Tonight, at the swanky, sultry and superlatively beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland, California, Metallica completed phase one of their WorldWired tour. This one has not just waltzed into stadiums, it has taken on the sorts of venue we have all dreamt Metallica might one day play again, the smaller places, the more curious ones. The Fox is a gem, with it’s bright-eyed Buddha’s and ornate ‘20s ceiling, and critically it has a large, seemingly-sprung dance floor which allowed the sweaty frothing throng of humanity packed upon it to celebrate the night like happy Metallica fans will; with plenty of ‘cheer’ and a lot of sweat. Classics mixed with new favorites, and everywhere I looked, people were grinning or smiling or laughing or cheering. It was festive. And, as a certain man we all know likes to say, it was cozy.
As you may have heard, we’re off to Los Angeles next week for some more shenanigans and while we’re there we’ve been invited to shut down a few streets and throw a massive block party with Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy has been kind enough to ask us to stop by, chat and play a few songs outside of the studio on Wednesday, December 14th. We want you to join us!
December 15 Update: Videos Added
Yesterday we told you about a show just down the road from us in Los Angeles, today’s announcement takes us across the world to Shanghai, China and back to the Mercedes-Benz Arena on January 15, 2017. We’re very excited to return to Shanghai, the only city in China we were able to visit when we traveled to the country for the first time in 2013. We fell in love with the city and its people, so it was a must for this trip!
Greetings from HQ, a place we’ve rarely been recently! And we’re about to head out once again, this time for a quick trip south to spend some time with our friends in the media in Los Angeles. If you’ve been following along, by now you’ve figured out that while interviews and photo shoots are great fun, we can’t visit without playing live too! So, we’re back to invite you to join us at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood next week on Thursday, December 15th for our second to last show of this year.
Wow – Hardwired...To Self-Destruct has only been out for a little over two weeks and we are humbled and honored to be nominated for a Grammy Award. A huge thanks to our friends at NARAS for considering us for Best Rock Song for the title track, “Hardwired” and the competition is very stiff including David Bowie, Radiohead, Twenty One Pilots and Highly Suspect.
We’ll see how we fare on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the 59th annual show broadcast on CBS-TV. As they say, check your local listings.
Mexico City! You’re incredible and thanks to you, we have been invited to stay for one more night at Foro Sol on March 5, 2017. This will be the last show in our three-night run as you have scooped up all the tickets for the first two shows on March 1st and 3rd. The last time we were at Foro Sol in 2009, the three nights there were so over the top that we documented them for the DVD release Orgullo, Pasion, y Gloria. You are some of the most passionate, loyal, and downright crazy fans in the world and we’re counting on these three shows being just as loud and outrageous!
The WorldWired tour will indeed spend some time in the U.S. in 2017... we promise! We’re here today with a taste of what’s to come as we’re excited to announce that we will be headlining Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH.
We’re back from our whirlwind promotional trip to Europe and Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is officially out! That trip was capped off with a very special night on Friday at the London House of Vans and now we are off to conquer Canada with a visit to Toronto next week. We can’t get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe so, while we’re there, we plan to set foot on the stage at the intimate historic Opera House for a special one-night-only Fifth Members show on Tuesday, November 29th.
The day is finally here! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is officially unleashed on the world! Two discs with nearly 80 minutes of music is now available, so find your local record store, download on iTunes & stream on Apple Music, listen on Spotify, watch the videos on YouTube... or any other way you choose to enjoy music.
The countdown clock is ticking and with less than 48 hours to go to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (depending where you live, of course) we thought it might be fun to give you a steady diet of visual teasers before the clock strikes midnight on November 18th! As you may have read here and there, we got just a little ambitious and worked with some incredible imaginative, innovative, directors to create not just the three videos you’ve already seen, but went all the way with one video for EACH song on the album (including bonus track “Lords of Summer”)!
You guys are awesome!!! Tickets for the March 1st show have already sold out in less than two hours... perhaps you would like another night? The schedule is clear and we’re excited to add a second show at Foro Sol in Mexico City on March 3, 2017.
We had an awesome time today hanging in Berlin, performing on Circus HalliGalli and the day even included a few surprise bonus songs for 350 fans in the studio audience. In fact, we had such a great time that after a quick visit to Paris today, we’ll be heading back to Germany tomorrow! This time the four of us will split up to travel to each corner of the country visiting radio stations in Munich (Rock Antenne), Cologne (WDR2), Hannover (Radio 21) and Berlin (Star FM).
In the last two months, we’ve been to New York City, Latin America and Europe so it’s about time we plan some festivities to celebrate the release of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct right at home in the Bay Area! And what better way to wind down the year than a special Fifth Members show in our own backyard at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, CA as we hit the stage there on December 17th for the last time in 2016 ... it promises to be quite the party!
It’s almost here... a new Metallica record finally hits the streets this Friday, November 18!! To celebrate we’ll be playing live at the very intimate House of Vans in London for Fifth Members and lucky winners of the Vans ticket contest. We hit the stage at 9:00 PM GMT that night and we want you to be a part of the madness as the show will stream live!!
It’s officially Hardwired... week and we’re kicking off an extremely exciting, crazy week with the announcement that we will be returning to China and for the first time ever playing in Beijing!! As you may know, we’re going to get the new year started right with a trip to Asia and we’re beyond excited to add Beijing to the WorldWired Tour schedule on January 18, 2017 at the Le Sports Center.
A few weekends ago we had the honor and privilege of being invited to play at The 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit presented by Neil Young and Pegi Young. We dusted off our acoustic gear, stripped down some classic songs, played some covers and even jammed with our host, the man himself Neil Young.
Over eight years of waiting is now down to just one week until Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is cut loose and our friends at independent retail are throwing a party!! Starting on Friday, November 18th at 12:01 AM almost 100 old school record shops in North America will be open at Midnight selling Hardwired…To Self-Destruct LPs and CDs. Stores will be stocked with music, prizes and cool giveaways like limited edition vinyl slip mats and posters as Blackened Friday officially kicks off... yeah, we’re a week before that other Black Friday you may have heard about (!). During normal business hours additional stores will be hosting Blackened Friday events with music and more give-aways as the celebration continues.
The top secret stop today in Berlin is revealed as we’ll be performing today on Circus HalliGalli today to be broadcast on November 21st on ProSieben. Following the taping of the show, we’ll stick around and play a few extra songs for 350 fans in the small intimate setting of the studio.
Just two weeks to go until Hardwired…To Self Destruct and we’re beyond excited that we’ll be spending the week of release with our friends in Europe and celebrating with you in a big way in London, England on November 17th and 18th with three very unique outings.
Less than three weeks now until all twelve new tracks from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct are cut loose for good and today we’re proud to bring you the third and final sneak peek from the album, “Atlas, Rise!” Hopefully, you will hear it on your local radio station and you can check out the video by Clark Eddy, our master editor and the unsung hero of the making-of-the-album “behind the scenes” clips that have graced Metallica.com and Mission Metallica over the years.