Pollstar: Lars Ulrich: 'Metallica Is All Of Us And Metallica Belongs To Everybody'
Metallica just wrapped another leg of its monster “WorldWired” tour with two special hometown gigs opening San Francisco’s brand-new 18,000-seat Chase Center Sept. 6 and Sept. 8 for “S&M2” a special 20-year anniversary redux of the band’s Symphony & Metallica shows with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. “Over the years, whenever we get a chance to give something back to San Francisco, we’ve always jumped at the chance," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Pollstar just ahead of the S.F. gigs. "The fact that we can be part of opening of this incredible establishment is is going to be super cool." The tour leg caps a run that has grossed more than $415 million and sold 4.1 million tickets, putting it in a league with the very top of the touring echelon, and bigger than ever as a band that has consistently toured at the highest level for decades with more than 22 million tickets sold since 1982 according to Pollstar's boxoffice history. The "WorldWired" run continues in October with dates in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in South America with Greta Van Fleet in April.