In 1981, the band Metallica was formed in Los Angeles. Drummer Lars Ulrich had posted an ad in a local newspaper looking for musicians to play with. The band primarily consists of Ulrich, lead singer James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and a handful of different bassists. Before Metallica allegedly "sold-out" according to their critics their early releases placed them under the "Big Four" of the thrash metal sub genre along with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The underground music community embraced Metallica and the 1986 release Master of Puppets is said to be the influential thrash metal album.
Metallica tickets have been some of the most sought after tickets the last twenty five years. Ever since debuting at number one on the Billboard charts their 1991 self-titled album has put them on the mainstream map. The album self titled album is ranked as the 25th highest selling album in North America. Their 1996 release entitled Load went in a different direction.
Gone was the hard rock metal sound and in was the more laid back mainstream alternative sound. It was a big change and their hard core fans put them on notice. The fans began to ask why they would ditch the sound they were accustomed to for the riches of the mainstream sound.
With the new sound and their albums reaching a much broader audience Metallica tickets began to take on a life of their own. The band would go from playing arenas to playing stadiums such as Soldier Field and Giants Stadium.
After going strong for over twenty years the band decided to go on hiatus. When they returned they had a new bassist in Robert Trujillo and a new number one album in St. Anger. In reached number one in 30 countries and it forced Metallica to tour exclusively for two years in support of it. They headlined the Summer Sanitarium tour and then the the band took another break spending 2005 with family and friends.
The band has recently released their eighth studio album entitled Death Magnetic and that too has debuted at number on the Billboard charts. Making this the band's fifth consecutive number one album and making them the only band in history to accomplish this feat. Metallica tickets for the Death Magnetic tour sold out in mere minutes and the tour has been getting rave reviews.
All in all, Metallica has released eight studio albums, won seven Grammy Awards and have sold over 100 million records worldwide.