By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The legendary heavy metal band, Metallica, is known for touring the world with its rockin’ tunes and thrashing stage antics. They’ve won 9 Grammy Awards, 5 of their albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list, and the 4-man group has sold 120 million records. Now, they’re being immortalized in the Guinness World Records book for becoming the first band to ever tour all seven continents!
Yep, these road dogs have performed in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and… even Antarctica! They cemented their place in the 60th anniversary edition of Guinness World Records 2015, after playing a gig in the frosty continent last year.
“Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being the gig of a lifetime…” expressed James Hetfield, Metallica’s co-founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist. “Yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!” What a wacky audience!
After playing this year in North and South America, as well as Europe, they’re taking a break from touring to focus on the followup to their 2008 release, Death Magnetic. Judging by how much success the band has earned since its formation in 1981, their new album is sure to be a smash! Metallica’s current line-up includes founders Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined in 2003.
Images courtesy of Metallica.