Since they formed in 1981, San Francisco Bay Area band Metallica have gone from an underground heavy metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal fan base.
Sales of Metallica’s albums (including 9 studio albums) are at over 100 million copies worldwide (with over 65 million coming in North America alone), and have earned gold and/or platinum certifications in over forty countries. The "Black Album" has earned the prestigious RIAA Diamond Award (for sales of 10 million copies in the U.S.), selling over 28 million copies worldwide. Metallica’s latest full length album, “Death Magnetic,” came out in September of 2008, charted at #1 in 32 countries, and has already sold 5 million records worldwide. In addition, a live box-set release (containing over eight hours of live music and video), retailing at over $80, sold over 1 million units worldwide, making it the biggest selling box-set of its kind in history.
Metallica have garnered numerous awards and accolades throughout the world over their career, including 9 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, the MTV: ICON award of 2003, and other awards from VH-1, ESPN, and ASCAP.
The documentary film, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, 3 1/2 years in the making and directed by acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February 2004. It was released theatrically in July 2004 and by the end of the year, SKOM was nominated for several critics’ choice awards and appeared on many “Top 10 films of the year” lists. The film won “Best Documentary” at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2009 Metallica released their own Guitar Hero game (the aptly named “Guitar Hero Metallica”) and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. In December 2011, Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club. They released the “Beyond Magnetic” EP via digital retailers on December 13, 2011 after giving the songs away to their fan club members. A CD version of the “Beyond Magnetic” EP was released on January 31, 2012. Metallica recently announced the creation of Orion Music + More, a two day festival that will take place in Atlantic City, NJ June 23-24, 2012. They will also begin production on a 3D feature film project this summer, scheduled to be released in 2013.
When it comes to touring, there are few, if any, bands who deliver live the way Metallica do. Their shows, which began in clubs and garages in the early eighties, are now selling out in arenas and stadiums throughout the world, and continue to be among the most intense, powerful and visually stimulating concert experiences ever delivered. The most impressive achievement that bears mentioning is the fact that Metallica continue to be a strong attraction in the touring world; a truly rare feat in today’s mercurial entertainment business, where fans often change allegiance to bands as often as they do hairstyles.
Metallica are a band whose success can be directly attributed to a passion and no-compromise attitude in every project they undertake.
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