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August 12, 1991

Metallica release their fifth album, which is self-titled but commonly known as The Black Album. It goes to #1 in eight countries, including America, where it sells 16 million copies.

October 29, 1991

In Peoria, Illinois, Metallica launch their mammoth Wherever We May Roam tour, which runs for 224 shows, wrapping up on December 18, 1992.

October 12, 1991

The Day on the Green Festival takes place at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Headlined by Metallica, the lineup also includes Queensrÿche, Faith No More and Soundgarden.

August 8, 1992

Opening for Guns N' Roses at a show in Montreal, James Hetfield of Metallica is injured by the pyrotechnics, which burn the entire left side of his body. Metallica can't continue, and Guns N' Roses cut their set short after just 15 minutes when Axl Rose leaves the stage, upset over monitor problems. A near riot ensues at Olympic Stadium as fans are not pleased.

November 17, 1992

Metallica release their two-part home video, A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica.

March 27, 1993

Kyuss begins a run of Australian tour dates opening for Metallica, during the latter group's tour in support of The Black Album, at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney.

November 23, 1993

Metallica release their first boxed set, Live S--t: Binge & Purge, which contains live performances recorded on both their Damaged Justice tour and Wherever We May Roam tour.

May 30, 1994

Metallica start their S--t Hits the Sheds tour, with Danzig, Suicidal Tendencies and Candlebox supporting. Alice in Chains is supposed to be one of the opening acts, but has to bow out due to Layne Staley's drug problem.

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

May 23, 1996

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

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

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.

August 5, 1998

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

November 24, 1998

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

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.

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

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.

January 17, 2001

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

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.

May 6, 2001

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

June 5, 2003

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

January 21, 2004

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

July 7, 2007

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

August 12, 2008

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

September 12, 2008

Metallica release Death Magnetic, produced by Rick Rubin.

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.

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

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