|A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica|
|Released||November 17, 1992|
|Metallica video chronology|
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica is a two-part documentary about the process of making the Metallica album (or "The Black Album"), and the following tour. It was produced by Juliana Roberts and directed by Adam Dubin.
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Metallica is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 12, 1991, through Elektra Records. It was recorded in an eight-month span at One on One Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The recording of the album was troubled, however, and, during production, the band frequently came into conflict with their new producer Bob Rock. The album marked a change in the band's sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal. Metallica promoted the album with a series of tours. They also released five singles to promote the album; "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True", all of which have been considered to be among the band's best-known songs. The song "Don't Tread on Me" was also issued to rock radio shortly after the album's release but did not receive a commercial single release.
Adam C. Dubin is a filmmaker who co-directed Beastie Boys music videos "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right " and "No Sleep till Brooklyn", with Ric Menello. "Fight For Your Right" is number three on MTV's all time funniest music videos. In 2007, Fuse TV interviewed Dubin when it aired a 30-minute episode about "Fight For Your Right" as part of their series Videos That Rocked The World.
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica was released as a double VHS pack. Both parts are available on a single DVD, but only in region 1.
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This 90-minute video shows how Metallica and their producer Bob Rock worked their way through making the Metallica album. It also includes the making of the video for "Enter Sandman" and also a listening party for invited fans to come and listen to the album in full.
Robert Jenns Rock is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer, best known for producing rock bands and music artists such as Metallica, the Tragically Hip,Aerosmith, the Cult, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, 311, Our Lady Peace, Bryan Adams, the Offspring, Michael Bublé, Black Veil Brides, David Lee Roth, and Ron Sexsmith.
"Enter Sandman" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their self-titled fifth album, Metallica in 1991. The music was written by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a child's nightmares.
This video also includes three of the music videos they shot for that album:
A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".
"The Unforgiven" is a power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the second single from their eponymous fifth album Metallica. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, its chord progression is distinctly one of the heaviest. The song deals with the theme of the struggle of the individual against the efforts of those who would subjugate him.
"Nothing Else Matters" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 6 on the UK Singles Chart as well as top-ten on many other European charts. "Nothing Else Matters" was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Recognized as one of Metallica's best known and most popular songs, it has become a staple in live performances. The song has been covered nearly 100 times.
The second part runs approximately two-and-a-half hours and follows Metallica at the start of their Wherever We May Roam Tour in Europe through to the Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour of 1992. Included are performances of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" from Donington on August 17, 1991, "Enter Sandman" from the MTV Video Music Awards on September 5, "Harvester of Sorrow" from Moscow on September 28, "Sad but True" from the Day on the Green festival in Oakland, California on October 12, "Enter Sandman" from the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on April 20, 1992, and "Nothing Else Matters" from Phoenix on August 25.
Wherever We May Roam was a concert tour by the American thrash metal band Metallica in support of their self titled 5th album Metallica. It began in autumn of 1991. The North American legs ran through summer 1992, followed by the Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour, the Wherever We May Roam European leg, and finally the Nowhere Else to Roam tour of smaller markets in North America, Mexico, Asia, Australia, South America, Europe and Israel, ending in the summer of 1993.
The Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour was a co-headlining concert tour by American rock bands Guns N' Roses and Metallica during 1992. It took place in the middle of Guns N' Roses' "Use Your Illusion Tour," promoting their Use Your Illusion I & II albums, and between Metallica's "Wherever We May Roam Tour" and "Nowhere Else to Roam," promoting their eponymous fifth album Metallica. The tour's opening act was Faith No More. Axl Rose had wanted Seattle rock band Nirvana to be the opening act, but frontman Kurt Cobain refused.
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" is a song by American thrash metal band Metallica. It was first released on the group's second album, Ride the Lightning (1984). In 1985, Elektra Records released it as a promotional single, with both an edited and full-length versions. The song is generally regarded as one of their most popular; by March 2018, it ranked number five on Metallica's live performance count. Several live albums and video albums include the song. In 2019, the song was prominently featured in the film Triple Frontier.
Jason Newsted after a concert in Portland, Maine, is seen making sandwiches to take back to a hotel with him. His response to being called a cheapskate is "I got plans for those millions and it ain't for fucking sandwiches!"
Sebastian Bach is seen joking with Slash and Lars Ulrich in Metallica's dressing room at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. prior to the concert. Bach humorously imitates MTV host Riki Rachtman, and former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
The band also encounter Spinal Tap, who jokingly ask them about the similarities between their album's covers.
This part of the documentary also includes two music videos:
Escape from the Studio '06 was a 2006 concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica. The tour took place during the writing process of the group's then-untitled ninth studio album, Death Magnetic, and follows the Madly in Anger with the World Tour in support of St. Anger.
The Madly in Anger with the World Tour was a concert tour by American heavy metal band, Metallica. The tour supported the band's eighth studio album, St. Anger. The tour lasted over 12 months, beginning in the fall of 2003, performing over 100 shows.
The Life Burns Tour DVD is a release by Apocalyptica. It was released in July 2006. and contains live concert and music videos by the band.
The Poor Re-Touring Me Tour was a 1997 to 1999 concert tour by the band Metallica. It had two legs, one in the Far East, Australia and New Zealand, and the other in the US and Canada. Jerry Cantrell and Days of the New opened for the US portion of the tour. The name comes from the title of the song "Poor Twisted Me" from the album Load, with the Re- prefix from Reload. The double CD/DVD S&M was recorded at Berkeley, April 21–22 with maestro Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony.
Wayne Isham is an American director who has directed music videos of many popular artists.
Sick of the Studio '07 was a 2007 concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica, which took place in Europe. The first four concerts were in festivals and the last eight in stadiums. The band held a tourname-competition among the fans and they personally chose the winning suggestion. The band did not play the "New Song" but the "Other New Song", which they had played on the previous tour, was played at the Bilbao BBK Live Festival The setlists of the tour were full of old songs. In Lisbon, Metallica performed "...And Justice For All" for the first time since October 1989.
The Nowhere Else To Roam was the concert tour by American thrash metal band Metallica, which took place in 1993 in support of their fifth studio album Metallica . This tour was the third part of the huge tour the started, after the Wherever We May Roam Tour and Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour. The band played in 77 shows worldwide in three legs.
The Poor Touring Me Tour was a 1996–1997 concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica supporting their sixth album Load. It had two legs, one in Europe and the other in North America. The name comes from the ninth song of the album, "Poor Twisted Me." The VHS/DVD Cunning Stunts was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 9 and 10. This was the first tour that Metallica played after tuning down from standard tuning to E♭ standard.
The Garage Remains The Same Tour was a 1998 to 1999 concert tour by the band Metallica, supporting the cover album Garage Inc.. It had three legs, one in Latin America, one in Europe, one consisting in the Woodstock '99 concert, in USA and a final one with two concerts with orchestra. The name comes from the album Garage Inc. and Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same. Similar references to others bands' album titles can be found in the booklet of Garage Inc. During the tour, Metallica plays two live concerts similar to the one released in S&M, one in Germany with Babelsberger Filmorchester on November 19; and one at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, with the Orchestra of St. Luke's on November 23. The tour saw the band perform in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Slovenia, Venezuela, Romania, Colombia & Estonia all for the first ever time.
The Shit Hits The Sheds was a concert tour by the American heavy metal band Metallica, which took place in 1994. The band played in 51 shows in North America, including a performance at Woodstock '94, which had an attendance of over 300,000 people.
The 2012 European Black Album Tour was a concert tour of American heavy metal band Metallica. The Black Album, which was released in August 1991 was played entirely. The band confirmed that the tour would be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the album. The tour headlined a few European festivals.
The WorldWired Tour is a concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica in support of their tenth studio album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016. It is also their first worldwide tour after the World Magnetic Tour six years earlier.
The Lords of Summer Tour was a concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica in support of their single "Lords of Summer", which was released on March 19, 2014.
The Metallica By Request Tour was a concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica in support of their single Lords of Summer, which was released on March 19, 2014. An interactive tour, concertgoers could vote, via internet, which songs Metallica would include on each night's setlist and, at the concert, via SMS, to a song in the encore. Metallica debuted a new song, called Lords of Summer. Metallica's only stop in North America was in Montreal for the Heavy Montreal festival.