Metallica did not take its name from a historical Austrian archduke. But in a bit of proof that the group appeals to generations better than others, some students recently guessed that was the case.
Such are the circumstances humorously described this week in a viral tweet from New York writer and educator Christina E. Cox. On Monday (April 4), the instructor explained that her students hilariously (if not disturbingly) hinted at the possibility of an “Archduke Metallica” when she hinted that a pivotal historical figure shared their name with a band. .
Cox was actually referring to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Austro-Hungarian monarch whose death in 1914 contributed to World War I. His name was reused by Scottish rockers. Franz Ferdinandcreators of 2004’s hit “Take Me Out.” But it seems his class was more aware of Bay Area heavy metal pioneers than mid-2000s indie rockers.
“Today during the introduction to the First World War, a student raised her hand and referred to the death of a certain Archduke,” Cox said. “No one knew his name, so as a hint, I suggested he share his name with a group.”
She added, “Gentle reader, my students asked if there might have been a Metallica Archduke.
The tweet received many equally amusing replies. The instructor retweeted one that said“Archduke Metallica’s famous last words to his wife Archduchess Red Hot Chili Pepper (who took them with her forever) were: ‘Give it, give it, give it now.'”
Metallica, now together for over 40 years, will tour America and Europe in 2022. See dates below the tweet. Several new documentaries about the band are currently being rolled out via The Coda Collection. The 21-year-old son of Metallica frontman James Hetfield, Castor, recently released his debut album with his band, Bastardane. Toilets inspired by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be on display in a Danish museum.
Metallica 2022 Tour Dates
April 27 – Santiago, Chile @ National Stadium
April 30 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Polo Grounds
May 5 – Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Estacionamento
May 7 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Couto Pereira
May 10 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Morumni Stadium
May 12 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Mineirao Stadium
May 27 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock
May 29 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
June 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell
June 17 – Landgraaf, Netherlands @ Pinkpop
June 19 – Florence, Italy @ Florence Rocks
June 22 – Prague, Czech Republic, @ Prague Rocks
June 24 – Hockenheim, Germany @ Download
June 26 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 29 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland @ Frauenfeld Rocks
July 1 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 3 – Bilbao, Spain @ Rock Day
July 6 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool
July 8 – Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive
July 28-31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 11 – Buffalo, NY @ Highmark Stadium
Aug. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
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