Metallica, Pick One: Guitar Hero or Hall of Fame?

Metallica is in the Land of Punt.

However, right now the world’s most famous heavy metal band is getting ready to gallivant around Europe. Helsinki, Stockholm, Madrid, and Zurich are just a few of the cities they’re scheduled to play this summer.

Metallica's line-up consists of drummer Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, while going through a number of bassists. Currently, the spot is held by Robert Trujillo.

Metallica's line-up consists of drummer Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo.

Metallica is touring to support their video game, Guitar Hero Metallica, more than they are touring to support their latest album, “Death Magnetic.”

The ubiquitous nature of the Guitar Hero video game series rivals that of any album (released in any era). Only Metallica fans bought “Death Magnetic,” whereas fans of an entire video game franchise, many of whom probably had never listened to the Los Angeles heavy metalband, purchased Guitar Hero Metallica.

Before being digitized, Metallica released nine studio albums, two live albums and 45 singles. They’ve sold modestly well through out their career, worldwide Metallica has sold about 100 million units give or take a few.

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Despite moving music off the shelves, the band has won nine Grammy Awards and debuted five consecutive albums at number one on the Billboard 200. They are the only band to ever accomplish this feat.

They also sued Napster.

To honor their tremendous success, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4th, 2009.

However, is having your band immortalized in a video game more or less of an honor than being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Apart from the pioneers of rock, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, there are only about a dozen artists worthy of hall of fame status… at least for now. Keep in mind, the R&RHOF is a purely political-commercial operation. The Dave Clark Five was kept out of the hall for a year because the organizers (Rolling Stone Magazine) didn’t want to go another year without inducting a rap group.

When it comes to Guitar Hero, fans can play along with their favorite heavy band in the comfort of their mother’s basement. If you want to see Metallica in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you have to travel to Cleveland. Who wants to do that?

Why venture to Ohio to visit a museum when you can see the band perform live in concert this fall in cities like Dallas, Indianapolis, New York and Tampa.

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Having your own Guitar Hero means you sell Metallica albums and you sell Metallica tickets. You are a band with extremely passionate fans.

Lars Ulrich summed up what it really means to be inducted in a Guitar Hero when he said, “When we got a chance to do this–and hopefully score another couple years of being semi-cool in our kid’s eyes by having our own video game… we jumped at [it] pretty quickly.”

Land of Punt has always respected the appeal of Metallica. We’ve always claimed that if you needed to sell out an arena for one night, whether it’s in Atlanta or Nashville, all you have to do is book Metallica.

Having your own video game is by far a bigger honor than being inducted into a charlatan hall of fame.

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