1. A&E’s Biography July 2008: Metallica, The future of Metallica seemed uncertain for a time, but Hetfield returned to the group clean, sober and ready to move forward in 2002. The newly revitalized band produced a collaborative effort—Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett, and producer Rock shared a credit on every track—entitled St. Anger (2003). Before the album’s release, the band found their new bassist, Robert Trujillo, a hard rock veteran who had been a member of Suicidal Tendencies and played with Ozzy Osbourne.
St. Anger reached the top of the album charts, proving Metallica’s staying power as one of the rock world’s top acts. Fans got an inside look at the band’s recent struggles in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster, which captured their difficult time from 2001 to 2003 on film.
In recent years, Metallica has shown no signs of slowing down. They released Death Magnetic in 2008, which they worked on with famed producer Rick Rubin. As with most of their albums, Death Magnetic hit the top of the album charts, driven in part by such songs as “The Day That Never Comes,” “My Apocalypse,” and “Cyanide.” “My Apocalypse” earned the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Metallica received special recognition for their musical achievements in 2009 when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Around this time, the band also branched out into video games; their music is featured in Guitar Hero: Metallica.
Many other heavy metal acts of the 1980s have long since faded from the charts, but Metallica still remains popular today. Their hard-driving sound appeals to fans around the world. Never known to rest for long, Metallica will be on tour through 2010.
2. Behind The Music (Original Series) Season 1 Episode 25 Original Air Date 04/19/98: A look at this heavy metal legend, from his early days as the lead singer of Black Sabbath, to his controversial concert acts as a solo performer (he bit the head off a live bat onstage as well as a live dove during a Columbia Records publicity meeting!) Osbourne discusses the lawsuits brought on by three different families, all claiming that their sons had been inspired to commit suicide after listnening to his songs. He spent some time in the Betty Ford Clinic in the mid-80s to battle his drug addiction and alcoholism. Although Osbourne is currently clean & sober, he has not completely cleaned up his image.