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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’s Robert Trujillo Starts PledgeMusic Campaign for Jaco Pastorius Film

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Metallica's Robert Trujillo is offering a number of incentives for those who help to fund his upcoming film on bass legend Jaco Pastorious.

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Metallica Complete ‘Craig Ferguson’ Residency With ‘Sad But True’

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Metallica finished off their weeklong residency on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' with 'Sad But True.'

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Metallica Send ‘Craig Ferguson’ Viewers Off to Never Never Land With ‘Enter Sandman’

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Metallica's run on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' continued Thursday night as they rocked out the classic 'Enter Sandman.'

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Metallica Unleash ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ Upon ‘Craig Ferguson’ Viewers

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Metallica pulled out another classic, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls,' during their Wednesday night appearance on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.'

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Nickelback: Metallica’s James Hetfield Empathizes With Backlash We Receive

Chad Kroeger / James Hetfield
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Frontman Chad Kroeger conveyed a story about Metallica's James Hetfield while talking about what it's like to be in a heavily criticized band.

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Metallica Continue ‘Craig Ferguson’ Residency by Rocking ‘Fuel’

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Metallica's 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' residency continued Tuesday night with a blistering performance of 'Fuel.'

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Metallica Sit Down for Interview + Perform ‘Hit the Lights’ on ‘Craig Ferguson’

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Metallica kicked off their week-long residency at 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' last night, jamming 'Hit the Lights' and sitting down for a chat.

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Metallica + Megadeth Mashed Up Into Metallideth on ‘Disposable Holy War Heroes’

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The latest Metallica and Megadeth mash-up from The Taskmaster brilliantly combines Metallica’s ‘Disposable Heroes’ and Megadeth’s ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.'

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Metallica’s 10 Best Cover Songs

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Metallica have recorded some stellar cover songs over the years. Here's a countdown of 10 best.

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Metallica Rock ‘Concert for Valor’ With Military Veterans Onstage

Metallica Concert for Valor
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Watch as Metallica unleash a blistering three-song set at The Concert for Valor with military vets and their families rocking with them onstage.

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