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--- 1973 ---

Lars Ulrich with nine years old, living at the time in Copenhagen (Denmark), saw his first Hard Rock concert (Deep Purple). After this he was hooked and began collecting albums from bands like Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple.

--- 1976 ---

He got his first drum kit, but at this time he was becoming a very promising young tennis player. His father was a Famous Tennis Pro.

--- 1980 ---

He had to sell his kit because he moved to Los Angeles with his parents so he could concentrate on his Tennis skills. That did not stop him as he soon bought a new drum kit.

At this time he was addicted to the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal).

He tried to find someone at this point to play a few songs but failed, but he placed an ad in a music magazine called Recycler, to which one James Hetfield answered. James and Lars meet up to jam but nothing became of this first meeting.

--- 1981 ---

In the summer he went to the UK to follow Diamond Head around for 3 months on tour.

On his return he secured a deal to record a track for the Metal Blade compilation 'Metal Massacre'. Due to the fact that he didn't yet have a band, he quickly began contacting people.

The members he managed to put together were:

  • Lars Ulrich: Drums
  • James Hetfield: Vocals, Rhythm and Bass Guitars
  • Lloyd Grant: Lead Guitar

Lars managed to steel the name 'Metallica' from a friend (Ron Quintana) who was putting together a magazine and was also looking for a name.

The track 'Hit the Lights' was recorded for the compilation album, also at this session the following covers where recorded 'Killing Time' by Sweet Savage and 'Let It Loose' by Savage.

On the original pressing of this album the name of the band was mis-spelt 'Mettallica'.

--- 1982 ---

On March 14 Metallica's first show was done, at Radio City, in Anaheim, CA.

In order to get a certain live gig, Metallica needed to present some of their material, so in April they recorded a demo, later known as 'Power Metal'. This was recorded with James, Lars, Ron McGovney, and Dave Mustaine.

They re-recorded four tracks: 'Hit The Lights', 'Mechanix', 'Jump In The Fire', and 'Motorbreath'. This new version of 'Hit The Lights' appeared on the second pressing of 'Metal Massacre 1'.

On May 25 Metallica played a gig at Lars's High School (Backbay High School), managing to almost empty the hall.

On May 28 they played as a five piece band for the first time with Jeff Warner on vocals (luckily he didn't last).

On June 14 the first print of the Metal Massacre compilation album was released, and included Metallica's first take of 'Hit The Lights'. The second print had another version of this track. The album was released by Brian Slagel; this was the first release on his new label, Metal Blade.

The next important event was in July the famous 'No Life 'Til Leather' demo was recorded. This demo was never officially released, but copies were made and spread like wildfire.
This Demo included the following tracks:

  • Hit The Lights
  • Mechanix
  • Motorbreath
  • Seek And Destroy
  • Metal Militia
  • Jump in the Fire
  • Phantom lord

The Line-up was:

  • Lars Ulrich: Drums
  • James Hetfield: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
  • Ron McGovney: Bass
  • Lloyd Grant: Lead Guitar (just for the solos)

A few weeks later Lloyd Grant left to be replaced by a guy called Mike and then by Dave Mustaine.

In August Brian Slagel told the band about a great bass player (Cliff Burton) in a band called Trauma that played the Whiskey a Go-Go. James and Lars were not happy with Ron McGovney, and where so amazed by Cliff's playing, that they realized that this was the new bass player for Metallica. Cliff was not interested, but said that he would join the band if they moved to San Francisco, for he thought L.A. was a fucked-up freak show.

On November 29 they played at 'The Old Waldorf', in San Francisco, with support from a band named 'Exodus', with one Kirk Hammett on guitar. This was the first time they met him. The show was recorded, and today is known as the 'Live Metal Up Your Ass' demo. They intended to record it through the mixing board, but something went wrong, so instead they set up a boom box in front of the speaker stacks; technically, this recording is an audience recording. Both 'Metal Up Your Ass' and 'No Life 'Til Leather' came with a cassette liner that was written by Lars and contained the track listings and the band logo. This was Dave Mustaine's first show with the band.

Mabuhay Gardens, November 30. The last gig with Ron on bass. They soon afterwards asked Cliff Burton to join; upon hearing this, Ron left.

First jam session with Cliff Burton was done on December 28.

--- 1983 ---

In January the band was invited by record shop owner Jon Zazula to do some gigs on the East Coast. He also tries to get them a record contract, but when this fails, he founds his own record label, Megaforce Records, and signs Metallica as his first band.

March saw them on a journey from SF to New York to play a number of dates organized by Jonny Z of Megaforce Records. During this trip Dave's drinking problems were getting a bit out of hand. The morning after they played a show in Vandenburg, supporting 'Venom', they asked Dave to leave. Meanwhile, Kirk was already on his way over by plane to replace him.

On March 5 Cliff Burton plays his first gig with the band, in San Francisco, at The Stone.

On March 16 the "Megaforce demo" was recorded. This is Cliff Burton's first recording with the band.

On March 19 they played at The Stone in San Francisco. This was the second gig with Cliff, and this show was videotaped. Parts of this show are on the "Cliff 'Em All" video issued by Metallica.

On April 1 Metallica called Kirk Hammett and asked him if he would like to join Metallica in New York for an audition. Kirk thought someone played an April Fool's trick on him, and answered "Yes, sure". The next day they called again to supply further details, and he realized that they were serious.

Dave Mustaine played his last gig on April 9, at L'Amours in Brooklyn, New York.

They went into the studio to record their first album in May, Kill 'Em All, produced by Paul Curcio. Originally, this album was to be called "Metal Up Your Ass", but the record distributors refused to release an album with such a name. The name was immediately changed to Kill 'Em All, in reference to the record industry's distributors.

On June 27 Metallica went on the road for a two month tour with Raven for the "Kill 'Em All For One" tour (the Raven album at the time was entitled All for One). The tour ended on September 3, 1983.

Kill 'Em All was released in July.

During October-December they spent their time writing new material for the next album, Ride The Lightning.

--- 1984 ---

In Febuary the quartet visited Europe for the first time. They went on a tour supporting Venom, starting in Zurich, Switzerland and covering Germany, France and Belgium, then finishing with the Aardshock Festival in Zwolle, Holland. During this tour, the British label, Music for Nations, released the 'Jump in the Fire' EP to promote the tour.

On June 27 Ride The Lightning is released by Megaforce records.

The "Creeping Death" EP is released on November, featuring the original garage days on the B-side. Included is one cover tune, originally recorded by Blitzkrieg, and one track by Diamond Head. These tracks are now available on the re-release of Kill 'Em All, and Garage Days Re-Revisited is the follow up to this recording.

--- 1985 ---

On August 17 they performed for the first time at the famous Monsters of Rock festival at Donnington, England. Metallica was squeezed in-between two poser bands, Ratt and Bon Jovi, on the bill. James decided to tell the 70,000 kids what to expect: "If you came here to see spandex, eye makeup, and the words 'Oh baby' in every fuckin' song, this ain't the fuckin' band."

From September to December 27 the band was in Copenhagen again, recording the third album, this time with producer Flemming Rasmussen.

--- 1986 ---

In March Master Of Puppets was released.

On March 27 they went on tour with Ozzy Osbourne. This was a very important tour for Metallica, supporting Ozzy, as their popularity was steadily rising and they were ready to hit the bigtime. This was also their last tour as a supporting act.

On June 26 shortly before a gig in Adamsville, James broke his wrist in the infamous "skateboarding incident." The show was cancelled, and during the rest of the tour James sang with his arm in a sling while John Marshall stood in on guitar. At that time, John Marshall was Kirk's guitar roadie, as well as a member of the band Metal Church.

On the 27th of September, 1986, Metallica's two tour buses were making their way along a god-forsaken road that lies somewhere between the Scandinavian cities of Stockholm and Copenhagen. Apart from these vehicles, the route was deserted - there was no one else travelling at that unearthly hour of the morning. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, just before 6:15 a.m., one of the coaches swerved violently to its right and started careening wildly down the wrong side of the road. It was out of control, and a crash was inevitable.

The bus' brief, but horrific, excursion came to a halt some 60 feet further up the tarmac. By this time, the vehicle was on its side and lying in a ditch by the side of the road, near the small Swedish town of Ljungby.

During the unavoidable confusion that followed, the vast majority of the overturned bus' passengers managed to scramble free of the wreckage. Those that emerged included three of the four members of the band. In all honesty, the survivors had been extremely lucky, as they had all somehow managed to escape with little more than minor injuries and shock.

Swedish police arriving on the scene of the crash immediately arrested the driver as a matter of routine, but later released him without charges after further investigation revealed that the cause of the crash was black ice on a nasty bend in the road.

Unfortunately, however, there had been one fatality in the accident... what is more, the deceased individual turned out to be one of the group. So, tragically, in the short space of those few dreadful seconds on that lonely Swedish road, Metallica's dreamlike existence was suddenly transformed into a hellish nightmare. Their 24 year old bass player, Cliff Burton, was dead.

"I saw the bus lying right on him. I saw his legs sticking out. I freaked. The bus driver, I recall, was trying to yank the blanket out from under him to use for other people. I just went, 'Don't fucking do that!' I already wanted to kill the guy. I don't know if he was drunk or if he hit some ice. All I knew was, he was driving and Cliff wasn't alive anymore." James Hetfield 1993

On March 29 the dazed group dealt with their anxiety in the manner with which they were most familiar: drinking. James broke two hotel windows and screamed, venting his rage. Kirk and his guitar tech, John Marshall, were so shaken that they left the light on in their room that night. On this day James, Lars and Kirk returned to the United States.

Jason Newstead goes to an audition on October 28, in the hopes to become the new bass player. He learned all the songs in a couple of days, so when the three of them asked Jason what song he would like to play, he said "anyone you like." At the end of the audition, Metallica had five candidates, but invited Jason to have a drink with them at Tommy's Joint. Before leaving the place, the three members went to the loo, and when they came back, they told Jason, "Welcome to Metallica."

On November 8 Jason played his first gig with Metallica, opening for Metal Church at The Country Club in Reseda. His second gig was the very next night at Jezabelle's in Anaheim.

--- 1987 ---

The EP Garage Days Re-Revisited was released on August 10 only including cover tunes to introduce Jason on vinyl to the fans. One of the tracks was left off the British version so it could qualify for the singles chart. This masterpiece is no longer available, and is now a rare collector's item.

On August 20 the band started their European festival tour with a small secret gig at Club 100 in London. Thousands of people showed up, even though the gig wasn't advertised; however, many were denied at the door, as the club only had capacity for a few hundred!

On December 4 was released Metallica's first home video, Cliff 'Em All. This is Metallica's homage to their previous bass player. They didn't have any footage from the old shows, so bootleg videos taped by fans were added to the home video.

--- 1988 ---

First show of the American "Monsters of Rock" Festival tour, with Van Halen at the Country Club in Los Angeles on May 24.

...And Justice for All is released by Elektra records on 25 September 1988.

First show on the Damaged Justice Tour 88-89 on September 11, Budapest, Hungry.

Metallica filmed their first music video, One on December 6. They always said that they wouldn't do a music video, but they now felt that the time was right, and were given maximum artistic freedom from their label.

--- 1989 ---

This year Metallica received a nomination in the heavy metal category for the Grammy Awards. They performed One live at the show on Febuary 22, but the award went to Jethro Tull. Metallica didn't seem to care, though; they added a sticker to their album reading "Grammy Award LOOSERS".

On June 20 the home video "Two Of One" was released.

--- 1990 ---

In Febuary Metallica wins a Grammy for Best Metal Performance, for One. While on stage receiving the award, the band gives Jethro Tull a big thank you for not releasing anything this year, as they won last year.

On November 4 Metallica recorded the track Stone Cold Crazy for an Elektra sampler.

On November 6 Metallica enters the studio "One On One" in North Hollywood to record their next album. Time passes, and the band is not finished until June 16th of the next year. The album is recorded by Randy Staub and assistant Mike Tacci, and produced by Bob Rock together with Hetfield and Ulrich.

--- 1991 ---

In Febuary Metallica wins its second Grammy, for Best Metal Performance for Stone Cold Crazy.

World premiere of the video for Enter Sandman was on July 30.

On August 1 they played the first show on the megatour 'Wherever I May Roam' 91-92-93 at Phoenix Theatre - Petaluma, CA.

On August 12 The black album Metallica saw the light of day. Some shops opened the doors at 00:01 in the morning to be the first to sell the black album.

--- 1992 ---

In Febuary they performed Enter Sandman at Grammys, and won for Best Metal Performance.

World premiere for the video Nothing Else Matters was on Febuary 26.

On April 20 they played at "Concert For Life", a tribute show to Freddy Mercury at the Wembley Stadium in London. Metallica played three songs, which were released as a single only days later. All proceeds from this gig and the sales of the single were donated to Freddy Mercury's AIDS fund. The show was also TV broadcasted to the whole world.

On August 9 James got burned by the pyrotechnics in Montreal, Canada. The next gigs had to be cancelled because James couldn't play the guitar with his burnt hand.

On October 5 Metallica played for the first time So What? live. What obviously made it so cool was that Animal, the vocalist from the Anti-Nowhere League who wrote this song, was dragged up to sing this masterpiece at Wembley Area, London, England.

On November 5 all four members of Diamond Head were on the guest list this day in Birmingham, England. This started Metallica thinking of the possibility of jamming with them. With two drum sets on the stage, all eight band members played Am I Evil? and Helpless together. The members of Diamond Head are close friends of Lars, for he traveled with them on tour before Metallica was formed. Both of these tracks, and the jam with Animal ten days earlier, are available on the "Metallican vid" that comes in the Metallican-box for ...And Justice For All.

In November the two home videos, "A Year And A Half In Ihe Life Of Metallica", parts 1 & 2, were released.

--- 1993 ---

Some people at Elektra suggested that Metallica should come to Manhattan, and transform a record store into their own Metalli-store. The guys liked the idea and on January 21 they opened the store to a flood of fans on this day, selling only Metallica albums and merchandise. A tape was released for this day, and was exclusively sold at this shop on the Grand Opening. The tape consists of a medley recorded in Moscow. It was James who designed the tape cover with a drawing of Scary Guy.

On January 22 a new tour saw the light of day. The "Nowhere Else To Roam" Tour '93 began in Kalamazoo, MI.

On November 29 the box set "Live Shit: Binge & Purge" was released containing three CD's, three videos and a book.

--- 1994 ---

On May 28 'Shit hits the Sheds' starts with a Rehearsal Show in Buffalo, NY.

On June 22 they performed live at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Detroit. Glenn Danzig and Chuck Biscuts from Danzig played Last Caress with the band. Last Caress was written by Danzig when he was a member in Misfits.

On July 3 they performed live at the World Music Theatre in Chicago. This is Danzig's last show on the tour; Glenn Danzig sings London Dungeon, Last Caress, and Green Hell with the band. Suicidal Tendencies joins the band during So What?

On August 21 they performed live at the Bicentennial Park in Miami. The last show of the "Summer Shit Tour". Special guest is Rob Halford (ex-Judas Priest, now Fight) who sings Rapid Fire (an old Judas Priest song) with the band.

--- 1995 ---

On August 23 the tracks 2 x 4 and Devil's Dance are played for the first time in front of an audience at the London Astoria in England. This was a private show, and only members of the fan club were invited. According to Metallica this was the best gig they had ever played. This was also the first date on their short tour "Escape From The Studio" 95.

On September 3 they played the Arctic Circle show, sponsored by Molson Breweries in Canada. 500 or so contest winners were invited to the "Coldest Show On Earth," in arctic northern Canada, a place so desolate and frigid that the only way in or out was by charter flights. The show was played in a huge, clover-shaped tent. Using four massive, fuel-burning, heating units they managed to keep the temperature warm enough for the instruments to function!

On November 12 Metallica performed 7 Motorhead songs (dubbing their performance the "Lemmys") during Lemmy's birthday party at the famous club "Whiskey A Go-Go". This is also the club where Lars and James met Cliff Burton.

From December 95 to Febuary 96 the band went into the Plant studio in Sausalito, California, where they recorded 18 of the 25 tracks due to appear on the new album. Again, Bob Rock is producing.

--- 1996 ---

On May 6 and 7 the video for Until It Sleeps was shot at locations around and in Los Angeles.

In May our four guys spent time travelling around the world to promote the new album. They conducted numerous interviews, and organized huge listening parties where they would set up a truck full of speakers and play the new album, then sign some autographs for the fans. This occurred all over the world; in the States, Europe, Australia and Japan.

On May 20 the single Until It Sleeps is released world-wide, excluding Northern America, where the fans would have to wait one more day.

On May 26 a huge Metallica listening party was held on the second day of the DYNAMO Festival in Eindhoven, Holland. Metallica's new album, Load, was played through the PA at the festival site for the 60,000+ audience, making this the largest listening party held, ever!! Two band members (probably Lars & Kirk) were at the festival site to present this event, to give interviews, and to promote the new album. Load was released a whole week earlier in Holland than the rest of the world, to make it possible to be sold at the festival. Therefore, Eindhoven was blessed not only with hosting the world premiere, but also with the release of the album for the first time anywhere in the world!

On June 1 Load is released in Japan only.

On June 3 the album is released world-wide.

On June 4 the album is released in North America.

On June 9 the four guys played at Slims Club, in San Francisco, for fan club members only. They did three members-only gigs in a row this month.

On June 11 Metallica played live for the entire world, via the Internet. The broadcast site was Slim's, a small club in San Francisco, where the Webcast crew beamed the show across the globe, live as it happened, in spycams, music, video, pictures and descriptions.

On June 17 MTV presented a Metallica contest that was so huge it took four tractor trailers to deliver the prizes to the homes of the four contest winners. The four band members of Metallica hung out with the grand prize winner, met the neighbors, and played some tunes. The contest final was aired July 1.

On June 27 the American Loolapalooza festival tour starts in Kansas City with Metallica headlining the bill.

On September 12 another European tour begins. This time the tour starts in Ostenhalle, Germany.

On September 23 they recorded the live video of Hero Of The Day in Barcelona, Spain. They weren't using a recording, and 5 seconds before each of the 3 times they played the song, a metronom was introducing the band to the required rythym, and the beeps of it sounded throughout the whole audio system at the stadium. Also, Kirk got 3 or 4 notes wrong on the intro during the first attempt. Moreover, Lars asked the crowd to be more energetic in each one of the new versions they played. So, by the third try, it sounded louder than hell!

The 11th Annual Bridge School Benefit Shows at Shoreline Amphitheater, San Francisco on October 18. They played an entirely acoustic set which lasted about an hour. Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains came out and played the Lynrd Skynrd song Tuesday's Gone. They also played Lowman's Lyrics for the first time.

On November 12 Metallica recorded 3 live songs for the TV program "Later With Jools Holland," on the British channel BBC2. Wasting My Hate, Mama Said (James only acoustic) and King Nothing were performed completely live, with no playback... It was broadcast on November 16th.

On November 14 Metallica was intoduced to perform King Nothing live on stage at the MTV Europe Video Awards show. The lights went down and the band launched into the song Last Caress followed by So What? A few classic minutes of television to savour. The band was nominated earlier that evening, in the "Best Rock Video" catagory, but the award went to the Smashing Pumpkins. James later said in an interview: We needed to wake people up at the show! We felt it was a little boring, and we had been daring each other to do that for years.

On November 18 the single Mama Said is released world wide.

On November 18 and 19 Apocalyptica, the band who released an album containing Metallica covers performed with cellos, opened for Metallica in Helsinki, Finland.

The second Annual Bridge School Benefit Show at the save venue on November 19. The sets were the same except on Saturday they did not play Low Mans Lyric, instead they played another new tune called "My Eye's". Also on the bill was Kacy Crowley, Blues Traveler's, Lou Reed, Smashing Pumpkins, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthew's Band, and Neil Young.

--- 1997 ---

On January 17 King Nothing premiered on MTV on 1/17/97. It was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah about a month earlier.

On January 26 Lars got married to his long time girlfriend Skylar. Apparantly Lars said that thing about them breaking it off was so that they would not get mobbed by fans at the church they got married in.

On January 27 MetallicA played "King Nothing" on the American Music Awards and won the price for best metal/hard rock album. When they went up to accept their award, Lars said, "I would like to thank this man, James Hetfield, for putting on his best suit and being my best man at my wedding last night."

On Febuary 22 Ted Nugent was guest star at the gig at Palace Of Auburn Hills. They weren't too happy with him for what he did. Ted basically forced his way into their show, then ruined their moment in the sun (throwing pics and sticks and thanking the crowd).

On August 22 Metallica played 3 festivals in Europe to get out of the studio for a while. First day was at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium.

On August 23 they played at Blindman's Ball Festival, Stuttgart, Germany.

On August 24 they played at Reading Festival, Reading, U.K.

To celebrate the release of their new album, Metallica wanted to play a concert - for free. The only problem was that they didn't know where! On October 6 they gave the fans a few details and a 800 telephone number where they could call in to make suggestions. The free concert had to be held on Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day), outdoors as this had to be a big free show for anyone wishing to make the trip. Over 120,000 Metallica fans bombarded a phone lines.

On October 20 and 21 the band shot the "Memory remains" video in LA, actually at the Van Nuys airport. It costed $400.000.00 and featured the band it a huge box that costed over $100.000.00. The video had it's world premiere on MTV's Mattrock show the 15th of November 1997.

The 26 of October was the final day for the fans to call in to teh 800 telefone number and suggest a place where Metallica could play their free show. The "winner"? Philadelphia's CoreStates Arena parking lot.

Metallica's free concert, dubbed the "Million Decibel March," was helt in Philadelphia parking lot on November 11 and was a great success. For the show's intro, they showed Jaymz playing the famous ESPN commercials' "Da-na-na, na-na-na" from the Sportscenter music on his guitar. Here is what the local newspapaer Philadelphia Inquirer had to say about the show: "It was part burlesque show, part rugby match, and hearing-loss loud. The band was profane on stage and charming before the show. Police pronounced the fans better behaved than a Philadelphia Eagles crowd. And neighbors who feared the worst from the self-styled Loudest Band in the World complained more about the sound from the news choppers circling overhead."

On November 12 the Memory Remains single released in America. It has been available in Europe ant the rest of the world for a few weeks.

On November 13 Lars and his bandmates played a free show at London's premier dance venue Ministry Of Sound to launch their new album 'Re-Load'. Prior to the show Lars said in a press release: "I've never heard of the Ministry Of Sound but I'm sure Metallica playing there will making it a hit!"

On December 6 Metallica performed live on NBC's Saturday Night Live show.

--- 1998 ---

In Mars the world tour in support of Reload started in Asia. Metallica wasn't there on their Load tour, and they did Australia as well.

Rehearsals for the upcomming "Poor re-touring me 98" on June 23. The tour started the day after in West Palm Beach, Florida, and ended in San Diego, California September the 13th.

On August 15 Lars becomes a father. Skylar Ulrich gave birth to a baby boy, Myles Ulrich, at 4:15 am in New York City. He was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches.

On September 5 at George, WA (The Gorge), someone in the crowd threw a glass bottle towards the stage and hit Jason in the head! Jason got hurt but came back and finished the show as strong as ever. "We are here to give it all we got but I don t understand why we have to watch out for shit thrown at us during the show. I hope they find that fucker who did it" - James comments to the audience after the incident.

On September 14 Metallica went straight in to the studio the day after the last show in San Diego. They recorded the new songs on the "Garage Inc." CD.

On October 18 they played at the Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles. A 45 minutes gig in front of some of the most beautiful women in the world and other celebrities.

On October 19 they done a photo shoot in Los Angeles Metallica spent 6 hours at the old "Ambassador Hotel" together with photographer Danny Clinch. The pictures was ment for the "Garage Inc." cover.

Metallica spent Wednesday the October 21st recording the video for their version of Bob Seger's Turn The Page from the Garage Inc. album. The clip is directed by Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, who also filmed Madonna's Ray of Light video and Prodigy's Smack my Bitch. It all took place at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.

--- 1999 ---

On April 21-22, 1999, Metallica recorded two performances with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, then conducted by Michael Kamen. Kamen, who had previously worked with the band on "Nothing Else Matters" from The Black Album, had approached the band shortly after that collaboration with the idea of pairing Metallica's music with a symphony orchestra. Kamen and his staff composed additional orchestral material for a number of Metallica songs, and the concerts featured a collection of tracks dating as far back as Ride the Lightning. Metallica also wrote (and Kamen scored) two brand new songs for the event, "No Leaf Clover" and "− Human." The recording was eventually released as the album S&M in November 1999 on CD, VHS, and DVD..

--- 2000 ---

Napster controversy

In 2000, Metallica discovered that a demo of their song "I Disappear" had been floating across the Napster file-sharing network. They soon discovered that their entire catalogue was also freely available. The band immediately determined to sue Napster and in the process asked that 300,000 Napster users found to be trading Metallica songs be kicked off the network. In 2001 Metallica and Napster agreed to an out-of-court settlement, and the band never actually sued any fans for copyright infringement. Nevertheless, the controversy created a public relations nightmare. In particular, Lars Ulrich found himself portrayed as a greedy and pretentious rock star completely out of touch with his fans. Many saw him as a pawn of the record industry, supporting the right of the labels to charge high prices as the middle men.

Still some support him when it comes to illegal music sharing, believing that he tried to do what he could to save the music industry. He is posted as a symbol against illegal music on the Internet and the phrase "The man who started the fight against illegal file-sharing" is used. The people who support him believe that piracy and illegal file-sharing are damaging the music industry.

--- 2001 ---

Newsted leaves

Before they went into the studio to record their next album in 2001, Jason Newsted left the band, ostensibly due to "the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love." However, subsequent interviews with Newsted and the remaining members revealed that Newsted's desire to release and tour with his side-project — and Hetfield's intense resistance to such an idea — was the primary cause of Newsted's departure.

This began a low-point in recent Metallica history, as Hetfield soon entered rehab due to "alcoholism and other addictions" in July 2001. For nearly a year the entity known as "Metallica" ceased to function in any meaningful way, and Ulrich and Hammett for the first time seriously considered the possibility that Metallica might be finished. Upon Hetfield's return, though, the band slowly and cautiously continued as an incomplete 3-piece throughout the writing and recording of their next album. Longtime producer Bob Rock handled bass duties for the sessions.

--- 2003 ---

Metallica eventually found a new member in early 2003, bassist Rob Trujillo (ex- Suicidal Tendencies), who was then playing with Ozzy Osbourne's band and touring with Zakk Wylde in Black Label Society (He appears in Black Label Society's DVD Boozed, Broozed, and Broken Boned). In an interesting turn of events, Jason Newsted, who had joined Canadian heavy metal band Voivod, filled Rob's shoes playing bass for Ozzy during the Ozzfest 2003 tour (which Voivod also supported).

In June 2003, Metallica released their eighth full-length studio album, St. Anger. The album debuted at number one on the album charts, heralded as the band's most aggressive album in over a decade. Metallica seemed to have recorded an intentionally "raw" and unpolished album as a response to critics' complaints that they had lost their edge. Harsh criticism followed, however, for the record's underproduced sound (notably the sound of Ulrich's snare drum and Hetfield's "flexible" sense of pitch), overwrought songs, and total lack of guitar solos. Nevertheless, Metallica won a Grammy in 2004 for St. Anger, the band's seventh such award.The movie Some Kind Of Monster followed the album and offered an inside view into the daily affairs of Metallica like never before.It focussed on the growing tensions within the band. Also,it fulfilled its actual purpose-the making of St.Anger. In an interview James Hetfield said that he felt that St.Anger was similar to "Justice".

--- 2004 ---

Metallica Toured There Asses Off throughout the year of 2004. The Tour, 'Madly in Anger With the World Tour', was extremely successful. Successful because a new generation of kids heard the Metallica sound, and also, financially for the group. The 'Madly in Anger With the World Tour' was reported to earn the boys $US43 Million. But Most importantly, Hetfield. This was his first tour after some tough years. Obviously it was extremely important for him to remain focused. And for us who got to see the tour, :) we all know he was fucking rocking. 2004 also saw the release of the Documentary 'Some Kind Of Monster', a fantastic look on the inside.

--- 2005 ---

Metallica are gearing up for a couple of gigs with the 'Rolling Stones', In November, Only a few weeks away now for those lucky enough to have a ticket. If you go, please send me a Gig Report for posting. Fans are also expecting to hear when Metallica are entering the studio for preparation of some new material. ;)

--- 2008 ---

After a break from music, Metallica has returned to both the stage and the studio. The finished product was released in 2008 and was titled <em>Death Magnetic</em>. Single “The Day That Never Comes” was a smashing success and drove up Metallica ticket sales so high that Metallica was offered a co-headlining spot with Ozzy Osbourne at Ozzfest 2008. With <em>Death Magnetic</em> already platinum in many countries and Metallica tickets selling at a higher rate than ever before the future looks bright for the Fathers of Thrash!  As a new album title of 'Death Magnetic' was revealed on the band's dedicated website, METALLICA performed a "secret" show on Thursday June 12th at The Basement in Nashville, Tennessee in front of an estimated 175 people. The band played Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival on Friday June 13th. A select band of UK and US journalists were given sneak previews of tracks but reviews were pulled from the internet at management intervention.

OZZY OSBOURNE and METALLICA headlined a one day 'Ozzfest' show on August 9th at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas. Also appearing on the main stage would be SERJ TANKIAN, KORN singer Jonathan Davis, HELLYEAH, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT and an "all-star" tribute to the late PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Second Stage acts comprised SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT and GOATWHORE whilst a third 'Texas' stage played host THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS and THE DESTRO.

METALLICA delivered its new single, a seven minute 56 second epic called 'The Day That Never Comes', on Thursday 21st August to US radio stations nationwide. Several copies of 'Death Magnetic' were sold early at a Paris record store on Tuesday 2nd September, which led to the entire album being leaked online within hours.

'Death Magnetic' arrived in stores worldwide officially on 12th September in a variety of digital and physical configurations, ranging from a straight download, standard CD, 'Mission Metallica' box sets in both deluxe and standard formats to a deluxe coffin box edition. Exclusive Best Buy store versions of 'Death Magnetic' added 11 exclusive bonus tracks for the Xbox 360 game Guitar Hero III.Yet another official incentive came from Newbury Comics, who offered a limited edition pint glass, with only 1500 being made, for album orders through their website.

The group played two shows in Europe to celebrate the album's release, both of them with low ticket prices. METALLICA performed in Berlin, Germany on 12th September to inaugurate the new O2 Arena. Their set list included no less than five new 'Death Magnetic' songs. Next the quartet headed to London for a 15th September show at the O2 Arena. Both shows were open to fan club members only with proceeds from both gigs going to local charities, the Berlin concert funding the acquisition of a heart-lung machine.

The no. 1 arrival on the US Billboard charts made METALLICA the only band to have five albums debut in the top spot, breaking a tie at four albums held by THE BEATLES, U2 and the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. 'Death Magnetic' also debuted at no. 1 in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the U.K., Holland, Norway, Poland and Sweden and once all global charts had been counted ended up with no less than 31 top positions. 'Death Magnetic' was also METALLICA's fifth consecutive studio effort to enter at no. 1 in the USA, following 1991's self-titled album," 1996's 'Load', '97's 'Reload' and 2003's 'St. Anger'. The album sold over 490,000 copies in its first week of release, reaching platinum million selling status in just six weeks. Upon release 'Death Magnetic' also achieved instant triple platinum sales status in Finland on the very first day of issue.

METALLICA played an unannounced rehearsal show to 1,200 family, friends, contest winners and members of the band's official fan club on Friday 17th October at the Cow Palace, San Francisco. The band then kicked off an indoor North American tour on 21st October in Glendale, Arizona, with shows booked through the end of January. Support came from DOWN.

--- 2009 ---

European tour dates were aligned with guest acts With MACHINE HEAD and THE SWORD for two concerts on 7th and 8th March 2009 at Stockholm's Globen in Sweden and with LAMB OF GOD and MASTODON for June and July concerts at the Helsinki Hartwell Arena in Finland, the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, Madrid Palacio de Deportes in Spain and the Copenhagen Forum in Denmark. However, the second Stockholm concert was cancelled due to James Hetfield falling ill and being hospitalised. With fans already in attendance, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo addressed the crowd to inform them of the news.

METALLICA performed a "secret" gig to 2100 fans on Friday 20th March at Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas as part of the "Guitar Hero: Metallica" showcase during the Texas capital's annual South By Southwest music and media festival. With the SXSW festival known for showcasing young talent, METALLICA adopted this role in tongue in cheek fashion as James Hetfield told his audience "We're a young band from Norway and we want to get signed".

METALLICA notably played the 'Death Magnetic' track 'My Apocalypse' for the first time on Wednesday 25th March at the LG NEC Arena in Birmingham, England. METALLICA also included a cover of the BLACK SABBATH classic 'Hole In The Sky' in its encore, and dedicated the track to Tony Iommi, who was in attendance watching the show. Brian Tatler from DIAMOND HEAD was also in the house, and Prince' was dedicated to him. 

On January 14, 2009, it was announced that Metallica would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, and that former bassist Jason Newsted (who left the band in 2001), would perform with the band at the ceremony. Initially, it was announced that the matter had been discussed, and that current bassist Robert Trujillo had agreed not to play, as he "wanted to see the Black Album band". However, during the band's set of "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman", both Trujillo and Newsted were on stage. Ray Burton, the father of late bassist Cliff Burton accepted the honour on his behalf. Metallica also invited Dave Mustaine to take part in the induction ceremony, but he declined, citing his touring commitments in Europe.

On May 27, 2009, it was announced on Metallica's website that a new live DVD will be filmed at the Mexico City, Mexico and Nimes, France shows. The Nimes concert will be released on October 19, 2009.

In a June 2009 interview with Italy's Rock TV, Ulrich stated that Metallica plans to continue touring through August 2010. He also stated that there are currently no plans for a tenth album, but is sure that they are going to do one with Rick Rubin again. According to Blabbermouth.net, the band may start thinking about recording their next album in the second half of 2011.

According to Billboard magazine's year-end issue of 2009, Metallica's "World Magnetic Tour" ranks at #11 on the Top 25 Tours of 2009 chart, earning a total gross of $76,613,910. In that same issue, they have earned a total gross of $227,568,718 and rank at #20 on the Top 25 Decade-End Tours chart, from 2000 to 2009.

Metallica’s Greatest Hits:

“Whiplash” from the Kill ‘em All album
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” from the Ride the Lightning album
“Master of Puppets” from the Master of Puppets album
“Battery” from the Master of Puppets album
“… And Justice for All” from the …And Justice for All album
“One” from the …And Justice for All album
“Enter Sandman” from the Black Album
“Don’t Tread on Me” from the Black Album
“The Unforgiven” from the Black Album
“Nothing Else Matters” from The Black Album
“Wherever I May Roam” from the Black Album
“Sad But True” from the Black Album
“Until it Sleeps” from the Load album
“Hero of the Day” from the Load album
“The Memory Remain” from the ReLoad album
“Fuel” from the ReLoad album
“Turn the Page” from the Garage Inc. album
“Whiskey in the Jar” from the Garage Inc. album
“I Disappear” from the Mission Impossible II Soundtrack
“St. Anger” from the St. Anger album
“The Day That Never Comes” from the Death Magnetic album.
“My Apocalypse” from the Death Magnetic album

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