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See Lars Ulrich Talk Metallica's 'Wrong Place' Origins

June 17, 2016

Lars Ulrich looked back on his life story in a new interview, some of which was caught on video. "When music took over [my life], I felt like I was in the wrong place at the right time," he says with a laugh. "L.A. is part of [Metallica's] story, and...

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Hear Heart, James Hetfield Sing Jagged Duet

June 16, 2016

James Hetfield makes a rare guest appearance on the title track of Heart's upcoming album, Beautiful Broken, premiering here. The short, hard-rocking song originally came out as a bonus track on the group's 2012 LP Fanatic. The new version finds...

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See Metallica's Perfect 'Star-Spangled Banner' From San Jose

June 6, 2016

A night after Carlos Santana delivered "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game Two of the NBA Finals in Oakland, two more Bay Area music legends, Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, were recruited to perform the national anthem before Game Four...

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See James Hetfield Turn Metallica Rager Into Country Ballad

May 16, 2016

James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar held their third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at San Francisco's Fillmore Sunday night, and among the highlights at the all-star gig was Hetfield's unique rendition of Metallica's "Motorbreath." Armed with...

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Metallica Manager Slams YouTube: 'They're the Devil'

April 19, 2016

Peter Mensch, the manager for Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse, called YouTube "the devil" and said the online video giant's business model for musicians was unsustainable, the BBC reports. Related: Meet the Disruptor Getting Artists Paid...

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Lars Ulrich on Metallica Reissues, Cliff Burton's Bass Solo

April 15, 2016

It's a rainy Thursday in early April, and Lars Ulrich has posted up at one of his favorite places in New York, a luxuriant hotel owned by Robert De Niro. "I love sitting here in this courtyard," he says, gesturing through a window at a favored spot that...

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Lars Ulrich on Deep Purple's 'Overdue' Rock Hall Induction

April 4, 2016

Lars Ulrich has long bemoaned Deep Purple's absence in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When Rolling Stone asked him in 2014 who should be inducted, he said Deep Purple's name four times with comical emphasis. Now that the pioneering hard-rock and heavy-metal...

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Metallica's James Hetfield on Bataclan Attack: 'Why There?'

March 29, 2016

As Metallica readies a special Record Store Day CD of their 2003 performance at Paris' Le Bataclan, James Hetfield reflected on last November's terrorist attack on an Eagles of Death Metal concert in a new interview. "My first reaction was, 'Why there?'...

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Metallica Producer: Missing 'Justice' Bass Was 'Brilliant'

March 17, 2016

Metallica fans have long bemoaned the apparent absence of bass guitar on the band's 1988 album ...And Justice for All. Flemming Rasumussen, who co-produced the record with the group, praised bassist Jason Newsted's work for the release in an interview...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Metallica

March 14, 2016

Metallica formed in 1981 when teenagers James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich decided they should write music together, effectively fusing their mutual love of intricate New Wave of British Heavy Metal epics and speedy Motörhead-style ragers in a way that...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Master of Puppets'

March 3, 2016

Metallica recently opened up to Rolling Stone about their landmark 1986 album Master of Puppets to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In new interviews, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and co-producer Flemming Rasmussen shared memories of how they made the thrash...

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See Vance Joy Credit Metallica as Songwriting Influence

May 31, 2016

Vance Joy, born James Keogh, has seen his star as an indie folk singer-songwriter steadily rise. His 2013 single "Riptide" stayed on the charts in his home country of Australia for over 100 weeks and he nabbed a prime spot as an opener on Taylor...

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See Metallica's Entire Old-School Record Store Day Gig

April 28, 2016

Metallica played a special old-school set at a San Francisco area record store earlier this month on Record Store Day, marking their roles as Record Store Day Ambassadors. The gig also coincided with the release of reissued editions of their first two...

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Read Lars Ulrich's Deep Purple Rock Hall Induction Speech

April 8, 2016

Lars Ulrich fell in love with Deep Purple when he was nine years old, when his dad's friends took him to see the pioneering hard rockers live in Copenhagen. "They have probably been the primary musical backbone in my body ever since I first heard them,"...

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Lars Ulrich: 'This Is Spinal Tap' Is a 'Horror Film'

April 1, 2016

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich admits he's lived through so many rock concert clichés that This Is Spinal Tap now plays like a "horror film." The musician laughs about the landmark mockumentary during a debate with veteran music journalist/Rolling...

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Billy Joel, Supremes Make National Recording Registry

March 23, 2016

Billy Joel's "Piano Man," the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go," Metallica's Master of Puppets and Santana's Abraxas highlight the 25 recordings newly inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. John Coltrane's jazz classic...

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Hear Metallica's Raw, Live 'Am I Evil?' Recording From 1985

March 16, 2016

Metallica have posted two previously unreleased live recordings that will appear on their upcoming deluxe Ride the Lightning box set. A SoundCloud combines their cover of Diamond Head's New Wave of British Heavy Metal epic "Am I Evil?" with their...

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Metallica Tease 'In-Your-Face Year'

March 10, 2016

Other than a mega pre-Super Bowl show last month, Metallica have been lying low so far this year. Nevertheless, they're anticipating a very busy 2016. Although they have no tour dates on the books as of right now, Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone...

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10 Things We Learned at Lars Ulrich's 'Front Row' Summit

March 3, 2016

Metallica got their start in the East Bay community of El Cerrito in the mid-Eighties after relocating from L.A. to play with bassist Cliff Burton. They went on to become one of the biggest rock bands in history. In February, they played for...

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