how old is metallica

how old is metallica


Metallica Band

Metallica is a heavy metal band from the United States. The band was founded in Los Angeles in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.  The band was one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, with Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer, owing to their rapid tempos, instrumentals, and ferocious musicianship.

Hetfield and Ulrich, the band’s founding members and key songwriters are joined by veteran lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo in the current lineup. Former members include guitarist Dave Mustaine, bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted.

Metallica Members Age


Band Members Position Age
James Hetfield Lead Vocals 53 Years
Kirk Hammett Guitarist 53 Years
Lars Ulrich Drums 52 Years
Robert Trujillo Bassist 52 Years

Metallica’s main songwriter, rhythm guitarist, and lead vocalist, James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963, Downey, California), co-founded the band with Lars Ulrich. Virgil Hetfield (a truck driver) and Cynthia Hetfield had a son named James Hetfield (an opera singer). They were devout Christians who followed Christian Science. He was exposed to a variety of musical instruments from an early age. Aerosmith was his primary inspiration, according to him, and they were the ones that inspired him to pick up the guitar.

Metallica Band History and Where are They Now?

Metallica was created in late 1981 in Los Angeles after Danish drummer Lars Ulrich put an ad in a local newspaper. “Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head, and Iron Maiden,” the ad read. Leather Charm guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner responded to the ad. There were ups and downs in the beginning, with band members changing multiple times before the group’s current lineup was established. When Ulrich, Hetfield, and guitarist Dave Mustaine eventually met bassist Cliff Burton, they were so desperate to have him join the band that they all decided to relocate to San Francisco to be with him. Since then, Metallica has been paying tribute to its former bass player during their shows.

In 1990, the song “One” was published. Despite the fact that the seven-minute song was extremely long by commercial standards, the video was the most popular on MTV. In 1990, they won their first Grammy for best metal performance. In 1991, they released their fifth studio album. The megahits “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters” were included on Metallica’s The Black Album, which was also known as The Black Album because of its cover.

After James Hetfield’s second trip in treatment in 2019, the band is claimed to be “in a very healthy place,” busy writing new tracks. Following a hiatus due to the epidemic, they have resumed touring, with larger gigs scheduled in the future, including an appearance at the Hockenheimring festival in Germany in June 2022. The band has also stated that they would not be stopping anytime soon. And, as James Hetfield put it a few years ago: “Look, musicians never retire. They just become less popular,” he explained. “It’s what I do on this planet. That’s why I’ve been put here, I believe. And if I stop that, part of me dies. There’s no retirement. So we do what we do until physically we can’t do it.”

Metallica’s Lineup Changes


Members Year
James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Lloyd Grant 1981
James Hetfield (Vocals) / Lars Ulrich / Dave Mustaine / Ron McGovney March 1982
James Hetfield (Vocals) / Lars Ulrich / Dave Mustaine / Ron McGovney / Brad Parker April 1982
James Hetfield (Vocals + Guitar) / Lars Ulrich / Dave Mustaine / Ron McGovney May 1982
James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Dave Mustaine / Cliff Burton March 1983
James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Cliff Burton / Kirk Hammett April 1983
James Hetfield (Vocals only) / Lars Ulrich / Cliff Burton / Kirk Hammett / John Marshall (Guitar) July 1986
James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Kirk Hammett / Jason Newsted November 1986
James Hetfield (Vocals) / Lars Ulrich / Kirk Hammett / Jason Newsted / John Marshall (Guitar) August 1982
James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Kirk Hammett / Bob Rock 2002
James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Kirk Hammett / Robert Trujillo 2003 to Present

‘Nothing Else Matters’: 40 years of Metallica

It all started in 1981 with an ad placed in a local LA newspaper by a 16-year-old from Denmark called Lars Ulrich, which read: “Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with. Influences: Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden.”

He was then invited to audition for a band being planned by a certain James Hetfield, who wasn’t convinced at first and admitted years later in a Rolling Stones interview that they actually ran away from the rented rehearsal studio, letting the drummer pick up the bill.

Still, Lars Ulrich did not give up. Even before having formed a band, he managed to convince the producers of a metal compilation album titled Metal Massacre to let him record a song for it, and then had Hetfield join him.

Metallica was officially formed on October 28, 1981.

40 years of successes and losses

There were ups and downs at the beginning; band members changed several times before the group’s line-up was found.

When Ulrich, Hetfield and guitarist Dave Mustaine finally met bassist Cliff Burton, they wanted him in the band so badly that they all agreed to move to San Francisco to join him.

That’s where they began to develop their new sound.

At the time, bands from England such as Iron Maiden, Venom or Motörhead were already famous as part of the new wave of British heavy metal (commonly abbreviated as NWOBHM).

The guys from the US wanted to be even heavier. Building on the music of their British idols, bands like Metallica, Anthrax, Exodus or Slayer unleashed a brutal sound, characterized by overall aggression and fast tempos. Their thrash metal went beyond anything known as hard rock in the early 80s.

And so the four members of Metallica started thrashing through the music scene of the West Coast of the United States and became the secret music tip of the time.

Their debut album was released in 1983: Kill ‘Em All was praised as one of the fastest and heaviest albums ever recorded.

Just before recording it, guitarist Dave Mustaine was kicked out of the band because of his alcohol problem — even though the other members of the group weren’t exactly sober either. At times they were nicknamed Alcoholica.

When Master of Puppets came out in 1986, Metallica had reached the pantheon of rock.

It was during the European tour for that album that they had the tragic bus accident that killed their bassist, Cliff Burton. Metallica has been commemorating their former bass player at their concerts ever since.

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