VH1's 'When METALLICA Ruled The World' To Premiere This Month

A brand new VH1 special, entitled "When Metallica Ruled The World", is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 p.m.

"When Metallica Ruled the World" tells the tale of the world's most dangerous band through the people who lived it. It brings you inside the nearly three decades of dramatic success, drunken debauchery and tragic setbacks that have made METALLICA one of rock and roll's greatest stories.

Interviews include:

James Hetfield - Lead Singer
Lars Ulrich - Drummer
Kirk Hammett - Lead Guitarist
Robert Trujillo - Bassist
Bob Rock - Producer
Jason Newsted - Former Bassist
Sully Erna - GODSMACK, Lead Singer
Scott Ian - ANTHRAX, Guitarist
Jim Breuer - Comedian
Joe Berlinger - Co-Director, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster"

According to a posting on the VH1 web site, "When Metallica Ruled the World" is a one-hour-long documentary that will take the viewer through the band's tumultuous 24-year history and give them the real story behind the group's recent ups and downs, including James Hetfield's battle with alcohol, Jason Newsted's resignation, and the band's subsequent journey into therapy.

The show begins in 1981 when drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield meet each other through "Musician Wanted" ads in a local Los Angeles paper and start a volatile relationship that will drive the band to the top of the heavy metal world and ultimately to the brink of destruction some twenty years later. In between; METALLICA's hard partying earns them the infamous nickname "ALCOHOLICA", they face the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton, become a worldwide phenomenon with the 1991 release of the Black Album and enrage music fans across America by taking on music-swapping giant Napster.

For complete show information, including exclusive video clips from the show, visit VH1.com.

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