Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield meet for the
While searching for a drummer for their band Leather Charm, Hetfield
and guitarist Hugh Tanner audition Lars in a small rehearsal room
in Irvine, California.
At the time, Larz sucked on the drums and therefore doesn't get
in the band.
Lars offers James a chance to form a band with the sound advice
of friend Brian Slagel who suggests they participate in the Metal
Massacre compilation album. Hetfield asks Ulrich to record a song
he had composed for Leather Charm entitled "Hit the Lights".
Hetfield plays rythm guitar, the vocals and the bass while Ulrich
plays the drums.
Lloyd Grant, a jamaican guitarist joins the caravan and adds a solo
a few days later.
Metallica becomes a real band with the arrival of Ron McGovney on
the bass and Dave Mustaine as solo guitarist. Lars "borrows"
the band's name from his friend Ron Quintana.
While trying to find a name for a heavy metal fanzine, Quintana
hesitates between a few names, one of which happens to be "Metallica".
Lars urges him to baptize his magazine "Metal Massacre"
so that he can keep the "Metallica" name for his band.
Metallica's very first concert in Anaheim's Radio City in California.
For their second appearance on stage, Metallica are opening act
for Saxon in Los Angeles' Whiskey A Go Go.
James finally accepts to play rhythm guitar and sing at the same
time during on of their concerts in Lars' school (Costa Mesa's Backbay
Brian Slagel's compilation album, Metal Massacre is released.
Metallica's name is spelled "Mettallica" on the cover.
Metallica finish their third and most famous demo tape, No Life
Passing as a punk band, the Metallimen take advantage of Kenny Kane
the punk band producer, who nicely lends them a couple of days in
his studio for the possible release of a punk compilation album.
Horrified when he discovers the imposters' real identities, the
album is never released, but Metallica take great care in keeping
the tapes for themselves.
During one of Trauma's concerts at the Whiskey A Go Go, James and
Lars notice Cliff Burton on stage for the first time.
As a promotional gig for the release of Metal Massacre, Metallica
hold their first concert at the Keystone in San Francisco.
Metallica appears for the first time as headliners on the bill for
a concert at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. The opening gig is
left to Exodus, a band whose guitarist under the name of …Kirk
Metallica takes the opportunity to record their new demo, Live Metal
Up Your Ass.
After accidentally stumbling on the rumor that James is seriously
thinking of taking in a new guitarist, Ron McGovney quits the band
and throws Hetfield (his co-tenant) out of the flat.
After long hours of trying to convince him over the phone, Cliff
finally agrees to join the band under the sole condition that they
move to San Francisco. A memorable jam seals the contract and Metallica
moves to the outskirts of San Francisco at 3132 Carlson Boulevard,
Metallica record their fourth demo -the first one with Cliff-.
Their first concert with Cliff at The Stone Club in San Francisco.
A violent dispute erupts between James and Dave Mustaine. Hetfield
supposedly kicked the guitarist's dog. John Zazula (aka Johnny Z),
a concert organizer, asks Metallica to open a mini tour with The
Rods and Venom.
A few days later, the band finds itself crammed in a U-Haul and
off to New York.
Kirk Hammett receives a phone call from the band's manager, Mark
Convinced this is some April Fool's joke, he can hardly believe
he's to replace Dave Mustaine as solo guitarist.
The joke seems even less funny when he finds out the band's financial
state won't permit the members to pay his ticket to New York, considering
they had purchased Dave's bus fare back to L.A. ten days later.
Totally oblivious to the plot set against him, Dave plays his final
gig with the band at New York's Ritz.
Kirk Hammett joins the band at the Music Building in New York.
After a mere four days of rehearsing, Kirk gives his first concert
with Metallica in Dover, New Jersey.
After having signed with John Zazula's very first label, Megaforce
Records, Metallica starts recording their first album at Rochester's
Music America Studio, warmly recommended by Manowar's muscular bassist
Joey DeMaio. Paul Curcio, the "producer" refuses all entry
in the control room.
Megaforce Records released Kill 'Em All in the States, Music For
Nations releases it in the UK.
The thirty one date Kill 'Em All For One tour kicks off in New Brunswick,
later to be joined by Raven.
The tour ends at The Stone in San Francisco.
Metallica headline three concerts with Armored Saint as guests in
Palo Alto (the 24th), Berkeley (the 25th), and
San Francisco (the 26th).
The day after a cancelled gig in Boston (due to bad weather conditions),
all of Metallica's equipment is stolen as well as the tour bus they
had parked in front of their hotel in New Jersey. The guitars were
saved however, since they had been locked up from the cold in a
room. Anthrax nicely lends them their gear for the rest of their
Here begins Venom's Seven Dates Of Hell tour at the Volkhaus in
Zurich, with Metallica as opening act.
It is also their first date in Europe.
Metallica brings the house down at the famous Aardshock Festival
Metallica share the bill with Horizon, Savage, Tokyo Blade, and
The tour screeches to its final destination at Poperinge in Belgium.
Metallica enters the Sweet Silence Studio in Copenhagen in order
to record their second album under the direction of producer Flemming
Rasmussen (highly acclaimed for his work with Rainbow and Mercyful
Fate). Lars feels at home and the band finally finds themselves
secluded from the hustle and bustle of the LA music scene.
Following the cancellation of their English tour with Exciter and
The Rods due to the meager amount of seatreservations -their record
sale to the astronomical amounted sum of …fourteen tickets-,
Metallica chooses to perform a one night gig at the legendary Marquee
Club in London.
Their first out of five dates as guests for Twisted Sister begins
At the Heavy Sound Festival in Poperinge, Metallica plays alongside
H-Bomb, Faithful Breath, Lita Ford, Mercyful Fate, Baron Rojo, Twisted
Sister and Motorhead.
Metallica gigs at New York's Roseland Ballroom. The band are introduced
to their future co-manager, Cliff Bernstein as well as to the man
behind the contract with Elektra, Michael Alago.
Metallica triumph at the Breaking Sound Festival in Paris.
Metallica abruptly cease all collaboration with Johnny Z. Q Prime
becomes their new management. Not only does Q Prime involve the
talents of Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, but it also happens
to be Def Leppard, Dokken, and Metallica's friends Armored Saints'
management. Their albums' distribution and finance are left to the
hands of Elektra in the States and Music For Nations in Europe.
Metallica stops at Rouen, France for the first gig from their <<
Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang >> tour.
Ride The Lightning hits the shelves.
Metallica ends their tour at the Lyceum in London.
At the first stop of their American tour during which Metallica
are to co-headline the bill wish W.A.S.P., the band is unable to
pursue their journey… Lars' visa has expired and the drummer
is sent back to Denmark. He joins them the following day for a date
in Scotia, New York. During this tour, the metallimen are delighted
to find themselves on stage with their childhood buddies from Armored
A certain Jason Newsted attends their concert in Phoenix. This is
the last time he sees the band on stage from the audience.
The tour comes to an end at the Starry Night Club in Portland, Oregon.
Metallica celebrates their final leg with a memorable jam session
with Armored Saint, whose singer John Bush had
almost joined the band two years earlier and whose bassist Joey
Vera was soon to become Cliff Burton's possible replacement.
Metallica appears for the first time as headlining act for the Monsters
Of Rock festival at Castle Donington.
The Four Horsemen's concert a.k.a. Metallica takes place at San
Francisco's Ruthie's Club.
Metallica participates in Oakland's Day On The Green concert, organized
by the legendary Bill Graham.
Master Of Puppets starts taking shape at the Sweet Sound Studio
in Copenhagen. Flemming Rasmussen's still at the controls.
Metallica steals the show at Venom's performance during the Metal
Hammer Festival in Lorelel, Germany.
For a New Year celebration concert at L.A.'s Civic Center, Metallica
meets up once again with Exodus and Dave Mustaine, now the leader
of Megadeth. The occasion arrises to make peace with their former
guitarist. James inadvertedly injures a member of the audience with
his mic stand. Despite his profuse apologies to the fan by offering
countless autographs, and Metallica memorabilia, the wounded spectator
sues the singer sever million dollars.
Master Of Puppets is released worldwide.
Metallica kicks off their world tour with friend and idol, Ozzy
Osbourne in Wichita, Kansas.
Metallica was especially chosen by the former Black Sabbath leader
to appear as guests for this unforgettable tour.
Right before going on stage in Evansville, Indiana, James Hetfield
breaks his wrist while skateboarding. Taken by complete surprise,
the band is forced to cancel Metallica mount the stage a few days
later, Hetfield has no other choice but to sing with his arm in
a cast while sadly watching his guitar being fiddled with by James
Marshall, Metal Church's guitarist. This isn't going to be the last
time John saves the day…
Ozzy's tour ends at Hampton's Coliseum in Virginia.
The Damage Inc. tour makes its first stop at Cardiff's St. David
Hall in Wales. Ol' buddies from Anthrax sign up as
opening act. John Marshall's still playing the guitar under handicapped-Hetfield's
Hetfield finally pries his cast off to play the last song at the
Oslow, Norway show.
Cliff Burton plays his last gig in Stockholm, Sweden.
As the band is heading towards Copenhagen, their bus driver loses
control of his vehicle.
Burton is catapulted from his bunk-bed onto the road. He dies on
the spot as the bus runs over him. The other band members suffer
minor injuries, but the shock caused by Burton's tragic departure,
leaves them stunned and uncertain of Metallica's future. The Metallica
saga almost experiences its screeching halt.
On the eve of Burton's memorial service, Lars, James, and Kirk decide
to hunt for a new bass player. Cliff's parents force them to continue
without him. To them, that's what their beloved son would've wanted.
Armored Saint's bassist, Joey Vera refuses their offer, the band
therefore audition numerous candidates for Cliff's
replacement. Their final choice finally lies on Flotsam & Jetsam's
bassist, Jason Newsted.
During a private concert at the Country Club in Resada, California,
Jason makes his debut on stage as Metallica's bassist.
Even the more ardent of their fans accept his arrival with immense
Metallica fly the airs for a first concert in Japan at Tokyo's Shibuya
From Copenhagen, Metallica pursues their European tour in memory
of Cliff. Despite the tragedy that will forever more remain in the
hearts of many; rain or shine, Metallica are back in shape and more
motivated than ever before.
Metallica appears for the second time at the Ardschock Festival
in Holland. This time, the band headlines the bill with Laaz Rockit,
Celtic Frost, Crimson Glory, Metal Church, and Anthrax.
The European leg ends in Goteborg, Sweden.
Still intent on perfecting his skateboarding skills, James Hetfield
breaks an arm. No dates are cancelled this time
since the band's on vacation, but a Saturday Night Live appearance
is pushed to a later date.
Henceforth, Metallica's management adds a new clause to their contract:
No approaching anything resembling a wooden
plank on wheels.
The remaining members take the opportunity to rebuild Lars' garage
in order to rehearse, just like in the good 'ol days!
Hence the birth of Garage Days… EP.
Metallica enters the Conway studio in LA for the recording of a
series of cover versions for the five track Garage Days… EP.
The $5.99 EP Garage Days Re-revisited sees it's release.
A concert by Damage Inc. is held at the 100 Club in London. This
idea of Metallica's joke pseudonym doesn't fool anybody. Hundred
of fans cram at the doors, forcing the police to intervene. Jason,
suddenly victim to light-headedness due to the intense heat in the
club, is immediately replaced in mid-concert by Diamond Head's guitarist,
Metallica are invited on the Monsters Of Rock bill for the second
time. To everyone's common point of view, thisundoubtedly turns
out to be the band's worst ever performance. Metallica keeps hope
and strenuously tries to regain their notoriety throughout the rest
of Europe. They eventually succeed.
The world sees the release of the Cliff 'Em All videotape, thus
becoming the most widely sold tape during several months.
Metallica starts work on their fourth album in the One On One Studio
in Los Angeles. After a few days in the company of Guns N' Roses
producer Mike Clink, the metallimen choose to replace his presence
of Flemming Rasmussen's.
A band by the name of Frayed Ends makes it appearance at L.A.'s
Troubadour. Once again, this is one of Metallica's joke patronym
but also a way to warm-up before a tour or festival.
The first out of 28 dates for the Monsters Of Rock tour kicks off
at the East Troy's Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. Metallica shares
the bill with Kingdom Come, Dokken, Scorpions, and Van Halen.
Master Of Puppets reaches a million copies sold. It is their first
(but not last) platinum album.
America's release of And Justice For All.
Europe's release of And Justice For All.
The four horsemen embark on their Damaged Justice Tour with a first
stop at Budapest in Hungary.
And Justice For All bolts to the sixth position in the album charts.
And Justice For All goes platinum.
Metallica performs their last concert in Leiden, Holland.
The band sets off on a U.S. tour (at the Toledo Sports Arena in
Ohio) with Queensryche as opening act.
Metallica shoot their very first video, << One >>.
Metallica plays a live version of << One >> at the Grammy
Awards. Nominated for best heavy metal band, Metallica's well-deserved
efforts are awarded to… Jethro Tull! It's also the Grammy
Awards' first year the "heavy metal" category is added.
It was painfully obvious the jury didn't quite understand the category…
From Australia to Hawaii, Alaska, and New Zealand, the Damaged Justice
tour leads the quartet through countries they have never seen.
Four years after its release in the States, Ride The Lightning is
The rest of the American leg pursues its course to Canada with The
Cult as opening act.
The 2 Of One videotape is released.
And Justice For All is certified double platinum in the U.S.
Metallica sets foot on Brazilian soil for the first time, in Rio
on the 4th and San Paolo on the 6th as the final
dates from their Damaged Justice Tour. Metallica finally packs Doris
Metallica returns to Europe for an eight-day tour in major venues.
Metallica opens for Aerosmith in Toronto, Canada, and Rochester,
Metallica enters the One On One Studio in LA for the recording of
their fifth album. Choosing Bob Rock
(Motley Crue, Bon Jovi) as producer isn't a unanimous vote however.
For Elektra's fortieth anniversary compilation album, Metallica
record a Queen cover version of << Stone Cold Crazy >>.
Fans are more and more worried.
The New Wave Of British Metal compilation Lars has been working
on for so long, finally sees its release.
Featuring on the album are all the more or less obscure and unknown
bands who have represented most of Metallica's influence.
The recording of Metallica, the "black album", comes to
As a sneak preview of their new album, Metallica rent out Madison's
Square Garden to an audience of ten thousand privileged fans.
The band starts their Monsters Of Rock tour in Copenhagen. AC/DC,
Queensryche and the Black Crowes are also amongst the bands present.
Metallica -or The Black Album- sees its worldwide release.
The Black Album sweeps the charts to number one in the U.S., as
well as in the U.K., Canada, and Australia.
The Monsters Of Rock tour takes its final bow to more than 500,000
screaming fans in Moscow.
Metallica plays at San Francisco's Day On The Green. This time,
the band headlines the bill. The festival turns sour after the announcement
of Bill Graham's tragic death in a helicopter accident.
The Metallimen launch their Wherever I May Roam tour. This sees
the inauguration of the famous rotating stage, fully equipped with
the hundred-seater snake pit.
Their latest offspring grosses a total of four million copies sold
Metallica finally receives their long-awaited Grammy Award for best
heavy metal band. Lars good-heartedly thanks Jethro Tull for not
having released an album this year.
Metallica opens for Freddy Mercury's tribute concert, Concert For
Life at the Wembley Stadium in London with a measly three songs
from their latest album which unexpectedly attracts a great amount
of criticism from the press.
While giving a conference for the press, Metallica and Guns N' Roses
announce their decision on touring together.
The tour begins at Washington's JFK Stadium. During the first days
of the tour, previously foreseen as being a chaotic one, everything
runs smoothly and with no outburst, apart from two dates during
which Axl Rose experiences a few throat problems.
Due to faulty pyrotechnical timing during their gig at Montreal's
Olympic Stadium in Canada, James Hetfield is rushed to the hospital
suffering from first and second-degree burns on his hands, arm,
and face. Axl Rose uses the excuse to shorten his part of the gig
and provokes an uncontrollable outbreak amongst the audience. Thirteen
wounded and damages amounting to $400,000 results from the riot.
James is replaced on rhythm guitar by John Marshall for the remaining
dates of the tour.
Europe's await for Metallica's arrival after so many cancelled European
dates is not left unrewarded. The first stop is at Gent, Belgium.
Not only do they storm the Old Continent with their stage from outer
space, but they dare come with no supporting act! Instead they've
arrived with something better: the screening of the band's history
on video. James recovers from his injuries and John Marshall now
becomes Kirk's personal guitar service-man.
Metallica releases a double video tape A Year And A Half In The
Life Of Metallica.
The European tour ends at Stockholm's Globen in Sweden.
The band returns home for another string of concerts.
The tour transits in Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia,
Thailand, Brazil, Chili, and finally ends at the Valez Sarsfield
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Metallica makes a comeback in Europe for a series of Nowhere Else
To Roam open-air concerts with The Cult and Suicidal Tendencies.
Metallica makes their last performance on stage in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Black Album's sales are still ticking…twelve million copies
sold in the United States alone.
The long-awaited Live Shit: Binge & Purge boxed set is released.
The box contains three CD's recorded live on the 25th, 26th, 27th
of February, the 1st and the 2nd of March 1993, three video tapes
featuring footages of their concerts in Seattle the 29th and 30th
of August 1989, a booklet, a stencil, and a snake pit pass. Merry
Christmas kids… The object's set price somehow puts some of
the most ferocious fans off…
Rock-It Comix releases a special Metallica-based comic book.
'Shit hits the Sheds' starts with a Rehearsal Show in Buffalo, NY.
Performed live at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Detroit. Glenn
Danzig and Chuck Biscuts from Danzig played Last Caress with the
band. Last Caress was written by Danzig when he was a member in
Performed live at the World Music Theatre in Chicago. This is Danzig's
last show on the tour; Glenn Danzig sings London Dungeon, Last Caress,
and Green Hell with the band. Suicidal Tendencies joins the band
during So What?
Performed live at the Bicentennial Park in Miami. The last show
of the "Summer Shit Tour". Special guest is Rob Halford
(ex-Judas Priest, now Fight) who sings Rapid Fire (an old Judas
Priest song) with the band.
The tracks 2 x 4 and Devil's Dance are played for the first time
in front of an audience at the London Astoria in England. This was
a private show, and only members of the fan club were invited. According
to Metallica this was the best gig they hadever played. This was
also the first date on their short tour "Escape From The Studio"
The Arctic Circle show, sponsored by Molson Breweries in Canada.
500 or so contest winners were invited to the "Coldest Show
On Earth," in arctic northern Canada, a place so desolate and
frigid that the only way in or out was by charter flights. The show
was played in a huge, clover-shaped tent. Using four massive, fuel-burning,
heating units they managed to keep the temperature warm enough for
the instruments to function!
Metallica performed 7 Motorhead songs (dubbing their performance
the "Lemmys") during Lemmy's birthday party at the famous
club "Whiskey A Go-Go". This is also the club where Lars
and James met Cliff Burton.
The band went into the Plant studio in Sausalito, California, where
they recorded 18 of the 25 tracks due to appear on the new album.
Again, Bob Rock is producing.
5th - 7th
The video for Until It Sleeps was shot at locations around and in
Our four guys spent time travelling around the world to promote
the new album. They conducted numerous interviews, and organized
huge listening parties where they would set up a truck full of speakers
and play the new album, then sign some autographs for the fans.
This occurred all over the world; in the States, Europe, Australia
The single Until It Sleeps is released world-wide, excluding Northern
America, where the fans would have to wait one more
A huge Metallica listening party was held on the second day of the
DYNAMO Festival in Eindhoven, Holland. Metallica's new album, Load,
was played through the PA at the festival site for the 60,000+ audience,
making this the largest listening party held, ever!! Two band members
(probably Lars & Kirk) were at the festival site to present
this event, to give
interviews, and to promote the new album. Load was released a whole
week earlier in Holland than the rest of the world, to make it possible
to be sold at the festival. Therefore, Eindhoven was blessed not
only with hosting the world premiere, but also with the release
of the album for the first time anywhere in the world!
Load is released in Japan only.
The album is released world-wide.
The album is released in North America.
The four guys played at Slims Club, in San Francisco, for fan club
members only. They did three members-only gigs in arow this month.
Metallica played live for the entire world, via the Internet. The
broadcast site was Slim's, a small club in San Francisco, where
the Webcast crew beamed the show across the globe, live as it happened,
in spycams, music, video, pictures and descriptions.
MTV presented a Metallica contest that was so huge it took four
tractor trailers to deliver the prizes to the homes of the four
contest winners. The four band members of Metallica hung out with
the grand prize winner, met the neighbors, and played some tunes.
The contest final was aired July 1.
The American Loolapalooza festival tour starts in Kansas City with
Metallica headlining the bill.
Another European tour begins. This time the tour starts in Ostenhalle,
Recorded the live video of Hero Of The Day in Barcelona, Spain.
They weren't using a recording, and 5 seconds before each of the
3 times they played the song, a metronome was introducing the band
to the required rythym, and the beeps of it sounded throughout the
whole audio system at the stadium. Also, Kirk got 3 or 4 notes wrong
on the intro during the
first attempt. Moreover, Lars asked the crowd to be more energetic
in each one of the new versions they played. So, by the third try,
it sounded louder than hell!
Metallica recorded 3 live songs for the TV program "Later With
Jools Holland," on the British channel BBC2. Wasting My Hate,
Mama Said (James only acoustic) and King Nothing were performed
completely live, with no playback..
It was broadcast on November 16th.
Metallica was intoduced to perform King Nothing live on stage at
the MTV Europe Video Awards show. The lights went down and the band
launched into the song Last Caress followed by So What? A few classic
minutes of television to savour. The band was nominated earlier
that evening, in the "Best Rock Video" catagory, but the
award went to the Smashing Pumpkins. James later said in an interview:
We needed to wake people up at
the show! We felt it was a little boring, and we had been daring
each other to do that for years.
The single Mama Said is released world wide.
18th & 19th
Apocalyptica, the band who released an album containing Metallica
covers performed with cellos, opened for Metallica in Helsinki,
King Nothing premiered on MTV on 1/17/97. It was shot in Salt Lake
City, Utah about a month earlier.
Lars got married to his long time girlfriend Skylar. Apparantly
Lars said that thing about them breaking it off was so that they
would not get mobbed by fans at the church they got married in.
Metallica played "King Nothing" on the American Music
Awards and won the price for best metal/hard rock album. When they
went up to accept their award, Lars said, "I would like to
thank this man, James Hetfield, for putting on his best suit and
being my best man at my wedding last night."
Ted Nugent was guest star at the gig at Palace Of Auburn Hills.
They weren't too happy with him for what he did. Ted basically forced
his way into their show, then ruined their moment in the sun (throwing
pics and sticks and thanking the crowd).
Metallica played 3 festivals in Europe this summer to get out of
the studio for a while. First day was at the Pukkelpop festival
in Hasselt, Belgium
Blindman's Ball Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
Reading Festival, Reading, U.K.
To celebrate the release of their new album, Metallica wanted to
play a concert - for free. The only problem was that they didn't
know where! They gave the fans a few details and a 800 telephone
number where they could call in to make suggestions. The free concert
had to be held on Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day), outdoors
as this had to be a big free show for anyone wishing to make the
trip. Over 120,000 Metallica fans bombarded a phone lines.
Photo session for the launch of the new album has already took place,
and it is a stunning live session by Anton Corbijn. These live photos
will be included in the packaging for the new album. There was further
two photo sessions prior to the album release, which was for press
The 11th Annual Bridge School Benefit Shows at Shoreline Amphitheater,
San Francisco. They played an entirely acoustic set which lasted
about an hour. Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains came out and
played the Lynrd Skynrd song Tuesday's Gone.They also played Lowman's
Lyrics for the first time.
The second Annual Bridge School Benefit Show at the save venue.
the sets were the same except on Saturday they did not play Low
Mans Lyric, instead they played another new tune called "My
Eye's". Also on the bill was Kacy Crowley, Blues Traveler's,
Lou Reed, Smashing Pumpkins, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthew's Band,
and Neil Young.
20th & 21st
The band shot the "Memory remains" video in LA, actually
at the Van Nuys airport. It cost $400,000.00 and featured the band
it a huge box that costed over $100,000.00. The video had it's world
premiere on MTV's Mattrock show the 15th of November 1997.
The final day for the fans to call in to the 800 telephone number
and suggest a place where Metallica could play their free show.
The "winner"? Philadelphia's CoreStates Arena parking
Neighbors of the Philadelphia's CoreStates Arena parking lot in
South Philadelphia are going went court on morning to try to block
the free outdoor concert by the "heavy-metal band". It
was Vincent Fumo who asked his Harrisburg lawyer, Christopher Craig,
to see what he could do. Craig spent all day drafting a request
for an injunction that he delivered
to Common Pleas.
Metallica's free concert, dubbed the "Million Decibel March,"
was held in a Philadelphia parking lot and was a great success.
For the show's intro, they showed Jaymz playing the famous ESPN
commercials' "Da-na-na, na-na-na" from the Sportscentermusic
on his guitar. Here is what the local newspapaer Philadelphia Inquirer
had to say about the show: "It was part burlesque show, part
rugby match, and hearing-loss loud. The band was profane on stage
and charming before the show. Police pronounced the fans better
behaved than a Philadelphia Eagles crowd. And neighbors who feared
the worst from the self-styled Loudest Band in the World complained
more about the sound from the news choppers circling overhead."
Memory Remains single released in America. It has been available
in Europe and the rest of the world for a few weeks
Lars and his bandmates played a free show at London's premier dance
venue Ministry Of Sound to launch their new album 'Re-Load'. Prior
to the show Lars said in a press release: "I've never heard
of the Ministry Of Sound but I'm sure Metallica playing there will
making it a hit!"
Metallica performed live on NBC's Saturday Night Live show
Lani and Kirk got married Jan. 31st at 2:00 pm at Kailua, Hawaii,
in front of the two families.
They were both barefoot...and married Hawaiian style with a Kahu
(Reverend) overlooking the ceremonies.
The live film was completed in March 1998. 52 minutes edit of the
film will be available for launch parties worldwide, completed with
personalised IDs. The band have said that they may consider use
of the promotional film for TV broadcasts.
The Unforgiven II was released in 4 CD-single formats in the US.
GARAGE DAYS RE-RE-REVISITED. In a recent radio interview, Lars confirmed
that they will be back in the studio after the summer tour working
on another project. With a projected release date sometime in November,
the band will be compiling a collection of the covers that they
have done in the past along with a couple added surprises.
Metallica is battling back against bootleggers by taking legal action
to halt the release of an unauthorized new album entitled "Bay
Metallica appeared on a 90 minute live show on MTV. The show was
shot in the Bay area during Metallica's rehearsal for the Pacific
The world tour in support of Reload commenced in Newcastle, Australia.
MetallicA play the first of three "create-a-gig" shows
in front of 45,000 in Pecatonica, IL. The largest show on the US
tour next to the one at Giants Stadium.
At the Quincy, WA show during "One", some asshole in the
crowd hits Jason in the hand with a bottle. Needless to say, the
guy who did it was severely beaten and then removed from the venue
by security. During this time, a very pissed off
Jaymz delivers the now famous "bottle speech". After about
ten minutes, Jason comes back out and they pick up with "One"
where they left off. And continued to rock the crowd as hard as
ever for the remainder of the show.
Poor ReTouring Me comes to an end in San Diego, CA.
MetallicA play a small gig at Heff's house...also known as the Playboy
Mansion! The show was for celebs only though, unfortunately. This
show also marks the live debut of "Turn the Page" and
"Die Die My Darling". Two new ones from the upcoming album
The Garage Inc promo tour kicks off in Toronto, Ontario. Other cities
MetallicA destroyed were: Chicago (11/19), Detroit (11/20), Philadelphia
(11/23), and New York (11/24). All of the shows were clubbers only
gigs (except Chicago) and were played in small venues that were
decked out like the inside of a garage. The band played 90 minutes
worth of nothing but covers. Many of which the band had not played
live since '82 - '83.
Garage Inc is released in the USA.
Cunning Stunts is released worldwide. The live vid shot during Poor
Touring Me was also the first of it's kind to be filmed for DVD.
After taking a long break, the Four Horsemen rock Honolulu, Hawaii.
This show, along with the other four shows in Hawaii, Alaska and
Mexico were to make up for the ones cancelled last year.
The band plays The Outlaw Torn live for the first time ever at the
second Hawaii show.
MetallicA plays the first of two shows with the San Francisco Symphony
Orchestra. Months of preparation pay off as MetallicA, Michael Kamen,
and the Symphony put on two incredible shows that brought their
music to new heights and dominated what leser bands wouldn't even
dare touch. The band also debuted two new songs entitled "No
Leaf Clover" and "- Human".
Phil Anselmo of Pantera joins MetallicA on stage to sing the last
chorus of Creeping Death at the Mexico City show.
The South American leg of "The Garage Remains the Same"
tour kicks off in Bogota, Columbia in front of 90,000 metallifux!!!
This marked the first time the band had toured Columbia.
Jason joins opening act Sepultura for two songs at the first Brazil
show in Porto Elegre and again in Sao Paulo and
Rio de Janeiro.
The South American tour comes to an end at River Plat Stadium in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The band kicks off the European tour at the Rock Im Park festival
in Nurnberg, Germany.
Members from Biohazard join MetallicA on stage to sing the last
chorus of Creeping Death.
A very special guest appearance at the Gods of Metal festival in
Milan, Italy. King Diamond and Hank of Mercyful Fate
join MetallicA for the "Mercyful Fate" medley.
MetallicA take part in the anual KROQ "weenie roast" fest
in Irvine, CA. Other bands that played included Pennywise, the Red
Hot Chilli Peppers, Limp Bizkit, and Blink 182 among others. Very
strange show with an equally fucked up looking stage. But as always,
Metallica came...they saw...they conquered...and moved on.
At the Dublin, Ireland show, Eric Bell of Thin Lizzyy joined MetallicA
for a truly incredible performance of "Whiskey in the Jar".
I heard a bootleg of that a while ago and it was fukin unreal. Excellent
The Garage Remains the Same tour comes to an end in Tel Aviv, Israel.
MetallicA headlines the 1999 Woodstock Festival. This marked the
bands second appearance at Woodstock. And once again, they came...they
To celebrate the European release of S & M, the band plays another
SymphonicA gig. This time in Berlin with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
MetallicA plays the last SymphonicA show at Madison Square Garden
in New York. S & M is released in the USA.
The M2K tour kicks off in Miami, FL with Sevendust and Kid Rock
Y2K this!!! MetallicA headlines Ted Nugent's Whiplash Bash '99.
Other bands performing at the show included Sevendust, Kid Rock,
and Ted Nugent. After the countdown, the band brought everyone out
on stage for a huge jam on "Detroit Rock City".
The band had a huge surprise for the metallifux at the second show
in Chicago. For the first time in 16 years, the band played "Trapped
Under Ice" live!!! Jaymz dedicated the song to Otto who had
been bugging them to play it for years.
Last date of the M2K tour in Minneapolis, MN. Tallica brings Kid
Rock, Joe C., Clint Lowery of Sevendust, and others out for a huge
jam on "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
The band completes recording "I Disappear" for the Mission
Impossible 2 soundtrack. This marked a new avenue for the band as
it was the first time they had written a song specifically for a
MetallicA wins another Grammy. This time for "best hard rock
performance" of Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar".
Bootleged/early versions of "I Disappear" start making
their way onto radio stations long before the song was supposed
to be officially released to them (on April 19th). Hollywood Records,
the record label responsible the M:I-2 soundtrack, sends "cease
& desist" orders to the stations playing the song.
Metallica files suit against Napster, University of Southern California,
Yale University, and Indiana University. The suit arose after finding
out that 6 different versions (unreleased/work-in-progress) of "I
Disappear" had made their way onto Napster. The case is still
pending. I think everyone has been napster-ed out after the media
blitz on it, so that's about all I'm gonna say about it.
The video for "I Disappear" makes it's debut.
The Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack, which includes "I Disappear",
is released. Other bands featured on the soundtrack include Limp
Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell, Godsmack, and others.
MetallicA performs "I Disappear" at the MTV movie awards.
The Experience Music Project grand opening takes place in Seattle,
WA. The band headlines the show. There was quite an impressive list
of bands playing for this very unique, interactive museum: Red Hot
Chilli Peppers, No Doubt, Beck, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg
among many others over a 3 day period.
The massive Summer Sanitarium tour kicks off in Foxborro, MA with
special guests Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, and System of a Down.
Destroying the countryside and laying waste to cities across America.
What were the only venues big enough for such a monster of a tour?
Nascar speedways...and a few stadiums, too. On average... 50,000+
crazy metallifux were at each show. Holy shit.
Due to a serious injury to his back, Jaymz Hetfield is unable to
play at the Atlanta show. But instead of just turning people away,
the 3 horsemen come out and rock the place with members of the other
bands filling in. Kid Rock, Joe C., Korn, Darron from SOAD, and
even a kid from the audience all made appearances. The band put
on one hell of a show.
Another jam show, this time in Sparta, KY. Highlights included Jonathan
Davis singing on One, and Serje and Darron rocking out with the
band on Mastertarium.
The last of the 3 jam shows takes place in Dallas, TX.
Larz testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the
Napster case. There actually was one interesting thing to come out
of that...when Senator Orin Hatch held up a copy of ...And Justice
For All and says he was listening to it, and thought it was pretty
good. That was not something I ever expected to see. Pretty fukin
The Mighty Het makes his way back to the stage for the Denver show!!!
"If ya see me on the ground, it ain't cause I'm doing my Angus
Young impression!" - Jaymz.
The last date of the Summer Sanitarium tour takes place in Phoenix,
AZ. The band has Kid Rock onstage for Turn the Page, and SOAD rocks
out with the band on Sandman.
Larz and Kirk jammed with Kid Rock on American Badass at the "Tonight
Show w/Jay Leno".
The Molson Blind Date gig takes place at the House of Blues in Los
Angeles. MetallicA rocks a crowd of only 1,000 lucky contest winners.
MetallicA joins up with the Tattoo the Earth festival at Giants
Stadium. Other bands on the festival included Sepultura, Slayer,
Sevendust and many others.
The band headlines the Chicago Hard Rock Fest.
Metallica plays the first of 6 bonus shows w/COC as opening act.
Two dates in each of the cities that were Hetfield-less on the main
tour: Atlanta, Sparta, and Dallas.
This was COC's last show as opening act for tallica, so Jaymz rocked
out with COC on their song Seven Days...and later during tallica's
set, the band had Pepper and Reed onstage to rock out on Last Caress.
MetallicA plays the last bonus show in Lexington, and it is the
final show of the year according to the band. No more tour dates
until next year. The band will head into the studio in Janurary
to begin recording the new album...and a massive tour is supposed
to follow it's release.
Metallica is working on its tenth
studio album St. Anger. Jason leaves the band and is replaced by
Robert Trujillo. James goes to rehab facility. All in all, there
wasn´t much happening this year:))
St. Anger released. MetallicA starts their european tour.