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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Kill ‘em All’ (1983), ‘Ride the Lighting’ (1984), ‘Master of Puppets’ (1986), ‘Metallica’ (1991)   Related Artists: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted, Robert Trujillo, Dave Mustaine   Further Reading: 10 Best Metallica Songs; You Think You Know Metallica

Metallica To Play Two Historic September Shows in Quebec City

Metallica
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Metallica are very familiar with Quebec's Colisee Pepsi, playing seven shows in the arena dating back to 1989.

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David Bowie: Metallica + Lou Reed’s ‘Lulu’ Was Reed’s ‘Greatest Work’

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

'Lulu' received mainly negative reviews from fans and music critics.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Admits Losing Phone Containing 250 Musical Ideas

Metallica Kirk Hammett
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The Metallica guitarist once claimed to have 400 riffs to sift through for the band's next album, but he no longer has access to a whole bunch of them.

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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Joins Royal Blood Onstage in San Francisco

Lars Ulrich
Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Metallica's Lars Ulrich joined the British rockers Royal Blood onstage last night (April 15) at Slim’s in San Francisco.

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Dave Grohl: ‘I Will Be a Diehard Metallica Fan Until the Day I Die’

Dave Grohl - Metallica
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As Record Store Day ambassador, Dave Grohl professes his love for Metallica.

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Stone Sour Unveil Cover of Metallica’s ‘Creeping Death’

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Stone Sour are set to unleash their covers EP Meanwhile in Burbank in time for Record Store Day on Saturday (April 18).

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Kirk Hammett Estimates Metallica at ’25 Percent, Maybe 30 Percent’ on New Album Completion

Kirk Hammett
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Guitarist Kirk Hammett has stated that Metallica is approximately '25 percent, maybe 30 percent' on new disc progress.

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32 Years Ago: Dave Mustaine Fired From Metallica

Metallica With Mustaine
Metallica.com

The end of Dave Mustaine's stay in Metallica came on April 11, 1983, and it came without warning.

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Three Young Sisters Perform Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ – Best of YouTube

The Warning

The Warning are made up of three sisters hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, and they’re all younger than 16 years old.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett on New Album: ‘We Have Songs,’ But ‘Things Can Shift Drastically’

Kirk Hammett
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Metallica's Kirk Hammett offers a new album update.

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