Metallica teaching MasterClass

They are the first rock band to teach on the platform

MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, has announced that Metallica will teach a class on being a band. In celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary and as the first rock band to teach on MasterClass, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will reflect on four decades of transcendence, giving members a window into their journey to teach strategies for growing and staying together as a band, collaborating creatively and maintaining a unique and intimate relationship with a loyal legion of fans. Metallica’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.

“With 40 years of sustained success, Metallica is arguably one of the greatest bands of all time,” shares David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “For the first time, Metallica will bring MasterClass members along their dynamic creative process, teaching strategies for what it takes to be a band and demonstrating how individuals with big ideas can start, maintain and work together as a collective.”

In their class, Metallica will unpack the principles that ensure longevity as a group by being effective communicators, managing criticism and navigating collaboration. Breaking down some of their greatest hits, including “Enter Sandman”’ and “Master of Puppets,” they will provide techniques for songwriting, taking members through the process of a song from its conception as a riff to its finished arrangement, complete with lyrics, solos and moments of dynamic tension.

Drawing on a devoted international fan base, Metallica will dive deep into the audience-performer relationship, sharing advice on how to connect with fans on stage and off, and how to cultivate and maintain these lifelong relationships. Their philosophies on writing lyrics, creating albums and sustaining a band’s interpersonal relationships over time will help aspiring musicians come together as a unified creative team. Members in creative fields will appreciate the band’s insights on how to offer constructive feedback, communicate effectively when strong personalities are involved, and take a pragmatic approach to the necessities of business. After sharing stories of the band’s transcendence and keys to creative collaboration, Metallica will leave members inspired to think of their own creative collaborations in a new light with an exclusive six-song performance.

“We have sustained our bond for more than 40 years because we’ve learned a lot about each other and ourselves over time,” states Hetfield, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of Metallica. “In our class we not only teach MasterClass members how we write songs and find inspiration for our music, but how the experiences we’ve had together have contributed to successful creative collaboration.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Black Album, which saw the groundbreaking album get reissued across a variety of formats, including Super Deluxe Box Set which features more than 24 hours of content across 14 CDs, 6 LPs and 6 DVDs.

This summer, the band returned to performing live with pop-up shows in San Francisco and Chicago. Both sets are now available via

In February, the band will headline Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas with Greta Van Fleet. The performance is part of an epic weekend that also features Billy Joel headlining the following night.

Metallica also announces re-rescheduled South American tour dates that will see them perform six headlining shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil from April through May 2022 with Greta Van Fleet supporting.


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