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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.

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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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Hetfield: Playing Sober Is Whole New Experience

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told Launch that the band's 2003 tour was their first road trip with a sober lead singer, and consequently, his perspective on the trek is much different now than it was at the time: "Now, it's best tour ever, the most awesome experience on the road, the most happiest I've ever been. In the beginning, it was the most scared. Doing anything again for the first time without the crutches was tough. Really had some good support, some friends that helped me get set up for out there. And I knew what I needed to do to take care of myself, and there were some people who helped me do that, and I'm very grateful to them."

James Hetfield told Launch what it's like to play shows while sober, for a change: "Awesome. I mean, seeing people's faces not blurry... I mean, I had my glasses off, but.... Just seeing their faces, being able to see what we do to them, what they do to us, and man! I know why we're out there."

Hetfield described the difference in playing sober: "Now I can really feel what great energy is created by it, I really understand the whole family feeling around it, how everyone contributes to that. Everyone, the crew, puts into it. They're dedicated. They fly the flag and they're really into what we do. They believe in us. And when I go out there and represent all of those people, it's a great feeling."

METALLICA's next U.S. tour begins on August 16.

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Preview Metallica's 'Some Kind Of Monster' Online

Launch.com has a preview clip from the Metallica documentary 'Some Kind Of Monster'. Watch it online here.

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Metallica vs. The Monster

ComingSoon.net talked to the band-singer James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett-about their lengthy career, their decision to make the movie and the effects the movie on their personal lives, including Hetfield's stint in rehab. This is a pretty good, legnthy interview with lots of insights into the band and movie. Here's a sample:

CS!: Can you talk a bit about the genesis of the film and how it came to be made?

Lars: Our relationship with Joe and Bruce goes back to Paradise Lost, where we gave them access to our catalog for their film. We've always talked about maybe working together one day, and in one of those roundabout kind of ways, this whole thing started happening. We had a 30-second handshake deal that went " Film whatever you want. When someone tells you to turn the cameras off, you turn them off. And when it's all said and done, we'll figure out what the f*ck to do with all this footage." That was literally the extent of it.

Kirk: The movie started out as a promotional film. As we were shooting, we had no idea that it would ever become a full-length documentary. It kind of just ended up that way. We had no idea it was heading in that direction, so we were just totally casual with it. I also think that's why it's so intimate and there's so much honesty.

Read the full article at ComingSoon.net.

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Killer With 'No Remorse' Is Spared For Now

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (July 7) blocked the scheduled execution of a man who chanted the chorus to METALLICA's "No Remorse" — "Another day, another death, another sorrow, another breath" — after fatally shooting a man in the head in Corpus Christi and robbing him of $13 twenty years ago.

Appeals filed to the court contend jurors were not allowed to properly consider Troy Kunkle's drug and alcohol abuse history and that Kunkle's due-process rights were violated when appeals lawyers were denied access to a state-paid full transcript of juror questioning, according to the Associated Press.

The Supreme Court issued an indefinite stay.

Kunkle, 38, was set for lethal injection Wednesday night for fatally shooting Steven Horton, 29, during a robbery in Corpus Christi. He would be the 11th Texas prisoner executed this year.

On legal notepads in court, Kunkle wrote METALLICA lyrics, alleging the lyrics from "No Remorse" inspired him to kill. This disturbed the band's lead singer, James Hetfield, when he learned how Kunkle reacted to the verse, according to KZTV10.

Hetfield, in 1984, said, "I guess this kid took it into his own ways. Of course, we're upset but I mean we had nothing directly to do with it."

Leslie Poynter Dixon, a former assistant district attorney in Nueces County who prosecuted the case, last week recalled a hearing about whether the METALLICA song could be used as evidence.

"As this album [METALLICA's 'Kill 'Em All'] was being played for the judge so he could make his decision on whether it would be admitted, Mr. Kunkle was playing an air guitar," said Dixon, now the district attorney in Van Zandt County in East Texas. "That really struck me. It suggested to me that Mr. Kunkle had no regard for human life — even his own — because this was his trial and the state was seeking the death penalty."

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Killer With 'No Remorse' Set to Die

A San Antonio man who chanted the chorus to METALLICA's "No Remorse" — "Another day, another death, another sorrow, another breath" — after fatally shooting a man in the head in Corpus Christi and robbing him of $13 twenty years ago is set to die Wednesday night (July 7), according to the Associated Press. An appeal was before the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Troy Kunkle, now 38, from becoming the 11th Texas prisoner executed this year.

Leslie Poynter Dixon, a former assistant district attorney in Nueces County who prosecuted the case, last week recalled a hearing about whether the METALLICA song could be used as evidence.

"As this album [METALLICA's 'Kill 'Em All'] was being played for the judge so he could make his decision on whether it would be admitted, Mr. Kunkle was playing an air guitar," said Dixon, now the district attorney in Van Zandt County in East Texas. "That really struck me. It suggested to me that Mr. Kunkle had no regard for human life — even his own — because this was his trial and the state was seeking the death penalty."

Kunkle, who declined to speak with reporters in the weeks preceding his execution date, told the San Antonio Express-News in 1996 his life was transformed while on death row thanks to prison religious ministers.

"I feel better about myself now," he said. "I get along better with others, which I had a problem with in the past. ... But I do think about my victim every day."

Read the full article at Houston Chronicle.

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See Video For 'Enter Sandman' With Joey Jordison

A live video of METALLICA members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo performing the track "Enter Sandman" with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison at the Download festival in England on June 6 has been posted online at the following locations: Server#1, Server#2 (62 MB).

As previously reported, 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 SLIPKNOT and SLAYER drummers, Jordison and Dave Lombardo (respectively), alongside Ulrich's long-standing drum tech Flemming Larsen, to rescue the gig. Jordison played in his SLIPKNOT mask.

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Metallica Adds East Rutherford New Jersey Show

Metallica has added an East Rutherford New Jersey showto the tour:

Oct 22 E Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena (Public on sale 6/26 10AM)

In other Metallica news, six webisodes have premiered on the SomeKindOfMonster.com website over the last 6 weeks. This Thursday, June 24th will see the release of #7, leaving only 3 more to go and then the premiere in NY and SF on July 9th. Visit the SomeKindOfMonster.com website for the latest city and theater openings.

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