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Timeline : Metallica

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September 5, 2020

Metallica become the first act with #1 songs on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart in four different decades when their live version of "All Within My Hands," recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, takes the top spot.

January 16, 2019

At the Forum in Los Angeles, the surviving members of Soundgarden play their first show together since Chris Cornell's passing as part of the star-studded I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell concert.More

November 18, 2016

Metallica issue their 10th album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.

December 8, 2013

Metallica play Antarctica as part of a promotion sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero. A documentary and audio download of the event are later issued under the title Freeze 'Em All.

May 3, 2013

The reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants host "Metallica Night" at the ballpark, with Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing the national anthem on electric guitars and Lars Ulrich throwing out the first pitch.More

December 6, 2012

Metallica end their streaming holdout, allowing their music on Spotify for the first time.

December 10, 2011

At the last of four 30th anniversary concerts at The Filmore in San Francisco, Metallica are joined on stage by two original members: bass player Ron McGovney and guitarist Dave Mustaine.More

October 31, 2011

The album Lulu, a baffling collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed, is released. The first single, "The View," reaches peak lunacy when James Hetfield screams, "I am the table!"

June 16, 2010

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax play on the same bill, marking the first time the "Big Four" of thrash metal do a show together.More

April 4, 2009

At the Public Hall in Cleveland, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

September 12, 2008

Metallica release Death Magnetic, produced by Rick Rubin.

August 12, 2008

Metallica release "The Day That Never Comes," the lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic.

July 7, 2007

Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world.More

June 3, 2006

At the Rock am Ring Festival in Nürburgring, Germany, Metallica perform their classic album Master Of Puppets in its entirety for the first time ever.

January 21, 2004

The warts-and-all Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster makes its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.More

June 5, 2003

Metallica unleash their album St. Anger, with no guitar solos and one of the harshest drum tones ever committed to tape.

May 6, 2001

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar have their second child, a son named Layne.

April 23, 2001

Metallica start recording their album St. Anger, which turns into some kind of monster: Frontman James Hetfield ends up in rehab during the sessions, and the band only complete it with the help of a psychologist who talks them through their issues in group therapy.

January 17, 2001

After failing to convince his bandmates to take a year off so they can all pursue side projects, pass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica. Is is eventually replaced by Robert Trujillo.

July 11, 2000

Metallica's battle against the peer-to-peer file sharing company Napster reaches the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the band's drummer Lars Ulrich testifies, claiming copyright infringement.

May 12, 2000

Following the launch of Metallica's legal case against the popular online file-sharing service Napster, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Lars Ulrich of Metallica appear on The Charlie Rose Show, where they debate whether MP3 downloading is a vehicle for piracy or a return of power to the people.More

December 8, 1998

Metallica release their live home video, Cunning Stunts, which was filmed at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 9-10, 1997.

November 24, 1998

The Metallica compilation of cover tunes, Garage, Inc., is released.

August 5, 1998

Lars Ulrich of Metallica has his first child, a son named Myles.

November 18, 1997

Metallica release ReLoad, their seventh studio album.

November 11, 1997

Following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Metallica holds a free concert in Philadelphia to celebrate the release of their newest album, Re-Load.

June 27, 1996

The sixth edition of Lollapalooza launches at Longview Lake in Kansas City, Missouri. Defying tradition as a showcase for underground acts, the headliner is Metallica, with Soundgarden also on the bill. The tour lasts one more year before going on a 6-year hiatus.

June 4, 1996

Metallica release Load, their first album in five years.More

May 23, 1996

The video for Metallica's "Until It Sleeps" debuts, showing the band with short hair for the first time.More

August 12, 1994

Woodstock 2 - officially "Woodstock '94" - begins in Saugerties, New York, with Sheryl Crow, Todd Rundgren and Violent Femmes performing. The festival is a success, drawing a crowd of about 350,000.More

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