5 things you didn't know about Metallica

Metallica is hitting the road this fall to bring their unique brand of rock to music fans nationwide, but before the concerts, discover more about the band. Below, we share a few things you might not know about the heavy metal mainstays, then we show you how to get your tickets to see Metallica live at Minneapolis's Target Center (on Sept. 4) or Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena (on Nov. 26) through AXS.

1) Lars Ulrich was on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"

Lars Ulrich may be the drummer for Metallica, but he's also pretty good at answering trivia questions. Back in 2007, Ulrich competed on the popular game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" to raise money for charity. He won $32,000, being eliminated after not knowing the name of Sandra Bernhard's one-woman stage show. You can watch a clip from Ulrich's appearance by playing the video above. Similar but entirely fictional, the animation studio Camp Chaos released a "Millionaire" parody featuring Ulrich's bandmate James Hetfield that same year. The faux Hetfield didn't do nearly as well as Ulrich.

2) Their debut single had their name spelled wrong

When Metallica first arrived on the scene in 1982, it was a slightly awkward debut. The band's first original single, "Hit The Lights," was included on Metal Blade Records' compilation album Metal Massacre I. However, according to an interview with former guitarist Lloyd Grant, the album credits misspelled their name as "Mettallica," with an extra T. Ouch. At least it was just misspelled and not mispronounced like The Oneders.

3) They had an awkward moment at the Grammys

Metallica earned their first Grammy Award nomination in 1989 in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category for their critically and commercially successful album ...And Justice For All. The record was so popular, in fact, that everyone expected Metallica would win the award easily, including Ulrich and presenter Alice Cooper, who had to tell the audience he wasn't kidding after Jethro Tull was announced as the winner. You can read an oral history of that night from Classic Rock magazine by clicking the link above, which includes the fact that Jethro Tull didn't even show up to the ceremony, because their own record label thought they wouldn't win.

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4) Their recording sessions could get intense

In 2011, Metallica teamed up with singer Lou Reed for the album Lulu. Not only did the album get a mixed reception when it was released, but Ulrich later came out and said that Reed had challenged him to a street fight during the four months of recording sessions. Since he knew Reed is also skilled in martial arts, Ulrich didn't accept his challenge. Understandably, that was the only album that Reed and Metallica ever recorded together.

5) They appeared on "The Simpsons"

In the 2006 episode of "The Simpsons" entitled "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer," the members of Metallica voiced themselves for a brief joke in which the band's tour bus has broken down in Springfield. Longtime Metallica fan Otto thinks he's going to come to their rescue and impress them in the process, but it winds up being Hans Moleman who saves the day instead. Click the link above to watch a clip from of the band's guest appearance, before getting your tickets to see Metallica in their non-animated form this fall.

Metallica performs at Target Center in Minneapolis on Sept. 4, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 26; tickets for both events are on sale now at AXS. Tickets for both concerts range from $75.00 to $145.00, but don't forget to check out VIP packages at both concerts that start at just $229.00. Select VIP ticket options include a meet and greet exclusive tour merchandise, and some of the best seats. More information on VIP offers is available here for Target Center and here for T-Mobile Arena.

Below are Metallica's upcoming 2018 tour dates, with tickets on sale now through AXS using the provided links:

Sept. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 26 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena (Click here for tickets)

For more on Metallica, visit their band page at AXS.