ReLoad is released, which uses some material written for Load. Metallica perform on NBC's Saturday Night Live. They play "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains" with Marianne Faithfull.
We haven't fallen into the traps that a lot of other bands have. I think we've learned a lot from the other bands we've toured with in seeing what not to do. We all respect each other; we all understand what each other does in the band. There's no real huge ego trips trying to take over. We all know our limits.
--James Hetfield (MTV.com)
March 21, 1998
Metallica play a 'rehearsal show' for their upcoming tour at Baker Hamilton Square in San Francisco, Calif. called "Metallica ReLoad, Rehearse and Request." MTV broadcasts the show live featuring a set list made up of requests by MTV viewers and the crowd.
"People will always request the old stuff. In 10 years everyone, will request songs from Load."
--Lars Ulrich (San Jose Mercury News 3/23/98)
October 18, 1998
Metallica play a party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Calif. Celebs in attendance include South Park creator Matt Stone, Tommy Lee, Dwight Yoakam, Robert Duvall, Jon Lovitz, and Gabriel Byrne. The party is to promote South Park creator Trey Parker's movie Orgazmo.
Metallica file a lawsuit over copyright infringement of the bootleg album Bay Area Thrashers: The Early Days. The lawsuit states that Amazon.com, Outlaw Records, Dutch East India Trading, Music Boulevard and others marketed and distributed the album without the band's knowledge or consent, and fraudulently imply that the album consists of live recordings released and approved by the band. The album consists largely of incomplete demos dating from 1982, altered by the addition of crowd noise and vocals to simulate live recordings.
November 17, 1998
Metallica head out on a short, small venue tour of five shows in the U.S. and Canada to support Garage Inc. Metallica decides to play all cover songs and the opening cover band, Battery, plays Metallica songs. Garage Inc. is released worldwide and debuts at #2 on the Billboard chart.
December 8, 1998
Metallica release the double DVD home video Cunning Stunts. The video includes a photo gallery of more than 1,800 photos which recount every performance on the band's 1997 Load/Re-Load tours, a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Metallica's traveling road show, including the special effects behind the band's "explosive" stage finale.