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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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Fourteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

A flyer posted online by reunited grunge outfit Soundgarden has revealed a further fourteen more bands for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Amongst the new confirmations are Tenacious D, drum and bass favourites Chase and Status, American thrash metal legends Anthrax and Californian metal veterans, Machine Head. The festival will be held at Donington Park from 8th-10th June.

The current lineup is as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Chase and Status
Devin Townsend Project
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Tenacious D
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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3D Metallica Movie Currently In Production

Amidst circulating rumors of a pending Metallica 3D movie the band has now checked in with the following update, confirming the production of the film.

"Happy New Year!!! As you know, we generally make it a policy not to comment on gossip or rumors, but we also pride ourselves on being first with Metallica news. So, with that said, the more astute of you may have noticed a couple of mentions in trade publications, and most recently in the new issue of Rolling Stone, that a Metallica 3D movie is in the works.

"We’re here to tell you that, yes, there is indeed a 3D project in the very early stages of production! We wish we could tell you more right now, but we don’t have all the finer points nailed down just yet. What we can tell you is that we are planning on being in a theatre near you sometime in 2013.

"Welcome to 2012. We’re pretty psyched about the year ahead."

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Metallica Posts 30th Anniversary Show Recap

Metallica has posted a half hour video clip online featuring select footage from the band's 30th Anniversary show on December 9th, 2011 at the Fillmore. Check out the anniversary show recap in the player below.

The band also recently released the "Beyond Magnetic" EP, featuring previously unreleased songs from the "Death Magnetic" album. Check out the details here.

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Metallica Releases "Beyond Magnetic" EP

Following the week long 30th Anniversary celebration, which included many guest appearances (Mercyful Fate, Dave Mustaine and many more) as well as the posting of unreleased songs from the "Death Magnetic" album, Metallica has officially released the EP "Beyond Magnetic," which was originally emailed/sent to fan club members, through iTunes.

The EP features the following tracks:

1. Hate Train (check it out here)
2. Just a Bullet Away (check it out here)
3. Hell And Back (check it out here)
4. Rebel Of Bablyon (check it out here)

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Dave Mustaine Performs With Metallica

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine joined Metallica on stage on Saturday, December 10, 2011 to perform three classic songs, one of which was "Metal Militia." Fan footage of the performance can be seen below. The performance was part of the week long Metallica 30th Anniversary event in San Francisco, which has seen a multitude of guest performances including Biff Byford (Saxon), Lou Reed, John Bush (Armored Saint), members of Mercyful Fate (including King Diamond) and Dave Mustaine.

Check out "Metal Militia" here:

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Third Metallica Song Hits The Web

Metallica has posted a third previously unreleased song from it's 2008 "Death Magnetic" sessions. This rough-mix version of "Hell and Back" follows the other two songs that Metallica has released from it's sessions, "Hate Train" and "Just a Bullet Away." They debuted the song onstage at the Fillmore last night. More...

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Metallica Fans Threatening To Shoot Lou Reed

Lou Reed says that Metallica fans have threatened to shoot him after the sour reaction to their "Lulu" collaboration (reviewed here). Reed told USA Today that the metal fans "are threatening to shoot me, and that's only because I showed up." "They haven't even heard the record yet, and they're recommending various forms of torture and death," he added.

The negative response to "Lulu" does not concern Reed:

"I don't have any fans left," he says. "After Metal Machine Music (1975), they all fled. Who cares? I'm essentially in this for the fun of it."

Lars Ulrich leapt to the defence of the singer:

"This is something they've never heard. Nobody hears rhythms or delivers poetry the way Lou does. It's not for everyone, but I think it's a fantastic record."

Reed called Metallica his "metal blood brothers," and even hinted that there could be more from the collaboration if he gets his way. "No-one wants 'Lulu Part 2', but on Radio Lou, in my head where I hear these songs, I want more of it," he said.

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Metallica Footage With Mercyful Fate Posted

King Diamond, who underwent major heart surgery in 2010, joined Mercyful Fate members Hank Shermann, Timi Hansen and Michael Denner and Metallica on stage in San Francisco at the long 30th Anniversary celebration to perform the legendary Mercyful Fate song "Satan's Fall" and a medley.

A video of the performance can be seen here:

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Saxon Posts New Tour Podcast

Saxon has posted a new tour podcast online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"If you're going to San Francisco… be sure to go to the legendary Fillmore Auditorium. Biff Byford did exactly that earlier this week by joining Metallica onstage - singing 'Motorcycle Man' to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metallica. Check out Biff's latest podcast to find out more…"

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Second Unreleased Metallica Song Hits The Web

Another unreleased studio track from the "Death Magnetic" sessions has surfaced on the web (see below), entitled "Just A Bullet Away." Metallica also performed this track at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of a week long celebration of the band's 30th Anniversary. Special guests at the festivities this far included Biff Byford (Saxon), Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica), Lou Reed, King Diamond, Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Timi Hansen (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) , Marianne Faithfull, Ray Haller (Sweet Savage), Kid Rock and John Bush (Armored Saint/Ex-Anthrax).

The previous unreleased studio track "Hate Train" can be heard at this location.

Check out "Just A Bullet Away" here:

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Unreleased Metallica Song Streaming Online

An unreleased track from the "Death Magnetic" sessions has surfaced on the web (see below). A rough mix of the song was originally sent to Metallica fan club members via email. Metallica performed the track at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 2011 as part of a week long celebration of the band's 30th Anniversary. Special guests ranged from Biff Byford (Saxon) to Jason Newsted.

Check out the track here:

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Lou Reed And Metallica Posts Music Video Online

The controversial collaboration between avante garde musician Lou Reed and heavy metal veterans Metallica have posted their new music video online the song, "The View." You can check it out below.

The video was directed by acclaimed film maker, Darren Aronofsky, who has previously directed such films as Pi, Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler and most recently, Black Swan. "The View" appears on the Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration album, "Lulu," which was released on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America. More...

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The Prodigy To Headline Download Festival

The organizers of the United Kingdoms, Download Festival have confirmed that the third and final headlining act for next years edition of the event will be British rave legends The Prodigy, marking quite a contrast from the festivals other two headliners, Metallica and Black Sabbath, who will be headlining Saturday and Sunday respectively. Download will take place at Donington Park from June 8th-10th.

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Metallica/Lou Reed Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Lou Reed and Metallica performing "The View" and a cover of The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" live in Cologne, Germany on November 11th, 2011 during a live radio broadcast/webcast on 1LIVE radio. You can check out the clips below. Metallica and Lou Reed recently collaborated to release the "Lulu" album on November 1st, 2011.


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Metallica To Headline Download 2012

American heavy metal titans Metallica has been announced as the first band confirmed for next years edition of the Download Festival, which will take place from 8-10th of June at Donington. This will be the groups first appearance at the festival in six years and to mark the occassion, they will be performing their classic self-titled "Black Album" from start to finish, which means they will be performing some songs that they have never played live before.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale at 9:00 am Friday November 18.

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Darren Aronofsky To Direct Metallica Video

Darren Aronofsky, the director behind such films as Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler and most recently, the Academy Award winning, Black Swan, is to direct a music video for the song, "Iced Honey," which comes from the collaboration album from Lou Reed and Metallica.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement Thursday that working with Reed and Aronofsky is "living the dream." Ulrich called making this album and video a monumental chapter in his life. More...

Read the full article at Toronto.com.

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Metallica Press Conference Footage Available

Metallica recently canceled the band's October 28th show in Delhi, India due to safety concerns and the band hosted a press conference that same day to answer fan questions. You can check out clips from the conference below.


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Metallica/Lou Reed Posts Video EPK

Metallica/Lou Reed posted a new video EPK for the upcoming "Lulu" release. Both Metallica and Lou Reed discuss the collaboration. The much talked about "Lulu" LP is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (World) and November 1, 2011 (North America).

Check out the video here:

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Metallica Writing New Material

In a recent interview with Tabloid!, Robert Trujillo, the bass player of American heavy metal legends Metallica, revealed that the band has begun work on the next studio album. An excerpt from the interview in which he discusses new material reads as follows:

Tabloid!: In terms of new music, your last album, Death Magnetic, was out in 2008, and you have been touring heavily with that. Are you currently working on new material?

Trujillo: "We've been busy writing and recording. We've got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun. We've been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be recording during the most of next year. We've got a lot of work ahead of us. But the great thing is that we have sort of already jumped off the launch pad and we're swimming. It's happening. It's reality. It's a lot of fun, there are a lot of ideas, and we're really excited about the new record. For me, personally, Death Magnetic was the launch pad for the next record. This is the beginning of something very, very cool."

Read the full article at GulfNews.com.

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Metallica/Lou Reed Streams Full "Lulu" Album

You heard the clips....now hear the entire LP. Metallica/Lou Reed are now streaming the entire "Lulu" collaborative effort at this location.

The much talked about "Lulu" LP is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (World) and November 1, 2011 (North America).

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