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Metallica's Biography

Metallica i/məˈtælɨkə/ is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, whose releases include fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the founding "big four" of thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. They formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. As of 2003, the line-up features long-time lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (who joined the band in 1983) and bassist Robert Trujillo (a member since 2003) alongside Hetfield and Ulrich. Previous members of the band are lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to found the band Megadeth), and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted. The band also had a long collaboration with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of its albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

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Guitarist Kirk Hammett of heavy metal band Metallica performs in Istanbul
Guitarist Kirk Hammett of heavy metal band Metallica performs in Istanbul
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Metallica News Stories

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Aug. 3-9

      News Source: The New Zealand Herald | 1 day ago
    Singer-actor Marques Houston of Immature is 33. "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox is 29. Singer Tom Parker of The Wanted is 26. "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez is 19...AP This story has been automatically published from the
  • Weird Al's new album has been pirated 40,000 times

      News Source: CNN | 5 days ago
    Illegal copies of "Mandatory Fun" make up more than a quarter of the album's total downloads. Weird Al has sold 104,000 legal copies in its first six days, said Billboard, citing figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Last year, Beyonce Knowles' self-titled
  • Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich claims Noel Gallagher helped him kick his ...

      News Source: The Independent | 5 days ago
    It was weird enough seeing images of the pair forming a man-wich with Bradley Cooper at Glastonbury last month. But now Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich claims he owes more to the Oasis guitarist whose band he mocked ahead of their much contested

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  • Metallica confirmed as Glastonbury headliners – FACT ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Confirming what had been reported last week, Metallica will indeed be Glastonbury's Saturday headliner. “Worst kept secret in rock and roll is now confirmed,” tweets the band. Making their first Glastonbury appearance, Metallica will join ...
  • Metallica's Kirk Hammett Takes on 100-Year-Old Track - ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Metallica have covered their fair share of songs over the years, but guitarist Kirk Hammett is taking on a track that most fans would never expect. The rocker is set to cover 'Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)' for a new compilation. Never
  • Metallica confirmed for Glastonbury | Skin Back Alley

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Well, unless you've been living under a rock, you can't help but have noticed that Metallica have been confirmed as the third and final headline act for this year's Glastonbury festival. The US metal titans will play the main stage on the

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