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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.

Metallica Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:30PM Metallica @ Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:30PM Metallica @ Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:30PM Metallica @ Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paulo, Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00AM Metallica @ Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 12:00AM Metallica @ Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago, Chile Santiago, Chile
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ East Rutherford, NJ
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:00AM Metallica @ MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH Columbus, OH
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO Denver, CO
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ NRG Stadium in Houston, TX Houston, TX
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00AM Metallica @ Comercia Park in Detroit, MI Detroit, MI
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Alamodome in San Antonio, TX San Antonio, TX
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 7:00AM Metallica @ Soldier Field in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL Orlando, FL
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL Miami, FL
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Canada Montreal, Canada
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Petco Park in San Diego, CA San Diego, CA
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ BC Place in Vancouver, Canada Vancouver, Canada
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Metallica @ Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada Edmonton, Canada
Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 8:00PM Metallica @ Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark

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