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Friday, July 29, 2011

Metallica's 30 Year Anniversary to be Celebrated with a Series of Shows in the Bay Area!

It all started in 1981 when Lars Ulrich placed an ad in Los Angeles free newspaper The Recyler: "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with the Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden". Fast forward thirty years and Metallica is the biggest and most important band in Heavy Music history. In those 30 years the band has sold over 100 million records, have won 6 Grammy's, have dominated the Heavy Music charts many times, and have reinvented themselves over and over again. Some may call them sellouts, but the truth is that they sell out every show they do!

The band decided to celebrate their 30th year of musical existence with a series of special shows at The Fillmore in San Francisco that will take place in December. Here is the Metallica's statement about this historical event:

"Thirty years of Metallica… can you believe it? We think it’s cause for a major celebration! You’ve been asking for a while now “just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?” closely followed by “why don’t we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?” We’ve heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary."

"These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica… fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness."

"Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can’t join us for the full week, we’ll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we’re going back to early ’80′s ticket pricing (but not the hair!)… single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details… we’re taking reservations through August 8."\

"Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!". METALLICA

Here is some background about the Heavy Music Champions of the World:

\m/ Band members:

Current members

* James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1981–present)
* Lars Ulrich – drums, percussion (1981–present)
* Kirk Hammett – lead guitar, backing vocals (1983–present)
* Robert Trujillo – bass, backing vocals (2003–present)

Former members

* Ron McGovney – bass (1982)
* Dave Mustaine – lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–1983)
* Cliff Burton – bass, backing vocals (1982–1986)
* Jason Newsted – bass, backing vocals (1986–2001)

\m/ Studio albums:

* Kill 'Em All (1983)
* Ride the Lightning (1984)
* Master of Puppets (1986)
* ...And Justice for All (1988)
* Metallica (1991)
* Load (1996)
* ReLoad (1997)
* St. Anger (2003)
* Death Magnetic (2008)

\m/ Awards:

Grammy Awards:

* 1990: Best Metal Performance – "One"
* 1991: Best Metal Performance – "Stone Cold Crazy"
* 1992: Best Metal Performance – Metallica
* 1999: Best Metal Performance – "Better than You"
* 2000: Best Hard Rock Performance – "Whiskey in the Jar"
* 2001: Best Rock Instrumental Performance – "The Call of Ktulu" with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony
* 2004: Best Metal Performance – "St. Anger"
* 2009: Best Metal Performance – "My Apocalypse"
* 2009: Best Recording Package – Death Magnetic

MTV Video Music Awards:

* 1992: Best Metal Video – "Enter Sandman"
* 1996: Best Metal Video – "Until It Sleeps"

American Music Awards:

* 1996: Favorite Artist: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock: Metallica – Load
* 1996: Favorite Metal/Hard Rock Song – "Until It Sleeps"

Billboard Music Awards:

* 1997: Billboard Rock and Roll Artist of the Year – Metallica (RIAA Diamond Award)
* 1999: Catalogue Artist of the Year – Metallica
* 1999: Catalogue Album of the Year – Metallica

Kerrang! Awards:

* 2003: Hall of Fame – Metallica
* 2003: Best International Band – Metallica
* 2004: Best Band on the Planet – Metallica
* 2008: Inspiration Award Winner – Metallica
* 2009: Best Album – Death Magnetic

Related links:
Metallica Fan Club

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