Yes, it really does exist... Metallica: Back to the Front, the definitive story of Master of Puppets and the subsequent tour that followed its release, hits bookstores and online sellers on September 13, 2016!! A very special Collector’s Edition of the book will be available two weeks earlier on August 30, 2016 through Metallica.com and MoonriseMedia.net.
We’re very excited and proud to announce that we will be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York City on September 24, 2016. The fifth annual free-ticketed event held on the Great Lawn in Central Park brings together tens of thousands to celebrate the accomplishments of their campaigning efforts to enact global change.
Metallica: Back to the Front is coming in September and we’ll be celebrating from now until then and beyond. Fifth Members should log in to enter to win a very a limited edition Master of Puppets ESP guitar... one lucky winner will be drawn on Tuesday, August 30th.
We’re turning back the clock to the 20th anniversary of Master of Puppets when the band toured in Europe and Japan in 2006 and performed the album in its entirety by adding to our line of LiveMetallica.com shows also available on CD. All eleven shows from that summer will be available in the Met Store... Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Berlin, Arnhem, Donington, Dublin, Tallinn, Nickelsdorf, Imola, Tokyo, and Osaka have all been pressed on good ‘ole compact disc.
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We are beyond thrilled to have been invited to be the face of Italian luxury menswear powerhouse Brioni as they kick off their first creative campaign under the direction of newly appointed creative director, über cool style star Justin O’Shea.
7/2 Update: Videos Added
Another year and another Bay Area sports team playing in the championship round! Our congratulations to the San Jose Sharks for winning the Western Conference title and skating in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their 25-year franchise history. In keeping with our tradition of supporting all our hometown teams, James and Kirk will hit the ice to perform the National Anthem at Game 4 today, Monday, June 6th at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA.
James stopped by the Fox Theatre in Oakland tonight to make some noise with his friends Pepper, Woody, Mike and Reed as Corrosion of Conformity continued their tour with Lamb of God & Clutch. As they've done many times over the past 20 years, they jammed on "Seven Days" from CoC's classic album Deliverance.
April 1 Update: Tickets are sold out... thank you for your support!
Celebrating an opportunity to give back to the community, James has once again teamed up with Sammy Hagar to unite an all-star line-up of musicians for the third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 1st at 10:00 AM.
May 3 Update: Watch Lars' unedited induction speech.
Just a reminder that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be airing on HBO on Saturday, April 30th at 8:00 PM EDT.
Also, you can save 35% on Re-Machined, the tribute album to Deep Purple's Machine Head featuring Metallica's cover of "When a Blind Man Cries" in the Met Store now.
Metallica decided to play a gig at Rasputin Music in Berkeley to celebrate Record Store Day AND throw a lig at the old Metallica Mansion on Carlson Street in El Cerrito. Steffan Chirazi scribbles furious adjectives (from 1983-85!) from the gig floor, then sprints over to El Cerrito to give you the skinny there. Spuling and grammeh NOT guaranteed!
It’s been a long road since 1983 and today we celebrate our first two album releases as reissues of both Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning hit the streets 2016 style, all polished and remastered for the most advanced sound quality possible. Unfortunately some of you in certain parts of the world may have trouble finding the deluxe box sets on release day due to production issues we have encountered. Our friends at Universal Music are doing everything in their power to get these box sets out to the fine folks at retail, but you may see delays depending on where you live. Keep checking back with your friendly local music store; we expect everyone to have the deluxe box sets available very shortly.
This year we have the distinct honor of being the official ambassadors for Record Store Day and it’s only fitting that we celebrate by playing live in one of our favorite local hangs, Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA this Saturday, April 16. A few lucky Fifth Members and Rasputin customers have already won their tickets, but we know that many of you might still like to join us in the comfort of your own living room, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at Facebook to bring the show to you via a Facebook Live stream.
4/11 Update: Contest winners have been emailed.
We’re celebrating Record Store Day in the best possible way we could think of... playing live! We’ll be traveling back to our roots by setting up at the legendary Berkeley, CA mainstay Rasputin Music on Saturday April 16, 2016 for an extremely unique RSD live performance. As this year’s Record Store Day Ambassadors we will also be celebrating the release of remastered and deluxe versions of Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning, getting loud, noisy and sweaty, shaking up the East Bay old-school style.
Who would’ve ever thought that Master of Puppets, a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress? It happened today as Master was selected as one of the 25 new sound recordings added to the registry of works that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Whew, that’s heavy!
The selections this year bring the total number of recordings to 450, as the program began in 2002, and we are proud and humbled to join such icons as John Coltrane, Merle Haggard, Santana and George Carlin, among others, in this pantheon of American recordings as 2015’s inductees. Master of Puppets is a collection of songs that we consider a defining moment in our formative years and the honor bestowed upon this album is beyond thrilling.
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About a month ago we told you how excited we are to be the Ambassadors for this year’s Record Store Day celebrating independent retail. As a part of the festivities, we also mentioned that we’ll have a special exclusive CD release, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France - June 11th, 2003, donating all profits to victims of the attacks in Paris in 2015. We’re back today with a sneak peek of the cover art below and a preview of the music with "Fade to Black.”
On Saturday, August 20, 2016 we’ll be hitting the stage for the first ever rock show at the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Joining us that night are our friends Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat for a proper kick-off to the new football season in a new home for the Vikings.
A night with Lars Ulrich and Friends was, by its mere definition, never going to be predictable. Look at the invitees. Lorin Ashton aka Bassnectar (DJ/electronic musician), Marc Benioff (Salesforce Chairman and CEO), Les Claypool (bassist/singer/songwriter/composer), Peter Coyote (actor/writer/Zen Buddhist Priest), James Hetfield (Metallica), Jonathan Parker (filmmaker), David Turner (designer), and Torben Ulrich (creative force across mediums and athlete) are not the type of creative energies who deliver the expected, and thus it proved to be, the atypical pace being set before a word had even been dropped…
We had the thrill of kicking off the very first Record Store Day by meeting many of you at an in-store appearance at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, CA in April of 2008. Eight years later, with many successful Record Store Days in the history books, we are humbled and honored to announce that we are 2016’s official Record Store Day Ambassadors! This year on April 16th we’ll be joining forces with over 1,400 independent record stores in the States to celebrate our favorite neighborhood music shops.
A while back you may remember that we reached out to you for a little help as we began putting together reissues of both Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning. We are psyched to announce that the releases you’ve been helping us assemble will finally be hitting the streets on Friday, April 15!
Fifth Members! We managed to find a way to sneak a few more of you into Lars’ event at UC Berkeley. Head over to the Met Store to buy up to two tickets. Tickets are $5.50 each and they are limited, so don’t wait! These tickets are specifically for Fifth Members… you do NOT need to be a student at UC Berkeley to purchase one. (Fifth Member tickets are now SOLD OUT!)
All Fifth Member ticket holders will be entered to win a chance to meet Lars before the event. If you’ve already purchased tickets, there’s nothing else you need to do… just keep an eye on your inbox prior to the event for an invitation.
UPDATE: STOP THE PRESSES! Check out the revised book cover and a few sample page spreads.
Over a year ago we told you that we had teamed up with acclaimed award winning author Matt Taylor to tell the definitive story of Master of Puppets and the subsequent tour that followed its release. You all jumped in to assist us in putting the pieces together by sending your photos, videos, stories and mementos... we could not have done it without you! Here’s your first glance at the cover of Metallica: Back to the Front, which will see the light of day Fall of 2016.