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Metallica

Metallica are arguably the most widely known and commercially successful heavy metal band of all time, with an estimated 120 million albums sold worldwide. Formed in Los Angeles, in 1981, before relocating to San Francisco two years later, Metallica helped both spearhead and define the thrash metal genre with a quartet of classic ‘80s albums. In the ‘90s, vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted (who replaced the deceased Cliff Burton, in 1986), embraced more accessible sounds and new compositional styles, to the chagrin of some diehard fans. But the band’s remarkable career momentum did not suffer until the early ‘00s, when an ill-advised skirmish with the file sharing network Napster combined with the poorly received ‘St. Anger’ album and assorted personal demons (all of them painfully documented by the infamous feature-length documentary, ‘Some Kind of Mon-ster’) to threaten the band’s future. Metallica duly recovered, however, with the help of new bassist Robert Trujillo, a back to basics LP (2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’) and a never flagging stadium-packing capacity across the globe.

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10 Reasons Why Metallica’s ‘Load’ Is Better Than You Remember

Not a fan of Metallica's 'Load?' We've got 10 reasons why you should reconsider!

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Jason Newsted
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Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted: Guns N’ Roses Taught Me ‘What Not to Do’

In the 25 years since the chaotic tour, fans have heard all the stories, but what you may not know is how Guns N’ Roses influenced former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted with their antics.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Metallica’s James Hetfield on Chris Cornell’s Death: It Makes You Hug Those Around You

Metallica frontman James Hetfield offered his thoughts on the death of Chris Cornell, expressing there's darknesses we all face.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire / Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire / Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images

2017 Billboard Awards: Metallica Win ‘Top Rock Album,’ Guns N’ Roses Lose ‘Top Rock Tour’ to… Coldplay?

Well, even Guns N’ Roses’ historic reunion tour is no match for the monster that is Coldplay.

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James Hetfield
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Rock on the Range 2017: Metallica’s Triumphant Set Closes Out Day 3 [Photos]

Read our recap and see exclusive photos from Day 3 of the Rock on the Range festival.

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Raymond Ahner, Loudwire
Raymond Ahner, Loudwire

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Lays Down ‘Black Hole Sun’ Bass Solo in Honor of Chris Cornell

Watch video of Robert Trujillo saluting Chris Cornell in Foxborough, Mass., with a bass solo of 'Black Hole Sun.'

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Metallica Seal the Deal With Volbeat During Electrifying New York City Show [Photos + Recap]

Metallica and Volbeat delivered a truly electrifying show at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y.

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Loudwire

Jason Newsted Showcases His ‘RAWK’ Art Exhibit + Shares How Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Influenced His Work [Exclusive Video]

Jason Newsted was kind enough to give us a personal tour of his collection and even explained how Lars Ulrich influenced his journey into painting.

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CBS
CBS

Metallica Rock ‘Now That We’re Dead’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

Metallica visited 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' last night to perform 'Now That We're Dead.'

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Metallica’s James Hetfield Names His Favorite Thrash Bands Outside the Big Four, Sends Loving Message to Cliff Burton

Metallica frontman James Hetfield spoke about his favorite non-Big Four thrash bands and what he’d say to Cliff Burton if possible.

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