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Formed: 1981
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active


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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Mustaine Attacks Ulrich and Hetfield

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has spoken to Canada's Chart Attack about 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.

"Everyone says how the part with me [in the movie] is the most intense. Yeah, because I'm the only one who thinks Lars is a punk," Mustaine said. "Everyone else is afraid of him. He looks like a fuckin' Eminem wannabe right now. Anyone who watches that movie and doesn't realize that whoever comes into contact with Lars hates him… If you watch the movie closely, you see that Lars treats everyone so badly. They all end up in therapy! Even the counselor ended up in therapy! More...

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Metallica Adds Two Canadian Tour Dates

Metallica have added two more shows in Canada:

Oct 27 Hamilton, ON Canada (Public on sale 9/25 10AM )
Oct 28 London, ON Canada (Public on sale 9/27 Time TBA)

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Metallica To Have New Album Out Late 2005

METALLICA's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett recently spoke to the freetimes.com and said he said "the band's hoping to head back to the studio after finishing its current tour and have an album done by late next year." You can check out the entire article here.

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Metallica Add Five More Tour Dates

Metallica are continuing their reign through North America and have added 5 more shows. Check out the new dates below:

Oct 20 Philadelphia, PA (*Second Show*) - Public on sale 9/18 10 AM
Oct 25 Boston, MA (*Second Show*) - Public on sale 9/18 Time TBA
Nov 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Public on sale 9/18 Time TBA
Nov 8 Jacksonville, FL - Public on sale 9/18 12 PM
Nov 11 Nashville, TN - Public on sale 9/18 10AM

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Metal Masters' Righteous Revival

Toronto Star wrote an article about how "evil isn't what it used to be."

Parents groups, conservative politicians and religious wingnuts worried daily that exposure to metal was promoting everything from promiscuity, substance abuse and casual violence among teens to an overall increase in Satan's power over the surface of the earth. Tipper Gore, of the then-notorious Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), claimed the music told young people "It's okay to beat people up" and successfully lobbied for warning labels to be affixed to potentially offensive recordings. Geraldo Rivera presided over a straight-faced, primetime "news" special exploring the links between heavy metal and Satanism.

Ozzy Osbourne — already notorious in the midst of his drunken "lost years" for biting the heads off a dove and a bat (the latter, in Ozzy's defence, was accidental) — found himself dragged into California court over the first of two ludicrous legal claims that his song, "Suicide Solution," had convinced an unfortunate teenager to kill himself. British metallers Judas Priest would face a lawsuit of their own in Reno, Nevada a couple of years later when the families of two more suicidal teens claimed subliminal messages on the band's 1978 album, "Stained Class," had coaxed the boys to "do it." Slayer would be next in court in the '90s when three teens who murdered, then raped, a 15-year-old girl in a horrific "virgin sacrifice" claimed the band's blood-spattered lyrics were responsible.

Read the full article at Toronto Star.

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Our First Giveaway: So What?

UPDATE: The winners have been chosen and notified. This giveaway is now over.

Random House has been kind enough to provide Metal Underground.com 3 copies of the recently released book "SO WHAT: The Good, the Mad, and the Ugly", the official illustrated Metallica chronicle, by Steffan Chirazi and Metallica. It's hard-cover, full-color, and contains tons of photos, images of hand-written notes, and is the first and only fully authorized Metallica book.

Here's straight from the press release:

Edited by Steffan Chirazi, full-time chronicler of the band and editor of So What! magazine, a quarterly that is mailed to the 22,000 members of the Metallica fan club, SO WHAT! illustrates Metallica's journey from the inside-including its milestones, memories and darkest days. A collection of both new and archival materials, SO WHAT! lavishly chronicles all aspects of Metallica's rise to fame from its small but fierce cult following in L.A. through the late 80s and early 90s when the band attained massive success, becoming the best-selling rock act of the 1990s, to the present day where they can be found on the "Madly in Anger" tour- So What! magazine has been there for for all of the highs and lows, and everything in between.

SO WHAT! includes original interviews, handwritten notes from the band, intimate journal entries, and more than 1000 exclusive photos. With the intimate involvement of current band members, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo and compiled with the hard and humorous attitude that has earned Metallica their place in the rock-god stratosphere, SO WHAT! provides an all-access pass to the backstage including:

  • Transcripts of exclusive interviews, including the first-ever Metallica round-table discussion, an in-depth perspective of the band from Lars' father, Torben Ulrich, and an exclusive Spring 2004 band interview;

  • Intimate access to the band by way of notes scribbled throughout the book, lists of favorites, snapshots, and personal contributions;

  • Journal entries and one-on-one interviews with each of the band members where they wax eloquent about life, each other, the music and everything in between;

  • Honest discussion about more difficult times such as the search for a new bassist, James Hetfield's rehabilitation, and their extended hiatus from 1999-2002;

  • Thousands childhood photos, the band's early days, tours, vacations, and the recording studio.

The one and only authorized Metallica chronicle, SO WHAT! is an intimate look at the musical, physical, and emotional life of Metallica as a band and as individuals. As James Hetfield says in his personal Introduction to the book, "We want something that goes beyond just information. A deep and honest look into us as humans and the fun and pain we go through. This book (in our best attempt) shows our warts and all inside and out. Reminding ourselves that we are 'works in progress.'"

All you have to do to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of these 3 copies, is to sign up as a member of metalunderground.com. You must provide a real email address, as notification of the winners will be done via email on September 15. Failure to respond within a week will result in a new winner being drawn.

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Metallica To Break After Touring To Write A New CD

METALLLICA frontman James Hetfield has told Launch Radio Networks that they are starting to think about their next project. According to Hetfield, the group has been preparing for each concert in their backstage "jam room," and have started coming up with ideas for new songs. "I'm really excited to do the next record," he said. "I'm also really excited to take some time off and just not have anything on a schedule. Creatively I think things are working really good. We're feeling really good. We're in the jam room coming up with stuff. Creatively, stuff's flowing. It feels so free and open."

Hetfield said he expects METALLICA to take some time off when their tour ends in November, and then reconvene in late spring or early summer of 2005 to start working on the next album.

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Kerrang! Music Awards Nominations Released

SLIPKNOT, METALLICA, THE DARKNESS, H.I.M., RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and BLINK-182 are battling it out for the "Best Band" award at the Kerrang! Awards 2004, according to the BBC News.

The nominees for Kerrang! were revealed at a live gig in London on Tuesday (August 24), where bands like the LOSTPROPHETS, BIFFY CLYRO and MINUS performed for 500 delighted rock fans.

Previous big-name winners include FOO FIGHTERS, BON JOVI, MARILYN MANSON, AC/DC and IGGY POP.

Seven of this year's awards have been voted for by the public, with the remainder judged by the Kerrang! team.

The awards themselves will take place at a top-secret location on Thursday.

Kerrang! Awards 2004 nominees:

Best British Newcomer:


Best International Newcomer :


Best Single:

ASH – "Orpheus"
LOSTPROPHETS – "Last Train Home"
THE RASMUS - "In The Shadows"
H.I.M. - "Funeral Of Hearts"
LINKIN PARK - "Breaking The Habit"
EVANESCENCE - "Going Under"

Best Album:

SLIPKNOT -"Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE -"The End of Heartache"
MUSE – "Absolution"
LOSTPROPHETS - "Start Something"
BLINK-182 – "Blink-182"

Best Video:

BLINK-182 - "I Miss You"
SLIPKNOT – "Duality"
NEW FOUND GLORY - "All Downhill From Here"
H.I.M. - "Funeral of Hearts"

Best Live Band:


Best Band On The Planet:


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650 Fans Attend Metallica's 'So What' Book Signing

Six hundred and fifty die-hard fans attended an exclusive book signing with METALLICA at the legendary live music club First Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday night (August 16). METALLICA autographed every fan's copy of "So What! The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" from midnight to 3 a.m. following their sold-out show earlier that evening at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Lucky fans won giveaway prizes including METALLICA fan club memberships and t-shirts while the club blasted METALLICA music and ran live concert and interview footage from previous shows on the big screen.

Published by Broadway Books and edited by Steffan Chirazi, full-time chronicler of the band and editor of "So What!" magazine, a quarterly that is mailed to the 22,000 members of the METALLICA fan club, "So What! The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" includes original interviews, handwritten notes from the band, intimate journal entries and more than 1000 exclusive photos. With the intimate involvement of band members, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo and compiled with the hard and humorous attitude that has earned METALLICA their place in the rock-god stratosphere, "So What! The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" provides an all-access pass to the backstage.

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Vote For Best Metal Videos Of The New Millennium

MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.

Videos you can vote for: More...

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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:


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New Music For Metallica's St. Anger Buyers

The Metallicavault.com website has been updated with some new graphics and music. The Vault is your place for FREE live downloads of Metalli-shows from the past. To access the Vault, you must use the code that came with your purchase of St. Anger (inserted on a piece of paper) and simply sign up with your e-mail address. If you already registered, and forgot your log in, click here to retrieve it.

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3 New Canadian Metallica Dates Announced

Three new Metallica dates have filtered in. They are all for Canada and here they are:

Oct. 4th @ Bell Centre, Montreal
Oct. 6th @ Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Oct. 7th @ Coral Centre, Ottawa

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Q&A With James Hetfield

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune recently caught up with Metallica frontman James Hetfield and asked him about bandmate Lars Ulrich's remark that the Metallica that exists now is the Metallica that Jason Newsted always advocated when he was in the band. "Jason certainly sparked the inward look in us all, but unfortunately he was the one that chose not to look inward, he just ran outward," Hetfield said. "Right when it started to get heavy, he bailed on it. I'm glad we continued with what we had to do. In a way, we were disappointed that he wasn't willing to do the work. He just wanted to get to the destination. He didn't want to travel the journey."

Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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Lostprophets' Watkins 'Scared' Of James Hetfield

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins tells Launch Radio Networks he grew up worshipping Metallica and especially frontman James Hetfield while touring with the group in Europe last month, and he admitted he was a little nervous around his idol. "James would come out to the dressing room and hang out, and sit down and chat, but I was just scared all the time," he explained. "You know, I just couldn't get past the fact that he was James Hetfield. And I'm not like that with most people. Most people, it's like, 'whatever,' but this is James Hetfield. And he's very imposing anyway. I mean, he's like one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but he's still James Hetfield, so he's still scary."

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Dave Mustaine Disapproves Of Metallica Documentary

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has told MTV.com that got stabbed in the back by Metallica and filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky after he agreed to help them out with the $4.3 million movie "Some Kind of Monster." In one of the most powerful scenes in the film, Mustaine confronts Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich about being kicked out of the band in 1982 for being a belligerent drunk.

"If you watch the stuff linearly, it's totally different," Mustaine said. "They filmed three hours of us together and they only used about five minutes. Why didn't they use the part where Lars gets up and walks to the bathroom crying because I let him have it because of the shit that happened?"

Mustaine told MTV.com that after the filmed therapy session, he was handed release papers, which he agreed to sign, provided he was given the chance to OK the footage he was in after it was edited. More than a year later he was sent a tape of his scene, which he was extremely unhappy with. So he talked to one of the movie's directors and sent a message to Metallica stating that he didn't want his scene released.

"It didn't mean anything to them," Mustaine said. "Then Lars put his spin on it, saying, 'Well, we looked at [his statement], and we couldn't figure out if it was him or the management saying it.' Who gives a fuck? We didn't approve it, and that's all that should have mattered. I can't think of anybody who has frustrated and hurt me more over the years than Lars."

"I had no idea I was getting set up," Mustaine continued. "And the thing I don't understand is that for 20 years they've said that I was the temporary guitar player, and that I was no good. You don't talk about me, and basically pretended that I never even existed, and now I'm so goddamn important I gotta be in the movie? Give me a break."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Godsmack Frontman To Sue Management Of Nightclub

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has pulled out of his deal with the co-owners of Dorsia, the New York nightclub he went in on in 2003, according to MTV.com. Erna plans to sue his former business partners for improper management, sources close to the band said.

Taking a break between legs of the sold-out Metallica tour, Godsmack will resume its arena stint around the country on August 16. In a climate of what Billboard recently called "one of the worst concert seasons in years," the Metallica/Godsmack tour, according to Pollstar, is #8 among the Top 100 Tours so far in 2004.

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Lars Ulrich Splits With Wife

The New York Post reports that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife, Skylar, are splitting up. Ulrich had been spotted kissing sexy blond 'Gladiator' actress Connie Nielsen at Hue in the West Village the other night. "Lars and Skylar are very private people," a rep for Lars revealed. "They have been separated since March. They didn't think it was anyone's business, but since you've got the story, they're going public with it on Metallica's Web site. They will share custody of their two kids." The message posted on their official website on Monday: "Lars and Skylar Ulrich are getting divorced after seven years of marriage. The couple have been quietly going through divorce proceedings and separated since March. They will share custody of their two children."

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Metallica Announces SKOM Dates And Theatres

The critically acclaimed documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" continues to storm through Canada this week as it appears in the theatres below. See the film that the Seattle Times called "raw and revealing" and the Guardian in the UK described as "A great rock documentary! A compelling and ultimately rather cheering portrait of superstardom. You end up both rooting for them and applauding their bravery both for allowing the film to go ahead and not interfering in the production process."

For all the latest news on Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, visit the official website at

American, Canadian and European dates and theatres: More...

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Metallica & Godsmack Tour #7 Most Successful

Metallica's tour with Godsmack grossed around $22 million in the first half of 2004 to land at No. 7 on the list of the 10 most successful tours so far this year, according to Billboard. Metallica might have grossed even more had they not taken several breaks from the road to spend time with their families.

The top earner was David Bowie, whose A Reality Tour grossed $45.4 million over 82 shows, according to MTV.com. Since the figures reflect shows between November 19, 2003, and May 18, 2004, Bowie's numbers were not affected by last month's cancellation of the last 10 days of his European tour.

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