Metallica History – The 2010s
This decade isn’t even halfway through and Metallica has already made huge waves by collaborating with an unlikely musical partner, creating their own music festival and preparing to dominate Hollywood once again, this time in the form of a 3D movie covering some live performances. What’s in store for Metallica this decade? If the first few years are any indication, fans are in for one hell of a ride.
Ready to take the world by storm, Metallica began planning one of the most historical concerts of all time: The Big Four. Teaming up with Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, The Big Four would find the four biggest metal acts in the world joining the same stage for the first time ever on June 16 in Warsaw, Poland. On June 22, during another Big Four performance from Sofia, Bulgaria, the concert was broadcasted to thousands of movie theaters throughout the world. This year brought with it two exclusive EPs, ‘Six Feet Down Under’ and ‘Six Feet Down Under Part II.’ These releases covered songs performed live on the ‘World Magnetic Tour’ in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to these two live releases, on Record Day (Nov. 26), ‘Live at Grimey’s’ hit store shelves. This album chronicled the exclusive performance that took place two years earlier in the basement of Grimey’s in Nashville, Tennessee to only a few hundred fans and industry professionals.
A new documentary, ‘Lemmy: 49% Motherf—er, 51% Son of a Bitch,’ featured interviews with Metallica, as well as footage of live performances. It’s no secret Metallica are huge fans of Lemmy and Motorhead (see ‘Garage Inc.’ disc two), so this came as no surprise to fans of both bands when the doc was released on Feb. 15. This year brought with it a huge announcement that surprised many metal fans: Metallica would collaborate with the one and only Lou Reed of Velvet Underground fame. Released on Nov. 1, the collaborative album, ‘Lulu,’ was met with harsh reviews from both fans and music critics alike. Six weeks later, Metallica released the ‘Beyond Magnetic‘ EP on December 13. This release featured four tracks from the ‘Death Magnetic’ recording sessions that were never before released. The release of this EP came on the heels of the band celebrating their 30th anniversary for four nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco, Calif., which saw guest appearances from former members Jason Newsted, Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.
After celebrating their 30th anniversary in San Francisco, it would have been completely acceptable for Metallica to take a breather and enjoy some much-deserved downtime in 2012. As fans might expect, that didn’t happen. On Feb. 7, Metallica announced their next step toward total world domination, their own two-day music festival called Orion Music + More. Taking place on June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Orion Music + More featured over forty bands that spanned several different genres, and saw Metallica headlining both nights. The first night, Metallica played ‘Ride the Lightning’ in its entirety for the first time ever, followed by The Black Album the second night. After Orion, Metallica kept on their fast pace by getting ready to film their own 3D movie. In 2012, the details were a bit sparse, adding to the excitement of the project. In addition to the 3D movie, it was also announced that there would be yet another live DVD/Blu-Ray released to fans, this time covering shows in Quebec City during 2009’s ‘World Magnetic Tour’ stops. Metallica’s final show of 2012 was at New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Festival. The brand wrapped up the year by releasing all of their studio albums on Spotify, a music service whose company board includes Napster co-founder Sean Parker. This announcement brought with it a hatchet burial between Lars Ulrich and Parker.
While 2013 has been full of non-stop excitement for ‘Tallica fans, the topic on everyone’s mind is simple: When will the band get back in the studio for their next album? No definitive answers have been released as of this writing, but rest assured, there is new material on the way – it’s just a matter of when it will get in the fans’ hands. Aside from talk of the new album, Metallica celebrated its second annual Orion Music + More festival, this time in Detroit. While it was slated that the band would only play one night of the two-day fest, Metallica surprised everyone when they jumped on-stage the first day and performed ‘Kill ‘Em All’ in its entirety. 2013 also brings with it the release of the band’s first ever major motion picture, ‘Metallica: Through The Never,’ a 3D IMAX experience that hits every IMAX screen in North America on Sept. 27.
Metallica: Through The Never Official Trailer