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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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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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Go Behind the Scenes of Metallica's Movie

February 3, 2014

When Metallica's monolithic statue of Lady Justice detonates and collapses around the band midway through their feature film, Metallica: Through the Never, its pieces thud and crash in ways that moviegoers could hear and feel. It's the sort of sensory...

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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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Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong to Perform at Grammys

January 24, 2014

Madonna has joined the already star-studded performance lineup at the Grammys on Sunday. Today, the Recording Academy confirmed the Material Girl's appearance along with several other performers: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will team with...

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Paul and Ringo Added to Grammys Lineup

January 14, 2014

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will each perform separately at the 2014 Grammy Awards, as the show's lineup continues to grow. Along with songs from the two former Beatles, country stars Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and newcomer Kacey Musgraves will also...

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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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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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Metallica and Lang Lang Thrash Grammys Stage

January 26, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Metallica played "One" at their very first Grammy Awards. But despite an impassioned performance, they lost the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy to a band whose frontman played a classical music instrument, flute-mongers...

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Metallica Promises 'Insane' Grammy Performance

January 17, 2014

At this year's Grammy Awards, Metallica will play their song "One" with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, and the band is hard at work preparing for that moment. "It's gonna be completely insane," guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Rolling Stone from his home...

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Lorde, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke Added to Grammys

January 7, 2014

Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke and Metallica will take the stage at this year's Grammy Awards, Billboard reports, joining an already stacked lineup that also includes Daft Punk, Pink, Kendrick Lamar, Merle Haggard and more. Lorde will make...

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