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Metallica Lineups

1981-2003


Lineup One

 

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield James Hetfield Lloyd Grant/Dave Lars Ulrich 28/10/81 - 01/82
This was the very first lineup of Metallica before the band had started gigging.
 

Lineup Two

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield   Ron McGovney Dave Mustaine Lars Ulrich 01/82 - 04/82
This was the second lineup of Metallica for a few shows before James decided to play guitar and sing.
 

Lineup Three

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield Ron McGovney Dave Mustaine Lars Ulrich 25/04/82 - 30/11/82
This was the third lineup after James had decided to play guitar and sing.
 

Lineup Four

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield Cliff Burton Dave Mustaine Lars Ulrich 28/12/82 - 11/04/83
This was the forth lineup of Metallica and the first lineup to include Cliff Burton.
 

Lineup Five

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield Cliff Burton Kirk Hammett Lars Ulrich 16/04/83 - 26/09/86
This was the fifth lineup of Metallica and the first to include Kirk Hammett this is generally referred to as the classic lineup. This line up was interrupted when James broke his arm in a skateboarding accident.  During this period 27/07/86 - 25/09/86 John Marshall (kirks guitar tech) filled in for James on guitar.  It was only a day after James started to play guitar again that Cliff Burton tragically lost his life in a bus accident while on tour.  October 1986 was when the auditions for Cliffs replacement happened.
 

Lineup Six

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield Jason Newsted Kirk Hammett Lars Ulrich 28/10/86 - 16/01/01
This was the sixth lineup of Metallica and the first to include Jason Newsted this is generally referred to as the second classic line up. This lineup was interrupted after James got burnt in the accident at Montreal when again John Marshall (kirks guitar tech) filled in for James on the guitar between the dates of 25/08/92 - ??/09/92.  This lineup was also interrupted when James threw his back out in July 2000 and for three shows between 07/07/00 - 09/07/00 Kid Rock sang on 6 tracks, Jason sang on 5 tracks, Fieldy sang on one track & Jonathan Davies sang on one track.  Several guitarists also filled in.
 

Lineup Seven

 

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield   Kirk Hammett Lars Ulrich 17/01/01 - ??/04/01
This was the seventh lineup of Metallica it was the period directly after Jason left. The band did not play any shows neither did they demo any new material.
 

Lineup Eight

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield Bob Rock/James Kirk Hammett Lars Ulrich 04/01 - 24/02/03
This was the eighth lineup of Metallica when they appeared only in the studio for rehearsals/demos Bob Rock & James both filled in on bass. This was the recording lineup for the bands 10th album St. Anger.
 

Lineup Nine

Vocals Guitar Bass Lead guitar Drums Date
James Hetfield James Hetfield Robert Trujillo Kirk Hammett Lars Ulrich 24/02/03 - date
This is the ninth and current lineup of Metallica and this will be the recording / touring line up for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

 

 

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