Metallica is one of the longest standing heavy metal bands still active today. Founded in 1981, this year marks their 30 th anniversary as a band. Lars Ulrich posted an ad in a local newspaper to which James Hetfield responded. The two are the original founding members. Kirk Hammet is another longstanding member; joining in 1983 as a lead guitar and backing vocals. Robert Trujillo has been on bass and a backing vocalist since 2003. Former members include Ron McGovney on bass just during 192, Dave Mustaine on lead guitar from 82' to 83', Cliff Burton on bass from 82'-86' and Jason Newsted on bass from 1986 to 2001. Cliff Burton famously died at the age of 24 when the tour bus slipped on supposed black ice in Sweden following a huge performance in Stockholm . He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously with the rest of Metallica on April 4, 2009.
Metallica is considered one of the most influential heavy metal bands in music history and is considered one of the “big four” heavy metal bands of the 80's, along with Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth. Worldwide they've sold more than 100 million records with 59 million sold in the U.S. alone. They are respected for their ability to maintain their metal roots while standing the test of time; managing to stay relevant in the current musical market, whatever that may be.
Metallica's list of awards is extensive and includes nine Grammies, five Kerrang! Awards, three Billboard Music Awards and several others. To date Metallica has released nine albums with an average of two to five years between the release of each one but never a break longer than that. Metallica has released dozens upon dozens of singles as well as videos and DVD's, and collectively has performed in nineteen tours with their current tour happening now. You don't want to miss this legendary band, now playing live at the Los Angeles Forum. Metallica Tickets are in hot demand and with thirty years of fans under their belt they won't last long. Order your Metallica Forum Tickets early and enjoy this incredible band at The Forum, live in October 2011.
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