Metallica was formed in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield, who met after each had separately placed an advertisement about starting a band in the American publication The Recycler.
Metallica got their name when Ron Quintana, a San Francisco based metal promoted asked Lars Ulrich to help pick out a name for his new magazine promoting American and British metal bands way back in 1979.
Ron Quintana came up a list of names and when it got shortened to just “Metallica” and “Metal Mania”, Lars Ulrich realized what a great name “Metallica” would be for his newly formed band with James Hetfield, quickly suggested his friend name the magazine “Metal Mania”.
Lars Ulrich then went down to the copyright office and registered the name Metallica as his and the rest is history.
If Lars Ulrich didn’t steal the name “Metallica” from his friend, then maybe the greatest heavy metal band the world has ever seen would have been stuck with the name Red Vette or Blitzer. Those were the lame band names Lars Ulrich came up with on his own.