A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica

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A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
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ReleasedNovember 17, 1992 [1]
Genre Heavy metal
Length236 min.
LanguageEnglish
Label Elektra Entertainment
Director Adam Dubin
Producer Juliana Roberts [2]
Metallica video chronology
2 of One
(1989)
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
(1992)
Live Shit: Binge & Purge
(1993)

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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<i>Metallica</i> (album) 1991 studio album by Metallica

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.

Contents

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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Part 1

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.

Bob Rock Canadian musician and record producer

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 Original song written and composed by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich

"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:

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The Unforgiven (song) power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica

"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 song by Metallica

"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.

Part 2

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.

Guns N Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour 1992 concert tour

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For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica song) 1984 Metallica song

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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:

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References

  1. "A YEAR AND A HALF IN THE LIFE OF METALLICA". Metallica.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  2. http://www.metpage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=184&Itemid=28