Another Addition to the Hetfield Family

James Hetfield and his wife Francesca gave birth to a healthy baby daughter on Thursday January 17th. Marcella Francesca Hetfield, born in San Francisco, weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 1/4 inches. Marcella, her proud parents, sister Cali, 3 1/2 and brother Castor 20 months, are home and doing well.

Kirk - Hall of Fame & Behind the Music

HALL OF FAME:Recognized for his guitar virtuoso, Kirk Hammett has been selected by the readers of "Guitar World" magazine as the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award.

The March issue (on newsstands February 1, 2002) will include an interview with Kirk tracing the history of Metallica, as well as covering the present with a look into the future. The piece will include new pix along with never before seen photos.

Kirk hard at workGuitar World Photo session

"Guitar World" editor Brad Tolinski thinks the readers made a great choice with Kirk saying "he's really contributed something significant to modern music."

BEHIND THE MUSICVH1 will have an episode of "Behind the Music" focusing on the band Anthrax. Anthrax and Metallica were formed around the same time and have a great history together. Kirk was one of the guests to be interviewed for the episode.

After Metallica signed…

Lars Babble...

What is Lars and Kirk up to these days? We tracked them down on November 20th and found them over at Kirk's house. They spent the afternoon doing a long in depth interview for their Fanclub magazine So What!

Interview Time

"It's all good, alive and well. Got a couple of interesting things to tell you about, very soon. Lot's of rumours out there to be addressed and lots of truth coming your way."

"I am sitting here in Kirk Hammett's game room. We have sat here for the last couple of hours and spilled our guts out...", explained Lars. The interview that was conducted will be published in issue #4 of this years mag. Issue 3 is at the printer right now and members of the fanclub can view the cover and read about some of the content in the Members Area.

Update from James

Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather good about life. And as he has since this process started for him, James thoroughly appreciates all the support, messages and patience you've all offered.

"My rough road has become smoother reading the show of support from the friends I've met through Metallica," he says. "Thank you. They move me deeply."

And we can say with absolute certainty that (such has become the Metalli-mantra) your patience will be rewarded. "My music and lyrix have always been therapy for me," James added. "Without this God-given gift I don't know where I'd be. And now I TRULY feel the impact and connection it's made with others."

We're sure you join us all in saying "nice one James and see ya soon buddy."

Surfers Beware

Surfers in Santa Barbara, CA at the end of August did not have to fear sharks, but instead they were faced with the threat of Kirk Hammett joining them. According to reports nobody got hurt...

We wanted to find out what was going on in his mind and his world lately and therefore Metallica.com joined him for a weekend of fun. And yes...how did the Police get involved in all of this?? Answers to this and much more will come in an in-depth report in issue #3 of the FanClub members So What! magazine as well as in the Members Area. Video clips and exclusive pictures from Kirk's personal collection will be shared too. As Kirk explained, "I have found my third reason for living...family, music and now surfing."

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September 12, 2001 News

MetalliBash Surprise

"By the fans, of the fans, for the fans", was the slogan of the night at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco on September 1st. A Metallica convention was held that was put together by various fans across the U.S. Throughout the evening fans interacted with each other and goodie packs were raffled out. A few hours in to the night the cover band Creeping Death took the stage.

When asked how long their set would be, the answer was "We are going to play at least 2 hours, but we have material for about 6 hours". The set consisted mainly of songs up until the Black Album. About 1 1/2 hours in to the set we suddenly had some familiar faces headbanging in the crowd. Lars and Kirk watched the song "One" and then they got the request from Creeping Death to join them on stage to jam.

Without hesitating Lars and Kirk took the stage and burst straight into "Die, Die My Darling". After that…

September 12, 2001 News

Our Deepest Sympathies and Thoughts...

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was a truly awful day in both the US and world history. Many lives have been senselessly lost, and many more affected and scarred by the sheer enormity of this tragedy. We've all been reading some of the postings on the message boards. The compassion, intelligence and emotions shown by Metalli-fans towards each other has been an awesome sight to behold. It is particularly great that within the Boards, there have been no outbursts of hatred or ignorance, only compassion and support which are the ONLY things that can TRULY help right now. We wish to add our sincerest thoughts and prayers to those directly affected by the tragedy and those who (like many of us) feel thoroughly shaken and destabilized by the events. Our words are meager in comparison to the tragedies, but they're all we can offer right now. Again, we are so sorry.

There have also been a couple of…

September 12, 2001 News

Metallica Statement to the Fans

To Our Friends: We would like you all to know that James Hetfield has entered a rehabilitation facility to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions. James has entered an undisclosed facility, and he will continue to receive treatment until further notice. Until then, we have postponed all current activities, including recording sessions for our new album, as well as the July 29th launch party for Metallica.com.

We have always thought of you all as family, and wanted you to know before this information gets out through other sources. James is working hard toward recovery, and needless to say he has our full support. We trust that you will appreciate the sensitive nature of this matter, and respect our wishes to give James the time and privacy he needs to deal with his problems.

Until then, thank you in advance for keeping James in your thoughts and prayers, and we look…

Napster and Metallica Reach Accord

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 12, 2001

Metallica and Napster Inc. today announced the settlement of their legal dispute.

The settlement will enable the parties to work together to make Napster a positive vehicle for artists and music enthusiasts alike.

"Metallica has taken a courageous stand and a tough and principled approach to the protection of its name and creative output, and that of other artists. They brought to our attention essential artists' rights issues which we've addressed in our new technology. We respect what they've done and regret any harm which this dispute may have caused them," said Hank Barry, interim chief executive officer of Napster.

"Metallica is a band that continues to be ground-breaking and on the cutting edge. In a career that dates to 1981, Metallica has been in the forefront of creative, technological and marketing…

It's a Boy!

Lars, Skylar and Myles welcomed the newest addition to their family on Sunday, May 6th. Layne Ulrich was born at 3:26PM with a weight of 7lbs. 9oz. and a length of 18-1/2 inches. Parents are doing well and big brother Myles is looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.

Studio Update From Lars

It's been nearly two weeks since the band entered the studio and there is some very interesting material being produced. Yesterday was the last day of recording/jamming before a short break, while Lars goes on maternity leave. The band finished up the night by listening to all of the "tunes" they've recorded so far. Excitement was in the air and heads were a bangin'!! Among the visitors to the studio was none other than Lars' friend Sean Penn. After a short drinking session to end the night, goodbyes were exchanged and everyone went their separate ways. Recording will resume soon!

Here is a message to everyone out there from our buddy Lars: "is there life out there in Metali-land??? lars here, live and direct from our secret location in san francisco, where we are about 5 hours in to our day and coming up with some sick ugly new fucked up jams. me, kirk, james, bob rock and all…

Ktulu Wins a Grammy

On February 21st, Metallica won their sixth Grammy. They took home the award for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" for their symphonic performance of "The Call of Ktulu," from S&M.

Enter Fan Can #4

If you thought Metallica is taking a rest, you are dead wrong. The boys are rolling along at full speed. The next project for the band is to complete and release the much anticipated Fan Can #4! The Fan Can is a FAN CLUB-ONLY collection that contains material available EXCLUSIVELY to Club Members Only packed into a paint can. MetClub members can also enjoy an exclusive video report from Lars shot yesterday in his home studio. If you are already a member, check out the Members Area. Not a member? Time to JOIN!

Jason Newsted Leaves Metallica

Metallica regrets to announce that after 14 years as Metallica's bass player, Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.

Jason Newsted: "Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable."

Newsted joined Metallica from Flotsam and Jetsam in the fall of 1986 after the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton. He participated in the recording of 6 Metallica albums (...And Justice for All, Metallica, Load, ReLoad, Garage Inc., and S&M) which have sold over 55…

Lars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Lars Ulrich will be participating in an upcoming episode of ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He will be joined by other Music celebrities like R&B singer Sisqo, KISS' Gene Simmons, the Dixie Chicks' Emily Robinson, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. All of the contestant winnings will be donated to a charity of their choice. The show taped on Feb 1st and will air on Feb 11th.

Metallica to Perform at VH1 Awards

The VH1 MyMusic awards will be held on November 30th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Not only has Metallica been nominated in four categories but they will also perform live in the parking lot. The boys will be performing the song that receives the most on-line votes during the awards show.

Other artists confirmed to perform are: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Creed, Christina Aguilera, and Bon Jovi. Metallica has been nominated in the following categories: MOST ENTERTAINING PUBLIC FEUD, GROUP OF THE YEAR, GODS OF THUNDER, BEST STAGE SPECTACLE

Sanitarium Prisoners Released - What's Next?

After spending a month and a half in the "Summer Sanitarium" Metallica just got released. We are all wondering what's next? We caught up with two of the inmates right before their release.

Jaymz: - "We are going to try and truly take some FUK-OFF time. Then slowly get in the studio / recording space. One song at a time. Maybe record a few then hit the road for a coupla weeks. We'll see if this can work for us. Had a damn good time on the road this summer. Was GRREEAT to get out for a month or two and not burn out."

Kirk: - "Here we are in Lexington and we just played our final show of the year. (probably) I hope to see all of you guys soon, after we finish the new album that we are supposed to record sometime next year. We hope that you can wait as long as us because we want to get back on the road right away. We are going to try and record this album soon. I should say fairly soon…

Bonus Shows Announced

Metallica has once again shown the music industry the definition of band/fan loyalty. After 4 hours of music from Korn, Kid Rock, System of a Down, and Powerman 5000, Lars Ulrich, Jason Newsted, and Kirk Hammett took the Stage to announce that James Hetfield would not be making it to the show.

Lars then went on to explain that not only was the crowd going to see a one of a kind jam session, but that Metallica will also play another show for everyone in attendance.

The fans attending the shows were then treated to a spectacular show, with highlights including Korn's Jonathan Davis on lead vocals for Metallica's "One," and Kid Rock taking the mic for Metallica's cover of Bob Seger's, "Turn the Page."

James was unable to perform at the shows in Atlanta, Sparta and Dallas and Metallica have now confirmed "bonus shows" that will take place in Dallas (TX), Atlanta (GA) and Lexington…

Metallica at the House of <s>Blues</s> Metal!

Metallica did a "secret gig" at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood in front of 1,000 surprised contest winners. They participated in the Miller Genuine Draft's "Blind Date" competition. They played a 90-minute set:

So What Fuel For Whom the Bell Tolls Fade to Black Sad But True No Leaf Clover King Nothing I Disappear Turn the Page One Nothing Else Matters Enter Sandman Die, Die My Darling

Lars Appears at the US Senate

Mr. Chairman, Senator Leahy, Members of the Committee, my name is Lars Ulrich. I was born in Denmark. In 1980, as a teenager, my parents and I came to America. I started a band named Metallica in 1981 with my best friend James Hetfield. By 1983 we had released our first record, and by 1985 we were no longer living below the poverty line. Since then, we've been very fortunate to achieve a great level of success in the music business throughout the world. It's the classic American dream come true. I'm very honored to be here in this country, and to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Earlier this year, while completing work on a song for the movie Mission Impossible-2, we were startled to hear reports that a work-in- progress version was already being played on some U.S radio stations. We traced the source of this leak to a corporation called Napster.…