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Metallica to Issue 27 Live Albums by Year's End

September 17, 2014

For the past decade, Metallica has been beating bootleggers to the punch by offering high-quality soundboard recordings of nearly every concert they play as downloads on their own LiveMetallica.com. To commemorate the anniversary of the site, the group...

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Metallica, One Direction, Eminem Set Guinness World Records

September 4, 2014

Over the past three decades, Metallica have played up their road-dog status by giving their treks names like "Poor Touring Me" and the "Nowhere Else to Roam Tour," but it appears someone has been keeping track of their cartography. Guinness World Records...

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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 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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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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The Best St. Patrick's Day Song of All Time

March 17, 2014

The Irish have put up with a lot of bullshit over the years. There's England. The Troubles. The kittening of the Celtic Tiger. Enya. It's not been an easy history. And black people, those living in mostly white countries anyway, they've put up with a...

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From Chopin to Metallica: All the World Is Lang Lang’s Stage

March 3, 2014

While the Y! Music studios have hosted musical performances of nearly every shape, size and genre, it has to be said that the recent visit from world-renowned concert pianist Lang Lang was unprecedented. The 31-year-old Chinese pianist was in town for...

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Lars Ulrich on Metallica LP: 'We're One Day Closer'

February 5, 2014

Now that Metallica have released Through the Never, their feature film where they send a roadie on a surrealistic trip to retrieve a bag they really, really want, they're willing to answer one of the movie's burning questions: Just what...

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Lars Ulrich on 'F---ed Up' 1989 Grammy Loss

January 27, 2014

Metallica's electrifying rendition of "One" last night, which featured classical pianist Lang Lang, was intended to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the metal icons' first performance on the awards show. At the time, the performance was subversive: one...

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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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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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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'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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Metallica Talk Epic New Song 'The Lords of Summer'

March 17, 2014

"We promised our fans we'd play a new song and we've been writing and creating away and we're going to throw something at them on Sunday," Metallica's Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone last week. "We have something lined up that is fairly representative...

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Metallica, Jack Black Pay Tribute to Dio

February 6, 2014

In Tenacious D's 2006 movie The Pick of Destiny, metal icon Ronnie James Dio gave his blessing to a "young" Jack Black, saying, "Go, my son, and rooock." Now Black and bandmate Kyle Gass are paying tribute to the Black Sabbath and Rainbow singer, who...

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Why Orion Fest Was a Disaster for Metallica

January 30, 2014

Metallica's decision to nix this year's Orion Music + More festival might have been for more urgent reasons than they first let on, frontman James Hetfield told a Houston radio DJ earlier this week. Speaking with Don Jantzen of 94.5 The Buzz, he said...

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