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Metallica: Three Decades of Metal Mayhem

Onstage and backstage from their hairy early days to premiering “Death Magnetic”

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James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica performing in the early 1980s.

Metallica Timeline: 1983: Backstage in Milwaukee

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1983: Backstage in Milwaukee

Metallica photographed backstage at Mickey's in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 14, 1983.

Metallica Timeline: 1984: Paris backstage

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1984: Paris Backstage

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Cliff Burton backstage during the Breaking Sound Festival in Paris on August 29, 1984.

Metallica Timeline: 1985 - Backtage at Monsters of Rock

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1985: Backtage at Monsters of Rock

Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield of Metallica backstage at Monsters of Rock at Donington Park, Leicestershire on August 17, 1985.

Rock Hall Nominees 2009: Metallica: 1986

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1986: Portrait

Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica photographed in Chicago on April 5, 1986.

Metallica Timeline: 1989: Damaged Justice Tour

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1989: Damaged Justice Tour

Metallica performing live in Irvine, California on the Damaged Justice Tour on September 22, 1989.

Metallica Timeline: 1993-AMA's

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1993: American Music Awards

Jason Newsted, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield hold their American Music Award on January 25, 1993 in Los Angeles.

Metallica Timeline: 2000 - before congress

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2000: Before Congress

Lars Ulrich testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on music and the Internet on July 11, 2000 in Washington, DC.

Metallica Timeline: 2000: MTV

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2000: MTV Movie Awards

Lars Ulrich at the MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California, on June 3, 2000.

Metallica Timeline: 2000: VH1 awards

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2000: VH1 Awards

Metallica with one of their two My VH1 Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on November 30, 2000.

Metallica Timeline: 2003 - Icon rehearsal

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2003: MTV Icon Rehearsal

Metallica rehearse before the MTV Icon: Metallica tribute special held at the Universal Amphitheatre on May 3, 2003 in Universal City, California.

Metallica Timeline: 2003: American Music Awards

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2003: American Music Awards

Metallica at the 31st Annual American Music Awards on November 16, 2003 in Los Angeles.

Metallica Timeline: 2003: American Music Awards performance

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2003: American Music Awards Performance

Metallica onstage during the 31st Annual American Music Awards on November 16, 2003 in Los Angeles.

Metallica Timeline: 2003: MTV ICON

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2003: MTV Icon

Metallica perform at the MTV Icon: Metallica tribute special on May 3, 2003 in Universal City, California.

Metallica Timeline: 2004: ASCAP

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2004: ASCAP

Metallica at the 21st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on May 18, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California.

Metallica Timeline: 2004: Download Fest

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2004: Download Fest

Metallica perform during the Download Festival on June 6, 2004 in Leicestershire, England.

Metallica Timeline: 2004: Movie Premier

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2004: Movie Premiere

Metallica arrive at the premiere of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster in New York on July 7, 2004.

Metallica Timeline: 2006: Darwin awards

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2006: Darwin Awards

James Hetfield performs at the Darwin Awards Party during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2006 in Park City, Utah.

Metallica Timeline: 2006: Rock Hall of Fame

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2006: Rock Hall of Fame

Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield at the 21st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria on March 13, 2006.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: berlin perfo

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2008: Performance in Berlin

Metallica onstage at a concert in Berlin to launch Death Magnetic on September 12, 2008.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: Berlin pose

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2008: Posing in Berlin

Metallica pose at the O2 World Arena in Berlin on September 12, 2008.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: Bonnaroo

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2008: Bonnaroo Music Festival

Metallica onstage at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 13, 2008 in Manchester, Tennessee.

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2008: Bonnaroo Music Festival

Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 13, 2008.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: Silverlake benefit

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2008: Silverlake Benefit

Lars Ulrich at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit concert in Los Angeles on May 14, 2008.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: Silverlake benefit 1

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2008: Silverlake Benefit

Metallica perform at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit concert in Los Angeles on May 14, 2008.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: Weenie

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2008: KROQ Weenie Roast

Metallica perform at the KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 17, 2008 in Irvine, California.

Metallica Timeline: 2008: Weenie Roast

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2008: KROQ Weenie Roast

Kirk Hammett at the KROQ Weenie Roast on May 17, 2008 in Irvine, California.

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2008: Oracle Arena

Kirk Hammett of Metallica performs live in concert at the Oracle Arena on December 20, 2008 in Oakland, California.

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2008: Oracle Arena

Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs live in concert at the Oracle Arena on December 20, 2008 in Oakland, California.

METALICA: 2008: Oracle Arena December 20 08

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2008: Onstage at Oracle Arena

Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs live in concert at the Oracle Arena on December 20, 2008 in Oakland, California.

Rock Hall Nominees 2009: Metallica: 2008

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2008: Performance in Mexico

Metallica perform on October 16, 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico.