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28 Years Ago: Metallica Releases ‘Master of Puppets’

Heavy metal effectively came of age in the '80s, as it coalesced what had previously been a ragtag collective of bands into a bona fide rock and roll sub-genre capable of achieving Top 40 success.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Doesn’t ‘Give a F— About Social Media’

Many artists have embraced social media as a way to reach out to their fans, but it's safe to say that there are certain musicians who take to it more than others. One of those who has rejected social media is Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.

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Tom Petty, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel Among State Sales Champions

A new infographic illustrates the top-selling musicians in America by state of birth, with a number of familiar classic rock greats among those featured.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: ‘We Have To Start Working on the Album’

Even though Metallica haven't released a new studio album since 2008's 'Death Magnetic,' they've kept plenty busy. Between global touring (they played all 7 continents including Antarctica in 2013) and making the 3D movie 'Through the Never,' they have remained in the spotlight. The question on everybody's mind is when that elusive next album will be recorded.

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Lars Ulrich: New Metallica Album Will Arrive Sometime in the Next 6 Years

Metallica are taking steps toward a new album, but it still promises to be a lengthy process in completing the effort. Drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett tell Rolling Stone that the band is still in the infancy of working on new music.

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Metallica Alumni Feud? Megadeth Boots Newsted Off Tour

Given that they are both former members of Metallica, one would think Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would get along famously. However, that appears not to be the case, as we learn that Newsted's self-titled band has been thrown off an Australian tour by headliners Megadeth.

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James Hetfield Traces His Musical Evolution: ‘I Was on a Quest’

Metallica's James Hetfield recently sat down with Guitar Center for a wide-ranging interview, offering fans an insight into his early years as a musician and his development as a guitarist. You can watch the 13-minute interview above.

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Answers Fan Questions During Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich just participated in one of Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything' Q&A sessions yesterday (Jan. 30). The site's AMA sessions are well-known to extract new and fascinating information from the subject themselves, and this instance is no different. During the AMA session, Ulrich responded to fan questions about criticism aimed at Metallica, progress on the band's next album, the drummer's current thoughts on longtime friend / rival Dave Mustaine + much more.

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Metallica Pull the Plug on Orion Music + More Festival

Nearly two months after saying they were taking a year off from their Orion Music + More Festival, Metallica appear to have decided to make it permanent. In a new interview, James Hetfield says that the band has called time on the whole shebang, referring to it as a "financial disaster."

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Metallica Perform ‘One’ With Classical Pianist at Grammys

Call it their revenge. After being on the losing end of one of Grammy's most notorious awards -- Jethro Tull's 1989 win for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance -- Metallica returned to the stage at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to rock the song that should have earned them an award a quarter century ago.

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Metallica Plan to Start Work on New Album Soon

Metallica fans have had to be patient while waiting for the band to put together a follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic,' but it looks like 2014 might be their year.

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Rocker Says the Stones, the Who and Metallica ‘Blew It’

We've all been disappointed by a late-period record by one of our favorite bands, and to one extent or another, we've all engaged in an endless debate over whether it's better to burn out or fade away. For Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, the answer is neither; creativity takes effort, and he expects great artists to keep trying.

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