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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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: Music Not ‘Terribly Inspiring Anymore,’ Film Is ‘More Intriguing’

Who will be the next Metallica? Lars Ulrich is skeptical about music's future, saying it is 'not terribly inspiring anymore.'

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images

James Hetfield Narrates New Documentary ‘Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly’

Metallica's James Hetfield will lend his vocals as a narrator for the new documentary 'Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly.'

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Photo by Ross Halfin

Watch Official Footage of Metallica Performing ‘One’ With Pianist Lang Lang in Beijing [Update]

Concert pianist Lang Lang joined Metallica onstage in Beijing, China for a unique rendition of their hit song 'One.'

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Alex Kluft Photography

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett on Crafting ‘Hardwired’ Solos: ‘I Played Whatever Was in My Head’ [Interview]

Kirk Hammett was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's radio show over the weekend. The Metallica guitarist discussed the band's new album, 'Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct' + more.

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16 Years Ago: Jason Newsted Leaves Metallica

On Jan. 17, 2001, bassist Jason Newsted revealed the news that he was exiting Metallica.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Metallica to Play 59th Annual Grammy Awards; Unveil Pro-Shot Footage of ‘Halo on Fire’ Concert Debut

Metallica have revealed that they will play the 59th Annual Grammy Awards and they've also revealed pro-shot footage of the concert debut for 'Halo on Fire.'

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YouTube: MetallicaTV

Watch Pro-Shot Footage of Metallica’s Live Debut of ‘Now That We’re Dead’

Metallica have released a pro-shot video of their first-ever live performance of 'Now That We're Dead' off their new album, 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.'

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Metallica to Perform With Chinese Concert Pianist Lang Lang at Beijing Show

Metallica will be repeating their 56th Grammy Awards performance with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at their upcoming show in Beijing, China.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Says He Got Over Metallica Using His Songs a Long Time Ago

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says in a new feature reflecting on his career that he got over Metallica using his songs a long time ago.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Metallica’s ‘Now That We’re Dead’ + ‘Halo on Fire’ Make Live Debuts in South Korea

Metallica brought out 'Now That We're Dead' and 'Halo on Fire' for the first time live during their show in Seoul, South Korea.

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