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.
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This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.
The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.
Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...
Metal Injection hit the Golden Gods 2013 black carpet for interviews with members of Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Suicide Silence, Queensryche, Anthrax, Sick Puppies, Testament, Miss May I, Zakk Wylde, Children Of Bodom, Dillinger Escape Plan, New Years Day, Broken Hope, Jose Mangin from SiriusXM Liquid Metal and more.
Check out the footage via Metal Injection or in the player below.
The site's correspondent asks metal luminaries if they could pick one member of Metallica to joint their band, who would it be? Also find out who does the best Rob Zombie "Yeah!" and who the youngest person to walk the black carpet is. More...
Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, today announced lineup additions for Orion Music + More, the two day festival created by Metallica that will take place June 8th and 9th at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI.
Rocket from the Crypt, Vista Chino, Dead Sara and local favorites Matt Clarke and Calico have all been added to the already stacked lineup. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar.
A very special addition to Orion Music + More 2013 will be an original lineup reunion of Infectious Grooves, featuring Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies), and special guest Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More, filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel).
"To reunite with those guys after 22 years is going to be really special for me. Orion is the perfect place for that to happen...I'm looking forward to it," said Robert Trujillo.
Vans will be returning to Orion in 2013, featuring pro skating demos happening right alongside live music. Vans will also feature four signature models of the Vans x Metallica footwear at Orion, including two Kill 'Em All styles.
Music fans will be able to stay well fed and hydrated throughout the weekend with the addition of the Orion food area ...And Food For All. Orion Music + More has enlisted Detroit restaurateur and entrepreneur Phil Cooley of Slows BBQ to curate the area and showcase some of the region's great offerings.
Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent, and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
Tickets for Orion Music + More are currently onsale for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit this location to buy tickets. Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.
Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th.
Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips, and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs and Battlecross.
"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members," said Lars Ulrich. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!"
Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold.
Check out the new commercial available below for the 2013 Golden Gods Awards, featuring Chris Jericho, Scott Ian, Zakk Wylde, Lzzy Hale, John 5 and other metal and hard rock luminaries.
The sold-out Fifth Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show is set for Thursday May 2nd, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and will feature a live performance from Metallica, who will also receive the "Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement" Award.
Click here for more info about the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
As was previously announced, Vans and iconic act Metallica teamed up to work on a new line of shows. Now the collaboration proudly introduces a four-piece signature collection designed by each band member, delivering to stores in February.
Each Metallica member - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo - had free reign to choose any iconic Vans shoe style and make it their own while drawing from their favorite influences in the worlds of music, action sports, and art to create Vans shoes reflecting their personal style.
Each shoe release is being accompanied by a video capturing the unique shared passions between Kirk, James, Robert, and Lars and favorite Vans team riders. Stay tuned to the van's website for more details on the signatures shoes and for each new video drop. Images of the shoes have now been made available and can be viewed below.
In March, Vans and Metallica will also introduce Kill 'Em All theme shoes featuring two of Vans' all-time favorite styles, the Classic Slip-On and the Sk8-Hi, each emblazoned with artwork marking the 30 years since the release of Metallica's debut album. More...
Back in June Metallica hosted the inaugural Orion Music + More festival, which included 22 bands and a variety of comedy and lifestyle elements. The band has now announced the next edition will be coming to Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th, 2013.
In related news, Metallica recently took control of the masters of past material and launched its own label, Blackened Recordings.
The one and only Metallica, which recently launched its own record label Blackened Recordings, will be releasing a live DVD entitled "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012.
The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009. Footage of the band performing "Master of Puppets" from the DVD has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Metallica announced today that the band has taken ownership of all previous master recordings including all music and long form videos, a move almost unprecedented for musicians signed to recording contracts. Under provision of a renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all masters revert back to the band as of today, November 30th, 2012.
"We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America," said the band's James Hetfield.
Metallica also announced the launch of its own new record label, Blackened Recordings. Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties and will enter into a deal with Rhino Entertainment, who will manufacture and distribute releases in North America. Blackened Recordings will license releases to the Universal Music Group internationally.
"It's always been about control for us as a band," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."
The first release from Blackened will be "Quebec Magnetic" on Monday, December 10th, 2012. "Quebec Magnetic" is a live DVD capturing the two World Magnetic live shows from Quebec City in the fall of 2009. The set list for the DVD was voted on by over 35,000 fans at Metallica.com this past September. Fans can order it from the band's website here.
Fuse TV has launched an exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, which can be viewed below or over at Fuse.tv.
The interview, conducted at the Metal Blade offices, will give fans insights into Slagel's favorite bands, how the label has evolved, bands the label has missed out on and discovered throughout its three decades in business. Slagel also discusses 30 years of the label's history, with stories about Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and Cannibal Corpse.
Metal Blade Records will be wrapping up 30th anniversary celebrations for 2012 with a show on November 30th at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Show headliners Armored Saint will be joined by newcomers Gypsyhawk, as well as a special, short set from thrash legends Sacred Reich.
Additional special guests confirmed for the show include Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. More...
Metallica has announced that the band will release a live DVD entitled "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012. The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009.
"This release is a first for us," said Metallica in a statement on Metallica.com. "Yes boys and girls, the DVD and Blu-ray will be coming out on our very own label in North America! There are still some i's being dotted and t's crossed, so we can't give you a name or fancy logo just yet, but we're pretty excited that for the first time we get to hold all the reins on a release from start to finish. Since we now get to call all the shots, the double DVD and single disc Blu-ray will be available for a price we thought was very Metallica fan friendly - suggested retail will be $15.98 for either format."
The set list for the DVD was voted on by the over 35,000 of the band's fans at Metallica.com this past September. The track listing is as follows: More...
In a match that appears to have been a long time coming, skate shoe company Vans and Metallica have announced a creative partnership delivering shoe projects. The following press release was issued:
"Many a skate trick is landed with Vans shoes on the feet and a Metallica tune in one's head, so the inevitable union kicks off in October with a limited edition Vans x Metallica 20th Anniversary Half Cab Pro available in better skate shops everywhere. The collaboration will continue late this winter with two product drops: a four-piece 'Passion Project' collection designed by each member of Metallica coming in February and a two-shoe salute to the band's debut album, Kill 'Em All, delivering in March.
"As a thank you to the fans that have made Metallica one of the most successful acts of the past 30 years, the unique 'Passion Project' collection will launch exclusively to Met Club members in January prior to being made available to the general public.
"In early October, skate shops around the world will receive the latest release in the year-long celebration marking 20 years of the most popular skate shoe of all-time, Steve Caballero's signature Half Cab. The heavy-duty canvas and suede 'black to the floor' Metallica edition of the Half Cab Pro features classic band lyrics embossed in the side, exclusive Vans x Metallica x Steve Caballero labeling and a unique clear rubber sole with Kill 'Em All album artwork showing through. To learn more about the Half Cab and where you can find the special Metallica edition, please visit this location.
"In January, Met Club members will have the first opportunity to grab one of the most unique Vans shoe collections ever: the Metallica 'Passion Projects.' Each band mate - Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich - had free reign to choose any iconic Vans shoe style and make it their own. Each drew from their favorite influences in the worlds of music, action sports and art to create Vans shoes reflecting their personal style. The Vans x Metallica Passion Project shoes are available to the general public in February. More...
Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.
Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.
After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...
Metallica has posted a new, nearly hour-long, recap video from the Orion Music + More festival that took place earlier this month. The footage is available below, or you can also find a previously posted press conference video about the festival at this location.
Metallica held a press conference on Friday, June 22nd, to talk about the band's inaugural Orion Festival in Atlantic City. Artisan News Service has posted a video clip from the press conference, which can be viewed below.
The Orion Music + More festival takes place today and tomorrow in Atlantic City, and a teaser trailer for the event is available here.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett announced today that he will publish his first book, "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection," this October via Abrams Image. Documenting Kirk's love of all things horror, and the legendary collection of horror memorabilia he has amassed over the years, TMHB is a 228 page hardback, large format coffee table book featuring well over 300 full color images from Kirk's private collection and exclusive set photography by Mark Leialoha and Joe Gibbs.
There will be three extensive conversations with writer Steffan Chirazi covering the importance of collecting in Hammett's life from childhood, plus written captions by Kirk for many of the items displayed in the book.
"This is my gift to all the other horror nerds out there who are just like me," says Kirk, "it's been made with great love for all the many characters and movies which guided me through childhood, into adulthood and which still keep me on track today."
On June 23rd - 24th, at Orion Music + More, the new annual festival founded by Metallica and taking place in Atlantic City, NJ, fans will see a preview of what's to come in "Too Much Horror Business." Hammett will be hosting Kirk's Crypt and offering fans an extraordinary glimpse into his collection. More information on Kirk's Crypt and Orion Music + More can be found by visiting this location.
In addition to "Too Much Horror Business," Hammett will also commence producing collectible items through his Kirk Von Hammett line, specifically toys. Each of the collectibles will be a strictly limited edition, with the first one being available on October 1st here. More...
Metallica has checked in with the following announcement about filming the band's upcoming show in Vancouver for a new 3D movie:
"We're super excited to announce that the gigantic, massive brand new Metalli-show will head north following a sold out run of eight shows in Mexico City, with the first stop in Edmonton, AB on August 17 at Rexall Place followed by Vancouver, BC on August 24 at Rogers Arena.
"The Vancouver show brings a twist to the mix - you'll be a part of the show!! That's right, we will be filming this show all in 3D for... you guessed it, the upcoming Metallica 3D movie that we've mentioned on and off a few times this year.
"We couldn't think of a better place than Vancouver to end the three week new stage run with cameras capturing it all, so bring your nuttiest, craziest Metalli-self to the show, be a part of movie history, and show the rest of the world how much Vancouver rocks. More...
Metal Injection has posted another episode in the "On The Record" series, this time covering how the Internet has changed heavy metal. You can check out the episode here or in the player below, and Metal Injection also commented:
"The third episode in Metal Injection's ongoing series On The Record: A Decade Of Metal has been posted. We turn the cameras on the music industry and discuss the most important happening of the last decade in the newest episode: the internet. The internet has changed every facet of the music industry, from the way a band is promoted, to how music is distribute to how people even get their work down. In this edition, music industry heavyweights talk about these changes in great details, as this is the longest and most in-depth episode of On The Record yet."
Over the next three weeks, every Tuesday, Metal Injection will premiere another new episode focusing on the following topics:
- Women's ever-expanding role in metal
- The future of heavy metal More...
When light hits the stage even before the band does, theres only one thing that signifies you are about to have your face ripped off by a literal wall of sound. You see it in almost every huge rock and metal arena show. Its a vision pursued by any musician who dreams of playing live, and playing loud. As a kid I gazed at the stage in wonder, mesmerized at these giant black boxes stacked on top of one another. As soon as the band started playing, you could swear everything you heard was coming from these giant stacks of sound. They stood out almost as a member of the band themselves. All thats is left after the show ends, is a snapshot taken by your memory. The image of the band on stage, and the image of a giant stack of amplifiers with one name draped across the front, Marshall. More...
Metallica posted a trailer for the upcoming first annual Orion Music + More Festival which takes place in Atlantic City on June 23-24, 2012. For a partial list of confirmed acts, head over to this location and for tickets and more information head over to this location. Recently added acts include Suicidal Tendencies and Sepultura.
As previously reported, the event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements. Check out the trailer here: