As one chapter of the WorldWired tour came to an end with last week’s final show in North America, another begins as we pack it all up to head to Europe, beginning on September 2nd in Copenhagen with a brand new stage production. In keeping with a theme we started at the beginning of the North American tour with the release of the Fifth Member only show at Webster Hall on vinyl, we’re going to do it again and press up the show from House of Vans too! The three-disc set will be available on the day before the first show, September 1st, at Metallica.com and independent retailers throughout Europe.
When a band doesn't tour its home turf for eight years, then it is fair to wonder exactly how a tour is going to go. When Metallica announced 27 shows in North America to bring their WorldWired tour to stadiums, you'd have been forgiven for wondering how it would go.
What a summer!! Thank you to some of the craziest, most passionate, intense avid fans on the planet!! This has been another memorable and special summer run for us seeing so many new faces along with lots of old friends as you welcomed us back for our first tour of North America in over eight years. As we near the end, we want to share one more evening with all of you by streaming the final night of the WorldWired North American tour live, this Wednesday, August 16th, from Edmonton.
A few of you who watched the Grammys back in February may have noticed during one of the commercial breaks that we took a spin around the Los Angeles area with comedian and actor Billy Eichner. With James behind the wheel, we did a little backseat driving and singing and even made a pit stop for some grocery shopping! We know this has been on your radar for some time and are happy to report that our episode of “Carpool Karoke” will see the light of day next week on Tuesday, August 15th on Apple Music.
Just as the North America portion of the WorldWired tour was launching back in May, so was Lars’ very own Beats 1 online show on Apple Music. Lars' show "It's Electric!" airs each week on Sundays at 3:00 PM Pacific and takes an unscripted, unfiltered look into the wacky Danish mind of the drummer and the music that moves and motivates him. This week’s show kicks off three very unique, special episodes of music, stories, and interviews like you’ve never heard before as Lars hosts each of his bandmates, Kirk, Robert, and James!
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.
8/1 Update: 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.