Band Photo: Metallica (?)
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.
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
The 2004 Download Festival is scheduled to take place in Donington, UK on June 5th and 6th, and in Glasgow, Scotland on June 2nd and 3rd.
The latest confirmations come from CRADLE OF FILTH and SLAYER.
The confirmed lineup for the festivals in shaping up to look like this:
June 2nd - Glasgow, Scotland: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT and H.I.M.
June 3rd - Glasgow, Scotland: LINKIN PARK, LOSTPROPHETS, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE DISTILLERS and MACHINE HEAD.
June 5th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: LINKIN PARK, SUM 41, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE HIVES, THE DISTILLERS, CRADLE OF FILTH and MONSTER MAGNET. Game On Stage: ELECTRIC SIX, SOIL, AKERCOCKE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MILLION DEAD.
June 6th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO and GODSMACK. Game On Stage: H.I.M., BOWLING FOR SOUP, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, DAMAGEPLAN, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, LIFE OF AGONY and HATEBREED.
For more info visit the official website of the festival
Years before officially joining VOIVOD, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jasonic) jammed with Away (drums) and Piggy (guitar) at Jason's The Chophouse studio under the project name TARRAT. In 1998, the three VOIVOD instrumentalists regrouped at The Chophouse for five days of improvisational metal. These sessions produced tons of great sounds, including the initial structure of the song "M-Body" (which can be found on the VOIVOD LP "Phobos") as well as this recording entitled "One Reason", featuring the vocal stylings of Sophia Ramos. Taped a few months after TARRAT had laid down their music tracks, her vocals added a distinctive and unexpected touch of class to the original composition. Check out a two-minute clip in Real Audio format at this location.
In related Metallica news, Lydia Adetunji of the Financial Times wrote a piece on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his art collection, amongst other topics.
Read the full article at Financial Time.
live version of METALLICA's "Dyer's Eve", recorded during the group's March 5 appearance at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (file size: approx. 6.3 MB).
As previously reported, METALLICA's airing of "Dyer's Eve" in Los Angeles marked the first time the band have ever played the "…And Justice For All" track in its entirety (note: the band did not perform the song at the second Forum show on March 6).
METALLICA have confirmed more dates (see NEW) for their upcoming North American tour: More...
James Hetfield called the K-Rock Cane Show from San Francisco on Wednesday (February 25) to announce a second Metallica show in New York. He also talked about gearing up for the tour, their emotional documentary and their changed stance about being in front of a camera, and gave a message to their New York fans. Listen to the interview here.
The METALLICA fan site Inter Sandman has posted the following update:
"Some of you may know [rapper] JAY-Z released an album in 2003 called The Black Album. And we all know METALLICA's eponymous 1991 album was quickly dubbed 'The Black Album'.
"DJ Spooky is taking both Black Albums and creating JAY-Z vs. METALLICA. We don't know if this is an upcoming album or what it is... but you can listen to a preview here (MP3, file size approx. 7 MB)."
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield gave a short phone interview to Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM Wednesday (Feb. 25). Asked to comment on the recent reports that some of the material written and recorded in 2001 shortly before he went into rehab might end up on an upcoming soundtrack, James said,
"We don't know about that soundtrack thing just yet. But there are quite a few songs that didn't make it onto 'St. Anger' that… Presidio [a rented barrack at the San Francisco army base] was a place that we were recording in in San Francisco before the Headquarters was built and before I went into rehab. So there was probably... I don't know… 15 songs or something that didn't quite make it onto 'St. Anger' — maybe more. And those things. We've got 'em. They're cool — they're not finished, but they'll appear sometime somewhere, there'll be a right time for those. But for us, 'St. Anger' is doing really pretty darn good, and it's hard to not keep writing, so it would be tough to go back and redo some of that stuff or get it in the shape to put it out. That would remind me of, like, 'Load' and 'Re-Load' — working backwards. But there's just so much good vibe going on now, there's no use in kind of turning around. So those things will appear in their form some way or another."
As previously reported, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has stated in a recent interview that the music recorded during the Presidio sessions "is very different" to the material that ended up on last year's "St. Anger", with the songs containing "much more melody" and being closer in style to 1991's "Black Album" than the band's most recent release.
With regards to who might open for METALLICA on their upcoming North American tour, Hetfield said, "[We] don't know yet. We don't know. We've got GODSMACK out for the first bit. And we'll see how that goes, see who's available. We don't yet. So it will be a surprise."
Download Scoop's interview with James Hetfield in two parts at this location.
Some of Metallic's third leg tour dates have been announced and the Roanoke date has changed. Latest tour dates follow: More...
Metallica's much-anticipated documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" has been picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by IFC Films, according to Zap2it.com.
The film, which is owned by Metallica, was directed and produced by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.
The filmmakers and the band agreed to pursue an unusual way of managing the release of the movie, opting for a more unconventional approach in which Metallica will oversee and pay for all of the marketing costs. As part of the deal, IFC plans to match Metallica's P & A (prints and advertising) funds and partner in the endeavor. More...
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has revealed that plans exist for the band to release some of the material written and recorded in 2001 shortly before he went into rehab. Speaking to Sweden's Close-Up magazine for its February 2004 issue, Hetfield said, "There's tons of stuff left over from the Presidio [a rented barrack at the San Francisco army base] session. There's a soundtrack that we've been offered and some of that stuff might end up there."
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has previously stated that the music recorded during the Presidio sessions "is very different" to the material that ended up on last year's "St. Anger", with the songs containing "much more melody" and being closer in style to 1991's "Black Album" than the band's most recent release.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield, who is said to be an "avid hockey fan," will host a two-part look at the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche beginning this Thursday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. (ET) on ESPN immediately following Thursday Night Hockey (Colorado at St. Louis or Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Read the full article at NHL.com.
According to Katt.com, METALLICA will be playing in Oklahoma City, OK at the Ford Center on May 14th.
Here are the complete, latest upcoming Metallica US and European tour dates: More...
MOTÖRHEAD are scheduled to go into the studio this week with producer Bob Kulick to record a track for an upcoming METALLICA tribute album. The band will be recording "Whiplash" for inclusion on the collection, due later in the year through Cleopatra Records. Other groups believed to be contributing to the CD include DARK ANGEL ("Creeping Death"), LIFE AFTER DEATH ("Eye Of The Beholder") and the as-yet-unnamed collaboration between ex-PITCHSHIFTER/current DOHENY frontman J.S. Clayden and former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader ("St. Anger"). More information will be made available soon.
In other MOTÖRHEAD-related news, the group have assembled in Los Angeles to write/record their new studio offering. The album is reportedly shaping up well and a June release date is anticipated.
METALLICA's recent documentary "Some Kind of Monster" is being screened at several film festivals around the world. The documentary chronicles the bandmembers lives from the time they began work on their most recent album, St. Anger, to the first show of the 2003 tour, including personal scenes of the group in therapy, confronting former members Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted, and dealing with the demands of a newly clean and sober James Hetfield.
METALLICA won a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 46th annual Grammy Awards, held on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. METALLICA ("St. Anger") beat out such other "Metal" nominees as KORN ("Did My Time"), MARILYN MANSON ("mOBSCENE"), SPINESHANK ("Smothered") and STONE SOUR ("Inhale"). Also winning in the "Hard Rock Performance" category were EVANESCENCE ("Bring Me to Life"), who were chosen over such acts as AUDIOSLAVE ("Like a Stone"), GODSMACK ("Straight Out of Line"), JANE'S ADDICTION ("Just Because"), and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ("Go With the Flow"). EVANESCENCE also came out on top in the "Best New Artist" category, with singer Amy Lee and ex-EVANESCENCE guitarist Ben Moody making a surprising joint appearance to accept the award on live television.
Some more METALLICA second-leg dates are being revealed. Here's all the confirmed dates (WI, MO, NE, OK dates are all up at Pollstar.com now): More...
According to a posting at Inter Sandman, rumor has it that the second leg of METALLICA's U.S. "Madly in Anger with the World" tour is having some scheduling conflicts. "Specifically, the problem seems lie somewhere in Detroit and Cleveland. With the NBA and NHL entering playoff mode that time of year it makes scheduling a little more tricky than normal. [As a result] the second half of the U.S. tour looks like it could very likely be delayed until the fall."
In other news, The 4 Horsemen is reporting that the Australian release of METALLICA's "The Unnamed Feeling" single has been given a release date of February 16, according to Hmv.com.au. No track listing has been revealed as yet, but the single will contain live tracks recorded from the Big Day Out in the Gold Coast on January 16.
Also on the METALLICA front, Australian music channel Channel V will be airing the jam session with METALLICA that one lucky contestant won to be a part of. The show is expected to air sometime towards the end of February so check your local listings for that.
More dates have been confirmed for METALLICA's upcoming European tour. Here are all of the confirmed dates: More...
Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammitt of Metallica were on hand for the Americas Party New Years Eve Talent Gift Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday (December 31) in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can check out the pictures from GettyImages.