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Metallica beyond the stage

The metal heads of the city are going crazy as they wait for the debut performance of American heavy metal band Metallica in India. The band will be performing at the F1 Rocks event in Gurgaon to kick off the Formula One Grand Prix, on October 28.

music Updated: Oct 07, 2011 00:57 IST
Hindustan Times

The metal heads of the city are going crazy as they wait for the debut performance of American heavy metal band Metallica in India. The band will be performing at the F1 Rocks event in Gurgaon to kick off the Formula One Grand Prix, on October 28.

With two weeks to go, the show is almost sold out and organisers say they expect to be booked to capacity despite the high ticket prices. “The cheaper tickets and more than 90% of the costlier ones are also sold out,” says Karuna Prithvi of DNA networks, the organisers. The tickets are available on the online portal,, for Rs.1,750 and Rs.2,750.

Over 50 bands have auditioned for a chance to open the concert for Metallica, at the Open for Metallica @ F1 Rocks, launched by Talenthouse India and MTV. “This will be the biggest night for heavy metal in India,” says Ashish Chauhan, the drummer of the band, Nasya.

Get rocking here
What: F1 Rocks
When: October 28, 2011
Where: Leisure Valley, Gurgaon
Timings: 4pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Center on the Yellow Line
Text: vaishali bhambri
Design: Puneet Kumar

Napster copyright issue
In 2000, the band discovered that a demo of its song — I Disappear — supposed to release in combination with the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack, was playing on the radio. It was later found that its free version, along with the entire catalogue, was available on the Napster peer-to-peer file sharing network. The band filed a lawsuit against Napster for copyright infringement. A list of 335,435 Napster users, who were believed to be sharing Metallica’s music, was compiled and later banned.

Death Magnetic
Scheduled to release on September 12, 2008, a French record label began selling copies of the album two weeks ahead of its scheduled worldwide release date. This prompted the band’s United Kingdom distributor, Vertigo Records, to officially release the album two days ahead of the schedule, on September 10, 2008. Rumours of Metallica or Warner Bros. taking any legal action against the retailer are unconfirmed.

Former members
Ron McGovney
This 48-year-old former bassist was a member of the band from 1981-1982.
McGovney, who often clashed with Ulrich and Mustaine, ultimately quit on December 12, 1982. He was replaced by Cliff Burton. After leaving the band, McGovney became disillusioned with playing music and sold most of his equipment.

David scott Mustaine
The former lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Mustaine, 50, was a member from 1981-1983. He was asked to leave the band due to alleged drug and alcohol abuse. He then went on to form headlining heavy metal band, Megadeth.

Clifford Lee Burton
The former bassist, died in 1986 at the age of 24 when the band’s tour bus over-turned in rural southern Sweden. He had joined the band in 1982. Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Metallica on April 4, 2009.

Jason Curtis Newsted
The former bassist is the band’s longest serving bassist till now. Newsted, 48, was a member of the band from 1986-2001. He left Metallica to
continue with his project, Echobrain, play with Ozzy Osbourne and join another heavy metal band called Voivod.

The band through the years...
1981: James Alan Hetfield and Dave Mustaine respond to an ad by Lars Ulrich in a local paper - The Recycle, and Metallica is formed
1982: They record their first original song ‘Hit The Lights’. Cliff Burton, from the band Trauma, joins Metallica as the bassist
1983: The band records their debut album, Metal Up Your Ass (later renamed - Kill ‘Em All). Mustaine leaves the band and is replaced by Kirk Hammett
1984: Their second album — Ride the Lightning — releases. It reaches number 100 on the Billboard 200
1986: Master of Puppets releases. On September 27, the band’s tour bus
over-turns during the Damage, Inc.Tour; Burton dies in the accident
1987: The band releases a video titled, Cliff ‘Em All, as a tribute to Burton. The video is an instant rage among fans
1988: They release their fourth album, ...And Justice for All. It becomes the band’s first album to enter the top 10 in Billboard 200
1989: They receive their first Grammy nomination for ...And Justice for All. However, the award goes to the British rock band, Jethro Tull
1990: They record the album, Metallica (also known as The Black Album) with Bob Rock, who had worked with bands such as Aerosmith and The Cult
1996: Load releases. The album cover, Blood and Semen III, created by Andres Serrano, is designed with a mixture of his semen and bovine blood
1997: A follow up album, ReLoad, releases. The cover by Serrano, this time, contains a mixture of blood and urine
1998 : A double album of cover songs, titled, Garage Inc, is compiled. It has newly recorded covers by bands such as Diamond Head
2000: The free versions of the song, I Disappear, emerge on Napster. Metallica files a lawsuit, results in a ban of the users of the portal
2001: On January 17, Jason Newsted leaves the band and Bob Rock starts playing bass for the band as a filler
2003: Robert Trujillo joins Metallica. In June, the band’s eighth album, St. Anger, debuts at number one on the Billboard 200
2004 : The title track, St. Anger, wins the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance
2008: After much controversy, the band’s next album, Death Magnetic, releases in September
2009: The band is enrolled into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4
2011: Lulu, The Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration, to release in October

Metallica, the Delhi way!
Half step down
The members of this Delhi band have been inspired by the American band and credit their success to them. “Metallica is like a mentor to us and we love performing their numbers,” says Dhaval Mudgal, the lead vocalist.

The Circus
From their style of plating to the sense of lyrics, this Delhi band follows Metallica in and out. “When we started as a band, their songs were the ones we used to play all the time and still continue it,” says Anshul Lal, the band’s drummer.

“Master of Puppets was the first song that I learnt on my guitar,” says Nikhil Mallik, the lead guitarist. The band has performed songs such as I Disappear, and is going to attend the F1 Rocks Concert as well

Grammy winning effort
The band has been performing covers of Metallica songs since its inception. “If you are a heavy metal band in Delhi, then you have to perform on their song at least once,” says Dayus Madhan, the vocalist.

City clubs get into the mood
Turquoise Cottage
The rock music cafe, known to host dedicated nights to various stars and bands, will be holding Metallica Nights from October 15-20. From the music to the ambience, everything will be Metallica.
Where: 47, Basant Lok Mkt, Vasant Vihar

The cafe cum rest-o-bar will be catching up on the mood of the Capital with a special tribute to the American Heavy Metal sensation, later this month. Where: N18, Outer Circle, Connaught Place

Hard Rock cafe
A Delhi-based rock band, Vishnu, will be paying a tribute to Metallica on Oct 27.
The band will be performing covers of popular songs of the band. Where: DLF Place Saket

There will be a special Metallica Tribute Night
on October 29, as Saturdays are when the tribute nights are held. The evening will see Delhi-based bands perform covers of the band. Where: G-12, Hauz Khas

Award-winning studio albums
Kill ‘Em All
1983 Awarded Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America

Ride the Lightning
1984 Reworked version of the album’s The Call of Ktulu won a Grammy in 2001

Master of Puppets
1986 Ranked at position 29 in the Billboard 200 chart in the same year

...And Justice for All
1988 The song, One, won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1990

1991 Won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992

1996 The song, Until It Sleeps, won the MTV Video Music Award in 1996

1997 The song, Better Than You, won the Grammy Award in 1998

St. Anger
2003 The lead track won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2004

Death Magnetic
2008 Won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in 2009

2011 A collaboration with singer Lou Reed, it will be released on October 31

First Published: Oct 06, 2011 17:25 IST