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Metallica, Arcade Fire Reps Rip NFL’s Pay-for-Play Plan

August 22, 2014

The NFL's reported plan to get major pop stars to pay for a coveted halftime appearance at next year's Super Bowl will work only if the pop stars participate. And several outraged music-business sources predict they won't. "Halftime's for sale," says...

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Watch Metallica's James Hetfield Cover Waylon's 'Outlaw'

August 21, 2014

Despite the thrash metal he plays with Metallica, the group's hard-as-nails lead singer James Hetfield has always had a soft spot for certain genres of country music. In particular, he felt a kinship with Waylon Jennings and the "outlaw country" popularized...

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Metallica Look Back at 30 Years of 'Ride the Lightning'

July 28, 2014

"We were really broke," drummer Lars Ulrich says, reflecting the state of Metallica as they were making their second album, Ride the Lightning. "We had to live day to day. A friend literally gave us his apartment to stay in while we recording. James and...

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Metallica Share Bloopers From ESPN Ad

July 20, 2014

By now, you've probably seen Metallica's amazing ESPN commercial where the heavy metal gods loaf around the network's offices, offering up free guitar lessons and providing promo music for ESPN's coverage of the PGA Senior Tour. The clip was such a comedic...

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Metallica Dress Up as Murderous Bears

June 30, 2014

Before Metallica took the stage at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival over the weekend, they poked fun at the Britons who protested their appearance over frontman James Hetfield's support of hunting with a video titled Glastallica directed by Glastonbury...

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Watch Metallica Rock the National Anthem

May 17, 2014

Metallica graced San Francisco's AT&T park on Friday as the Giants honored the hometown band with "Metallica Night." James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett opened the game by playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first...

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Weekend Rock Question: Best Metallica Song?

May 9, 2014

Late last month, Lars Ulrich told us that Metallica was into the "fourth inning" of their next album. "We're going through the grind," he said. "We're in there doing riffs and putting them into songs. We don't really write one song and then show up the...

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Metallica in the 'Fourth Inning' of a New Album

April 24, 2014

It's been nearly six years since Metallica last released a studio album, but as they gear up for a run of summer festivals in Europe, the band is also putting together material for a new LP. "We're going through the grind," says Lars Ulrich. "We're in...

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Why Metallica and Judas Priest's Rob Halford Bow Before Dio

April 2, 2014

"When I hear Ronnie's voice, I just get excited," Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. "As a singer, he really makes me want to pick up the mic and start screaming. He's just got that kind of electric effect." Watch Slash Pay His Respects...

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Metallica Share Studio Recording of 'Lords of Summer'

March 19, 2014

UPDATE: Metallica have released a "First Pass" version of the track and made it available on iTunes. Earlier this week, Metallica debuted their new song "Lords of Summer" at a concert in Bogotá, Colombia, and now they've followed it up with a...

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Records With Exodus

July 25, 2014

UPDATE: Loudwire has unearthed footage of Hammett and Exodus performing Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla" at the Fear FestEvil After Party at Comic-Con. Today marks the 31st anniversary of Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All, but guitarist...

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See Metallica's 'This Is SportsCenter' Ad

July 14, 2014

Metallica have a sense of humor, a fact they proved recently with the video they made to troll Glastonbury protesters. And now they're proving it again in a spot for ESPN's SportsCenter that will air during tonight's Home Run Derby. The clip plays off...

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Metallica Play Fan Favorite for First Time in 26 Years

May 29, 2014

More than a quarter century after Metallica released their fourth album, . . .And Justice for All, and after many years of teasing fans with bits of the song, the group has given the track "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" its full live debut. The group has...

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Watch James Hetfield Play the Beatles

May 16, 2014

"You guys like the Beatles?" Metallica frontman James Hetfield asked the audience at a benefit called Acoustic-4-a-Cure. After hearing the crowd's cheers, he deadpanned, "Uh, I've heard of them. This is a beautiful song." Then, in a rare solo appearance...

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Metallica Honor Ozzy With Rare Acoustic Set

May 13, 2014

Last night in Los Angeles, Metallica performed a rare acoustic set in honor of Ozzy Osbourne at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert for addiction treatment. "Music does care," singer-guitarist James Hetfield said to the crowd...

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Rob Zombie Covers 'Enter Sandman'

May 2, 2014

A metal band covering Metallica's "Enter Sandman" is the concert equivalent of a Southern rock band covering "Free Bird." But Rob Zombie isn't above tackling an obvious classic, so he and his ghoulish backing band paid tribute to the iconic, riff-heavy...

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Wants Deep Purple in Rock Hall

April 9, 2014

Metallica entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, the second year they were eligible and first year they were nominated. Nirvana are entering the Hall this year, the first year they have been eligible, a decision Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich...

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Hear Metallica's Ronnie James Dio Tribute

March 24, 2014

Metallica couldn't pick just one Ronnie James Dio song to record for the tribute compilation This Is Your Life, so they picked four. Rolling Stone is premiering the thrash metal group's contribution today: a nine-minute mélange of four riffy, fantastical...

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Metallica Recall Nerve-Wracking First Show

March 17, 2014

As Metallica were prepping for the first show of their current Metallica by Request tour – on which the group debuted their new song "The Lords of Summer" Sunday night – drummer Lars Ulrich took a minute to tell Rolling Stone about the band's...

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