How Metallica's Guitarist Is Redefining His Sound and Life

February 9, 2016

The past five years have seen Metallica's Kirk Hammett spread his wings. In addition to playing lead in the biggest heavy-metal band in the world, the 53-year-old guitarist has become an author, compiling his horror-movie memorabilia into the book...


Watch Metallica's 'The Night Before' Pre-Super Bowl Concert

February 6, 2016

Tonight at approximately 8:30 p.m. PST, Metallica will take the stage at AT&T Park in their native San Francisco for their "The Night Before" concert, a sold-out blowout to get the party started before Super Bowl 50 invades Santa Clara's Levi's...


Metallica's Lars Ulrich Promises 'Vivid' Pre–Super Bowl Show

February 5, 2016

Ever since Metallica signed up to play a stadium gig the day before the Super Bowl in their hometown of San Francisco, Lars Ulrich has been relentlessly checking the forecast. "The Weather Underground app has taken up a lot of my iPhone time," he tells...


Metallica's Kirk Hammett Pens Appreciation for David Bowie

January 23, 2016

Metallica's Kirk Hammett has penned a long appreciation for David Bowie, with the guitarist writing at length about how Changesonebowie impacted him, how Metallica listened to Ziggy Stardust non-stop during an early tour and the time Hammett...


Metallica, Cover Band Reconcile Over Cease and Desist Letter

January 14, 2016

Metallica cover band Sandman didn't expect to have a FedEx package waiting for them over the weekend when they arrived at FitzRay's, a London, Ontario club where the band was scheduled to play Saturday night. Inside, the Canadian...


Metallica Streaming Pre-Super Bowl Concert

February 3, 2016

Metallica will offer a free livestream of their pre-Super Bowl 50 concert, "The Night Before." The sold-out show, held February 6th at San Francisco's AT&T Park, will be viewable in HD format via mobile and desktop devices right here. "We don't want...


See Dave Grohl Rock 'Ace of Spades' With All-Star Band

January 23, 2016

Dave Grohl was a surprise guest at Friday night's Dimebash, the annual celebration of late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and at the Los Angeles gig, the Foo Fighters frontman - along with Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, Metallica bassist...


45 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016

January 6, 2016

From this month's return of David Bowie to the much-delayed return of Frank Ocean, 2016 promises to be full of big albums and big names. Here are the 45 records we're most eager to blast on our stereos this year.



Metallica's Lars Ulrich Pays Tribute to Lemmy

December 29, 2015

Few bands have cited Motörhead and Lemmy Kilmister as an inspiration quite as loudly as Metallica. Whether that meant dressing like Kilmister to perform as "The Lemmys" at his 50th birthday bash, recording a medley of Motörhead songs or...


Metallica, Alice Cooper Pay Tribute to Lemmy Kilmister

December 29, 2015

Alice Cooper remembered late Motörhead mastermind Lemmy Kilmister as a "one-of-a-kind in rock 'n' roll" in a touching note posted to Facebook. "He was innovative, true to his art and continually relevant even though he never cared about...


Metallica Detail Long-Anticipated 'Master of Puppets' Book

December 10, 2015

Metallica have shared the striking cover art for Back to the Front, a new book about their seminal 1986 LP, Master of Puppets, slated for release in fall 2016. The book cover offers a slight nod to the original album art, depicting a...


Depeche Mode Singer Talks Metallica's 'Pop,' Early Tool

October 9, 2015

Ever since Rolling Stone published an article exploring Depeche Mode's influence on heavy metal earlier this year, people have been asking the group's frontman, Dave Gahan, how he feels about groups like Marilyn Manson and Metallica. "Once it's written,...


Watch Metallica Rock Lollapalooza With Three Crushing Songs

August 6, 2015

Metallica returned to the Lollapalooza stage for the first time in nearly two decades this past weekend to play a crushing set that Rolling Stone declared the fest's "Best Return." Red Bull TV captured three tunes from the group's headlining set –...


Metallica to Play National Anthem at NBA Finals

June 13, 2015

Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have developed something of a specialty in playing "The Star Spangled Banner." The pair will be bringing their well-honed rendition of the national anthem to the NBA Finals as their hometown team, the Golden...


Kirk Hammett: Lemmy Made It 'OK to Be an Outsider'

December 29, 2015

Metallica's Kirk Hammett has written a touching tribute to hero and friend Lemmy Kilmister. Kilmister passed away Monday at the age of 70 from an "extremely aggressive cancer." "Lemmy was the finest of gentlemen," Hammett tells Rolling Stone of...


Flashback: Metallica Jams With Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck at HOF

December 17, 2015

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony managed to get Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ron Wood, Flea and Metallica in the same room together. It was inevitable the night would end with a ferocious guitar battle, and the most obvious...


See James Hetfield Play Crushing New Metallica Riff

November 2, 2015

In celebration of Metallica's newly redesigned website, Lars Ulrich made a video that, in part, offers a peek at the group's ongoing recording sessions. James Hetfield, who jokes that he's "playing drums," plays a few crushingly heavy riffs around the...


Watch Metallica Deliver Blistering 'Harvester of Sorrow'

October 7, 2015

Metallica grant fans an intimate glimpse of their live process in a new performance video from their September 16th show at Quebec City, Canada's new Videotron Centre. The clip features the metal legends backstage and in sound check, climaxing with...


Watch Metallica Perform National Anthem at NBA Finals

June 15, 2015

Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have developed a new live staple: their psychedelic version of "The Star Spangled Banner." The metal axemen performed their dual-guitar anthem before tip-off of Sunday night's NBA Finals Game Five match-up between...


Watch Metallica Perform 'Whiplash' at X Games

June 12, 2015

Metallica brought metal thunder to the X Games with their June 6th performance in Austin, Texas. Now, fans can glimpse the band's pre-show process and a pummeling version of their thrash-metal classic "Whiplash," as Blabbermouth reports.  The...