47 Facts About Metallica


Metallica first found commercial success with the release of its third album, Master of Puppets, cited as one of the heaviest metal albums and the band's best work.

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In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent, eventually reaching a settlement.

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Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which documented the troubled production of the band's eighth album, St Anger, and the internal struggles within the band at the time.

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Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, twelve video albums, a cover album, two extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos.

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In early 1982, Metallica recorded its first original song, "Hit the Lights", for the Metal Massacre I compilation.

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Metallica recorded its first demo, Power Metal, whose name was inspired by Quintana's early business cards in early 1982.

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Metallica was ready to record their debut album, but when Metal Blade was unable to cover the cost, they began looking for other options.

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In May 1983, Metallica traveled to Rochester, New York to record its debut album, Metal Up Your Ass, which was produced by Paul Curcio.

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Metallica recorded its second studio album, Ride the Lightning, at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark from February to March 1984.

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Newsted learned Metallica's entire set list; after the audition Metallica invited him to Tommy's Joynt in San Francisco.

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Metallica was the favorite to win but the award was given to Jethro Tull for the album Crest of a Knave.

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The award was controversial with fans and the press; Metallica was standing off-stage waiting to receive the award after performing the song "One".

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In October 1990, Metallica entered One on One Recording's studio in North Hollywood to record its next album.

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Metallica— known as The Black Album—was remixed three times, cost, and ended three marriages.

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Metallica returned to the stage 17 days later with guitar technician and Metal Church member John Marshall replacing Hetfield on guitar for the remainder of the tour, although Hetfield was able to sing.

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Later in 1993, Metallica went on the Nowhere Else to Roam Tour, playing five shows in Mexico City.

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Metallica headlined the alternative rock festival Lollapalooza festival in mid-1996.

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In 1998, Metallica compiled a double album of cover songs, Garage Inc The first disc contained newly recorded covers of songs by Diamond Head, Killing Joke, the Misfits, Thin Lizzy, Mercyful Fate, Black Sabbath, and others.

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Metallica wrote two new Kamen-scored songs for the event, "No Leaf Clover" and "-Human".

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In 2000, Metallica discovered that a demo of its song "I Disappear", which was supposed to be released in combination with the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack, was receiving radio airplay.

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Metallica filed a lawsuit at the U S District Court, Central District of California, alleging that Napster violated three areas of the law: copyright infringement, unlawful use of digital audio interface device, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act .

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Metallica called in the Metallica road crew, who proceeded to confiscate all of Wayans' belongings, leaving him almost naked in an empty room.

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Metallica said he left the band for "private and personal reasons, and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love".

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In February 2006, Metallica announced on its official website that after 15 years, long-time producer Bob Rock would not be producing the band's next studio album.

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Metallica recorded a guitar-based interpretation of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold" for a tribute album titled We All Love Ennio Morricone, which was released in February 2007.

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Metallica was one of two artists whose album—the other being Jack Johnson's album Sleep Through the Static—remained on the Billboard 200 for three consecutive weeks at number one in 2008.

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Metallica said he was sure the band would collaborate with producer Rick Rubin again.

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Metallica was due to make its first appearance in India at the "India Rocks" concert, supporting the 2011 Indian Grand Prix.

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Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary by playing four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco in December 2011.

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In December 2011, Metallica began releasing songs that were written for Death Magnetic but were not included on the album online.

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Metallica confirmed that it would headline the festival on both days and would perform two of its most critically acclaimed albums in their entirety: The Black Album on one night, and Ride the Lightning on the other.

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In March 2014, Metallica began a tour called "Metallica By Request", in which fans request songs for the band to perform.

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In November 2014, Metallica performed at the closing ceremony of BlizzCon 2014.

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Metallica were announced to play at X Games for the first time at X Games Austin 2015 in Austin, Texas.

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Metallica announced they would be touring the US in summer of 2017 for the WorldWired Tour.

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In March 2019, Metallica announced that its WorldWired Tour would continue into Australia and New Zealand in October with Slipknot in support.

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In July 2019, Metallica announced a set of South American tour dates for April 2020 with Greta Van Fleet in support.

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In September, ahead of that year's Global Citizen Festival, it was announced that Metallica would perform at the following year's festival in September 2020 alongside artists such as Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay, in what would be the final event of Global Poverty Project's year-long Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream campaign.

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In May 2020, while in quarantine, Metallica performed a virtual acoustic version of "Blackened", titled "Blackened 2020", which was later made available for download.

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Metallica said that the band was working towards eventually entering a studio to record the album.

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Metallica teamed up with workwear brand Carhartt on the initiative, with the clothing brand donating all of their sales proceeds on the holiday to the band's Metallica Scholars initiative, which provides opportunities to people interested in pursuing essential workforce jobs.

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Metallica's sound has been described as heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, and speed metal.

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Huey said Metallica expanded its compositional technique and range of expression to take on a more aggressive approach in following releases, and lyrics dealt with personal and socially conscious issues.

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The change in direction proved commercially successful; Metallica was the band's first album to peak at number one on the Billboard 200.

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Metallica noticed changes to the rock scene created by the grunge movement of the early 1990s.

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Metallica has become one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time and is credited as one of the "big four" of thrash metal, along with Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

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Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Greg Prato of Allmusic said Metallica "expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions", and called the band "easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s, responsible for bringing the music back to Earth".

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