Blackened Recordings executives are seen here presenting platinum awards to Blackened Recordings artists Metallica commemorating sales of one million units in the United States of their November album release Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Photo at Nassau Coliseum, New York on May 17, 2017.
To celebrate the first North American tour in more years than we can count, we thought it would be fun to set up pop-up shops in a few cities so that you can grab your WorldWired gear in advance and check out some cool new and collectible items.
7/7 Update: Toronto, Los Angeles & San Diego addresses added!
If you’re heading to a WorldWired gig this summer get warmed up with us by joining us with a view into the Tuning Room for pre-show rehearsals just before we hit the stage.
Watch the video screens throughout the day for a special URL that, come 8:10 PM (or so…) we'll stream our rehearsal right out to your device. You can see us kick the rust off and loosen up, practice a couple songs and, hopefully, get you even more hyped for the show!
As you may know, we record every show so that you can digitally download it or spin a good old-fashioned CD and re-live the night or hear what you missed. In honor of the first proper tour of North America in quite some time, we’ve given our little site LiveMetallica.com a small face-lift and even better yet, have made arrangements to have the team that brought you Hardwired…To Self-Destruct mix each and every show to give you maximum sound quality.
Greetings from Baltimore just a few hours following
We’re psyched to be back on the East Coast kicking off the North American leg of the WorldWired tour and what better way to spend a day off than making a visit to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert?” We’ll be hitting the stage at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Monday, May 15th and we hope you’ll stay up late and tune in!
Our own Lars Ulrich now has his very own Beats1 online radio show on Apple Music! Lars' show "It's Electric!" is the most recent weekly addition to the 24/7 online station and begins airing this Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 PM Pacific/6:00 PM Eastern/Midnight Central European Time. Unscripted, unfiltered and featuring NO "genre-fiction" whatsoever, "It's Electric!" will include music that motivates Lars, as well as interviews with artists who inspire him... all wrapped up in some magnificent mindless banter reminiscent of the good 'ole Lars babble.
We’re coming down the home stretch before the North American WorldWired tour starts in Baltimore next week and we are beyond excited to see all of you out there on our first proper tour of this part of the world since 2009. To kick off the celebrations, we’re inviting you to get a sneak peak of what to expect this summer by checking out our rehearsal the night before the first show via the magic of streaming video on Facebook Live. In a little show very cleverly titled “Now That We’re Live” we’ll bring rehearsals on Tuesday, May 9th live to your computer, tablet, mobile device or any other way you reach the internet at 9:00 PM EDT.
As we get ready to hit the road and kick off the North American tour, we thought it might be cool to revisit the very beginning of Hardwired… by pressing one of the live release celebrations on vinyl. It all started with the Fifth Member show at Webster Hall in New York City in September of last year, so this Friday, May 5th the three LP set of that show will be available exclusively online here at Metallica.com as well as in our pop-up stores in select tour cities this summer (more on that soon!).
We’re excited to announce that the WorldWired tour will make a stop at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa to play a special benefit show for the Native Fund on Friday, June 9. Our tour mates Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will join us at the NASCAR track nestled between Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.
April 26 Update: If you were listening to WLUP in Chicago this afternoon, you heard Lars announce Local H as the winner of the Hit The Stage fan vote to join us in five cities this summer on the WorldWired tour. Congrats to Local H and thanks to everyone who voted!
This year’s fourth annual Acoustic-4-A Cure show created and curated by James and Sammy Hagar will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Theater. Those of you astute Metalli-watchers know that the band will be on tour in North America at that time so, unfortunately, James will not be able to join Sammy and guests on stage, but will certainly be there in spirit. Sitting in this year will be none other than Dave Grohl and he and Sammy will be joined by Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai and Bob Weir.
Immediately following our run of shows opening the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen last month we promised we would be back to Europe this year... and we will!! The WorldWired tour hits European arenas starting in September and doesn’t stop until May of 2018!
The party will roll all night long during the North American WorldWired tour as we’re psyched to announce that award-winning DJ and producer Mix Master Mike will be spinning some of your favorite (and ours!) hard rock and metal tracks throughout the evening at all of the stadium dates this summer. A pioneer in the hip-hop and DJ communities, you’ll be able to catch his skillful, hard-hitting scratch work once the doors open each night and between acts before we hit the stage.
Perhaps you've heard by now that we experienced a slight bit of a technical difficulty when we hit the stage at the Grammy Awards with Lady Gaga a little over a week ago... hmm, would that qualify as an understatement?!?
We’re having a blast hanging out with the best of the local music scene as we zig-zag across the globe, so just as we did with the recent run in Copenhagen and in some of our favorite Latin American countries in the Fall of last year, we’re asking you to choose who you want to see take the stage first in Mexico City. As you may know, our friend and musical icon Iggy Pop will be joining us there, but there’s plenty of room for one more act!
It was one of the worst kept secrets in the touring world and now we’re here to finally make it official... yes, the WorldWired tour will be hitting the road in North America this summer for our first extended tour of the States and Canada since 2009! Whew... it certainly has been way too long and we are beyond excited to be visiting all of our friends in North America. We’re also psyched to announce that after joining us in Minneapolis last year, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat have graciously signed on to be the main support acts for the run.
We’re excited to announce a big step in our endeavors to give back and share some of our good
In what has become one of our favorite hometown traditions, we’re excited to announce that the San Francisco Giants have once again invited us to celebrate a night on the field with them. The annual event will take place on Monday, August 7, 2017 against the World Champs, the Chicago Cubs and yes, you saw that headline right – this year marks number five! As has become custom, the night will kick off with the National Anthem and first pitch, then we’ll be on hand all night to cheer on the orange and black as we take part of some of the between innings festivities.