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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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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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"Big 4" New York Footage Available

Metal Injection has posted footage online of the "Big 4" event at Yankee Stadium in New York City, which can be viewed below. The clip features Metallica, Anthrax, Chris Broderick, David Ellefson, and Shawn Drover of Megadeth, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer, and Gary Holt on stage to pay homage to Motorhead, playing the classic track "Overkill."


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Metallica Announces First Show In The U.A.E.

American heavy metal legends Metallica have announced that they will be performing in the United Arab Emirates for the first time in their career next month. A message from the group reads as follows:

"We're continuing to find firsts in 2011 as we are extremely excited to announce that we will be playing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates next month on October 25 at Yas Island. After 30 years of travel to all corners of the earth, this one is extra special as the show kicks off a week of new territories for us as this show will be followed by two nights in India.

"Tickets will go on sale at 12 PM Local Time on September 13 at Thinkflash.ae. Met Club members should log in and check the Club news section for a password to guarantee you access to the front "Fan Pit" section."

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Final Tracklisting Announced For Metallica's Lulu

Metallica and Lou Reed have revealed the final, complete tracklisting from their forthcoming collaboration album, "Lulu." The album is currently set for an October 31st European release with its North American release expected one day later both through Warner Bros. Records. The record is based off of German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven, which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press.

The final tracklisting for the effort is as follows:

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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Metallica And Lou Reed Reveal More Song Titles

Metallica and Lou Reed have revealed some more song titles from their forthcoming collaboration album, "Lulu," which will be released on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America through Warner Bros. Records. The record is based off of German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven, which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press.

The updated tracklisting is as follows:

Brandenburg Gate
Frustration
The View
Cheat On Me
Junior Dad
Little Dog
Mistress Dread
Pumping Blood

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Metallica And Lou Reed Reveal Album Cover

American heavy metal legends Metallica have posted the front cover of their forthcoming album, "Lulu" online, which is a collaboration album with the innovative former Velvet Underground frontman, Lou Reed. You can check it out below. "Lulu" will be released in Europe on October 31st and will hit North American shelves the following day on November 1st.

The record is based off of German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven, which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press. Some of the song titles set to appear on the album include, "Junior Dad," "Little Dog," Mistress Dread" and "Pumping Blood." More...

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Metallica And Lou Reed Reveal Album Details

Heavy metal veterans Metallica and Lou Reed, the legendary singer and former frontman of The Velvet Underground, has announced that the name of their forthcoming collaboration album will be, "Lulu." The record's title comes from the plays of German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box," which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays." For more information on the plays and how they serve as the inspiration behind the album, please visit http://www.loureedmetallica.com/. "Lulu" is scheduled to be released on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America.

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Metallica Reveals New Album Release Date

Heavy metal superstars Metallica and music icon Lou Reed have announced that their forthcoming collaboration album will be released on November 1st in North America, while it will hit the shelves in the rest of the world a day earlier on October 31st.

No further information is known about the project at this time, but will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

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Metallica Announces 30th Anniversary Shows

Metallica has checked in with the following announcement about a series of upcoming 30th anniversary shows exclusively for Metallica fan club members:

"Thirty years of Metallica... can you believe it? We think it's cause for a major celebration! You've been asking for a while now 'just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?' closely followed by 'why don't we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?' We've heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

"These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica... fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.

"Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??).

"If you can't join us for the full week, we'll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we're going back to early '80's ticket pricing (but not the hair!)... single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details... we're taking reservations through August 8.

"Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!"

Details on the Metallica fan club are available by heading over to this location.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: 1986 M/F/K

25 years ago hard rock and glam albums found regular rotation on the radio and pop culture thanks to MTV, Circus Magazine, and eighties culture. 1986 was riding the fringe of hair band saturation, but also the year Metallica and Megadeth put out timeless efforts. Since 1986 we have seen the grunge era, the boy band era, and the release of St. Anger. We’ve seen it all in the last 25 years.

Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. There is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again.

Master of Puppets (Metallica)
M: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
F: Damage, Inc.
K: The Thing That Should Not Be
(NOTE: It really is the perfect “F” song) More...

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Dave Mustaine Hints at More Big 4 U.S. Shows

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says if there will be any more Big 4 shows in the U.S. beyond the ones scheduled, it'll be up to Metallica.

Speaking with Metalunderground.com yesterday backstage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Boston, Mustaine hinted that more dates could be on tap.

“I'm hoping that after we do the New York trek . . . we'll come back and do some more dates in the states," he said. “It's totally possible. Is it realistic right now? No. I think you'll have to ask the boys in Metallica about that. I think it's pretty obvious for the three of us that it's a good opportunity for us to play with Metallica."

Mustaine raved about the European shows and said he got along great on-stage with his former band, including once being asked by Kirk Hammett to play the solo during a cover of Diamond Head's "Helpless."

“The bands got along really good. Ticket sales were incredible," Mustaine said. “We planted our flag on top of the planet. If anyone doubted the four of us were the biggest bands in the world, we removed all that doubt.”

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Big Four Footage Of Misfits Cover Available

New fan-filmed footage has made its way online from The Big Four's July 6th performance in Milan, Italy. The footage features the Big Four coming to together for a cover of The Misfits' classic "Die, Die My Darling." You can check out the clip in the player below.

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Just For Fun

Bill Bailey Sends A Message To Metallica

British comedian and multi-instrumentalist Bill Bailey has posted a video online in which he demonstrates why he and his band are more than ready to take Metallica's place at this weekend's edition of the Sonisphere Festival in the United Kingdom. You can check it out below. Both Bill Bailey and Metallica will be performing at this year's English Sonisphere, which kicks off this Friday at Knebworth. Also performing will be Slipknot, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and a whole host of others. More...

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