Thrashnicks the world over know Metallica is the biggest of the Big Four. But how actually gargantuan is Metallica in the non-headbanging world? Billboard recently named them the third best-selling group in the SoundScan era. Since 1991, the band has moved 54.26 million units, just behind Garth Brooks at 69.52 million and that other unstoppable foursome The Beatles at 65.55 million.
Metallica’s recent Hardwired … to Self-Destruct sold over a mil in these United States, and it’s the band’s 12th consecutive album to do so since the 16 million sales of their 1991 self-titled album. Metallica still sells about 2,000 to 3,000 per week.
While San Francisco claims the transplanted Metallica as their own, Arizona is ground zero for so many of the important events in this band’s juggernaut career. Here’s why.
Dave Mustaine lived here.
In 1994, former Metallica lead guitarist Mustaine literally put his band and Arizona on the map by launching what is believed to be the very first official band website, designed to look like a travel postcard to Megadeth, AZ. Mustaine, who lives to answer the question, “How much do you have to drink to get kicked out of a band nicknamed Alcoholica?”, relocated here with his band. Mustaine thought the move would make it easier for Megadeth members to be with their families and record their next album. Soon, the band began bickering and underwent group therapy sessions, which drove Mustaine to start drinking again. The new record had to be put on hold while its leader entered rehab. Sound some kinda familiar?
Jason Newsted lived here.
When bassist Cliff Burton was killed in Metallica’s tragic tour bus crash in 1986, many big-name…
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