One of the biggest selling acts in heavy metal music history, Metallica is ranked at 61st position on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Metallica is widely credited with popularizing the genre of heavy metal music. Formed on 28th October, 1981, Metallica is one of the most commercially successful bands of all time and a forerunner in incorporating social issues into their music, including war, political concerns and censorship issues. The currently comprises of four members, including original members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, along with long time members Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Past members of the band include Dave Mustaine, who went on to form his own famous metal band, Megadeth.
Currently, the band is on a worldwide tour to support their tenth studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which was released on 18th November, 2016. This tour is their first after the World Magnetic Tour that took place six years ago. The tour began on 26th October, 2016 and is expected to end on 11th May, 2018, with a total of 96 shows, all across the world. If you want to catch them live in action, you have got to get your hands on these Metallica tickets at the earliest!
Formation of the Band
Metallica was formed in Los Angeles through a newspaper advertisement put out by Lars Ulrich. Hugh Tanner and James Hetfield responded to this ad and five months later, Metallica was born. Their first song, “Hit the Lights” managed to create quite a buzz in the industry. Soon after this, the band got its first taste of live performance when they opened for the British heavy metal group, Saxon. As their fame began to grow, they added more members to their lineup. Soon they were ready to record their debut album, under Megaforce Records.
Music of Metallica
The first album by the band, Kill ‘Em All, was released to a mixed response. Even though it was not much of a financial success, it did help the band establish itself in the underground metal music scene. Metallica’s rise to success was slow but steady. With their third album, Master of Puppets, reaching number 29 on the Billboard 200 and spending 72 weeks on the charts, Metallica was well on its way to super stardom.
After the death of bassist Cliff Burton, in a road accident, the band regrouped and hired a new member after multiple auditions. Their first studio album after Burton was called …And Justice for All (1988). This album entered the top 10 and was certified Platinum within weeks.
Major Success with Metallica
It was the release of the band’s fifth studio album that put them on the worldwide music map and got them major success. Also known as The Black Album, Metallica was a compilation that cost $1 million to make, but upon its release in 1991, it debuted at number one in ten countries, selling around 650,000 units in the US within the first week. The success of the album brought Metallica into the limelight and made them a household name in the US. The tour for this album lasted more than three years and helped make Metallica the 25th best-selling album in the US.
After Metallica, the band released several albums, followed by the 2003 album, St. Anger. The eight studio album by the band debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its title track winning the Grammy for the Best Metal Performance in 2004. Subsequent chart topping albums include Death Magnetic, which was released in 2008 and remained on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock and Modern Rock/Alternative album charts for five weeks straight. It also reached the top spot in various charts in 32 countries.
Awards and Achievements for Metallica
Over the years, the band has managed to get a lot of awards and achievements. The fast tempos and aggressive tunes of the band have made them one of the “big four” thrash metal bands, including Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. With ten studio albums, five EPs, four live albums, 37 singles and 39 music videos, Metallica is one of the most established bands in the US and worldwide. The group has won a total of eight Grammy Awards and has had six of its albums debut number one on the Billboard 200 consecutively. Metallica has sold more than 110 million records all across the globe, making them one of the most commercially successful acts of all time. Many magazines have also listed the group among the greats of the music world, including Rolling Stone. As of 2017, the band is the third-highest selling music act.
Metallica Tour Tickets
Now, these fan favorites are headed to your town for their upcoming shows, which are expected to last all the way till May, 2018. With 37 concerts planned in North America, 11 in Latin America, 4 in Asia and 43 in Europe for this tour, you can catch a show no matter where you are. The WorldWired Tour has been ongoing since 6th February, 2016, in support of the band’s latest album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. The set list includes some of the best works by Metallica, along with new numbers. Upcoming shows are planned in the UK and Europe and you wouldn’t want to miss them! So, grab your Metallica Tour tickets and get ready for the most aggressive music that has defined an entire generation’s emotions.