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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 Premieres Live Video Of "Hardwired"

Metallica premieres official live footage of themselves debuting the band's new single "Hardwired" past Saturday, August 20th, in Minneapolis, MN. The song is the first the band has released from the upcoming new album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", out November 18th.

Check out now "Hardwired" below.

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Crowbar Comments On Metallica Cover Similarities

By now you've probably heard the news of Metallica's upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" coming in November.

Everybody and their dog has had an opinion on the first track released, but there's been less talk of the distinctive cover art. Turns out Kirk Windstein from Crowbar has some thoughts, sharing the image bellow and issuing this post via Facebook:

"In all fairness, after touring with the mighty Metallica, while in Down... I know the fellas know who Crowbaris... however, I seriously doubt that any member of Metallica stole this idea from us. Maybe the artist? Anyway you slice it...it's a cool cover idea!!! Now James and Lars, go listen to 'Odd Fellows Rest!' Lol." More...

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Metallica Comments On New Album

Metallica will release eleventh studio album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," on November 18th, 2016 via Blackened Recordings.

The 2 CD / 2 vinyl set is the Grammy Award winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's first studio album since 2008's "Death Magnetic."

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is available for pre-order at this location starting today in various configurations. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed "Death Magnetic."

"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "We're obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We've been rockin' along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in ... INCOMING!"

"Hardwired," the first track to be released from the forthcoming album, was played for the first time during a live remote broadcast from Metallica's HQ in the Bay Area. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X, Lars Ulrich stunned 93X's Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station.

If you haven't heard it yet, an official video for the track is available here. Metallica will also perform this Saturday, August 20th, at U.S. Bank Stadium - the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. The band's performance will be the first rock concert at the venue and tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Additionally, in celebration of Saturday's performance, the band will be launching the official Metallica Pop-Up Store in Minneapolis this weekend, featuring exclusive show merchandise and items not available anywhere else. More...

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Metallica Announces New Album "Hardwired"

Metallica has released a new music video and single for "Hardwired," the title track of the upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self Destruct." Check out the clip in the player below.

The album is due out November 18, 2016. Pre-orders will begin shipping the week of November 14th. You can pre-order now at this location.

The 2CD album track list is:

Disc One

1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone More...

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Metallica To Live Stream Minneapolis Show

Pandora just announced today the service will live stream Metallica's headlining performance at Minneapolis' new U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The band's performance is the first rock concert at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes. The live stream will begin at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 20. Pandora listeners can tune in the day of and catch it on replay at this location.

Metallica, which has nearly 2 billion spins on Pandora, also curated an exclusive mixtape in celebration of the show and live stream. The mixtape features songs handpicked by all of the members of the band and includes an eclectic mix of all-time favorites and recent discoveries from across the spectrum of music.

"We love being invited to the opening party of new buildings, so when the opportunity to break in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis presented itself, we of course jumped at the chance," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Thanks to our friends at Pandora, if you can't make it to Minneapolis, you'll still be able to partake in the festivities." More...

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"Metallica: Back to the Front" Book Announced

Metallica‘s "Master Of Puppets" retrospective book, "Metallica: Back To The Front", will be out in stores September 13th 2016. You can watch James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich show off a copy of the book in the videos below.

The band posted the following update:

“Yes, it really does exist… Metallica: Back to the Front, the definitive story of Master of Puppets and the subsequent tour that followed its release, hits bookstores and online sellers on September 13, 2016!! A very special Collector’s Edition of the book will be available two weeks earlier on August 30, 2016 through Metallica.com and MoonriseMedia.net. More...

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Just For Fun

Metallica Shares Comedic Clips For Brioni Menswear

Metallica has shared various comedic behind the scenes clips from the band's recent photo shoot for Italian luxury menswear company Brioni.

You can check them out now below:

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Metallica To Live Stream Record Store Day Show

The 2016 Record Store Day Ambassadors from Metallica are set to perform live at Berkeley, CA's Rasputin Music this Saturday, April 16th in celebration of Record Store Day.

While a few lucky Met Club members and Rasputin customers have won tickets to see the rare in-store performance in person, fans from around the world will also be able to join from the comfort of their own living room via a Facebook Live stream here.

The band will hit the stage around 4:00 PM PST and will be celebrating the releases of the remastered reissues of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning."

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Metallica Premieres New Live Version Of "Frantic"

Metallica premieres a new live version of the song "Frantic", taken from the upcoming "Record Store Day" release, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!", out this Saturday, April 16th.

The track was recorded during the band’s June 11th, 2003 performance at Le Bataclan in Paris, France. All proceeds from "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!" will be donated to the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France via Fondation de France’s Give For France charity.

Check out now "Frantic" below.

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Metallica Announces Record Store Day Show

Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica will perform live at Berkeley, CA's Rasputin Music on Saturday, April 16th in celebration of Record Store Day 2016.

As this year's Record Store Day Ambassadors, the band invites fans to join them on this special day to experience the passion for music that lives on in local record stores around the world.

"Getting loud, noisy and sweaty at Rasputin's on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley transports Metallica right back to the core of its Bay Area beginnings," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "We can't wait to celebrate Record Store Day while shaking up the East Bay old-school style."

Rasputin Music customers and Met Club members are invited to be in the audience by entering to win tickets to this very intimate performance. There are two ways to win:

1. Visit Rasputin Music in Berkeley between now and April 10th to fill out a ballot for your chance to win one ticket to the special performance.

2. Met Club members can click here to win one ticket to the performance. More...

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Metallica Posts 1984 "Seek & Destroy" Live Version

Metallica premieres a 1984 live rendition of "Seek & Destroy", taken from the band's upcoming new "Kill ‘Em All" deluxe reissue, which will be out in stores April 15. The track was captured during Metallica's live set at J Bees Rock III in Middletown, NY back on January 20th, 1984.

Check out now "Seek & Destroy" below.

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Metallica Show Sells Out In 10 Minutes

Metallica's recently announced headlining concert at Minneapolis' brand new U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20th has completely SOLD OUT.

Pre-sale fan club tickets were made available earlier this week, followed by this morning's public on-sale, which sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Metallica's show in Minneapolis will be the first rock concert at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, as part of the opening weekend festivities.

Avenged Sevenfold will provide direct support, marking one of only a few shows the hard rock band will play in the country this year. Volbeat will open the show with a unique blend of rock, metal, and rockabilly. More...

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Metallica Named 2016 Record Store Day Ambassador

Record Store Day is thrilled to announce its ambassador for 2016: Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica!

Metallica is no stranger to Record Store Day, this year set for Saturday, April 16th, a special day in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide, now in its ninth year.

"Independent record stores are part of Metallica's DNA," said drummer Lars Ulrich. "They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we've all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond."

This year the band's official release will fit into a wider theme of Record Store Day 2016, highlighting the relationship between U.S. record stores and their French counterparts, "Disquaire Day," following the tragic events in Paris in November 2015. Metallica will release "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Live at Le Bataclan," with proceeds to benefit Fondation de France's Give For France charity.

The live recording set list includes: "The Four Horsemen," "Leper Messiah," "No Remorse," "Fade To Black," "Frantic," "Ride The Lightning," "Blackened," and encores: "Seek & Destroy," and "Damage, Inc." More...

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Metallica Re-Issuing Two Early Album

Metallica today announced that the band will reissue "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning" on April 15th.

Both albums have been remastered for advanced sound quality and will be available in three formats - CD, vinyl, and a deluxe box set. Both deluxe box sets include original source material from the band's personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings, along with a book including rare photos and essays.

The deluxe numbered box set of "Kill 'Em All" includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including rare photos and a patch. The deluxe numbered box set of "Ride the Lightning" includes four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including more of those unseen photos, a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by James Hetfield, and a set of three posters.

Check out this location for the full package details and track listing. All six new items will also be available at your local record store on Friday, April 15th, just in time for Record Store Day. More...

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Metallica's The Night Before Performance Online

The entire two and half hour Metallica "The Night Before" show - which took place the the night before Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park - is now online and can be seen below.

During the performance, Hetfield also gave this update on the progress of an upcoming album: "We’re working on a new record… for the last twenty years or so. We’re gettin’ near the end. I don’t wanna get anyone’s hopes up too high, but… we’re coming to the end!"

The full setlist consists of:

16:00 Creeping Death
22:41 For Whom The Bell Tolls
27:54 Fuel
32:24 King Nothing
38:04 Ride the Lightning
44:56 Bleeding Me
46:23 Unforgiven One
53:02 Memory
58:15 Welcome Home
1:06:20 Sad But True
1:13:36 Roam
1:20:10 One
1:28:25 Master Of Puppets
1:37:10 Battery
1:44:47 Unborn hero
1:47:20 Fade To Black
1:55:51 Seek And Destroy
2:07:08 Whiskey In The Jar
2:12:55 Nothing Else Matters More...

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Metallica To Live Stream "The Night Before" Show

On the eve of the nation's most anticipated sporting event, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winning rock band Metallica will headline CBS Radio's The Night Before.

This one-of-a-kind concert experience takes place the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band's hometown of San Francisco, CA. This concert also marks the band's first performance of 2016.

Metallica fans around the world will be able to tune in to a live webstream direct from the historic show. The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream available on mobile and desktop devices at this location.

Metallica will take the stage at approximately 8:30 PST. Fans can watch the show live for free and pre­order professionally mixed audio recordings of the performance as downloads and collectible CDs.

"We can't wait to play our first show of 2016 and there's nowhere we'd rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness."

"We've released audio recordings of every Metallica show for the past 12 years at LiveMetallica.com, so naturally we're excited to deliver the band's first live HD stream from their hometown on their own web site," says nugs.net founder and CEO Brad Serling. More...

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Metallica Rescinds Cease And Desist

Last week a Metallica tribute band titled Sandman posted online about receiving a cease and desist letter for using the band's logo during live shows.

The story went viral, with the usual Lars/Napster comments dominating any given story or social media post, but as it turns out, Metallica was unaware of the legal action - and has both rescinded the cease and desist and fired the lawyer responsible!

The band has now checked in with Rollingstone.com to discuss the situation. An excerpt from the story follows.

"We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging, figured out why," the band tells Rolling Stone. "It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the band Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge."

Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:


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Video Highlights Of Lemmy's 70th-Bday Party Posted

Pro shot video highlights - directed and produced by Robert John and Greg Olliver - of Motörhead frontman Lemmy's 70th birthday party can be seen below. The event was held on December 13 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA.

Among others following musicians performed at the event:

Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Steve Vai
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper)
Billy Idol
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne)
Paul Inder (Lemmy's son)

Check out also a 360 Video of the event after the jump: More...

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Kirk Hammet Discusses Success In New Podcast

Earlier this month, Jabberjaw Media announced the addition of The MetalSucks Podcast, featuring hosts Chuck and Godless. The podcast has recorded well over 100 episodes since its formation over two years ago. The duo just unveiled a special episode with Kirk Hammett of Metallica, where they dive into the importance of measuring one's success and some unique projects he is working on now.

As the podcast episode unravels the audience quickly learns that Kirk Hammett is not all about the fame and added perks it brings. Rather he measures his success by the music he produces. He explains how he quickly learned that just being a musician would not fulfill all of life's happiness, and would need to set out to find other avenues to reach this feeling. He expanded on how other members started tackling their "life outside of Metallica" and wanted to join the movement. Listen to the full podcast right here.

Late last month, Hammett alongside industry vet David Karon unveiled their latest venture, the Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal. Hammett credits his awkward teen years and upbringing as giving him the necessary drive and will to take his dreams one step further and states that building a good infrastructure is the key to life.Hammett and the rest of Metallica are currently in the studio working on new music.

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