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Metallica Wows The Crowd At England's Glastonbury Festival, Invites Hundreds Of Fans On Stage

June 29th, 2014 4:45pm EDT
Heavy metal legends Metallica made their debut at England's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night, and to cap off day two of the festival the band brought over 200 fans on stage with them to view the set firsthand.

Organizers of the event came under fire for inviting the band to the annual music festival, as critics contended that the band's music is much too heavy and had no place amongst the usual mainstream pop and rock acts.

All those voices were silenced the moment the band took the stage for their crowd-pleasing headlining set.

"Metallica is grateful to be invited to such an event...

Lars Ulrich: 'Glastonbury criticism is ridiculous'

June 9th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Lars Ulrich
Metallica star Lars Ulrich has dismissed the controversy over the band's upcoming appearance at Britain's Glastonbury festival as "ridiculous".

The band is set to become the first heavy metal act to headline the fabled music event when they take to the stage later this month (Jun14), but their inclusion on the bill has sparked debate over whether hard rock acts have a place there.

A petition has also been launched by animal rights activists opposing the band's Glastonbury appearance over frontman James Hetfield's decision to narrate a new U.S. documentary about bear hunting in Alaska.


Metallica's Black Album marks 16 million sales milestone

May 29th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Metallica's self-titled 1991 album has become the best-selling release in U.S. chart history after surpassing the 16 million sales mark.

The disc, widely referred to as The Black Album due to its plain cover art, continues to be a popular choice with fans and shifted an estimated 3,000 copies last week (ends25May14) to take its grand total to 16,002,000 units sold in the 23 years since first it hit retailers.

The Metallica album, released in the same year experts at Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales Stateside, is just one of two projects which have racked up over 15 million sal...

Kasabian back Metallica as Glastonbury headliners

May 15th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Rockers Kasabian are convinced Metallica will silence critics who feel heavy metal does not belong at Glastonbury when the band headlines the British festival next month (Jun14).

The Enter Sandman hitmakers were confirmed as Saturday night bill-toppers at this year's event following months of speculation suggesting Prince would make an appearance.

The announcement sparked fears the heavy rockers would be an awful fit for the festival, but Kasabian, who are headlining on the following night, are adamant Lars Ulrich and his bandmates will put on a great show.

Guitarist Serge Pizzorno tells...

Kelly Osbourne proud of Ozzy Osbourne

May 14th, 2014 10:20am EDT
Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne is proud of her father for overcoming his addiction issues.
The 29-year-old star struggled to fight back tears when Ozzy Osbourne - who briefly relapsed in 2012 after seven years sober - was presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award during the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on Monday night (05.12.14).
The Black Sabbath frontman and reformed drug addict was being honoured for his contribution to the charity and his efforts helping others fight substance abuse, something Kelly has also dealt with in the past.
She wrote in a moving tribute on her website: "Whoever would ha...

Lars Ulrich doubles up as the face of Danish beer

April 30th, 2014 3:00am EDT
Lars Ulrich
Metallica star Lars Ulrich has become the face of two beer companies in his native Denmark.

The drummer is designing one of six new bottles as part of Carlsberg's Stand Out Collection and appears in a short film to promote the initiative, while also pitching Gammel Dansk (Old Danish) in the firm's new 'Not Like The Others' ad campaign.

As part of his Gammel Dansk deal, Ulrich will also serve on a jury for a contest to find Danes who "go against the flow".

He says, "For me, Gammel Dansk is something very, very special (and) it is fantastic to be able to give a prize to people who are also...

15 Greatest Songs By Metallica

April 1st, 2014 9:04pm EDT
15 Greatest Songs By Metallica
Metallica is a heavy metal band to last through the ages, but they are mostly known for their older music. Here, we will celebrate all of it -- the best of the best, even through an era where their hardcore fans abandoned them. In the defense of the fans, the band cut their hair and totally deserved it!

These songs, my friends, are the best that Metallica had to offer -- even including some songs after the "Black" album!

1. "Jump In The Fire"

Metallica was hard hitting with their album "Kill 'Em All". The entire album thrashes and is worth a listen. This is vintage heavy metal, f...

10 Bands That Have Stood The Test Of Time

March 1st, 2014 10:00am EST
10 Bands That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought "Well, these guys won't be around for long?" We've all been there (most of us thought that when we heard Justin Bieber's "Baby"), but this list is for those of us who heard a song or saw a music video and said, "Wow, now these guys/girls have something special."

To kick off our list, we will start with one of the best bands of the eighties. Def Leppard headed up the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and steamrolled the United States with their first hit song here, "Bringin' On The Heartbreak". To followup their albums "On Through The Nig...

Heavy metal stars pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio on new album

February 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
Ronnie James Dio
Motorhead, Anthrax and Metallica are among the heavy metal heavyweights paying tribute to late rock icon Ronnie James Dio on a new album.

The three acts have joined the likes of Killswitch Engage, Scorpions and Tenacious D to rework Dio's classic tracks for the upcoming release, This is Your Life, which will help raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Produced by Dio's longtime manager and wife Wendy, the album's highlights include Metallica's nine-minute Ronnie Rising Medley, which features snippets from the late rocker's Rainbow recordings, and a new versio...

Metallica's Kirk Hammett To Launch San Francisco Horror Festival

February 6th, 2014 2:21am EST
Kirk Hammett
Kirk Hammett has turned his collection of horror film memorabilia into the basis for a gory new festival.

The Metallica star will launch Fear FestEvil in San Francisco on Thursday after freaking fans out with his haul of movie props and costumes at Metallica's Orion Festival events.

The Kirk's Crypt exhibits became such a hit that he showed off his odd collection in the book Too Much Horror Business in 2012, and now he's teaming up with a few famous faces to scare up a storm at the Regency Ballroom over the weekend.

On display will be full-size figures of Frankenstein's Monster and Dracu...

Dave Mustaine's pal details Metallica dismissal in new song lyrics

February 3rd, 2014 3:20am EST
Dave Mustaine
The pain and disappointment Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine went through after he was fired from Metallica has been detailed in the lyrics of a new song recorded by a singer/songwriter friend.

The real story of his departure has never been told - until now, and fans have former Loudmouth singer Robert Rolfe Feddersen to thank for the truth.

His new track, Dave's Lament, is the first song ever written about the widely-known but never discussed heavy rock tale.

Feddersen was inspired to write the tune while touring with Megadeth in the mid-1990s, while Mustaine was still trying to come to ...

Kirk Hammett: 'Metallica have run out of excuses to delay new album'

January 17th, 2014 3:20am EST
Kirk Hammett
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is positive the band will be back in the studio in the coming weeks as they have "run out of excuses" to delay work on a new album.

The Enter Sandman hitmakers last released a full-length album in 2008 with Death Magnetic, and fans have been clamouring for their 10th studio record ever since.

However, the rockers are now preparing to create new music, as Hammett tells, "When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procras...

Metallica play historic Antarctica date

December 10th, 2013 3:10am EST
Metallica brought a little heat to Antarctica on Sunday (08Dec13) when the heavy rockers became the first major music act to perform at the southern-most place on earth.

The Enter Sandman group performed for a crowd of 120 scientists and contest winners inside a dome close to the Carlini Scientific Base.

The hour-long Freeze 'Em All gig went off without a hitch, although it would have looked and sounded odd to casual observers - the concert was held without traditional amplification, in accord with international Antarctic protocol, and the sound was transmitted to the audience via headpho...

Iron Maiden and Metallica to headline Sonisphere Festival

December 2nd, 2013 8:30pm EST
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden and Metallica will headline Britain's Sonisphere Festival when it returns after a two year break next year (14).

In 2012, the event was cancelled and the 2013 concert was pulled due to a failure to attract big name headliners, but it's back with a vengeance for a big show at Knebworth Park in England in July (14).

Announcing details of the hot ticket gig on Monday (02Dec13), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said, "We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent!

"Without being cliched, it r...

Metallica call on fans to pick set list for European tour

November 27th, 2013 3:20am EST
Heavy rockers Metallica are calling on fans to help create the band's set lists for their tour of Europe next year (14).

The tracks the group performs at the Metallica By Request shows will be voted for by concertgoers.

Drummer Lars Ulrich says, "We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls in the studio to get energised by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June.

"On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set li...

Lars Ulrich Pens Tribute To Hero Lou Reed

November 1st, 2013 10:43pm EDT
Lars Ulrich
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has penned a tribute to late Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Ulrich worked with Reed on 2011 album "Lulu," a collaboration between the rock legend and the heavy metal legends, and counts the late singer as one of his biggest influences.

"I first met Lou in Copenhagen about ten years ago," Ulrich writes. "He was in Copenhagen at an amusement park called Tivoli, and I was there with my kids and my cousin or something like that, and we were literally like, 'Oh, hey look, there's Lou Reed.' So I went over and intro...

Lars Ulrich pens Lou Reed tribute essay

November 1st, 2013 4:10am EDT
Lou Reed
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to his hero and friend Lou Reed in a heartfelt letter sent to U.S. publication Entertainment Weekly.

The rocker, who worked with the late singer/songwriter on his last major recording project - 2011 album Lulu, admits he was a huge fan of Reed and the Velvet Underground when he first came to America from his native Denmark, and recalls meeting him for the first time at a Scandinavian amusement park a decade ago.

Ulrich reveals his father was a huge Velvet Underground star, who would bond with his son over the short-lived but influential band'...

Metallica are Beliebers

October 30th, 2013 6:20am EDT
Metallica are Beliebers.
The 'Sad But True' heavy metal legends are impressed by 19-year-old teen heartthrob Justin Bieber - whose fans are affectionately referred to as Beliebers - after he said their tracks 'One' and 'Fade to Black' are his "jams".
Speaking to Q Magazine, singer James Hetfield said: "Are we Beliebers? Yes."
Drummer Lars Ulrich added: "Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mind***k. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it...

Stars pay tribute to Lou Reed

October 28th, 2013 4:10am EDT
Lou Reed
Stars have rushed to pay tribute to Lou Reed, who passed away yesterday (27.10.13).
The former Velvet Underground star died from complications stemming from a liver transplant earlier this year, and ex-bandmates, friends and fans have all posted emotional tributes to the singer and songwriter, who was widely regarded as one of the most influential of his generation, and significantly helped change the course of rock music.
John Cale - who formed the Velvet Underground with Lou - wrote: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet ... I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'."
Friend and collabor...

Metallica Confirm Antarctica Concert

October 27th, 2013 4:41am EDT
Metallica have confirmed reports suggesting they're heading off to Antarctica for a historic performance at the bottom of the world

The Enter Sandman band will perform near the heliport of the continent's Carlini Argentine Base on December 8th and fans from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico will sail in on a cruise ship as part of a Coca-Cola Zero contest. The cruise will set sail from Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, on December 3rd.

Announcing the news officially online, the rockers write, "After 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably for...

Metallica to perform in Antarctica

October 23rd, 2013 5:20am EDT
Metallica are to perform in Antarctica.
The 'Enter Sandman' rockers will take to the stage on the Earth's southernmost continent - which is mostly covered in ice at least 1.6km thick - at some time between December 2 and December 15 as part of a special Coca-Cola event.
Although the group haven't confirmed their participation in the event - which was announced on the drinks firm's Colombian website - drummer Lars Ulrich has previously hinted at a surprise planned for the end of the year.
He said: "There's a very interesting thing coming our way in December ... There's another frontier headi...

Metallica planning secret Antarctica gig - report

October 23rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Metallica are heading to Antarctica for a very special winter concert.

The heavy rockers have teamed up with Coca-Cola bosses for the top secret show, which will reportedly take place between 2 and 15 December (13).

It appears the gig is what drummer Lars Ulrich was talking about when he recently told a San Francisco radio station that the band was planning "a very interesting thing" adding, "There's another frontier heading in Metallica's direction in December".

He refused to go further, revealing, "If anybody even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and sile...

Lars Ulrich makes his kids rock

October 19th, 2013 11:20am EDT
Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich introduced his children to rock music at a young age.
The Metallica drummer is tired of his kids - Miles, 15, Layne, 12, and five-year-old Bryce - fighting over the same favourite band, but is proud to have influenced their tastes.
He said: "I must have listened to 'R U Mine' by Arctic Monkeys maybe nine million times since it came out 'cos my kids are f***ing crazy for it.
"The eldest started listening to it first, then the other two picked up on it and they argue between themselves like 'Get your own band'. I'm like, 'Hey motherf*****s, I introduced them to all of you so cut i...

Jason Newsted axes shows after falling ill

July 21st, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Jason Newsted
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and his solo band have been forced to cancel a handful of upcoming shows after the star was diagnosed with walking pneumonia.

The 50 year old and his group Newsted were slated to perform throughout Canada this week (begs22Jul13) as part of their Gigantour with Megadeath and Black Label Society, but now they have pulled out of gigs in Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan to allow the frontman more time to recover.

In a post on on Saturday (20Jul13), the rocker wrote, "I'd been feeling a bit under the weather while performi...

Metallica to descend on Comic-Con

July 9th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Rock legends Metallica will mingle with comic book enthusiasts and fantasy fans at this year's (13) Comic-Con gathering in California.

All four members of the heavy metal band - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo - will appear at the San Diego event on 19 July (13), when they will introduce their new feature film, Metallica: Through the Never, alongside writer-director Nimrod Antal.

Devotees will then have the chance to win tickets to see Metallica perform at a mystery venue later on that evening.

Metallica: Through the Never, which hits U.S. theatres later thi...

Metallica's 3D Film To Debut On IMAX Next Fall

April 25th, 2013 8:27am EDT
Metallica's upcoming movie will be released next fall. The band's upcoming 3D film, "Metallica Through The Never" will hit IMAX theaters first (Sept. 27) before being released in traditional theaters.

The film centers on a crew member (Dane DeHaan), who "is sent out on a mission during Metallica's roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena." The film follows two story lines, DeHaan's scripted narrative along with the band's concert, which intertwine.

The group issued the following statement about the film: "If you've been following along, you know that we're pretty damn excited about t...

Metallica Regains Control Of Catalogue, Launches New Record Label

December 2nd, 2012 2:19pm EST
Metallica have regained control of their impressive back catalogue after striking a deal with bosses at Warner Music Group.

The Nothing Else Matters hit-makers renegotiated their contract with the record label so the band could own all its tunes and long-form videos as of Friday.

James Hetfield says, "We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America."

The group's recordings will now have a home at its new label, Blackened Record...

Metallica Pays Tribute To Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong At Voodoo Fest

October 29th, 2012 12:31pm EDT
Metallica dedicated a song to embattled Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their headlining set at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival on Saturday after stepping in as last-minute replacements for the 21 Guns hitmakers.

Green Day were forced to pull out of the New Orleans, Louisiana event last month after Armstrong checked into rehab to address substance abuse issues following an onstage breakdown at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Metallica were called in to fill the slot and they delivered a high-energy two hour set, opening with Hit the Lights and Mast...

Metallica Announces $5 Charity Concert In Canada

August 25th, 2012 6:25pm EDT
Metallica fans will be given the chance to see the band for just $5 at a concert which will be filmed for an upcoming 3D movie.

The Enter Sandman hit-makers have been filming a number of shows recently to provide footage for the project, and tickets for their upcoming performance in Vancouver, Canada on Monday will be given away for a fraction of the usual price to fans who want to get involved.

The show at the city's Rogers Arena will feature numerous breaks to allow the production crew time to set up cameras and the money raised will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

A statemen...

Metallica's James Hetfield Creates Line Of Sunglasses

July 2nd, 2012 8:18pm EDT
James Hetfield
Metallica frontman James Hetfield has launched his own sunglasses line just in time for summer.

The heavy rocker teamed up with eyewear stylists at Sutro to create his limited-edition sunglasses frame, simply called Hetfield.

The "Enter Sandman" singer says, "They are built to look faster than a speeding riff and to handle the life of a road dog like me."

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