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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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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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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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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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