went down as a historical event in Donington's rich rock tapestry.

Furthermore, speculation is rife that METALLICA frontman James Hetfield may be amongst the Korn Karaoke contenders, given that Jonathan Davis once stood in for him at a METALLICA show, when he was unable to perform due to injury.

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Metallica DL Fest Videos w/ Lombardo, Jordison

A live video of METALLICA members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo performing the track "Battery" with SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo at the Download festival in England on June 6, 2004 has been posted online at YouTube.com. More footage — including interview clips with some of the other bands performing at the Download 2004 festival (such as DAMAGEPLAN, HATEBREED and ILL NINO) — can be found here.

METALLICA's regular drummer, Lars Ulrich, was taken to hospital with an undisclosed illness just hours before METALLICA were due to headline the festival. Rather than pull the show and risk a revolt from fans, METALLICA called upon SLAYER and SLIPKNOT drummers, Lombardo and Joey Jordison (respectively), alongside Ulrich's long-standing drum tech Flemming Larsen, to rescue the gig. Jordison played in his SLIPKNOT mask. You can watch a clip of Joey Jordison performing "Enter Sandman" with METALLICA at this location. Video of Jordison's rendition of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" with METALLICA can be viewed here.

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"Rock Star: Supernova" To Premiere July 5

Steve Rogers of Reality TV World has issued the following report:

CBS announced Friday (May 5) that "Rock Star: Supernova", this summer's new edition of the Mark Burnett-created "Rock Star: INXS" reality talent competition that the network aired last summer, will premiere on Wednesday, July 5 at 8PM ET/PT. A special Thursday broadcast of "Rock Star: Supernova"'s second episode will follow the next day's premiere of "Big Brother 7: All-Stars", after which "Rock Star" will settle into its regularly scheduled Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time periods.

As previously announced, "Rock Star"'s second season will look for a lead singer for SUPERNOVA, a newly-formed band comprised of MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer (and former NBC reality show star) Tommy Lee, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, and ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke. First season co-hosts Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will both return for "Rock Star"'s second edition.

Read the full article at Reality TV World.

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Metallica Avoids Conflict While Making New Album

Billboard.com reports: Hetfield admits the process of making an album while sober is "very different because there is a lot more awareness of what we are doing and sometimes over-thinking it. Now we are very present for it all and I'm not afraid to do or try anything musically."

But he says the current project, which is being produced by Rick Rubin, is "going great because everyone is present and everyone is enjoying the process. The process is a lot easier. [Drummer] Lars [Ulrich] and I would butt heads daily. It would be going to war every day. You'd suit up in your armor before you go in the studio. Battling back and forth. Now it's helping each other do the best of their ability. It's all moving toward the same goal instead of pulling back."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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