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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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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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Metallica/Lou Reed Posts Preview Clips Of LP

The much talked about Metallica/Lou Reed collaborative effort posted 30 second preview clips of the entire "Lulu" LP, which is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (World) and November 1, 2011 (North America).

Check out the clips here:

Lulu (30-second Samples) by Lou Reed & Metallica

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Metallica Posts New "Lulu" Trailer

Metallica has collaborated with Lou Reed to release the upcoming album "Lulu" on October 31st, 2011 (Worldwide) and November 1st, 2011 (North America). A new teaser for the upcoming album has now been posted online and can be heard in the clip below.

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Metallica And Lou Reed Post Trailer

James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Lou Reed share a couple of quick thoughts about their collaboration "Lulu" on this video they put on Youtube.

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Metallica And Lou Reed Talk "Lulu" Album

Metallica has teamed up with Lou Reed to release the collaboration album "Lulu" this coming November 1st, 2011. A full song from the album, titled "The View," is available for streaming at this location.

Rolling Stone magazine was in the studio with Metallica and Lou Reed to discuss the upcoming album. Excerpts from the studio interview are available below.

"They're as powerful as you can get," Reed says of Metallica out in the studio lounge. "The drums are no joke, and Hetfield is like that." Reed pounds a hand on his heart. "Then you have lyrics that are high-octane. It's so easy, because we're not trying to change anyone."

"It wasn't 'This is my shit, do as you're told,'" Ulrich confirms. "Lou understood we were going to give him something nobody else would." Co-produced by Reed, Metallica, engineer Greg Fidelman and Reed's longtime collaborator Hal Willner, Lulu "is almost like two languages," Ulrich says. "We have m-e-t-a-l in our name. But we can go fucking anywhere and do anything."

On the phone, a few days after Lulu is mastered, Ulrich describes listening to the album on a late-night car ride. "I was overwhelmed," he confesses. "I also felt, 'This is really unique.'" How unique? He laughs. "This makes... And Justice for All sound like the first Ramones album."

Read the full article at Rolling Stone.

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Metallica/Lou Reed Streams Full Song "The View"

Metallica/Lou Reed posted the full song "The View" (heard below). The song is available as a single on September 27, 2011 via iTunes. The full "Lulu" LP is available on November 1, 2011.

The View by Lou Reed & Metallica

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Metallica/Lou Reed Post New 90 Second Preview Clip

The Metallica/Lou Reed collaboration posted another preview clip from the upcoming LP "Lulu." This preview is a 90 second clip of "The View." "Lulu" is scheduled for release on November 1, 2011. The single for "The View" will be available on September 27, 2011 via iTunes.

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London Underground Bans Metallica Album Artwork

According to the New Musical Express, London Underground have banned promo posters for Lou Reed & Metallica's forthcoming album "Lulu" from being displayed in stations. Transport For London bosses made the decision not to allow the image on tubes or in stations after a spokesperson claimed it looked too much like graffiti. "Lulu" will be released in Europe on October 31st with a North American release to be seen the next day.

Read the full article at NME.com.

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Preview Of Metallica/Lou Reed "The View" Posted

Metallica/Lou Reed posted a 30 second preview of the song "The View" from the collaborative project "Lulu." The single for "The View" will be available on September 27, 2011 via iTunes. "Lulu" is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (EU) and November 1, 2011 (North America).

"Lulu" track listing:

1. Brandenburg Gate
2. The View
3. Pumping Blood
4. Mistress Dread
5. Iced Honey
6. Cheat On Me
7. Frustration
8. Little Dog
9. Dragon
10. Junior Dad

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Mike Muir to Release Cyco Miko

Suicidal Tendencies front man, Mike Muir will release Cyco Miko "The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour" album in October. Former Suicidal Tendences/Infectious Grooves band mate, bassist Mike Trujillo (Metallica) joins the foray as well as Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise) and Brooks Wackerman. "The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour" features new tracks from Cyco Miko and unreleased Infectious Grooves songs.

"The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour" track listing is as follows:
1. MMM
2. Happiness
3. All The Way
4. Got Feeling
5. Alone
6. Slightly
7. Done Gone Stupid
8. Full Of It
9. Hang On (The Fight Song)
10. Logical Thoughts Of A Lunatic
11. Who's Next
12. What It Is!
13. S.lo Death
14. Soulvation

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Big 4 Dominate Yankee Stadium

Never in my life have I been so eager to make the 3½ hour drive from Boston to Manhattan. And as a lifelong Red Sox fan, Yankee Stadium is not a place I like. But to catch one of just two Big 4 shows in the U.S., I would have worn a Yankees jersey if I had to. Well maybe that’s going a little too far.

Me and two comrades in metal piled into my Toyota Matrix at 8 a.m. Wednesday and sped toward what we knew was going to be heavy metal nirvana. We checked into our hotel, grabbed a quick bite and hopped the D train from mid-town up to the Bronx where we were greeted by a glorious scene: a sea of black T-shirt clad warriors filing toward metal mecca. Thousands unfortunately missed Anthrax as they were stuck outside the security gates in massive lines that moved at a snail’s pace.

Too bad because the native New Yorkers set it off proper.

“It’s a beautiful day for metal,” Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna boomed, welcoming the crowd to the historic day. “I can’t believe we made it into this building. They never let metal in here.” Well they sure did this day. More...

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