James Alan Hetfield (vocals, guitar) 1981-
Ron McGovney (bass) 1981-1983
Dave Mustaine (guitar) 1981-1983
Lars Ulrich (drums) 1981-
Kirk Hammett (guitar) 1983-
Clifford Lee Burton (bass) 1983-1986
Jason Newsted (bass) 1986-2000
Robert Trujillo (bass) 2003-
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In 1999 they sued Victoria's Secret for selling lipstick called "Metallica." It was settled out of court.
Ulrich's father, Torben, was a professional tennis player.
Burton was killed in 1986 when their tour bus skidded off an icy road in Sweden. His funeral was held on October 7, 1986 at Chapel Of The Valley in his hometown of Castro Valley, California. He was cremated, and his ashes were spread at a place where he spent a lot of time - the Maxwell Ranch. (thanks, Matt - Monroeville, PA)
Hetfield entered an Arizona rehab center in 2001 to treat his drug and alcohol addictions.
They win a lot of Grammy awards, mostly for Best Metal Performance. They have won 8 awards as of 2011, but somehow lost to Jethro Tull
when the first Hard Rock/Metal Performance award was given out in 1988.
Newsted left the band because of "Private and personal reasons, and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love." He joined the group Echobrain in 2001.
In 2004 Metallica released the documentary Some Kind Of Monster. It documented the recording of their album St. Anger, and shows how personal differences can hinder the recording process. It was made by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. (thanks, Silje Marie Kristian - honefoss, Norway)
Mustaine was kicked out the band and formed Megadeth, which is very successful but nowhere near as popular as Metallica. In Some Kind Of Monster, Ulrich and Hetfield (and their psychiatrist) meet with Mustaine in an effort to work out some unresolved issues. It becomes clear that despite the popularity of Megadeth, Mustaine found it very difficult living in the shadow of his former band.
Ulrich is from Denmark, his family moved to America when he was in his teens. His first concert was seeing Deep Purple when he was 10 and he still regards them as his favorite band. (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
Hetfield was raised a Christian Scientist. It has been said that Hetfield felt repressed by this strict upbringing. This has a lot to do with the religious overtones in many of Metallica songs. (thanks, Nick - Denver, CO)
Beatallica is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin group that blends Metallica with The Beatles, taking parts of Metallica songs and parts of Beatles songs and mashing them into a new song. The band drew attention on the Internet and had to deal with some legal issues, but in 2007 released the fully authorized album Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band. Names of the group members: Jaymz Lennfield, Grg Hammettson, Kliff McBurtney and Ringo Larz.
They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack. They performed at the ceremony with their former bass player Jason Newsted, and Ray Burton spoke in honor of his son Cliff. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Metallica is one of the first groups to popularize what's known as "speed" or "thrash" metal. It's aggressive music dominated by fast, percussive guitar and lyrics that can be very angry. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
Joe Satriani helped teach Kirk Hammett to play guitar. (thanks, Blane - Pocola, OK)
The band got very pragmatic in their later years, as they learned from years of unfortunate incidents that it's best to account for unforeseen circumstances. In the rider for their 2004 US Arena Tour, they demanded an insurance policy for their performance with a coverage of no less than $5 million.
Hetfield told The Pulse of Radio
that he still recalls the group's first gig, with original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. "First Metallica show was at Radio City in Anaheim. I remember the first song we played, Dave broke a string, and I was stranded up there. I was just singing, I wasn't playing guitar back then, and I was so uncomfortable, I was like, 'So, how's it going...' There were about 200 people. You know, your first gig, everyone shows up. Second gig, there's about 20, you know. [laughs]"
Metallica performed a 10-song show under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base in Antarctica on December 8, 2013. In doing so, they became the first band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in under a year.
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