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 The Death Magnetic Era (2006 - 2010) Continued

World Magnetic 2010

In January 2010, the band headed to South America, playing mostly outdoor shows. The leg kicked off in Lima and finished in São Paulo, Brazil. In March, the group returned to Mexico, performing in Guadalajara and Monterrey. The leg continued on with additional dates in South America, as well as shows in Central America. The band also performed for the first time in countries such as Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

In April 2010, the act once again returned to Europe, beginning with two dates in Oslo. The leg included appearances at the 2010 editions of the Sonisphere Festival, which featured exclusive billings of the "Big Four" of thrash metal: Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, as well as Metallica. The events took place in Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey.

The band also returned to Israel in May, for the third time in their career.

In September 2010, the band kicked off one of three legs in Oceania, followed by two dates in Tokyo. In mid-October and late November 2010, the group returned for additional concerts in Oceania. The group also played a show in the United States in early November for the Call of Duty: Black Ops launch party. The entire tour culminated with three dates in Melbourne, Australia.

The dates in Mexico City were recorded and later released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray with the title, Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria ("Pride, Passion and Glory"). Additionally, the show in Nîmes, France was filmed and subsequently released on DVD and Blu-ray entitled, Français Pour Une Nuit ("French for One Night"). Both titles were released to retail in November 2009 only in their respective markets (Latin America and France) and through the band's official website.

The band's performance at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia was beamed to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S. and select cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America on June 22, 2010. The live video was later released on DVD and Blu-ray in October 2010, entitled The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria.

According to concert magazine Pollstar, the tour was the tenth highest-grossing for 2009 with revenue of US$89.1 million from 78 shows,] and ranked fifth in 2010 with revenue of $110.1 million. Overall, the tour grossed $217,245,629 from 166 shows across two years with an attendance of over 2.6 million people.

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, hit the streets on September 28, 2010.  Included was Metallica's version of "Paranoid" on the game, recorded with none other than Ozzy Osbourne at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts. In conjunction with the launch of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, those who has a copy of Guitar Hero: Metallica, were able to import 39 of the game's on-disc tracks directly into their Guitar Hero music library.

Death Magnetic Sales

"Death Magnetic", was officially certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 28, 2010 for shipments in the United States in excess of two million copies.

Metallica recieved a gold plaque signifying Brazilian sales in excess of 45,000 copies of the band's 2008 album, "Death Magnetic". The band also received a platinum award recognizing sales in Brazil of more than 60,000 copies of the group's "Orgullo, Pasión Y Gloria - Tres Noches En La Ciudad De México" (Pride, Passion And Glory Three Nights In Mexico City) DVD — which was recorded on June 4, 6 and 7 of last year at Foro Sol in Mexico City. 

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Beyond Magnetic Era (2011 - 2012) 

Metallica plays India for the First Time in 30 Years

Despite the fact that Metallica wrapped up the World Magnetic tour at the end of 2010, Seems there will not be a year off for Metallica as they continue to schedule more shows this year, for the first time in 30 years Metallica will perform in India. The band announced, “At this stage in the game, there are very few places in the world that we have not dragged our gear and crew to, so that makes this show announcement extra special . . . for the first time ever, we will be visiting India for two shows."  Up first was a show in Delhi on October 28, 2011 at F1 Rocks, held in Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon as they helped to celebrate the first Grand Prix race ever held in India. Night number two was held at the Bangalore Palace Ground, Main Palace, Bangalore, on October 30 as part of the Sonisphere Festival.
 Other tour dates announced for 2011 included a tour of the summer festivals in Europe, shows in Canada and a trip down to South America to play the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
Metallica's 'Black' Album Remains Top-Selling LP Of SoundScan Era
Early in 2011, Metallica received the news that the band's 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly known as "the black album," remains the top selling LPof the SoundScan Era.  Metallica  is one of the top-selling artists since Nielsen SoundScan  began tracking album sales in May 1991, with cumulative U.S. sales of nearly 53 million copies. To date, the black album has sold 15,620,000 copies, eclipsing "Come On Over"'s total of 15,499,000.

More “The Big Four” News
In January of 2011, Metallica announced it would be playing with the Big Four including Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax again this year.  Dated were announced that the Big Four will be playing in April in Indio, California and this summer in the U.K. and France this summer. Later in the year it was announced that the Big Four will make a second U. S. date on the east coast in New York playing in the new version of the famed Yankee Stadium.
The two disc DVD release of "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria", containing footage of the June 22, 2010 Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival featuring the "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies.
Back to the Studio - "Lulu"

In February the band announced that it will be headed back to the studio to start a new secret recodring project in May of 2011 but according to Kirk, "it is not really 100 percent a Metallica record." . In June it was revealed that Metallica just completed recording a full length album, "Lulu", a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.

Thirty Years of Metallica! 

In the summer of 2011, Metallica announced, "Thirty years of Metallica... can you believe it? We think it's cause for a major celebration! You've been asking for a while now "just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?" closely followed by "why don't we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?" We've heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary." 

Lucky club members who were able to obtain a reservation participated 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, including an exclusive BBQ at the Metallica Headquarters, all  for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). For those unable to be there for the full week,  individual show tickets were available at "back to early '80's ticket pricing".. with single show tickets at just $6.00 each! 

Several members attended the Thirty Years Celebration, many meeting each other for the first time after years of trading Metallica Bootlegs and some reconnecting again.  The lucky members along with the other Met Clubbers were treated to four nights of unique shows which include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica... fun for the entire "Metallica family"!

Each of the four nights started off with fun, games, a Metallica Museum located in the bar upstairs full of Metallica memorabilia, taped testimonials from other band and celebrities form around the world, opening bands,  and a  tribute to Cliff Burton by Metallica and special guests including Cliff's dad, Ray Burton. When Metallica hit the stage they interacted with the audience in a very intimate, small club family way.  They invited lucky Met Club members one stage  who won a chance to play with the band on stage to play a song of their choosing.  Intruded  unreleased tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions and premiered rare songs such as "Carpe Diem Baby" and "To Live is To Die". 

Special guest included past band members: Jason Newstand, who joined the band for two or three songs each night, Dave Mustaine, Lloyd Grant and Ron McGovney.  Bob Rock their producer who filled in playing Bass for the band during the recording of St. Anger also joined the band to play some tracks from that album.  Other special guests included: John Marshall, Apocalyptica (who were also the first night's opening band), Bif Byford, Sean Harris and Brian Tatler of Diamond Head on the first night.  The second night Metallica brought out  Ray Haller of Sweet Savage,  Kid Rock, John Bush, Lou Reed (playing tracks from "Lulu"), and Mercyful Fate (playing Mercyful Fate). Joining Metallica on the third night were: Jerry Cantrell, Animal of Anti-Nowhere League,Gary Rossington, Pepper Keenan Jim Martin and Glenn Danzing. And finally on the fourth night in addition to the past Metallica Members  Dave Mustaine, Lloyd Grant, Ron McGovne and honorary member Bob Rock, the fourth nights special guests included Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath. 

Beyond Magnetic EP

During the Thirty Years Celebration at the Fillmore, Metallica played one "new" song each night as part of their "shenanigans" on stage.  These four songs were some unreleased tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions that were made available Met Club members for free immediately following their live debut on stage at the Fillmore.  They were then released on iTunes and other digital retailers around the world as the Beyond Magnetic EP and then again on compact disc. The Beyond Magnetic Tracklist included: "Hate Train", "Just a Bullet Away", "Hell and Back" and "Rebel of Babylon". 

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