Metallica's live shows are famous for having technically ambitious stage setups, complete with pyrotechnics, lasers, projectors and more. Their WorldWired tour has proven no exception with its eye-catching stage design (the band perform under a canopy of 52 LED video cubes, which move up and down with the music) and groundbreaking use of drones (it's the first major tour in music history to feature an autonomous indoor drone swarm).

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June 25, 2018 In the Press

TOLOnews: Metallica Donates Percentage Of Polar Music Prize Money To ANIM

After receiving the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm on Thursday, Metallica – one of two recipients - donated its prize money of one million Swedish Kroner (just over $130,000) to three charities.

The band is giving 50 percent of their prize money to the Stockholm City Mission, which supports the homeless; 25 percent to the World Childhood Foundation, founded by Sweden’s Queen Silvia; and 25 percent to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), also a recipient of this year’s Polar Music Prize.

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June 20, 2018 In the Press

Billboard: Metallica & Afghanistan National Institute of Music Accept 2018 Polar Music Prizes

Metallica, the architects of thrash metal who later transformed into one of the best-selling rock bands of all time, and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghan National Institute of Music, both accepted the prestigious Polar Music Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on Thursday evening.    

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June 15, 2018 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Metallica's Lars Ulrich: What I Learned From My Band's 'Day of Service'

This past Wednesday, Metallica held their first-ever "Day of Service," an opportunity for fans to join the band members in chipping in at food banks and giving back to their communities. The event was an extension of the group's charitable All Within My Hands Foundation, which aids in critical local services and supports workforce education and the fight against hunger. Drummer Lars Ulrich pitched in at the San Francisco–Marin Food Bank, where he packed oranges into crates for people in need and rubbed elbows with fans. Here, he explains why it was important for Metallica to shed light on the cause and what he learned from it.

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May 25, 2018 In the Press

Westword: Register Today to Join Metallica's Day of Service

In 2017, Metallica drove its fans into an emotional frenzy at its stadium concerts nationwide. Amid the spectacle, the group launched All Within My Hands, a foundation aimed at giving back to the communities that have shown up for the band over the years.

Through the nonprofit Feeding America, the band made donations to food banks throughout the tour, and this year, Metallica wants to mobilize "the Metallica family" to show up to community food banks and volunteer.

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May 16, 2018 In the Press

Loud and Quiet: Lars Ulrich recounts how Metallica regrouped in 1987 after the death of their friend and bassist

On September 27th, 1987, Metallica were travelling on their tour bus after a gig in Sweden. Shortly before 7am, with the whole crew asleep, they were awoken as the bus veered left to right, throwing the band members around like ricocheting pinballs. The bus then flipped over, landing on its side, as bodies crashed and thudded against smashed glass and broken furniture. There was confusion and chaos and screaming all around as band members crawled out from the bus in the still, dark morning, yelling one another’s names to locate people. Gradually people were found and marked safe and well, with the exception of their bass player, Cliff Burton.

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May 15, 2018 In the Press

MTV:n erikoishaastattelu: Metallican basisti Robert Trujillo sai ensivierailullaan Suomessa pullosta päähän, joutui sairaalaan

Vuonna 2016 julkaistun Hardwired... To Self-Destruct -albumin kiertueella Suomeen saapunut Metallica on esiintynyt Suomessa jo lähes 20 kertaa. Eilinen konsertti Helsingin Hartwall Arenassa oli yhtyeen 18. esiintyminen ja huomenna perjantaina on edessä 19. keikka Suomessa.

Metallican basistiksi 15 vuotta sitten kiinnitetty Robert Trujillo, 53, muistaa hyvin ensimmäisen vierailunsa maassamme vuonna 1989. Tuolloin Trujillo soitti Suicidal Tendencies -nimisessä yhtyeessä, joka esiintyi Giants of Rock -festivaaleilla Hämeenlinnassa Ahveniston moottoriradalla.

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May 10, 2018 In the Press

Billboard: Watch Metallica's Robert Trujillo & Kirk Hammett Cover ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' in Sweden

Some members of Metallica were definitely digging the dancing queen during the band’s Monday concert at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.

Bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett performed a cover of ABBA’s 1976 smash “Dancing Queen” during their “doodle” solo segment on the 38-date European leg of Metallica’s WorldWired Tour, where the two bandmates take time out from the set list to pay tribute to local legends in various cities.

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May 8, 2018 In the Press


On May 5th, amid the closing dates of their Worldwired Tour's European leg, Metallica stormed into Stockholm, Sweden, for the first of two dates at the city's Ericsson Globe venue. Once again, the thrashers' performance featured a "doodle" — or short cover — from guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, who've made it their tradition to honor a local artist during the band's mid-set break. This time, the pair paid tribute to Europe with a rugged rendition of the Swedish prog-pop group's 1986 smash "The Final Countdown" — no synths necessary.

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May 7, 2018 In the Press

ESP: Kirk Hammett Custom ESP Raises Over $31,000 for Charity

As a guitar and bass manufacturer, our job is pretty clear cut: make the best instruments we can for every musician's budget and skill level. But sometimes, we get to be a small part of something much bigger. While music itself is said to make the world a better place to live, and we agree with that, there are aspects of life that can't be helped simply through power chords and sweet leads.

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May 7, 2018 In the Press