Metallica’s First Show Ever Took Place Forty Years Ago Today!


Forty years ago today on March 14th, 1982, Metallica performed their first concert ever at Radio City club in Anaheim, California. The Los Angeles band (at the time) performed a set of mostly NWOBHM covers and a few originals. The band consisted of co-founders James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, with Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney. Metallica called out this anniversary on social media with some messages for the occasion, including the band’s first-ever concert by sharing an early flyer from the gig and their first-ever setlist. It cost $15 to get in and according to the post (from Lars’ diary entry of the show) 75 people attended.

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Watch Metallica Celebrated by Mayor London Breed and The City of San Francisco for Their 40th Anniversary


Metallica has kicked off a weekend of celebrations all over their hometown of San Francisco in honor of their 40th Anniversary Concerts and city-wide takeover. Mayor London Breed welcomed Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo from the band in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. Watch it now!

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Metallica Announces “The Metallica Black Box” Archival Project


Long teased by the band on social media, Metallica has announced the opening of The Metallica Black Box. Debuting with The Black Album Exhibition, the Black Box will offer an unprecedented and ongoing deep dive into every era of Metallica from the early 1980s garage days up to today.

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Watch Metallica, Korn, Slayer, System Of A Down, Anthrax, Exodus, Halestorm, and More Wish Machine Head a Happy 30th Anniversary


Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Among the artists well wishing are members of of Metallica, Korn, Slayer, System Of A Down, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Exodus, Behemoth, Lamb Of God, Halestorm, Trivium, Fear Factory, Kreator, Hatebreed, Black Stone Cherry, Death Angel, Fit For An Autopsy, Repentance, Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, and many others. The band also released a 30th anniversary shirt via their merch company which you can order below. Watch the clip here

“Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!”
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Watch Metallica’s Career-Spanning Interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music


To celebrate 40 years of Metallica, the band joins Zane Lowe for a career-spanning conversation exploring the group’s early days, seminal moments, lineup changes, and the secrets to longevity. They also discuss why their 2004 documentary ’Some Kind of Monster’ was so ahead of its time, gratitude for former bassist Jason Newsted, the status of new music on the way, and more. The band will perform two 40th anniversary shows at The Chase Center in their hometown of San Francisco, CA this December 17th and 19th.

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Lars Ulrich of Metallica to Host “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal” as Part of SiriusXM’s Mandatory Metallica


Lars Ulrich of Metallica has announced a new special on the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) for Mandatory Metallica, a new limited-engagement SiriusXM radio channel with music and content curated by the band. This new artist-branded channel, a return of their previous 24/7 programming, coincides with the 30th anniversary of the release of The Black Album, which saw a deluxe rerelease September 10th, 2021. Read our review here. Watch a video message from Lars about the show.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Metallica – Thirty Years Of The Black Album


Arguably the most divisive album in the history of metal, no other record seems to split opinion quite likeMetallica’s The Black Album (Elektra). Otherwise known simply as Metallica, whenever the San Franciscan act’s fifth studio album is mentioned even in passing, the results are usually the same. Like a red rag to a bull, loud and vociferous “true fans” are still guaranteed to leap straight in with comments like “only the first four albums are real”, “sell-outs” and “commercial bullshit” etc.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #493: Kamikaze Test Pilots On Networking!


Matt and Curtis talk to Wes of Kamikaze Test Pilots all about networking and how they overcome typical barriers to earning new fans. Dumb and Dumbest #493 is live and it’s an interview Kamikaze Test Pilots On Networking! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media).

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #492: Gaia Guarda on Crowdfunding


Curtis and Keefy talk to solo artist Gaia Guarda about her upcoming solo album, her success at crowdfunding, teaming up with Lindsay Schoolcraft, and much more. Dumb and Dumbest #492 is live and it’s an interview Gaia Guarda on Crowdfunding! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media).

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #491: Leif Jensen and Ula Gehret of Clandestine Music


Matt welcomes in Leif Jensen and Ula Gehret to discuss hacks for your career and all the mistakes you and your band make when trying to get that vaunted “label deal”. Dumb and Dumbest #491 is live and it’s an interview with Leif Jensen and Ula Gehret of Clandestine Music! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media).

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