No band has defined and upheld the standards of ‘80s metal as much as Metallica. Even with the lineup changes, the new haircuts and the streamlined music that have marked the latter part of the ‘90s and ‘00s, Metallica earned their rep as one of rock’s post-‘70s innovators. They barreled out of the ‘80s’ metal scene with a tougher, faster and more abrasive thrash sound that put all of their California contemporaries to shame. Their third album, 1986’s ‘Master of Puppets,’ is a landmark recording of the genre. Four years later they entered the mainstream with their self-titled ‘Black Album,’ which made them stars and set in motion two decades of ambitious projects, including a live album with the San Francisco Symphony and a much-maligned collaboration with Lou Reed. Despite the bumps, they remain one of the best and most popular bands on the planet.
Selected Discography: ‘Master of Puppets’ (1986), ‘… And Justice for All’ (1988), ‘Metallica’ (1990)
Two of heavy metal’s greatest champions, Metallica and Iron Maiden, have been officially confirmed as headliners for Sonisphere 2014 -- the European continent-touring mega-festival first launched to great success in 2009, but which latter suffered a last-minute cancellation of its UK leg in 2012, and took a year off in ’13.
Now, it appears Sonisphere is ready to return at full strength in 2014, and the UK dates set for July 4 through 6 at Kn
Metallica plan to hit the road next summer, playing a bunch of dates throughout Europe. And they're letting their fans pick the set lists. Best of all, they're leaving one slot open for a brand new song they plan to play every night.
In 1997, Metallica added a little more ‘Fuel’ to the fire. Following 1996's 'Load,' a divisive album in the band's catalog, the metal titans unleashed another batch of songs supposedly culled from the same sessions, calling it 'Reload.'
With their career at a crucial stage, Metallica weren't able to wait very long before replacing original bassist Cliff Burton. On Nov. 8, 1986, roughly 10 weeks after the horrific bus crash that took Burton’s life, the soon-to-be metal giants played their first gig with Jason Newsted at the Country Club in Reseda, Calif.
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