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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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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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Therion Post New Cover Songs Online

Swedish Symphonic metallers THERION have posted cover versions of METALLICA's "Fight Fire With Fire", JUDAS PRIEST's "Green Manalishi" and THIN LIZZY's "Southbound". Links and notes from frontman Christofer Johnsson can be found below:

"Fight Fire With Fire"- "Thought we're getting too old to grind, eh? We tuned down the guitars, raised the tempo and kicked some serious ass in the studio. The vocals are done by me in the chorus and by Anders (the bald guy) in the verses. We used to play this song in 1987 when we where called Blitzkrieg. Recorded and mixed at our own studio Modern Art."

"Green Manalishi"- "This is a cover of their cover on Fleetwood Mac. One of their best songs that I used to listen to a lot when I was young. We tried to do it close to how their original version sounded on the Hell Bent For Leather" album (it later appeared in various live versions on Single and Maxi B-sides and the Unleashed In The East live album). As we made a cover on their cover, it's no point in experimenting with our version, as then it would not be a Judas Priest cover, rather a Fleetwood Mac cover. Recorded and mixed at our own studio Modern Art."

"Southbound"- "Here we tried to make everything as different from the Therion way as we could. It sounds like a sup-pop band from the 80's or something. We used Sarah to sing here, but let her use the "normal" voice (not the opera voice). No one would ever guess that this is Therion playing if they didn't know it and that's one of the ideas behind this version. It's fun to try odd things once in a while."

Head here to check out other cover songs by Therion.

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Trivium: The New Metallica

In an article from the New York Metro newspaper, writer Amber Ray finds the new Metallica - Trivium. Several excerpts from the article:

Dreaming of becoming the next Metallica seems so early 90's. But forgive the boys of Orlando, Fla.-based metal outfit Trivium for wanting to recapture the rock gods' glory days. When James Hetfield and company broke into the mainstream, Trivium's members were still in elementary school.

"I think that ever since day one our main goal was to be the next Metallica." says 18-year-old Heafy [lead vocals and guitar] over the phone. "Ever since I joined the band when I was 13, the drive to grab that goal never fell through."

Read the full article at Roadrunner Records.

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Metallica's Black Album #3 In "Soundscan Era"

ABC ePrep is reporting that a list of the top ten best-selling albums of the SoundScan era has just come out. SoundScan tracks music sales, and the SoundScan era is defined as the period between 1991 and the present. Country/pop star SHANIA TWAIN's album "Come On Over" tops the list. The album sold nearly 15.3 million copies. Here's the list:

01. SHANIA TWAIN ? "Come On Over" (15.3 million)
02. ALANIS MORISSITTE - "Jagged Little Pill" (14.3 million)
03. METALLICA - "Metallica" (14.2 million)
04. BACKSTREET BOYS - "Millennium" (12.1 million)
05. WHITNEY HOUSTON, others - "Bodyguard" soundtrack (11.8 million)
06. SANTANA - "Supernatural" - (11.4 million)
07. CREED - "Human Clay" - (11.4 million)
08. 'N SYNC - "No Strings Attached" (11.1 million)
09. CELINE DION - "Falling Into You" (10.7 million)
10. BRITNEY SPEARS - "Baby One More Time" (10.5 million)

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Killer Believed Metallica's 'Ronnie' Was About Him

Ronald Pituch, 29, a Medford man who was sentenced to 50 years in prison yesterday for killing his mother and an 11-year-old boy more than two years ago says he believed he was possessed by the devil and that a song by heavy-metal band Metallica titled "Ronnie" (from teh album "Load") - which is about a loner who commits murder - was written about him.

Pituch said his mental problems were exacerbated by drinking but that he has been taking medication consistently since he was arrested for the killings. Defense attorneys acknowledged Pituch has manic depression and is a paranoid schizophrenic.

Read the full article at Phillyburbs.com.

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Ron McGovney Comments On Upcoming VH1 Special

Former METALLICA bassist Ron McGovney has revealed more information about the upcomingVH1 METALLICA special called "When Metallica Ruled The World", which is scheduled to air later in the year. In a posting to the METALLICA message board, McGovney wrote, "I haven't been on the boards for a while, so someone may have already mentioned that VH1 is doing a show called 'When Metallica Ruled the World'. More...

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Mustaine Unleashes The Fury On Metallica

Music Choice Studio Sessions caught up with Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine back in November, where he discussed his role in the Metallica documentary 'Some Kind Of Monster'. Mustaine also joked about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's comments in Blabbermouth that he was sexually attracted to him, prompting Mustaine to say Lars was "really sick". Mustaine then discussed the Megadeth farewell tour and took a parting shot at KISS. Listen to the interview here.

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47th Grammy Nominees Announced

The 2005 Grammy Nominations are in, and Cradle Of Filth, Killswitch Engage, Nickelback, and Slipknot are all in the hunt. The Nominations for BEST HARD ROCK and METAL performances are as follows:

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.) More...

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Vote For The Best Metal Videos Of 2004

MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.

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Metallica's Welcome Home (Sanitarium) A Rip Off?

Did Metallica inadvertently "borrow" a musical idea from another band for their 1986 dark "power ballad" "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"? Several Internet reports definitely seem to suggest so.

A song called "Rainbow Warrior" by the obscure NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band Bleak House (photo) appears to contain undeniable similarities to the Metallica classic. The Bleak House track was released as a seven-inch single in 1980 via Buzzard Records, and was followed up by another seven-inch single in 1982 and various compilation appearances before the band apparently called it a day.

A self-proclaimed NWOBHM fanatic, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spent much of his time in the early '80s tracking down obscure recordings from his favorite groups of the era. Ten years after the NWOBHM's glory days of 1982, Ulrich took time out to put together a multi-band compilation, "'79 Revisited: New Wave of British Heavy Metal", along with journalist Geoff Barton, whose work in the now-defunct weekly U.K. rock paper Sounds had kept Ulrich posted while he was in the States.

Bleak House - "Rainbow Warrior" (mp3)
Metallica - "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" (Windows Media)

For more information on Bleak House, click here.

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Heavy Metal In Iraq

In The War Against Terrorism (or TWAT for short) the ultimate weapon is apparently rock music. Troops working in Fallujah, Iraq have a new weapon of choice - heavy metal!

The armies are reported to have tried using loud blasts of AC/DC, Metallica and other bands to discomfort their enemy.

James Hetfiled had the following to say about the use of his music as an offensive tool, "For me, the lyrics are a form of expression, a freedom to express my insanity," Hetfield told a US radio station. "If the Iraqis aren't used to freedom, then I'm glad to be part of their exposure. We've been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?"

He says that he understands why heavy metal can be used as such a destructive tool for interrogation, "It's the relentlessness of the music. It's completely relentless. ... If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I'd go insane, too. I'd tell you anything you wanted to know."

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Mustaine: Ulrich Thinks He Created Heavy Metal

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has told The Edmonton Sun that his Christian faith kicked up a notch while recovering from a nerve injury in his fretting hand. He couldn't play at all for more than a year. Megadeth was shelved — for good, he thought — but the "fire" kept burning.

"I had a pretty profound spiritual experience during the process, too," he says. "I believed in God my whole life, but I was never really ready to serve Him until I said these six simple words: 'What have I got to lose?'

"People say, oh, Dave became a Christian. They think I'm a pussy. I'm not. I'm still the same guy. If you make me angry, you still make me angry. It's just the way I'm going to respond to it.

"One of the things I decided early on is that I'm not going to go around telling people they're doing something wrong. That would've been the same as when everybody was doing this sobriety police stuff in the music industry, which I thought was absolutely pathetic. I was on tour with Aerosmith and they had their sobriety police out and I said, 'How gay is that?' "

He goes on and on in much the same vein, spontaneously weighing in on a variety of musical and political issues and taking a nice shot at Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich - "The guy thinks he created heavy metal. Metal created you, buddy."

Read the full article at The Edmonton Sun.

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Hetfield says Mustaine Is A Good Guy

In a recent interview with Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM, Metallica frontman James Hetfield spoke about some of the pointed comments made about him and the rest of Metallica by the group's former guitarist, Dave Mustaine (now the leader of Megadeth). Asked if he was surprised by the fact that Mustaine named him one of the most solid rhythm guitar players around during a recent radio appearance, Hetfield said, "No, it doesn't surprise me. Dave's a great guy. Sometimes he gets to get lost in it and he overthinks things. I think he's easily guided by press sometimes. And when you see some of the stuff that's out now [in the press], Dave [going] 'Oh, I hate this, and this' and 'The mean Dave is back and I'm out to kick ass,' I think a lot of it has to do with press people egging him on, egging him on. 'Cause he's pretty good at doing that.

"I'm not gonna roll over for him, but you know, I understand what struggles he's going through. He and I have a lot in common. And there are times when I can read that he's a little bit off. But I know at the core Dave's a good guy.

"My theory is that people that are somewhat creative are screwed up, man — they just are. They get great ideas, but they can't stop them. They make up things and scenarios in their head. And I think I — I can only speak for myself — but when I start talking to people when they're not in the room, I know I'm going too far with it."

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Spend A Day With Metallica

Metallica have contributed a significant prize to be auctioned off at the T.J. Martell Foundation's first "World Tour of Wine" fund-raising dinner and auction on Thursday, November 11, 2004, in New York City.

The sold-out event will take place at The Grand Havana Room (formerly Top of the Sixes), located in midtown Manhattan at 666 Fifth Avenue. A five-course dinner will be prepared by renowned chef Alberto Gomez and select bottles of unique and rare wines from around the world will be served.

According to a press release, Metallica's contribution to the auction consists of a "Full Metallica Jacket" — a private one-on-one day with one of the members of Metallica. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the inner world of Metallica, including private tour of their recording studio and "HQ," dinner, and loads of Metallica goodies. Also included is round-trip airfare to San Francisco, transportation and two nights at a deluxe San Fransisco hotel.

For more information, click here.

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Metallica Sets Beat At First Metal Auction

Metallica fans paid higher than expected prices for the band's handwritten lyrics and original album cover artwork at the first major public auction of heavy metal music memorabilia. The sale was conducted by Julien Entertainment Saturday, November 6, at the Hard Rock Cafe on West 57th Street in New York City.

"Lyrics to the group's first album in 1983, 'Kill 'Em All', handwritten by Metallica founder Lars Ulrich and early band member Cliff Burton, sold for $2,400 to more than $4,900 each. The pre-sale estimates ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 each," said auctioneer Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

"There were a total of 16 different handwritten Metallica lyrics, and they sold for a combined total of $48,600. Obviously, some fans were determined to buy historic keepsakes from the band," said Julien. More...

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Metallica DVD Details Revealed

According to a posting at Metallica's official web site, the DVD version of the band's $4.3-million documentary, "Some Kind of Monster", will be jampacked with seven hours of bonus features. The two-DVD set, due on January 25, 2005, will include the following:

* 40 Additional Scenes
* Exclusive intimate interviews with Metallica about the film
* Highlights from festivals and premieres
* Two audio commentaries by the band and directors
* Two trailers and a music video

To view the DVD packaging, click here.

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Mustaine Says Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' A Ripoff

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has once again slammed Metallica over the inclusion of a scene in Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster documentary in which Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sits down with Mustaine for a one-on-one therapy session, calling Ulrich "a treacherous little man" and accusing Metallica of having "ripped off" the ideas for their biggest hit.

Asked by Metal Maniacs magazine what it was like having that confrontation with Lars in Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster movie, Mustaine said, "The thing that bothers me is that people are booing my scene in the movie and it’s kinda like, ’Listen, dickhead, if I wasn’t here, there’d be no Metallica because James [Hetfield] sang, Lars played drums and there was Ron McGovney [bass]. Did it ever dawn on you that I was the only guitar player? That I had a more integral part than you gave me credit for’ You will never see anybody in the history of the world tell that little shit how it is. Everybody else is afraid of him. I’m not afraid of Lars. He’s a fuckin’ treacherous little man and that’s why he can’t stay married. That’s why everybody in the band can’t stand him. Their biggest song, Enter Sandman was ripped off from a band called Excel [referring to the 1989 track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void"]"

Enter Sandman currently stands as the biggest hit of Metallica’s career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991. Metallica’s self-titled "black album" has sold more than 14 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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Metallica Delay Vinyl Set

Metallica have had to delay the release of their 'Vinyl Box' set by a month. This is due to delays at the manufacturing plant. The set - which includes the band's first four albums, plus the 'Garage Days Re-Revisited' EP and the 'Creeping Death' 12" picture disc - will now come out at the end of November.

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Lars Wouldn't Change A Thing With 'St. Anger'

The Boston Globe caught up with Lars Ulrich for a Q&A session and asked the drummer about the polarized reaction to their latest effort, 'St. Anger'. "It's not the most easily digested record," Ulrich admitted. "In a time where radio seems to be going conversative again in the last couple of years -- and the Nickelbacks of the world are dominating it -- then when a band like us comes out and does something that's harsh and aggressive, it may be difficult for some people to initially accept it. But I'm glad we did it and I wouldn't change one thing about it... We needed to prove to ourselves that we still had that spunk in us and that we could make that kind of record."

Read the full article at The Boston Globe.

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Metallica 'Some Kind Of Monster' DVD In January?

According to U.K. online retailer Play.com, the two-disc DVD release of the Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster" is scheduled for January 24, 2005 with a retail price of £19.99 (approx $36.50 U.S.). No official announcement has been made regarding the DVD release as of yet. "Some Kind Of Monster" is still showing in theaters around the world.

Joe Berlinger, who directed the movie along with Bruce Sinofsky, had previously stated that "Some Kind of Monster" would be available in VHS and DVD format early next year in what was likely to be two editions: a double-disc set composed of the movie and plenty of bonus footage, and a four-disc box featuring the movie plus as much as four and a half hours of edited footage that didn't make the film. No further information is currently available.

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