By now, Metallica can safely consider themselves some of the longest surviving hard metal legends, a band who has continued to reinvent their music and adapt to the genres changing tides. And because of this, Metallica continues to plot grand, stadium/arena tours 25 years after their inception as a band. The ‘WorldWired’ Tour will be Metallica’s first full-length tour since 2009. And it looks like they’re planning to exceed everyone’s expectations for what Lars Ulrich is calling a “big, f—ing crazy stadium tour”.
Metallica’s “WorldWired” Tour will be sending them abroad in the fall, but the first, stateside leg kicks off May 10th at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and winds around the U.S. and Canada before concluding August 16th in Edmonton. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will open for the majority of the dates, with Gojira joining the bill for the August dates.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about how surprised he was about the reception they received during two one-off stadium gigs last year, both of which were massive in their audiences, proving that fans still care (a lot) about watching Metallica perform live. “I’m just excited about the fact that that’s still possible to go out and play stadiums 36 years into a career and that people give a shit,” Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. “It’s going to be awesome.”
The ‘WorldWired’ Tour will hit major cities the group has not played in close to a decade. The band is definitely planning on pulling out all of their usual stunts for this upcoming tour. It seems that because of how well received Hardwired…To Self-Destruct was among Metallica fans, the band wants to give back by putting forth their all. Ulrich and the rest of the band have remained relatively quiet about the production behind the ‘WorldWired’ Tour, which makes us think they have something really special planned. According to Ulrich, it will feature special staging beyond the normal set-up for stadium performances. “It’s big and it’s just fucking crazy and overwhelming and there are a few bells and whistles that are gonna make it unique,” Ulrich says.
Tickets for Metallica’s ‘WorldWired’ Tour are on pre-sale, beginning today, February 16th. They will be made available to the general public on Friday, February 17th. We anticipate that this tour is going to be widely popular. Their last stint through North America and Europe, 2009’s ‘World Magnetic’ Tour, was one of the top ten highest grossing concert tours that year. And boosted by their recent Grammy performance, we think Metallica is well set-up for what will be an incredible tour. Check out the ‘WorldWired’ tour dates below!
Metallica Tour Dates
May 10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
May 17 – Uniondale, NY @ New Coliseum
May 19 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
May 21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival
June 4 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
June 7 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field
June 11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
June 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
June 16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
June 18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
July 5 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
July 7 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
July 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park
July 12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park
July 14 – Quebec City, [email protected] D’Ete
July 16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
July 19 – Montreal, QB @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
August 6 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
August 9 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field
August 14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
August 16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium