Metallica Celebrates 30 Years Their Way

Kirk Hammett releases his first book.

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Even though Metallica was actually formed in October of 1981—five months after drummer Lars Ulrich put an ad in Los Angeles free newspaper The Recycler that read "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with the Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden"— rock’s mightiest metallurgists area going to celebrate that propitious anniversary this December with four shows at San Francisco’s Fillmore.

On December 5, 7, 9 and 10, fans will be able to witness the fierce foursome tear through their biggest hits, their rarest cuts, odds and sods, and some outright surprising moments with the help of some of their most illustrious fans. Lou Reed? Probably. Lemmy? Most likely. Members of Corrosion of Conformity? We certainly hope so, after those very expensive parting gifts Metallica gave them after they toured together. Neil Young? Possibly, after all, they have performed at his Bridge School Benefit twice. In short, these shows will be everything you’ve come to expect from these rock behemoths and some things you haven’t.

One thing we’re sure you didn’t expect is the low price. According to their website you can

...participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can’t join us for the full week, we’ll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we’re going back to early ’80's ticket pricing (but not the hair!). Single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah.

The caveat? You need to join the Met Club before you can even buy tickets. But for $45 you really can’t go wrong.Where else will you be able to see this band in such an intimate venue and celebrate 30 years of headbanging?

In other Metallica news, the band is featured on the cover of Billboards’ Musician’s Guide To Touring & Promotion, Summer/Fall 2011 edition.Why did they deserve the honor? They grossed $62 million last year from their 200-plus-show tour in support of Death Magnetic.

It makes you wonder how guitarist Kirk Hammett had the time to work on his soon-to-be published book. Yes, the art aficionado, surfer, and collector of arcana is set to unleash his first book, tentatively titled Too Much Monster Business. Scheduled to be released later this year, it will feature thousands of full color photographs of the things he collects—vintage monster toys, masks, models, figures, posters, and horror. Especially horror. 

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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