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Metallica is an American metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, United States when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in The Recycler. Metallica’s line-up originally consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. Mustaine was later fired due to problems with alcoholism and drug addiction - he went on to form the band Megadeth. Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett took his place. Metallica has been through several bassists, including Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton (who died in a bus crash while the band was on tour), and Jason Newsted. The current bassist is Robert Trujillo, who joined in 2003.

Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal sub-genre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and “heavy” metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with Metallica (1991), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience.

In 2000, Metallica was among several artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band’s copyright-protected material for free without the band members’ consent. A settlement was reached, and Napster became a pay-to-use service. Despite reaching number one on the Billboard 200, the release of St. Anger alienated many fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and the “steel-sounding” snare drum. A film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording process of St. Anger.

Metallica has released nine studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, twenty-two music videos, and forty-four singles. The band has won nine Grammy Awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making Metallica the only band ever to do so. The band’s 1991 album, Metallica, has sold over 15 million copies in the United States, and 22 million copies worldwide, which makes it the 25th-highest-selling album in the country. The band has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide as of the release of their latest album Death Magnetic. As of September 2008, Metallica is the fourth highest-selling music artist since the SoundScan era began tracking sales on May 25, 1991, selling a total of 51,136,000 albums in the United States alone.

Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Metallica organised a brand new festival. They called it Sonishpere. Several cities in Europe were chosen by the band.

On June 15, 2011, Metallica announced that recording sessions with singer-songwriter Lou Reed had concluded. The album, titled Lulu, was recorded over several months, and resulted in ten songs based on Frank Wedekind's "Lulu" plays, Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box. The album was released on October 31, 2011. The recording of the album was problematic at times, with Lars Ulrich later stating Lou Reed challenged him to a "street fight". On October 16, 2011, Robert Trujillo confirmed that the band was back in the studio and writing new material, stating, "The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun. We've been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be recording during the most of next year."

Current members:

James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1981–present) Lars Ulrich – drums, percussion (1981–present) Kirk Hammett – lead guitar, backing vocals (1983–present) Robert Trujillo – bass, backing vocals (2003–present).

Former members:

Ron McGovney– bass (1982) Dave Mustaine – lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–1983) Cliff Burton – bass, backing vocals (1982–1986) Jason Newsted – bass, backing vocals (1986–2001). Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark Herning, Denmark
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Barclaycard-Arena in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ TAURON ARENA in Krakow, Poland Krakow, Poland
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Leipzig Arena in Leipzig, Germany Leipzig, Germany
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway Oslo, Norway
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ HARTWALL ARENA in Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, Finland
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Metallica @ HARTWALL ARENA in Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Kohl Center in Madison, WI Madison, WI
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Target Center in Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE Lincoln, NE
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND Grand Forks, ND
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls, SD
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg, Canada
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Canada Saskatoon, Canada
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA University Park, PA
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY Buffalo, NY
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ TImes Union Center in Albany, NY Albany, NY
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID Boise, ID
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA Spokane, WA
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Moda Center in Portland, OR Portland, OR
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA Fresno, CA
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Bok Center in Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR Little Rock, AR
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, AL Birmingham, AL
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX El Paso, TX
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX Lubbock, TX
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, KS Wichita, KS
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY Louisville, KY
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI

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