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Monday, December 5, 2011

Metallica: Ozzy Osbourne And Lemmy Among Guests On 30th Anniversary

Metallica will begin a week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band on December 5th, when the group plays the first of four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco for fan club members only. Frontman James Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radiothat Metallica hopes to make the shows special for the people attending. "It is a fan celebration - everyone who's come along the Metallica ride for 30 years - and we're constantly wanting to give to the fans what they don't normally get from some other band or some other connection," he said. "So these four shows at the Fillmore are something like that."

The other three shows will take place on December 7, December 9, and December 10, with special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists and more.

Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio that he hoped Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy would be among the guests at the shows.

The band has booked several European shows next summer, including one at a venue in Denmark that used to be a prison, at which it will perform its self-titled 1991 effort, a.k.a. "the black album," in its entirety.

Metallica was formed when Ulrich, who had moved to Los Angeles from Denmark, placed an ad in a local paper called The Recyclerlooking for other musicians to play with. The ad was answered by guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of the band Leather Charm.

Metallica officially formed in October 1981 and the band's first recording was "Hit The Lights" for the compilation "Metal Massacre".

Bay Area DJ Ron Quintana came up with the group's name: he was debating between using "Metallica" and "Metal Mania" for the name of his radio show and Ulrich encouraged him to use "Metal Mania" so that he could use "Metallica" for his new band.

Metallicas first full lineup - featuring Hetfield, Ulrich, guitaristDave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney - played its first gig on March 14, 1982 at Radio City in Anaheim, California.

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