HISTORY OF METALLICA
10, 1962: Cliff Burton, bassist
for Metallica's first three albums, is born.
18, 1962: Kirk Hammett is born in San Francisco, California
4, 1963: Jason Newsted, Cliff's replacement, is born in Battle
3, 1963: Jaymz Alan Hetfield is born in Los Angeles, California
26, 1963: Lars Ulrich is born in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lives
until the late '70s. When his parents decide to move to Newport Beach,
in the vicinity of Los Angeles.
Lars, at age 9, goes to his first concert, when Deep Purple played in
Copenhagen. He enjoys the concert so much he starts to collect albums by
Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy. Later he discovers the NWOBHM (New Wave Of
British Heavy Metal). He then discovers bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon,
Sweet Savage and Diamond Head, which influenced his musical direction.
It was Late 1976 when Lars got his first drum kit from his Grandparents.
now 17 flew to Britain to see Diamond Head, his favorite band play. He
meet the singer Sean Harris and lived with the band for a month. He
soon learned about the band Mercyful Fate, another band in the NWOBHM.
Lars returned to Los Angeles to try and make his own NWOBHM band.
The band Metallica was formed on October 15
1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Starting at the very beginning
on February 10 1962 Cliff Burton was born. On November 18 of the same
year Kirk Hammett was born. On March 4 1963 Jason Newstead was born. On
August 3 James Hetfield was born and on December 26 Lars Ulrich was
born. These are the main members in the band Metallica.
It was 1977 when Jason
Newstead formed his first band Diamond with Kevin Kendrick, Todd
Smiedendorf and Tom Depoy in Niles, Michigan U.S.A. it was also in this
year that the Newstead family relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan. In the
September of this year James Hetfield started his first year at Downey
high school and befriended Ron Mcgovney who would latter become the
first bassist in Metallica.
In 1978 James Hetfield
joined his first band Obsession with Jim Arnold, Rich and Ron Veloz.
1979 was the year when James's mother passed away and this led to the
family relocating to L.A California.
James formed a band
called Phantom Lord in 1980 - 1981 with Jim Mulligan and Hugh Tanner. It
was also in this year that James first got together with Lars Ulrich.
This happened after replying to an advert in local paper the Recycler
where Lars was advertising to find like minded musicians. This lead to
the infamous falling cymbal and bad playing experiences. James felt that
he couldn't play with Lars at his current skill level.
Ron Mcgovney joined
Phantom Lord which renamed to Leather Charm but the band fell apart when
the drummer and guitarist left. It was in this year that Lars persuaded
friend Brian Slagel to include a band he could get together to have a
slot on a heavy metal compilation LP that he was producing. Lars
approached James with the idea of forming a band but this time with the
offer of getting a song onto a record which would become the
"Metal Massacre L.P".
The band METALLICA is
formed on October 15 1981.
On October 31
Jason Newstead and Tom Hamlin relocate to Phoenix Arizona from
1982 was the year in
which Metallica really took off by the end of the year they would have
played their first headlining gig, changed their bass player, recorded
four demo tapes and had their first appearance on an official record
The first demo that
Metallica produced was recorded in January of 1982 it was a one track
demo of Hit the Lights Lloyd Grant overdubbed the guitar solo. In March
the band recorded their second demo it was a three track demo one
original song, the second version of hit the lights and 2 cover songs
killing Time / Let It Loose. The band recorded this demo so that they
could get the opening slot with Saxon at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in
It was on March 14 that
Metallica played there first gig at radio city Anaheim in California.
The demo that the band recorded proved to be worthwhile as they got the
slot opening for Saxon and played there on March 28.
In April Metallica
recorded their third demo tape untitled but later to be called "The
Power Metal Demos" this demo tape was four original songs the 3rd
version of Hit The Lights, The Mechanix, Jump In The Fire and
appearance as a 5 piece happened on April 23 with Damien Phillips (aka
Jeff Warner). James did not want to have to sing and play guitar so the
band were looking for a vocalist. James Hetfield played his first gig on
rhythm guitar on May 25 at Lars High school at Back Bay Costa Mesa
California. It was at this point that Dave Mustaine joined the band he
came to replace Lloyd Grant and played lead guitar, the joining with
Dave Mustaine brought the band allot more equipment which they needed at
It was on June 14 that
the Metal Massacre LP was released it was Metallica's first appearance
on an official record the first release of the LP contained a few
mistakes though the bands name was miss spelt Mettallica and Lloyd
grants name was misspelled as Loydd Grant. Brian Slagel did not have the
money to reprint the sleeves and they had to stay as the were.
July 6 marked the start
of the recording of the No Life Til Leather demo tape which contained
the songs Hit The Lights (version 4), Seek And Destroy, Motorbreath
(version 2), The Mechanix (version 2), Jump In The Fire (version 2),
Metal Militia and Phantom Lord. This demo was funded by High Velocity
Metallica played their
first San Francisco gig at the Keystone on September 18. On November 11
the band played at the Woodstock in Los Angeles supporting Y&T but
it was on November 29 that Metallica played their first headlining show
in San Francisco with Kirk Hammett's band Exodus opening for them. Ron
Mcgovney played his last gig with Metallica on November 30 it was at
Mabukay Gardens in San Francisco. It was only on December 10 that
Metallica and Ron Mcgovney parted company though.
December 28 1982 was
the day when Cliff Burton joined Metallica after persuading them to
relocate to San Francisco, this was Cliff's deal for joining the band.
This led to Metallica musically reaching a stage they may not have
reached if Cliff had not joined the band his influence was immediately
1983 was the year that
Metallica really made an impact. They moved to San Francisco during
February and played their first show on March 5 at the Stone a now
legendary venue for Metallica. Kirk Hammett's band Exodus opened for
them on what was to be Cliff Burtons first gig with Metallica. It was on
the move from LA to SF that the band got a little bit, too personal a
view into Dave Mustaines life style. It was decided as soon as they
reached SF that they needed to have a new guitarist they already knew
Kirk Hammett and it was decided to replace Dave with Kirk. On April 1
Kirk Hammett was asked to join the band. Dave Mustaine played his last
gig with Metallica on April 9. It was only on April 11 that the band
actually told Dave he was out of the band and gave him a coach ticket
back home to LA.
(A PHOTO TAKEN AROUND
1983 WITH JAMES HETFIELD, KIRK HAMMETT, LARS ULRICH AND CLIFF BURTON)
Kirk Hammett played his
first gig with Metallica on April 16 in Dover New Jersey. Another very
important reason for Metallica's relocation to SF was the work of a
record shop owner called John Zazula, John put the band up when they
moved to SF in the beginning, they paid their rent by the sale of the No
Life Til Leather demo tape through John's shop. John also at this time
had a record label called Megaforce records. Metallica signed to this
record label it was their first contracted record label. Only days later
on May 10 Metallica started work on their first album later to be titled
Kill Em' All (after the people who wouldn't let the album be called
Metal Up Your Ass with the picture of a hand holding a knife coming out
of a toilet bowl on the cover). the recording of Kill Em' All was
finished on May 27.
Metallica start their
Kill em' all for one tour with Raven two months later on July 27 the
tour went on until September 3. The band then had a short break until
they started recording demos for their second album on September 24
which was to be later titled "Ride the Lightning". It was
during these sessions that the band recorded the fake live tracks of
Phantom Lord and Seek and Destroy which appear as B Sides on the Jump in
the Fire single (European release) and Whiplash (USA release). These
were the bands first singles they released.
It was around September
of 1983 that Jason Newstead formed the band Dogz with Kelly Davidson and
when Erik AK joined the band changed their name to Flotsome and Jetsome.
This remained Jason's band until he joined Metallica.
Jump in the Fire was
released on January 10 1984 the day after the band had there equipment
stolen in Boston Ma. It was this event which led to the inspiration for
Fade to Black.
European tour started on February 3 with Venom in Zurich Switzerland the
tour continued through until February 12th. It was on February 20
after this tour that the band went into the studio to begin recording
their second album "Ride the Lightning" at sweet silence
studios in Copenhagen Denmark it was to be the first of three albums
engineered by Flemming Rasmussen. They finished recording the album on
March 14. Once the album had been finished it led to more live shows but
a particularly famous one on March 27th at the Marquee Club in London,
it was to be Metallica's first appearance in the UK.
Twisted Sister joined
Metallica for their second European tour which started on June 6 and
lasted until June 10th . It was soon after this tour that Metallica had
their first meeting with future manager and future record label
Chris Burnstein from Q Prime, this happened on august 1 1984. Metallica
let the old manager Jon Zazula go on the August 2. It was also around
this time that Metallica were also talking to Bronze record label.
Metallica signed with
Elektra records on September 12 this became the bands American record
label. Elektra records promptly re-released Ride the Lightning on
November 16. Creeping Death EP is released on November 23 with 2 cover
songs on the B-Side Am I Evil? by Diamond Head and Blitzkrieg by
Blitzkrieg this was to coincide with their first major European tour
which started with Tank on November 18. The night before the tour
started the band played Trapped Under Ice live for the first time in
Paris France. Nearly a month later they played there first headlining
show in the UK at the Lyceum Ballroom in London England it was the last
show of the European Ride The Lightning tour.
At the beginning
of January 1985 with only a two week break Metallica start their USA co
head lining tour with W.A.S.P., with Ammored Saint supporting to promote
Ride The Lightning. It was on this tour when Fade To Black was played
live for the first time in Chicago on February 9. On March the 9 Ride
The Lightning peaked in the USA charts at number 100, nine days later
the tour ended in Portland Or. Metallica's now legendary performance at
the infamous Monsters of Rock festival in England happened on August 17
when the band appeared between Ratt and Bon Jovi in front of 70,000
people. A week later they performed in front of 90,000 people in
Oakland, California at the Day On The Green festival.
The recording of Master
Of Puppets the bands third album started on September 2 again at the
Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen with producer Flemming Rasmussen.
During this period the band took time out to play two major festivals
the first was the Metal Hammer festival in England on September 14 this
was the show where Disposable Heroes was first played live. The second
was the Day On The Green festival in Oakland Ca.
Master Of Puppets was
finally completed on December 27 1985. They played their last show on
December 31 at the Civic Center in San Francisco with Megadeath, Exodus
and Metal Church.
(THE LEGENDARY CLIFF
BURTON PLAYING LIVE)
New Year's Eve,
1986: Metallica plays the Civic Centre in San Francisco, with
Megadeth (first time), Metal Church and Exodus.
1986: Master Of Puppets is mixed in L.A. under guidance of Michael
Wagenar, followed by a press tour of Europe, which Lars takes care of.
While Lars talks about the record across the Atlantic, Jaymz and Cliff
form a band called Spastic Children, featuring Fred Cotton on vocals,
Jack McDaniel on guitar, Cliff on Bass, and Jaymz drumming.
1986: Jaymz and Lars head to the Bahamas for a break after the
release of Master Of Puppets.
1986: Master Of Puppets gets released, then a tour in the states
supporting Ozzy, beginning on March 27.
26, 1986: Jaymz breaks a wrist trying to skateboard down a hill. All
dates remaining on the tour had Jaymz only singing while Kirk's roadie,
John Marshall is on rhythm.
10, 1986: Metallica headline London's legendary Hammersmith Odeon,
with Anthrax supporting.
27, 1986: Cliff Burton is killed in a bus crash on the way to
1986: The rest of the band returns to America with disbelief. Soon
the group starts to audition new bassists. Jason Newsted from Flotsam
& Jetsam fills the place.
8, 1986: Metallica play first show with Jason at the Country Club in
9-14, 1986: Metallica begins a tour with Metal Church supporting in
Canada and the East Coast of America.
1987: Metallica and Metal Church tour Europe, playing East Europe
for the first time, ending in Gothenburg, Sweden on February 13.
1987: Jaymz breaks his arm skateboarding, for a while playing
Europe's annual Monsters Of Rock festival in August becomes
1987: Metallica warm up for Monsters Of Rock at London's 100 club.
Metallica plays 3 shows at Donnington, Nurnberg and Pfordsheim in front
of 200,000 people, afterwards they release Garage Days Re-Revisited.
4, 1987: Metallica put out a video titled "Cliff Em All" a
tribute to Cliff. with a collection of bootleg and unprofessional
recordings show during 1982-86. Within 2 months it goes both platinum
and gold. By the end of 1988 it becomes the year's top-selling music
19, 1988: Metallica officially begin recording their fourth album,
...And Justice For All.
1988: Metallica complete the recording process of the ...And Justice For
All album and
begin mixing while preparing a 2 month tour as part of the US Monsters Of
Rock package. May 27 tour begins in East Troy, Wisconsin.
1988: Master Of Puppets goes platinum
5, 1988: And Justice For All is released
11, 1988: Metallica play a sold out show in Budapest, Hungary
supporting their new album.
15, 1988: US tour begins in Toledo, Ohio, with Queensryche opening.
6, 1988: The band film their first-ever video "One," in
L.A. a day before the first of their two-night appearance at the Long
5, 1989: Metallica's show at the Reunion Arena in Dallas is
broadcast nationally via the Z-Rock radio network.
22, 1989: Metallica play "One" on national TV as part of
the Grammy Awards, where the band was nominated in the Best Hard
Rock/Heavy Metal Group. But lost to Jethro Tull.
21, 1989: The Cult take Queensryche's place on Metallica's tour.
8, 1989: Metallica ends their Damaged Justice tour in Sao Paulo,
1990: Metallica record the Queen song "Stone Cold Crazy"
to go on a compilation LP celebrating Elektra Records' 40-year
1990: Metallica play several European festivals alongside
WarriorSoul and Dio. A couple of impromptu appearances at London's
Hippodrome and a secret gig at The Marquee (under the name Vertigo).
1990: Metallica play a few stadium shows with Aerosmith and Warrant
in northern New York and Canada.
1990: Metallica begin work on their 5th album.
October, 1990: Metallica enter One On One Studios in L.A. with
producer Bob Rock to begin recording 12 songs for their next album.
1990 - July, 1991: Metallica and Bob Rock make sure Metallica's next
album sounds exactly how they want it. The LP is remixed 3 times.
12, 1991: "The Black Album" is released, within a week of
release, it sells over 600,000 units in the US alone, debuting at #1 on
the Billboard Pop Chart and stays there for a month.
After "The Black Album" is released, the band plays more
than 300 shows in 37 countries.
1991: Metallica wins a Grammy for "Best Heavy Metal
Performance" for their rendition of Queen's "Stone Cold
Crazy" From Elektra's Rubaiyat compilation
1992: Metallica tours with Guns N Roses
1994: Shit in the Sheds tour!
1994: Lars and Jaymz begin work on Load
15, 1995: Metallica shows up to play for KNAC-FM, because it was the
stations last day on the radio.
1995: Metallica and Bob Rock enter The Plant in Sausalito,
California to begin recording load. They come up with enough to fill a
double album and debate on what to do, they decide to release load as a
70 minute long CD and wait a year to release the other CD.
December 14, 1995: Metallica honour Lemmy
from Motorhead at his birthday bash at the Whisky. They play under the
name "The Lemmys," and perform a set of Motorhead covers
dressed as Lemmy.
1996: Load is released.
1996: Metallapalooza begins with Metallica and Soundgarden as the
Headliners and others supporting the tour, bands such as the Ramones,
1996: Metallica Tours Europe
13, 1996: Metallica recorded 3 live songs for the TV program
"Later With Jools Holland," on the British channel BBC2. Among
the songs were "Wasting My Hate," "Mama Said," and
"King Nothing." They played the songs live. It was broadcast
on November 16th.
14, 1996: Metallica tricked MTV Europe at their Video Awards show.
Metallica was supposed to play "King Nothing" and as the
lights went down and the band started playing "Last Caress"
and "So What?" leaving the people that hated them dazed and
the fans going crazy. The band was nominated for "Best Rock
Video," but lost to the Smashing Pumpkins. Jaymz later said in an
interview "We needed to wake people up at the show! We felt it was
a little boring, and we had been daring each other to do that for
18, 1996: The single Mama Said is released world wide.
18 & 19, 1996: Apocalyptica opens for Metallica in Helsinki,
17, 1997: King Nothing premiered on MTV.
26, 1997: Lars got married to his long time girlfriend Skylar. Lars
had told everyone that they weren't going to so no one would interrupt
27, 1997: Metallica performed "King Nothing" on the AMA
and won best metal/hard rock album. During the thanks, Lars said,
"I would like to thank this man, James Hetfield, for putting on his
best suit and being my best man at my wedding last night."
22, 1997: Ted Nugent was guest star at the show at Palace Of Auburn
Hills. They weren't too happy with him for what he did. Ted basically
forced his way into their show, then ruined everything.
22-24, 1997: Metallica took a break from recording to play 3
festivals in Europe. First day was at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt,
Belgium. Second Day was at the Blindman's Ball Festival, Stuttgart,
Germany. The third was at the Reading Festival, Reading, U.K.
6, 1997: In order to promote ReLoad Metallica wanted to hold a free
concert, but they didn't know where at. They gave the fans a few details
and a 800 telephone number where they could call in to make suggestions.
The show had to be on Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day), outdoors.
Because this had to be a free concert for anyone wishing to make the
trip. Over 120,000 Metallica fans called in.
10, 1997: Anton Corbijn took pictures of Metallica live for the
booklet for ReLoad. There was
also two more photo shoots after the release, for press use.
18, 1997: Metallica played an entirely acoustic the 11th Annual
Bridge School Benefit Shows at Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco.
The set around a hour. On Friday Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell came out
to play with Metallica for the song "Tuesdays Gone" by Lynrd
Skynrd. Metallica also played Lowman's Lyric for the first time. On
Saturday Metallica played the second Annual Bridge School Benefit Show
as well. The sets were the same except they didn't play Low Mans Lyric,
instead they played another new tune called "My Eye's".
20 & 21, 1997: The band shot the "Memory remains"
video at the Van Nuys Airport in L.A.. It cost Metallica around
$400.000.00. Which featured Metallica in a huge revolving box that cost
them around $100.000.00. The video premiered on November 15, 1997 on
26, 1997: The final day for the fans to call in to suggest a place
for Metallica to play the free concert. Metallica wound up playing in
the CoreStates Arena parking lot in Philadelphia.
7, 1997: South Philadelphians that didn't want the concert to go on
went court to try to stop the free outdoor concert. Vincent Fumo asked
his lawyer, Christopher Craig, to see what he could do. Craig spent all
day drafting a request for an injunction that he delivered to Common
11, 1997: Metallica's free concert, called the "Million Decibel
March," was a great. They opened up with Jaymz playing the famous
ESPN Sports center music on his guitar. a local newspaper called the
Philadelphia Inquirer said this about the show: "It was part
burlesque show, part rugby match, and hearing-loss loud. The band was
profane on stage and charming before the show. Police pronounced the
fans better behaved than a Philadelphia Eagles crowd. And neighbours who
feared the worst from the self-styled Loudest Band in the World
complained more about the sound from the news choppers circling
12, 1997: Memory Remains single released in America.
13, 1997: Metallica play a free show at London's premier dance venue
Ministry Of Sound to promote "Re-Load." After the show Lars
said "I've never heard of the Ministry Of Sound but I'm sure
Metallica playing there will make it a hit!"
6, 1997: Metallica performed live on Saturday Night Live.
1998: The tour in supporting Reload will start in Asia. They will
visit Australia as well.
1998: The live film will be completed in March 1998. 52 minutes of
the film will be available for launch parties world-wide, completed with
personalised IDs. The band have said that they may consider use of the
promotional film for TV broadcasts.
1998: Rehearsals for the upcoming "Poor re-touring me
98". The tour started the day after in West Palm Beach, Florida,
and ended in San Diego, California September the 13th.
15, 1998: Lars becomes a father. Skylar Ulrich gave birth to a baby
boy, Myles Ulrich, at 4:15 am in New York City. He was 7 pounds, 8
ounces and was 20 inches
5, 1998: George, WA (The Gorge) Someone in the crowd threw a glass
bottle towards the stage and hit Jason in the head! Jason got hurt but
came back and finished the show as strong as ever. "We are here to
give it all we got but I don t understand why we have to watch out for
shit thrown at us during the show. I hope they find that fucker who did
it" - James comments to the audience after the incident.
14, 1998: Metallica went straight in to the studio the day after the
last show in San Diego. They recorded the new songs on the "Garage
18, 1998: Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles. A 45 minutes gig in front of
some of the most beautiful women in the world and other celebrities.
Metallica played at the Playboy party
19, 1998: Photo shoot in Los Angeles Metallica spent 6 hours at the
old "Ambassador Hotel" together with photographer Danny
Clinch. The pictures were meant for the "Garage Inc." cover
21, 1998: Metallica spent Wednesday the 21st recording the video for
their version of Bob Seger's Turn The Page from the upcoming Garage Inc.
album. The clip is directed by Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, who also
filmed Madonna's Ray of Light video and Prodigy“s Smack my Bitch. It
all took place at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.
1998: Metallica filed a lawsuit against online store Amazon.com over
the bootleg album entitled "Bay Area Thrashers: The Early
Days." The group is seeking an unspecified amount in damages, in
addition to an injunction preventing future sales of the album.
22, 1998: Metallica finished the video shoot for 'Whiskey in the Jar'
in Brooklyn, NY in the first week of December 1998.
19 & 20, 1998: Metallica perform to promote the release of
Garage Inc. The Aragon Ballroom -Chicago the 19th and State Theatre,
Detroit, MI on the Nov 20th. According to the industry trade publication
Pollstar Metallica made $32 million dollars this year
14, 1999: Metallica filed a lawsuit against Victoria's Secret and
Victoria's Secret Catalogue, citing trademark infringement, false
designation of origin, unfair competition, and dilution.
The following is from the lawsuit: "Victoria's Secret manufactures
and sells lip pencils bearing the mark Metallica. The packaging for
Victoria's Secret's Metallica lip pencils also bear the mark Metallica.
These lip pencils continue to be sold by Victoria's Secret throughout
the United States.
25, 1999: Whiskey in the Jar video and singles released. The single
comes as a 3 CD set where parts 2 and 3 are limited to 10,000 copies
24, 1999: 41st annual Grammy Award winners announced. Best metal
performance: "Better Than You" by Metallica
16, 1999: The Recording Industry Association of America gave Diamond
awards to AC/DC, The Eagles, and Metallica. The Diamond award goes to
single titles that sell 10 million or more copies, and Metallica got it
for the black album. The awards was presented at a special ceremony in
New York City's Roseland Ballroom with 46 recording artists representing
Until this day, the RIAA has only presented record sales awards for Gold
(500,000 units), Platinum (1 million units) and Muti-Platinum® (2
million or more units). The Diamond Award was bestowed for the first
time by the RIAA to the biggest names in the music industry.
Hetfield thanked producer Bob Rock "for making the big noises extra
March 20, 1999: Kirk Hammett played with Swarm, a band formed by
several of his friends
11, 1999: Metallica started their world tour in Honolulu. They also
did two dates at the Berkeley Community Theatre in San Francisco which
later ended up on the S&M album. A few dates in south America
followed before they headed over to Europe where they ended the tour in
Lisbon, Portugal. Many festival shows, including the Roskilde festival
in Lars' home country Denmark
21-22, 1999: Metallica and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Michael Kamen perform together the 10 songs later know as
S&M at Berkeley Community Theatre.
Gig reports said that ".....thrashier songs as "Battery"
the orchestra basically bolsters the sturm und drang by underscoring the
powerful themes that drive it. With other numbers, notably "Master
of Puppets" and newer tunes like "Devil's Dance," there's
more room for interplay between rock and classical elements - horns
flash brassily in the mix and percussion peppers the grinding
April 30, 1999: Pantera frontman Phil "Animal" Anselmo
joined Metallica onstage in Mexico City on April 30th. The quintet
performed Creeping Death to the delight of 50.000 Mexican fans.
1999: At the Dynamo Open Air show Metallica invited Evan, Billy and
Danny from Biohazard, Scott Ian from Anthrax and Anthony from Merauder
on stage to sing the "die die die" part of Creeping Death.
1999: Metallica had a nice surprise in Milan, Italy. They invited
King Diamond and Hank Sherman from Mercyful Fate for the 12 minute long
Mercyful Fate medley!
14, 1999: Die Die Die My Darling single released with live tracks
recorded at the Roseland Ballroom in New York November 1998. In
Australia the single was released on the 19th and it included as a bonus
enhanced CD-ROM with "Turn The Page" and "Whiskey In The
Jar" video clips.
22-25, 1999: US Woodstock 1999 which commemorated the 30th
anniversary of the original festival held in Bethel, N.Y. Of course,
Metallica played there as they did in 1994.
1999: Power. Performance. Attitude. These are keywords when we do
talk about the HotWeels Turbo racing game. And this time they can really
call it Powerful. The game released on Nintendo64 and Playstation September
1999 with Metallicas "Fuel" in the soundtrack on the
19 & 23, 1999: In conjunction with the new release
"S&M, Metallica played two live symphony shows, one in Madison
Square Gardens, New York with the New York Symphony orchestra, and a
show in Germany with Babelsberger Film Orchestra. A short tour followed.
23, 1999: The 2CD live album S&M released in the states. The
date did vary depending on where you lived on the planet. Several
Metallica videos were released on DVD at the same time "Cliff 'Em
All" and "A Year and A Half... PT 1 & 2".
31, 1999: Silverdome, Pontiac, USA . Metallica and Ted Nugent will
usher in the next millennium together with a New Year's Eve show in
9, 2000: Kid rock joined Metallica on stage in Minneapolis, MN, USA
and sang the chorus of Turn the Page along with James. Kid Rock was
supporting Metallica on their short mini tour.
23, 2000: The big M added another Grammy Award to their collection.
This one for Garage Inc's Whiskey In The Jar for Best Hard Rock
Performance. This is Metallica's fifth Grammy.
20, 2000: single "No Leaf Clover" released. Again there
will be 3 different versions of the single. Fans can also watch a 45
minute CD-ROM documentary on Metallica's symphonic collaboration split
in 15 minute edits across the single's 3-CD format
13, 2000: 11 year old Rueben Moss fronts with 14 year old Evan Moss
on drums and backing vocals. Jason is to sit in on 6 of their songs from
their first CD "North Side of the Tree." The show was at Last
Day Saloon in San Francisco.
13, 2000: In what marks the first significant blow in the brewing
battle between artists and the emerging online music distribution aid
Napster, Metallica has filed suit against the tech company.
The metal giants filed suit in U.S. District Court naming Napster, and
several schools. The suit charges Napster and the schools in question
with copyright infringement, unlawful use of digital audio interface
device, and violations of the Racketeering Influenced & Corrupt
still in its relative infancy, but the technology has managed to nestle
itself at the center of a media storm (and to raised the ire of the
music) during its brief life span. Napster boasts that its technology
gives users one simple interface through which to search for and
download MP3s of their favorite songs.
and co-plaintiffs E/M Ventures and Creeping Death Music claim that the
company "encourages and enables visitors to its website to
unlawfully exchange with others copyrighted songs and sound recordings
without the knowledge or permission of Metallica."
April 25, 2000: The radio play for the soundtrack song "I
Disappear" for the movie "Mission impossible II" started
on the 25th of April. The movie soundtrack was released two weeks later.
This song was available on the net in MP3 format prior to this and some
radio station even played it before it was official released.
2000: The band did an online chat with the fans to explain why they
started the Napster case. Proir to the chat Metallica made an official
statement saying (edited)
"Metallica is suing Napster because we felt that someone had to
address this important artistic issue, and we have always been known for
taking a leadership role in the fight for artist¹s rights. We were the
first band to sue our record company, Time Warner, for the right to
control our future. Rather than allowing the record company or any
other corporation to own our recordings and compositions, we chose to
fight for (and eventually win) control of our music.
is no different. Why is it all of a sudden okay to get music for free?
Why should music be free, when it costs artists money to record and
May 4, 2000: Kirk Hammett was welcomed on stage to jam with Sammy
Hager and the WaboRitas.
2000: the world welcomed James' son Castor Virgil Hetfield at 3:23
PM. He's a big boy at nine pounds and six ounces, and 22 1/2 inches
long. Mom and son are doing great.
2000: Motorhead played at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco. Right
before the last song, James Hetfield came on stage, grabbed a guitar and
said "These are the godfathers of heavy metal" and then jammed
with them on Overkill.
2000: Performed at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, at Sony Pictures
Studios in Culver City, California. Metallica played "I
Disappear," from the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack
26, 2000: New single as "I disappear" is released. This is
the soundtrack for "Mission impossible 2" and the first track
Metallica wrote for a movie. They wanted them to do the theme but said
no and this did song instead. The soundtrack album was released 7th of
Summer 2000: Metallica took yet fresher steps
towards establishing freedom from convention, proving that it was
possible to assemble, and headline, your own stadium tour without
promoting a record. Summer Sanitarium, Hetfield's back not withstanding,
was a huge success, and anticipation grew as to when the band would hit
the studio again.
23, 2000: Short US tour starts in Memorial Stadium in Seattle
2000: A 21-year-old man fell to his death at Baltimore stop on the
Summer Sanitarium 2000 tour
The victim, identified as Martin Muscheet of Connecticut, fell from the
upper deck of Psinet Stadium on to the pavement outside the venue. It
appears he had his legs over the railing and either fell or lost his
2000: James wasn't on stage with the band when they played in
Atlanta as he were in the hospital with a few disks in his lower back
slipped out of place. As for the show, Kirk, Lars and Jason came out and
explained the situation and said that they will be playing again in
Atlanta on August 4th to make up for Jaymz's absence. They came out
about 30-45 minutes later in their usual attire and began the show. The
show was filled with a lot of guest appearances including members from
Kid Rock, System of a down and Korn.
July 11, 2000: Statement of Lars Ulrich before the Committee on
the Judiciary United States Senate. A few lines of the statement:
To underscore what I've spoken about today, I'd like to read from the
you use Napster you are basically agreeing to a contract that includes
the following terms:
web site or any portion of this web site may not be reproduced,
duplicated, copied, sold, resold, or otherwise exploited for any
commercial purpose that is not expressly permitted by Napster."
July 18, 2000: The veteran band played a secret gig at the House
of Blues for 1,000 contest winners from across the United States, none
of whom knew for sure who would be taking the stage until the curtains
were pulled back. Before leaving the stage, Lars thanked Miller
"for helping pay the rent this month"
2, 2000: First of 6 "make-up-shows" since Metallica couldn't
play full set when James was injured. People could enter using
the old ticket stub. For these shows Corrosion of Conformity opened for
6, 2000: Metallica and Dr.Dre contacted several universities and
asked them to ban "Napster" on the schools computers.
26-27, 2000: Rumors said that the band were in the "One on
one" studio to start recording on their next CD, but the truth was
that they were there to record an episode of VH1's "Classic
5, 2000: Kirk Hammett among other stars and musician join forces in
a protest march in San Francisco against the increase rental prices for
rehearsal studios. The new economy with all the internet companies made
a higher demand for rooms, so many bands and artists were kicked out.
Kirk also had a speech at the event.
17, 2000: James is know to be a big Misfits fan, and he has been so
for more than 20 years. The Misfits played in San Francisco and Mr.
Hetfield was in the crowd. He hopped onstage with them during their gig
at Maritime Hall to sing with the ghouls on "Last Caress" and,
later in the set, "Die, Die My Darling."
30, 2000: Metallica was invited to perform at the "VH1 music
award" and you know the guys, they always have to do something
different. Metallica played at the parking lot outside for 200 fans and
fanclub members, instead of playing inside in front of other
celebrities. They also won the price for "Best stage
2001: Lars is in New York mastering the debut album by Systematic, a
band he has signed to his label "The record company". Peter
Collins is producing the LP.
17, 2001: The news shocks the whole world of Metallica fans, Jason
will leave the band! Metallica did a full press-release which said:
January 17, 2001
FROM THE MEMBERS OF METALLICA
Metallica regrets to announce that after 14 years as Metallica's bass
player, Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.
Newsted: "Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical
damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music
that I love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult
decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and
the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best
wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the
Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so
joined Metallica from Flotsam And Jetsam in the fall of 1986 after the
tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton. He participated in the recording
of 6 Metallica albums (...And Justice For All, Metallica, Load, Re-Load,
Garage Inc., and S&M), which have sold over 55 million copies
worldwide to date. In addition, he played on numerous worldwide tours to
millions of fans representing over 1000 gigs in all. While with
Metallica, the band won countless awards including 5 Grammy Awards and 2
MTV Video Music Awards.
Hetfield: "Playing with someone who has such unbridled passion for
music will forever be a huge inspiration. On stage every night, he was a
driving force to us all, fans and band alike. His connection will never
Ulrich: "We part ways with Jason with more love, more mutual
respect, and more understanding of each other than at any other point in
the past. James, Kirk and I look forward to embracing the next chapter
of Metallica with both a huge amount of appreciation for the last 14
years with Jason and the excitement of rising to the challenges that lay
ahead to make Metallica shine brighter than ever."
spring, Metallica will begin writing and recording a new studio album
with release sometime in late 2001 or early 2002.
Hammett: "Jason is our brother. He will be missed."
1, 2001: "Who want to be a millionaire" TV program with
Lars Ulrich is recorded at ABC TV's studios. This was an all-star
episode of the game show and each celebrity picked a charity to donate
the money to, and they were guaranteed $32,000 even if they never hit
the seat. Lars got out on the $64,000 question, about a comedy act, but
still won $32,000 which he gave to a hospital for homeless in San
Francisco. The show was broadcasted on the 11th of February
11, 2001: MacFarlane Toys is showing the Metallica action figures to
the public for the first time at the Manhattan's Toy Fair. The models
are based on the band during And justice for all.
11, 2001: James and Lars showed up Sunday night at the Cactus Club
in downtown San Jose to watch friends and former tour mates, Corrosion
of Conformity perform. Since C.O.C hasn't performed in a few years in Bay
area it was no surprise to see James, a long time fan of the band, in
attendance. About halfway through the set Hetfield got up on stage and
played a song with them.
2002: James, Lars, Kirk, and Metallica's producer for the last few
albums, Bob Rock, put on a show in a club called Kimo's in San
Francisco. They performed under the name
Spun and they played four Ramones songs:Commando, Today Your Love
Tomorrow The World, 53rd and 3rd, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue. After the
tribute songs, the band went into Hit the Lights, Leper Messiah, For
Whom The Bell Tolls, and then A NEW SONG!. The band then played I
Disappear and ended with Die, Die My Darling.
The band realized there was much work to be done on both
their personal and creative relationships, and spent the first part of
2001 investigating spontaneous avenues of discovery both in and out of
the studio. They set up shop at an old ex-Army barracks called The
Presidio, jammed together at length and made a decision not to rush the
process of finding a new band member, opting instead to have producer
Bob Rock do all bass parts.
In the middle of 2001, James Hetfield reached a place in his life where
he felt rehabilitation, rest and re-focus were necessary for him to not
only continue but also flourish. It meant that for many months, the
members of Metallica embarked upon various levels of deeper discovery
about themselves, the band and their lives both as a band and human
beings. The results were to manifest themselves two-fold: when they came
together again in the Spring of 2002 there was a deeper respect and
appreciation for each other than ever before. And they were finally
ready to make a new album, free of outside expectations, free of inner
expectations and independent of anyone.
Settling into their new HQ, the band set about making 'St Anger' with
Bob Rock. Those early Presidio sessions had certainly helped shape the
freeform thinking and expression that was to come, but no-one, least of
all the guys themselves, could've known just how fierce, raw and
passionate the 'St Anger' material would turn out to be. With Rock
always offering prompt and support, lyrics were written by everyone,
writing was shared and performance was off the cuff, spontaneous and a
180 degree turn from the months of cut-and-paste which had become a part
of the Metallirecording process in the past.
This Metallica was proud, confident, appreciative, humble, hungry, edgy,
angry and also happy. Nervous? Sure, a little bit, but that too was
good, yet another driver to new places and creative achievements that
Metallica were enjoying.
It was in the Fall of 2002 that the band decided it was time to search
for a new bassist, and after some closed auditions with personal
invitees over a few months, ex-Suicidal Tendencies/Ozzy Osbourne bass
player Robert Trujillo was chosen to be the new member of Metallica.
Note, member. Not bassist or hired gun or replacement. But a band
member. His whole demeanor, happy, relaxed, warm, enthusiastic blended
with over 15 years of experience and a ferocious finger-picking style
made Robert the only natural choice.
And so it is that as you read this, 'St Anger' has been completed,
expectations are reaching heights that even the band cannot believe and
there is the excitement of the first proper tour since Summer Sanitarium
2000. Looking at them, listening to them and seeing them, Lars, Kirk,
Robert and James look like excited, eager children, men who cannot wait
to be let out of then house to go and wreak aural havoc. Why? Because
they can't! Metallica are about to hit a whole new level...