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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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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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Metallica Perform Songs Long Unplayed Live

METALLICA performed "The God That Failed" from the band's self titled "Black" album last night in Washington, D.C. at the MCI Center. It is the first time in over a decade that the song was performed in North America. The last time it was performed at all was in Donington, England back in 1995.

Here was the setlist from the show: More...

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Metallica Documentary Up For An Award

Metallica's acclaimed documentary, "Some Kind Of Monster," has been nominated in the "Feature" category of the 20th annual International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards. The movie, co-directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, will go up against 13 other films, including "Fahrenheit 9/11," "The Corporation," "Control Room," "Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer" and several more. The winners will be announced at the IDA Awards Benefit Gala on December 10th, at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Hollywood.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield says that he has no regrets about the film, a candid look at the turbulent and near-disastrous making of their 2003 album, "St. Anger." "The movie is very, very open and very scary for us. There are times when I just want to take it all back. But I know it's good for us. The more we put our heart and our realness out there, the more that we'll connect with the world."

For more information on the IDA, go to documentary.org. "Some Kind Of Monster" is tentatively due for release on DVD sometime this fall.
The band is currently on the final leg of their 2004 North American tour.

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Metallica Sift Through 50 Hours Of New Music

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo tells PhillyBurbs.com the band already has a jump start on the next album: More than 50 recorded hours of pre-set jamming, with hundreds of riffs, chord progressions and bass lines to sift through. "It's kind of like you're starting over again," Trujillo said. "It feels like a resurgence, and we'll ride the wave now."

He also was quoted as saying in a phone interview: "If it wouldn't have clicked with us or wouldn't have clicked with someone else, they would have called it a day."

Read the full article at Philly Burbs.

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Heavy Metal Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.

"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.

"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."

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Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Tracklisting

The track listing for Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (out Tuesday October 5, if you're into that sort of thing) has quite a number of metal bands on it.

Frank Sinatra - "That's Life"
The Doors - "Break On Through (To The Other Side)"
Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire"
Ramones - "Rock ‘N Roll High School"
Sugarhill Gang - "Rappers Delight"
Metallica - "Whiplash"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Power of Equality"
The Stooges - "1970"
X - "Los Angeles"
Violent Femmes - "Add It Up"
The D.O.C. - "Whirlwind Pyramid"
Jimmy Eat World - "Pain"
Rancid - "Fall Back Down"
The Explosion - "Here I Am"
Melvins - "Sweet Willy Rollbar"
Distillers - "Beat Your Heart Out"
Less Than Jake - "That's Why They Call It A Union"
Faith No More - "Mid Life Crisis"
Ween - "It's Gonna Be A Long Night"
Joy Division - "Warsaw"
Dead Boys - "Sonic Reducer"
Brand Nubian - "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down"
Cut Chemist - "Drums of Fire"
The Germs - "Lexicon Devil"
Disturbed - "Liberate"
The Living End - "End of the World"
Fear - "I Love Livin In The City"
Audio Two - "Top Billin"
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - "Soul Brother #1"
Das Oath - "Awesome R***"
Libretto - "Volume"
Handsome Boy Modeling School - "Holy Calamity"
Zeke - "Long Train Running"
Lamb of God - "Black Label"
3 Inches of Blood - "Deadly Sinners"
The Hiss - "Back On The Radio"
25 Ta Life - "Over the Years"
Nebula - "So It Goes"
Aesop Rock - "No Jumper Cables"
Living Legends - "Night Prowler"
Atmosphere - "Trying To Find A Balance"
Suicide Machines - "High Anxiety"
The Casualties - "Unknown Soldier"
Diverse - "Certified"
Ultramagnetic MC's - "Ego Trippin"
Camaros - "Cheesecake"
Steele Pulse - "Born Fe Rebel"
Ministry - "No W"
Grand Puba - "I Like It"
Operatic - "Interested In Madness"
Mike V & the Rats - "Never Give Up"
Dead End Road - "Sin City"
Melbeatz feat. Kool Savas - "Grind On"

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Metallica Announce Last Of "Madly In Anger" Dates

More shows have been announced:

Nov 17 Dallas, TX
Nov 22 Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 24 San Diego, CA
Nov 27 Anaheim, CA
Nov 28 San Jose, CA

Keep checking Metallica.com for the latest on sale info. These are the final dates for the Madly In Anger With The World Tour. For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, click here.

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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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