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Metallica in History

Events in Music

Album Release

1983-07-25 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All is released on Megaforce Records

  • 1986-03-03 "Master of Puppets", the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, is released

Music Single

1991-07-30 Heavy metal band Metallica release their single "Enter Sandman"

  • 1991-08-12 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica"; debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart
  • 1992-08-08 Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal
  • 1997-11-18 Metallica release the album "ReLoad"
  • 2000-04-14 Metallica file a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This lawsuit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.
  • 2009-04-04 Eminem inducts Run-DMC Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
  • 2009-04-04 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jeff Beck; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Metallica; Run-D.M.C.; Bobby Womack; Wanda Jackson; Bill Black; DJ Fontana; and Spooner Oldham

Glastonbury Festival

2014-06-25 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Arcade Fire, and Metallica headline; other performers include The Black Keys; Lana Del Ray; Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Bryan Ferry, and Ed Sheeran


Birthdays in Music

  • 1961-09-13 Dave Mustaine, American heavy metal guitarist and singer (Metallica, 1981-83; Megadeth), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1962-02-10 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)
  • 1962-11-18 Kirk Hammett, American heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica - Master of Puppets; "Enter Sandman"), born in San Francisco, California

Jason Newsted

1963-03-04 Jason Newsted, American heavy-metal bassist (Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

James Hetfield

1963-08-03 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica), born in Downey, California

  • 1963-12-26 Lars Ulrich, Danish heavy metal drummer (Metallica - ....And Justice for All), born in Gentoffe, Denmark
  • 1964-10-23 Robert Trujillo, American musician and songwriter (Metallica), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965-09-04 Greg Fidelman, American guitarist, sound engineer (Rick Rubin productions), and record producer (Metallica)

Weddings in Music

James Hetfield

1997-08-17 Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Deaths in Music

  • 1986-09-27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24