Metallica is finished as a band
Unlike many other bands, the COVID-19 pandemic did not silence Metallica. On the contrary: In the last few weeks and months, fans have been fed with news again and again. Perhaps that same circumstance catapulted the black album back into the Billboard 200 charts. At the moment it is at least in 200th place.
As the most commercially successful heavy metal album to date, it has been on the Billboard charts for quite a while. More precisely: 580 weeks. That corresponds to over eleven years. This makes it one of the few albums that could even break the 550-week mark. For the curious: Metallica's album is only outbid by Journeys GREATEST HITS at 628 weeks and LEGEND by Bob Marley And The Wailers (638 weeks); THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON by Pink Floyd is the undisputed leader with a full 950 weeks.
Hetfield was the only one who moved
Today Metallica are enthroned above the metal world. Thanks to Lars Ulrich's newspaper advertisement. In 1981 he was looking for like-minded people who wanted to start a band with him. But that didn't work right away. The only one who moved on his ad was James Hetfield. But he and bassist Ron McGovney found it too bad. A common band was therefore out of the question at this point in time.
It wasn't until a short time later that Ulrich urged to found the band again. His friend Brian Slagel promised him a place on the first edition of the metal sampler METAL MASSACRE and Ulrich definitely didn't want to miss it. Slagel not only gave birth to Metallica in a way, but was also responsible for the first wave of attention that the band received from the very beginning.
A name that sticks
The decision as to which song should be on the sampler had already been made: their first joint track ‘Hit The Lights’. Now a name had to be found quickly. And Ulrich had the perfect idea. Or actually his friend Ron Quintana. Back then he was looking for a suitable name for his fanzine. He collected various suggestions on a list, which he then showed Ulrich to ask for his opinion. He was so enthusiastic about an idea that he stole it without further ado: Metallica. Quintana called his fanzine "Metal Mania", and Metallica had a name.
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