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Metallica and Iron Maiden Team Up to Headline Sonisphere

Two of heavy metal’s greatest champions, Metallica and Iron Maiden, have been officially confirmed as headliners for Sonisphere 2014 -- the European continent-touring mega-festival first launched to great success in 2009, but which latter suffered a last-minute cancellation of its UK leg in 2012, and took a year off in ’13.

Now, it appears Sonisphere is ready to return at full strength in 2014, and the UK dates set for July 4 through 6 at Kn

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Metallica to Debut New Song on Next Tour

Metallica plan to hit the road next summer, playing a bunch of dates throughout Europe. And they're letting their fans pick the set lists. Best of all, they're leaving one slot open for a brand new song they plan to play every night.

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Metallica To Debut New Song and Let Fans Pick Setlists on 2014 European Tour

Metallica will head to Europe next summer for a string of concerts, and ticket holders will have the opportunity to vote for songs that the band will play during each show. Metallica will let fans pick 17 of the 18 songs they play. The 18th will be a brand new track, as the band declares they are "ready to make another album."

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‘Metallica: Through the Never’ Coming to DVD

Metallica got in filmgoers' faces with its 3D concert film extravaganza 'Through the Never' earlier this year, and in just a few weeks, they'll bring the movie right into fans' homes.

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Metallica to Play Second Annual ‘Metallica Night’ at San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park

Metallica had so much fun at 'Metallica Night' this past spring that they're going to do it again! The band revealed that they will join the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park for the second annual 'Metallica Night' on May 16, 2014.

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16 Years Ago: Metallica Release ‘Reload’

In 1997, Metallica added a little more ‘Fuel’ to the fire. Following 1996's 'Load,' a divisive album in the band's catalog, the metal titans unleashed another batch of songs supposedly culled from the same sessions, calling it 'Reload.'

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Slayer’s Tom Araya Explains Why There Haven’t Been ‘Big 4′ Shows Since 2011

Metal fans rejoiced back in 2010 and 2011 when the Big 4 of thrash (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) joined forces for a handful of shows around the world, including the most recent one at New York's Yankee Stadium in September 2011. Fans still holding out hope that these four metal powerhouses might join forces again on the same stage in the future may not get their way.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield Jams With Kids at Rockin’ the Bay Benefit Concert

James Hetfield has been a long time supporter of Little Kids Rock, an organization which provides music instruction and instruments to public schools. The Metallica frontman was honored with the charity's inaugural 'Livin' the Dream Award' at their annual Rockin' the Bay Benefit Concert in Menlo Park, Calif., over the weekend, and Hetfield performed "Enter Sandman" with some of the kids during the event (watch the videos below).

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James Hetfield Plays ‘Enter Sandman’ With Kids After Receiving Award

A ceremony honoring James Hetfield's work with children in the Bay Area included a free-form jam that found the Metallica frontman onstage with some very lucky kids.

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27 Years Ago: Metallica Plays First Show with Jason Newsted

With their career at a crucial stage, Metallica weren't able to wait very long before replacing original bassist Cliff Burton. On Nov. 8, 1986, roughly 10 weeks after the horrific bus crash that took Burton’s life, the soon-to-be metal giants played their first gig with Jason Newsted at the Country Club in Reseda, Calif.

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Lars Ulrich on Lou Reed: ‘Metallica Gave Him Strength’

In the days following Lou Reed's death, seemingly everyone who's ever heard a Velvet Underground record paid tribute to the rock legend. But the band whose name shared the cover of Reed's final recording was noticeably absent. 

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Gets Animated for New Short

How does Robert Trujillo stay busy when he isn't playing bass for Metallica? You'll soon be able to see the answer for yourself.

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