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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 Lars Ulrich Lands Role in Upcoming ‘Radio Dreams’ Film

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has landed a role in the upcoming film 'Radio Dreams.'

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Defends ‘Bold Moves’ by Metallica and U2

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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson comes out in defense of U2's iTunes controversy and Metallica's Napster fight.

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‘Metallica Night’ Set for San Jose Sharks

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The NHL's San Jose Sharks will host a 'Metallica Night' with the band on Jan. 21.

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Robert Trujillo Talks Jaco Pastorius Film, Metallica Memories + More

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Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo speaks with 'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie about Jaco Pastorius, some of his favorite Metallica memories and more.

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Robert Trujillo Reveals Metallica Are ‘Blueprinting’ New Album

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Bassist Robert Trujillo offers a recording update on Metallica's upcoming disc.

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Dave Lombardo Says Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Is ‘A Good Drummer’

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Dave Lombardo addresses the criticism Lars Ulrich sometimes receives regarding his skills behind the kit.

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Metallica to Jam Third Annual ‘Metallica Night’ at San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park

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For the third year in a row, the baseball champs will host 'Metallica Night.' It'll take place May 2, 2015 at AT&T Park.

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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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