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This Month In Metallica: Baseball, Carpool Karaoke, Folklore
August 2017 saw GRAMMY-winners Metallica popping up all over the place, from festivals, to the baseball field to the HOV lane. Here's a quick look back at what fans of the band might have missed:
Aug. 3: Metallica frontman James Hetfield kicked off the month by celebrating his 54th birthday. iHeartRadio celebrated by compiling this list of 20 Things You Might Not Know About Birthday Boy James Hetfield.
Aug. 8: Hometown heroes Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett unleashed their version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at AT&T Park in San Francisco to kick off the 5th Annual Metallica Night.
Aug. 10: The band played "Metal Have I Ever" with comedian Billy Eichner in the heaviest episode of "Carpool Karaoke" yet. With sing-alongs from "Enter Sandman" to Rihanna's "Diamonds In The Sky" and "Part Of Your World" from the "The Little Mermaid," Eichner showed a car ride with Metallica can be full of surprises.
Aug. 12: Metallica delivered a blistering set as headliners on Saturday night at San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival.
Aug. 15: News surfaced that original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton's father, Ray Burton, honors his son's legacy by donating his Metallica royalty checks to fund a music scholarship program at Cliff's high school alma mater, proving that the legacy of Cliff Burton lives on not only in the music he made, but in his father's generous support of music's future.
Aug. 16: Hetfield made a powerful statement of unity at a show in Edmonton. "Before we go any further, we've gotta make something very clear," said Hetfield "Metallica doesn’t give a s***, all right? We don’t give a s*** about the differences, OK? We care about the similarities. So the fact that you're here — we don't care who you voted for, what you do or don't eat, we don't care what color your skin is, what you do for a job. … So for me, you are Metallica family. All are welcome. Are you with us?"
Aug. 21: A new Metallica-focused podcast, aptly titled "Speak N' Destroy," welcomes Robb Flynn, frontman of the GRAMMY-nominated metal band Machine Head, to talk all things Mighty Met. "The 'Kill 'Em All for One' tour at the Keystone, Berkeley?" Robb recalls. "That was my Ed Sullivan Beatles moment."
Aug. 23: The band released a candid behind-the-scenes video of the making of "Atlas, Rise!," the song that became Metallica's ninth No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart back in February.
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Aug. 25: Metallica's WorldWired Tour led Billboard's Hot Tours tally, proving the band's live show remains a hot ticket over 36 years into their career.
Aug. 25: The band joined Mastodon, GWAR, Portugal. The Man, and six other artists for the fourth annual Ten Bands One Cause in order raise funds for Gilda's Club NYC, a nonprofit providing support and education programs while also fostering empowerment to cancer patients and their families.
Aug. 25: Metallica's fourth studio album, 1988's ...And Justice For All, turned 29-years-old. In an exclusive with Loudwire, the album's mixing engineer Steve Thompson explained how the somewhat controversial sound of the project came to be.
Aug. 28: In a new excerpt from Brian Slagel's book For The Sake Of Heaviness, the Metal Blade Records founder/CEO revealed the tale of how a mere $50 in studio costs almost killed Metallica's first recording for the label.