Montreal Gazette: Concert review: Metallica fires up new concert site in Parc Jean-Drapeau

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat and be done with it: the walk from the Jean-Drapeau métro station to the temporary outdoor stage acting in place of the under-construction site that is normally home to Osheaga, ÎleSoniq and other summer concert events is long. Really long.

That said, let this first of two Heavy Montreal concerts in Parc Jean-Drapeau this summer (the Heavy Montreal festival proper returns in 2018 after a hiatus this year) be a lesson to those attending the second, Guns N’ Roses on Aug. 19: plan to arrive early, and wear comfy kicks, or risk missing a substantial chunk of the show. (Osheaga will take place at the other end of the park, close to the métro.)

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July 20, 2017 In the Press

La Presse: Metallica au parc Jean-Drapeau: une soirée en deux temps

Il y avait quelque chose de bien particulier dans l'air de Montréal quelques heures avant les premiers accords de James Hetfield et sa bande.

Avant d'affronter les 135 minutes de riffs impitoyables promis par le programme, les amateurs devaient se taper une marche d'une demi-heure (!) entre la sortie du métro et la scène, repoussée aux confins du parc en raison de travaux de rénovation sur le lieu habituel. Les métalleux n'ont pas rouspété, marchant pour la plupart dans la bonne humeur.

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July 20, 2017 In the Press

Bad Feeling Magazine: Live Review: Metallica’s Hardwired tour focuses on the basics, despite its massive production

At the very end of Metallica’s triumphant return to Montreal on Wednesday night, Kirk Hammett walked up to the microphone and began to reminisce. He told the crowd that the band has performing in Montreal for over 32 years. And it’s true. The very first time Metallica ever performed in Montreal was on January 15th, 1985 at The Spectrum, during their Ride the Lightning tour. It was the same year the Nintendo Entertainment System and Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 were released. It’s safe to say, they’ve come a long, long way.

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July 20, 2017 In the Press

Forbes: Metallica's Lars Ulrich On Being A Changed Man And Changed Band

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is in Miami in the midst of the hard rock titans’ first stadium tour in 16 years when he catches me totally by surprise. I am waiting for someone to call to connect our interview when the phone rings. The voice on the other end goes, “Steve, hi, it’s Lars Ulrich.”

Somehow, you don’t expect one of the members of a metal band that has sold over 100 million albums globally and 63 million in the U.S. alone, to so casually call for his own interview. You imagine some kind of pomp, at least a warning call, “Lars will call you soon.”

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July 20, 2017 In the Press

Le Journal de Montréal: Montréal célèbre Metallica

Dès les premières notes de Ecstasy of Gold, accompagné d'un clip western sur écran géant, le public était en transe, criant en levant les bras en l'air. Déjà humide et chaude, le reste de la soirée s'annonçait particulièrement explosif.

Arrivés sur scène sous les acclamations de la foule, les quatre gars de Metalllica ont immédiatement débuté avec «Hardwired», suivi de la percutante «Atlas Rise!».

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July 19, 2017 In the Press

SPIN: Watch Metallica Invite an Adorable Little Girl to Take Lars Ulrich’s Spot Behind the Drums

There’s a fun section of Metallica’s current set in which the band moves from their mammoth main setup to a smaller mini-stage that protrudes into the audience. James Hetfield talks a bit about the band’s early days, when they played California nightclubs and couldn’t afford the baffling pyrotechnic displays with which they currently tour, and they rip into a shitkicking version of “Seek and Destroy,” from their classic first album Kill ‘Em All. As our friends at Stereogum point out, during a recent show in Detroit, Lars Ulrich took Hetfield’s monologue as an opportunity to lift a little girl named Kendalynn out of the crowd, give her some sticks, and put her behind the drum set. Maybe he was starting to take all of James’s stuff about the glory of their younger days to heart.

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July 19, 2017 In the Press

NME: Watch a little girl replace Lars Ulrich on stage with Metallica

Watch a little girl replace Lars Ulrich on stage with Metallica.

The band performed in Detroit’s Comerica Park last week (July 12) as part of their WorldWired tour.

During the set, they pulled a child called Kendalynn out of the audience and sat her behind Ulrich’s drumkit. As frontman James Hetfield taught the crowd a call-and-response chant, the drummer showed the girl what to do.

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July 18, 2017 In the Press

Le Journal de Québec: «À Québec, c’est différent»

Metallica fait courir les foules partout dans le monde, mais la ville de Québec demeure un des endroits où les fans sont les plus passionnés, estime le bassiste du groupe, Robert Trujillo.

Joint au téléphone pour une entrevue exclusive quelques heures avant de monter sur la scène des plaines d’Abraham, vendredi, Trujillo a été étonné d’apprendre que des fans avaient dormi à la belle étoile, durant la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, afin d’avoir les meilleures places pour voir le concert.

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July 18, 2017 In the Press

The Toronto Star: Metallica matches huge roar with big spectacle: review

The members of Metallica may be greying around the temples, but their ferocity still packs the mightiest of roars.

Thirty-two years after the brazen four-piece from San Rafael, Calif. made its Toronto debut at The Concert Hall (back at a time when the genre was known as thrash metal and the band sandwiched between W.A.S.P. and Armoured Saint from the where-are-they-now? files) Metallica vanquished Father Time to the sidelines on Sunday and gave the somewhere-between-40,000-and-50,000-faithful the time of their lives.

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July 17, 2017 In the Press

That Eric Alper: Photo Gallery: Metallica at Toronto’s Rogers Centre

It was a sea of leather, long hair, and liquor at The Rogers Centre for the one and only Metallica. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in one place all head banging in unison to every single song Metallica played. They started the night with “HardWired” and even before the first note the fans were already singing in the crowd. High fives and fist bumps were plentiful to anyone passing you as you walked to your seats and even wanting me to join in the fun in the photo pit before I started my night. Everyone seemed to be in great spirits, and who wouldn’t be, it is Metallica after all.

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July 17, 2017 In the Press

SPILL MAGAZINE: SPILL LIVE REVIEW: METALLICA W/ AVENGED SEVENFOLD & VOLBEAT @ THE ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTO

This weekend, Metallica, along with show openers Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat, brought their WorldWired Tour to Toronto’s Roger Centre, their first show in Toronto since their intimate performance at The Opera House last November, all of which is promoting their 2016 hit record, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Metallica haven’t played a stadium show in Toronto since their two back to back sets at the Air Canada Centre in October of 2009 on the World Magnetic tour. In the past, Metallica has had an interesting history with Toronto when during an ill-fated co-headlining show with Gun ‘N’ Roses (and openers Faith No More) in 1993 at the CNE Stadium, vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield was lit ablaze by the band’s pyrotechnic rig, causing the band to cancel the rest of the tour. While much time has since past, and the metal pioneers have since visited Toronto a number of…

July 17, 2017 In the Press

Life In Québec: FEQ50: The Love Story Continues Between Québec City and Metallica

The Plains played host to the latest chapter in the love story between Metallica and Québec City, a love story that tracks back to 1985 where they first performed at the Salle Albert-Rousseau in the Ste-Foy area of the city. Whether you are a fan or not of the type of music, the love shared between Québec’s fans and the band is both unmistakeable and undeniable.

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July 16, 2017 In the Press

Exclaim!: Metallica Bell Stage, Quebec City QC, July 14

From the Bay Area to the Bell Stage, Metallica need no introduction as the biggest band in metal and one of the most successful acts in all of music. Naturally, they arrived in Quebec City with the show to match, unleashing their sonic assault on the monstrous crowd for nearly three hours, with fireworks and lasers in no short supply.

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July 15, 2017 In the Press

Daily Tribune: Review: Metallica blows away the rain -- and the crowd at Comerica Park

With all sorts of dire, apocalyptic weather warnings surrounding the quartet’s concert Wednesday night, July 12, at Comerica Park, some moves were made to Metallica its best chance for playing its whole show -- namely cutting short the opening sets by Volebeat and Avenged Sevenfold, much to the voiced displeasure of the latter’s frontman, M. Shadows. But in the end it proved to be the right thing to do; Metallica finished its pyrotechnic-laden two-hour and 15-minute performance, loud enough to blow any storm clouds away from the stadium, without climatic incident, and there were just hints of raindrops as the sold-out crowd started making its way home.

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July 13, 2017 In the Press