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Famous as :

Heavy metal band

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Birth Place :

Los Angeles, California, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "Metallica" (1991)


Metallica is the most consistently innovative metal band of the late 80s and 90s. This music group was formed in 1981 in California, USA, by Lars Ulrich (b. 26 December 1963, Copenhagen, Denmark; drums) and James Alan Hetfield (b. 3 August 1963, USA; guitar/vocals) after each separately advertised for fellow musicians in the classified section of American publication The Recycler. Set about in 1981 when the teen Lars put an advertisement in a paper searching for like-minded musicians to create a band, James immediately responded to the ad, and shortly the two began lived their music with Lars played drumes and made musical suggestions, while James covered all guitar parts (rhythm, lead, and bass,) as well as singing. Both of them got the name Metallica when Lars was helping San Francisco-area metal promoter Ron Quintana to pick out a name for a new magazine to promote metal and the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands. Quintana came up with a suggestion "Metallica," but Lars quickly suggested another and decided to use that name for the band he and James Hetfield had just started.

Early in 1982, the now-becoming Metallica recorded "Hit the Lights" for the first Metal Massacre compilation. In the sake of the work, guitarist Lloyd Grant was brought in to do the lead guitar solos on the track but was never a full member of the band. Longing for a full-time lead guitarist, Lars posted an advertisement in the local newspapers and here came Dave Mustaine, a guitarist from the band Panic who seemed interested and upon arrival started a sound check. Surprisingly, Lars and James were so impressed with Dave's soundcheck that they immediately asked him to join. Few months after Dave joining Metallica, the band recorded a full demo "No Life Till Leather" which quickly drew attention on the underground tape trading circuit. From this point on, joined also the trio bassist Cliff Burton, who exited from his band Trauma in exchange for the other members of Metallica relocating to the San Francisco area. This replacement was the beginning of all the band great music work. Approvingly, both San Fransisco and New York gave Metallica their biggest success early on as they were accepted by Elektra.

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Paul McCartney, Metallica, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine Booked for 2015 Lollapalooza

March 25, 2015 16:24:24 GMT

Lollapalooza announces lineup for this year's festivity as summer is coming closer. Former member , heavy metal band , British rising star , and indie rock band are lined up to make merry the music event.

Rihanna, Eminem, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen Tapped for HBO's 'Concert of Valor'

October 02, 2014 22:57:07 GMT

HBO, in conjunction with Starbucks, is holding a star-studded concert to honor military members and their families on Veterans Day. Musical guests include R&B singer , rapper , heavy metal band , and rock star .

Taylor Swift, Metallica and More Announced as Performers at Rock in Rio Fest in Las Vegas

September 27, 2014 04:48:22 GMT

A number of musicians have been enlisted for the first U.S. edition of Rock in Rio Festival. The fest's organizers announced on Friday, September 26 that the headliners of the event scheduled for next year would include pop/country superstar and veteran rock band .

Bradley Cooper Poses With Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Noel Gallagher at Glastonbury

June 30, 2014 08:54:56 GMT

went to 2014 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Glastonbury, England without his girlfriend , but he was not alone as he hung out with some musician friends at the annual music festival. The "" star posed with 's member Lars Ulrich and Noel Gallagher in a photo posted by the member's girlfriend Sara Macdonald on her Instagram on Sunday, June 29.

Metallica May Be Banned From Glastonbury due to Frontman's Support of Bear Hunting

June 04, 2014 04:52:01 GMT

An online petition has been launched demanding to be removed from the line-up of performers at the upcoming Glastonbury Festival. Someone started the petition on Facebook after news broke that the band's frontman James Hetfield would narrate a new TV show on the History Channel that chronicles bear hunting in Alaska.

Katy Perry, Robin Thicke and Metallica Tapped to Perform at Grammys

January 08, 2014 02:10:53 GMT

Some big names in music have been announced as performers at the upcoming Grammy Awards. , and will be among singers who are set to take the stage at the event on January 26.

Metallica Set for Debut Appearance at Comic-Con

July 09, 2013 03:53:25 GMT

Heavy metal veterans are set to make their debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The band will be sitting in a panel Q&A session to promote their upcoming 3D film "" and performing live afterwards in an intimate concert at a still undisclosed location all on July 19.

Metallica Rocks in First Teaser Trailer for 'Metallica Through the Never'

May 23, 2013 07:34:27 GMT

After building anticipation with the release of its first photo, "" finally debuts its first teaser trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. The video will surely satisfy fans' craving for music as James Hetfield along with his bandmates is featured performing their song.

Metallica's 3D Movie Will Finally Arrive in Theaters in August

January 16, 2013 03:12:17 GMT

brought good news to their fans on Tuesday, January 15 that their 3D film "" would finally grace the silver screen this year. On their official site, the heavy metal band confirmed that the movie, which was shot in Vancouver in August last year, would come to the U.S. theaters on August 9.

Metallica Launch Record Label After Regaining All Their Master Recordings

December 01, 2012 05:32:43 GMT

After a long wait, rockers finally gain control of master recordings from their extensive catalog. They leave Warner Music Group which became their home since 1980's and officially launch their very own record label, Blackened Recordings.

Darren Aronofsky to Direct Metallica and Lou Reed's 'Iced Honey' Video

November 04, 2011 06:21:51 GMT

"" helmer Darren Aronofsky is confirmed to direct a music video for "Iced Honey", a single recorded by and . The Academy Award-nominated moviemaker reportedly will film the clip in the San Francisco Bay area.

Metallica Won Over by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Hesher' Performance

April 22, 2011 18:22:00 GMT

The "Until It Sleeps" hitmakers, are famous for refusing to allow their tracks to be used for other projects, but they made an exception when they saw "" star in the dark drama.

Metallica Are Boring, Download Fest Organizers Say

March 05, 2011 03:32:21 GMT

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival decided against booking as this year's headline act because they are convinced the rockers have become "boring" by touring too often. Â The band took center stage at the rock event in 2004 and 2006, but is absent from the lineup of the upcoming event in June.

Metallica Explain Beachball Incident

November 19, 2010 06:57:09 GMT

have issued a statement in a bid to get to the truth of a story suggesting a little girl was kicked into the audience at a recent concert in Australia. The youngster, who is the daughter of the band's stage manager, took a tumble after guitarist Kirk Hammett accidentally kicked a beachball at her and knocked her off balance.

Metallica's Guitarist Accidentally Kicked Little Girl in Concert

November 18, 2010 04:34:32 GMT

's recent show in Sydney, Australia has been mired in controversy after guitarist Kirk Hammett accidentally knocked a child off the stage during a stunt. The rockers were performing in the city last Thursday, November 11 and Hammett kicked oversized inflatable black balls into the audience during their set.

Metallica Not Canceling New Zealand Gig Despite Earthquakes

September 07, 2010 04:26:21 GMT

Rockers are refusing to let New Zealand's recent earthquakes stop them from performing for fans there. Devotees feared three big quakes over the past five days, including a 7.1-magnitude one that hit the country's South Island, would prompt Metallica to postpone two sold-out shows set for Christchurch later this month.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich: Filming 'Some Kind of Monster' Is Stupid

July 17, 2010 06:58:44 GMT

regret airing their problems in 2004 movie "Some Kind of Monster", insisting they were "stupid" to go public with therapy sessions and band disputes. Drummer Lars Ulrich admits the documentary has become the bane of his life because all his rock star friends have seen it and now they know more about him and his bandmates than he'd like them to.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Pays Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

May 17, 2010 09:51:05 GMT

drummer Lars Ulrich has penned a moving tribute to Ronnie James Dio, while rock stars including and have also honored the rocker, who died on Sunday, May 16. The heavy metal legend lost his battle with stomach cancer at a hospital in Houston, Texas, aged 67, and his contemporaries have been quick to celebrate the life of the Heaven & Hell star.

Metallica's Member James Hetfield Has Been Robbed in Russia

April 27, 2010 10:18:58 GMT

star James Hetfield fears his signature was forged in a Russian restaurant scam after realizing he'd been charged double for a band meal in Moscow over the weekend. The heavy rocker and his bandmates were in Russia for two shows at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 - 25 when they took time out from a sightseeing tour to enjoy a meal at a top restaurant.

Metallica's European Concerts Will Go as Planned Despite Volcano Ash

April 20, 2010 07:56:30 GMT

aren't letting a little volcanic ash wreck their European tour - they've taken to the continent's roads and railways to get to their Lithuanian and Russian shows this week. Last week's eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland caused air traffic chaos across Europe as thick clouds of ash prompted the cancellation of 63,000 flights over the weekend.

Metallica's Israeli Fans Win Campaign for Cheaper Tickets

March 04, 2010 08:28:15 GMT

Israeli fans of have won their bid for cheaper tickets after staging a boycott of the group's May 22 gig in Tel Aviv, Israel. The man behind the Ramat Gan stadium show - the band's first concert in Israel since 1999 - upset fans when he announced all tickets for the gig would sell for upwards of $159.

Fans in Israel Vow to Snub Metallica's Gig

March 03, 2010 04:39:42 GMT

's fans in Israel have vowed to boycott the band's upcoming show in Tel Aviv amid complaints of soaring ticket prices. The "Enter Sandman" hitmakers are scheduled to play at Ramat Gan stadium on May 22 - the band's first concert in Israel since 1999.

Metallica's Fans Arrested During Gig for Clashing With Police

January 29, 2010 08:18:16 GMT

More than 120 rock fans were arrested in Santiago, Chile after 's Tuesday night, January 26 concert in the city. Fans without tickets clashed with police outside the Club Hipico. A local police spokesman has confirmed that water cannons were used to disperse the angry crowd. One police officer was injured in the fracas.

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