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January 3, 2002
Guitar World selects Kirk Hammett as the first recipient of their Hall of Fame Award.

June 4, 2002
Metallica take the stage in a surprise show at Kimo's in San Francisco, CA and introduce themselves as "Bob's Band" (Bob Rock played bass). The band play several Ramones covers, one new song ("Dead Kennedy"), "Hit the Lights," "I Disappear," "Leper Messiah," "No Remorse," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "Die, Die My Darling".

December, 2002
Metallica continue to audition bassists.
"It's very important that our personalities vibe and that this person is going to be around for a long time. We are excited about jamming with these people and getting a vibe with them. The vibe is the most important. We know the people we have on our list can play, and we don't like the revolving-door syndrome."

--James Hetfield


February 7, 2003
Metallica announce St. Anger, the much-anticipated follow-up to 1997's Re-Load, will be released on June 10.


February 25, 2003
After three months of auditions, Metallica announce that Robert Trujillo will replace Jason Newsted as bassist.


March 11, 2003
MTV announce that their annual mtvIcon show will pay tribute to Metallica.


March 19, 2003
Jason Newsted joins Ozzy Osbourne's band for Ozzfest, replacing Robert Trujillo.



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