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

Background

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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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
www.somekindofmonster.com.

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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Metallica To Co-Host Couzin Ed Show On Monday

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, METALLICA will co-host Couzin Ed's WYSP-FM (94.1) show from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday (March 29). Ed flew to Seattle this weekend to tape the show, which airs on one of the top radio stations out of Philadelphia.

METALLICA play Seattle's Key Arena tonight (March 28) and are scheduled to appear at Casper, Wyoming's Casper Events Center on Tuesday (March 30).

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LostProphets To Support Metallica In Europe

According to www.rockreview.co.uk, LOSTPROPHETS have been confirmed to support METALLICA on their upcoming European festival/arena tour. The bill is also set to include SLIPKNOT at most dates. The following METALLICA shows will feature support from LOSTPROPHETS: More...

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Metallica Preview Of "Some Kind Of Monster" Online

A trailer for METALLICA's much-anticipated $4-million documentary, "Some Kind of Monster", has been posted online in Quicktime format at this location.

As previously reported, "Some Kind of Monster" will be released in early July in small theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with plans to show the movie in other U.S. markets by the fall.

According to Joe Berlinger, who directed the movie along with Bruce Sinofsky, "Some Kind of Monster" will hit VHS and DVD early next year in what is 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. There's also a good possibility that a soundtrack will accompany the DVD release, Berlinger said, adding that it would likely feature songs recorded during sessions that were left off "St. Anger".

METALLICA have struck a service deal with IFC Pictures, in which the band will pick up all the marketing costs in order to control distribution of the film.

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Metallica's "So What!" Book Cover Posted Online

METALLICA's official web site has uploaded a "sneak peek" at the cover for the group's first-ever official book, "So What! The Good, The Mad And The Ugly". Check it out at this location.

Due in August via Broadway Books, "So What! The Good, The Mad And The Ugly" will be issued as an over-sized hardcover and will include more than 1,000 photographs, band members' handwritten entries, drawings, and reflections, and roundtable discussions with the group at its most revealing. Archival materials, including band photos and exclusive interviews and features, will be compiled from "So What!", the official METALLICA fan club magazine. Current band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo will add new material, including an introduction and hand-written notes and comments throughout. The book will be edited by Steffan Chirazi, full-time chronicler of the band and editor of "So What!" magazine, a quarterly that is mailed to 20,000 members of the METALLICA fan club.

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Metallica To Go Independent?

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently told Launch Radio Networks that the band plan on examining their options with regards to record distribution once they have fulfilled their present contract with Elektra Records (Metallica have one album left on their current record contract).

"You know, our record contract is up soon (laughs) and we'll figure out what we're gonna do after that," he said. "You know, the great thing about being in a band like us is that we're in a position to bypass the record company. Basically record companies act like banks. And when you don't need the bank element of a record company, then you can kind of do it yourself. So we'll sort of see where it goes."

Metallica have been signed to Elektra Records since 1984. The band are currently on the first leg of their 2004 North American headlining tour, which will take them well into October.

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James Hetfield Talks About Napster & Other Topics

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told the Edmonton Journal that he's used to being the butt of jokes, one of the consequences of suing Napster and cosmetic companies with lines of "Metallica" perfumes or lipsticks. But Hetfield doesn't always laugh at them — such as Edmonton's METALLICUGH!, a trio who claimed that they were spurred to take on to challenge the San Francisco-based heavy metal giants as a reaction to METALLICA's endless stream of legal actions. As expected, the Canadian rockers received a cease-and-desist order from METALLICA's lawyer and quickly changed the name.

"You know what? We're just defending what's ours," said Hetfield. "People can laugh all they want."

Hetfield also said that he believes METALLICA was given a rough ride over their stance on Napster.

"The fact it was free was what was bothering us," he said. "We could care less if they're downloading, we want convenience. But we wanted to be asked if we wanted to be a part of it. For me, it was stealing and in my book, I was raised that stealing was not OK. We were defending what we thought was right. It was difficult because people were excited about the possibilities. We were, too, but we were fearful of them too — what did it mean to us and our careers? How were we going to feed our kids?

"You know, magazines like Rolling Stone or Forbes print lists of highest-grossing bands and we're always in there. But they never have a column of our expenditures, how much we pay in taxes and all the other stuff. It's really unfair that people think that because of the money you have, you should act differently — stealing is OK because you've got enough. I really don't understand that."

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Slayer, Cradle Of Filth On Download Festival 2004

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


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Newsted/Voivod Early Sessions Posted Online

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.

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