Our Deepest Sympathies and Thoughts...

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was a truly awful day in both the US and world history. Many lives have been senselessly lost, and many more affected and scarred by the sheer enormity of this tragedy. We've all been reading some of the postings on the message boards. The compassion, intelligence and emotions shown by Metalli-fans towards each other has been an awesome sight to behold. It is particularly great that within the Boards, there have been no outbursts of hatred or ignorance, only compassion and support which are the ONLY things that can TRULY help right now. We wish to add our sincerest thoughts and prayers to those directly affected by the tragedy and those who (like many of us) feel thoroughly shaken and destabilized by the events. Our words are meager in comparison to the tragedies, but they're all we can offer right now. Again, we are so sorry.

There have also been a couple of…

September 12, 2001 News

Metallica Statement to the Fans

To Our Friends: We would like you all to know that James Hetfield has entered a rehabilitation facility to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions. James has entered an undisclosed facility, and he will continue to receive treatment until further notice. Until then, we have postponed all current activities, including recording sessions for our new album, as well as the July 29th launch party for Metallica.com.

We have always thought of you all as family, and wanted you to know before this information gets out through other sources. James is working hard toward recovery, and needless to say he has our full support. We trust that you will appreciate the sensitive nature of this matter, and respect our wishes to give James the time and privacy he needs to deal with his problems.

Until then, thank you in advance for keeping James in your thoughts and prayers, and we look…

Napster and Metallica Reach Accord


Metallica and Napster Inc. today announced the settlement of their legal dispute.

The settlement will enable the parties to work together to make Napster a positive vehicle for artists and music enthusiasts alike.

"Metallica has taken a courageous stand and a tough and principled approach to the protection of its name and creative output, and that of other artists. They brought to our attention essential artists' rights issues which we've addressed in our new technology. We respect what they've done and regret any harm which this dispute may have caused them," said Hank Barry, interim chief executive officer of Napster.

"Metallica is a band that continues to be ground-breaking and on the cutting edge. In a career that dates to 1981, Metallica has been in the forefront of creative, technological and marketing…

It's a Boy!

Lars, Skylar and Myles welcomed the newest addition to their family on Sunday, May 6th. Layne Ulrich was born at 3:26PM with a weight of 7lbs. 9oz. and a length of 18-1/2 inches. Parents are doing well and big brother Myles is looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.

Studio Update From Lars

It's been nearly two weeks since the band entered the studio and there is some very interesting material being produced. Yesterday was the last day of recording/jamming before a short break, while Lars goes on maternity leave. The band finished up the night by listening to all of the "tunes" they've recorded so far. Excitement was in the air and heads were a bangin'!! Among the visitors to the studio was none other than Lars' friend Sean Penn. After a short drinking session to end the night, goodbyes were exchanged and everyone went their separate ways. Recording will resume soon!

Here is a message to everyone out there from our buddy Lars: "is there life out there in Metali-land??? lars here, live and direct from our secret location in san francisco, where we are about 5 hours in to our day and coming up with some sick ugly new fucked up jams. me, kirk, james, bob rock and all…

Ktulu Wins a Grammy

On February 21st, Metallica won their sixth Grammy. They took home the award for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" for their symphonic performance of "The Call of Ktulu," from S&M.

Enter Fan Can #4

If you thought Metallica is taking a rest, you are dead wrong. The boys are rolling along at full speed. The next project for the band is to complete and release the much anticipated Fan Can #4! The Fan Can is a FAN CLUB-ONLY collection that contains material available EXCLUSIVELY to Club Members Only packed into a paint can. MetClub members can also enjoy an exclusive video report from Lars shot yesterday in his home studio. If you are already a member, check out the Members Area. Not a member? Time to JOIN!

Jason Newsted Leaves Metallica

Metallica regrets to announce that after 14 years as Metallica's bass player, Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.

Jason Newsted: "Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable."

Newsted joined Metallica from Flotsam and Jetsam in the fall of 1986 after the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton. He participated in the recording of 6 Metallica albums (...And Justice for All, Metallica, Load, ReLoad, Garage Inc., and S&M) which have sold over 55…

Lars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Lars Ulrich will be participating in an upcoming episode of ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He will be joined by other Music celebrities like R&B singer Sisqo, KISS' Gene Simmons, the Dixie Chicks' Emily Robinson, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. All of the contestant winnings will be donated to a charity of their choice. The show taped on Feb 1st and will air on Feb 11th.

Metallica to Perform at VH1 Awards

The VH1 MyMusic awards will be held on November 30th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Not only has Metallica been nominated in four categories but they will also perform live in the parking lot. The boys will be performing the song that receives the most on-line votes during the awards show.

Other artists confirmed to perform are: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Creed, Christina Aguilera, and Bon Jovi. Metallica has been nominated in the following categories: MOST ENTERTAINING PUBLIC FEUD, GROUP OF THE YEAR, GODS OF THUNDER, BEST STAGE SPECTACLE

Sanitarium Prisoners Released - What's Next?

After spending a month and a half in the "Summer Sanitarium" Metallica just got released. We are all wondering what's next? We caught up with two of the inmates right before their release.

Jaymz: - "We are going to try and truly take some FUK-OFF time. Then slowly get in the studio / recording space. One song at a time. Maybe record a few then hit the road for a coupla weeks. We'll see if this can work for us. Had a damn good time on the road this summer. Was GRREEAT to get out for a month or two and not burn out."

Kirk: - "Here we are in Lexington and we just played our final show of the year. (probably) I hope to see all of you guys soon, after we finish the new album that we are supposed to record sometime next year. We hope that you can wait as long as us because we want to get back on the road right away. We are going to try and record this album soon. I should say fairly soon…

Bonus Shows Announced

Metallica has once again shown the music industry the definition of band/fan loyalty. After 4 hours of music from Korn, Kid Rock, System of a Down, and Powerman 5000, Lars Ulrich, Jason Newsted, and Kirk Hammett took the Stage to announce that James Hetfield would not be making it to the show.

Lars then went on to explain that not only was the crowd going to see a one of a kind jam session, but that Metallica will also play another show for everyone in attendance.

The fans attending the shows were then treated to a spectacular show, with highlights including Korn's Jonathan Davis on lead vocals for Metallica's "One," and Kid Rock taking the mic for Metallica's cover of Bob Seger's, "Turn the Page."

James was unable to perform at the shows in Atlanta, Sparta and Dallas and Metallica have now confirmed "bonus shows" that will take place in Dallas (TX), Atlanta (GA) and Lexington…

Metallica at the House of <s>Blues</s> Metal!

Metallica did a "secret gig" at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood in front of 1,000 surprised contest winners. They participated in the Miller Genuine Draft's "Blind Date" competition. They played a 90-minute set:

So What Fuel For Whom the Bell Tolls Fade to Black Sad But True No Leaf Clover King Nothing I Disappear Turn the Page One Nothing Else Matters Enter Sandman Die, Die My Darling

Lars Appears at the US Senate

Mr. Chairman, Senator Leahy, Members of the Committee, my name is Lars Ulrich. I was born in Denmark. In 1980, as a teenager, my parents and I came to America. I started a band named Metallica in 1981 with my best friend James Hetfield. By 1983 we had released our first record, and by 1985 we were no longer living below the poverty line. Since then, we've been very fortunate to achieve a great level of success in the music business throughout the world. It's the classic American dream come true. I'm very honored to be here in this country, and to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Earlier this year, while completing work on a song for the movie Mission Impossible-2, we were startled to hear reports that a work-in- progress version was already being played on some U.S radio stations. We traced the source of this leak to a corporation called Napster.…

James Sidelined

Yes, you read/heard/second-hand heard everything correctly: Metallica headlined the Georgia Dome to 50-odd thousand people. They did it with about a dozen guest frontmen, they did it with System of a Down's Darren Malakian playing some superb guitar on 'Sanitarium' amongst others. There were, indeed, over a dozen young ladies and Korn's DJ scratching during 'Enter Sandman.' And yes, James Hetfield wasn't in the building, though he made a mighty effort to be, believe me! Bizarre? Most certainly? Anarchy? Judging by the masses of folks sprawled all over the stage cheering, laughing and jamming with Hammett, Ulrich and Newsted, that would be most accurate. And did it work? Well, after 90 minutes of unpredictable-off-the-cuff yet totally successful set-jamming, 48,557 people were still cheering at the end, doubtless delighted to have received this 'extra' set as well as the free…

Metallica Plays the Experience Music Project

Metallica spent 45-odd minutes showing people what's really important (the music) the performance (their forte) and the energy (theirs naturally). It was a vintage retort to all that forgot what they do: 'Enter Sandman' sounded angry, venomous, the result of a few extra months pent up frustration, and then 'Bells' ripped in off the back, everyone throwing their excess baggage and bullshit into the old classic. You know that James is ready to rumble, that Kirk is on the money and that Jason has a personal mission to uphold the live cause. But it has to be said that when Lars is on it, everyone is happier... and believe it, happiness was abundant at the EMP.

A brilliant twist in 'King Nothing' saw a whisper of Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' paying a natural, and well-placed, respect to one of Seattle's most important musical figures, and then came a particularly brutal 'Battery.' It…

Introducing Castor Virgil Hetfield

We have another Hetfield on the Earth!!! Today, May 18, 2000, the world welcomed Castor Virgil Hetfield at 3:23 PM. He's a big boy at nine pounds and six ounces, and 22 1/2 inches long. Mom and son are doing great.

I Disappear

The newest Metallica song, "I Disappear," is the lead track on the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack. The soundtrack hits stores on May 9th. The film stars Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, Ving Rhames and Dougray Scott, is directed by John Woo and hits theaters in North America on May 24th. The video for the song was filmed this week in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Utah and was directed by Wayne Isham.

Grammy Winners

Metallica added another Grammy Award to their collection tonight. This one is for "Whiskey In The Jar." This was Metallica's fifth Grammy.

New Shows Announced

12.28.99 - Miami, FL12.29.99 - St Petersburg, FL12.31.99 - Detroit, MI1.01.00 - Cleveland, OH1.03.00 - Milwaukee, WI1.04.00 - Chicago, IL1.05.00 - Chicago, IL1.07.00 - Minneapolis, MN1.09.00 - Minneapolis, MN1.10.00 - Minneapolis, MN