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.
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.
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.
Here is an updated list of all North American and European Metallica tour dates: More...
METALLICA performed a special version of the "St. Anger" track "Dirty Window" — complete with a guitar solo from Kirk Hammett — during their gig at Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France on Tuesday (Dec. 9). Check out the live recording in MP3 format at this location. A high-quality audio clip featuring just the guitar solo can be downloaded here. More...
Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has checked in via the Chophouse Studios newsletter. Here's what he had to say:
"I would like to thank the Osbournes for including VOIVOD in their tours this year. I am honored to have had the privilege to share the stage with Ozzy, Zach and Mike through a very successful summer. It was a blast playing old BLACK SABBATH songs with this band!
My agreement with the Osbournes was to play bass for the gigs that Ozzy had committed to through December 2003. I wish Ozzy the best as he continues to fly the flag for metal!
I am excited to be back making new music with VOIVOD. The Chophouse studio is fired up and ready for the creation of the next album."
Here are a bunch of news bits on Metallica.
- One more Big Day Out show has been added in Sydney, Australia for January 24 with tickets on sale Monday, December 8th. (www.bigdayout.com)
- Even though they are currently touring in Europe now, the boys are already planning their next trip back. Nine shows in late May and early June of 2004 have been announced with more to come.
- If you live in North America, don't feel left out!! Look for an announcement about dates in March, 2004 coming very, very soon.
Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has left OZZY OSBOURNE's band, and has been replaced by Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, bassist of ROB ZOMBIE in years past. Here's the report according to MTV.com:
"The Osbournes have welcomed a new member into the family.
No, Jack, Kelly and Aimee don't have a new sibling, but the Ozzman does have a new guy in his closely knit band. Earlier this week, Sharon Osbourne put in the call to Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, best known for his years playing bass for ROB ZOMBIE, to tell him he's landed the gig vacated by former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted. More...