Metallica plans to storm the world for two years with its massive M72 tour.
The veteran hard rockers will play a spate of dates across 2023-24 in Europe, the U.S., South America and Mexico, hitting each city for two nights with two different set lists for what the band has dubbed a “No Repeat Weekend.”
Metallica – comprised of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo – will launch their massive run April 27 in Amsterdam, with the band’s first U.S. shows landing Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Other cities the in-the-round production will visit on its 2023 cycle include Glendale, Arizona, St. Louis and Detroit. The 2024 U.S. shows will kick off Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, 2024, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with other two-night stands planned for Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle.
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Metallica has also corralled some heavy-hitting opening acts: Pantera, Mammoth WVH, Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills will rotate among the U.S. dates.
Two-day tickets – including discounted seats for fans under 16 – will go on sale Dec. 2 via ticketmaster.com. Single tickets will be available starting Jan. 20. A Citi card pre-sale runs from 2 p.m. local time Wednesday through 10 p.m. local time Dec. 1.
A portion of proceeds from every ticket will benefit the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, which provides funds to combat food insecurity and aid disaster relief efforts worldwide.
To complement the tour, Metallica will unveil its 12th studio album, “72 Seasons,” on April 14, prefaced by blistering new single, “Lux Æterna,” available now for streaming/downloading. Other tracks include “Crown of Barbed Wire,” “You Must Burn!” and “If Darkness Had a Son.”
The 12-song collection is the band’s first full-length release of new material since 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”
Metallica has been a steady presence on the road this year with stadium dates throughout Europe and the U.S., thrilling fans with set lists that spanned the band’s earliest days (“Whiplash,” “Creeping Death”), mainstream rock hits (“Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters”) and their Metallica-ized version of the ‘60s-era Irish folk song, “Whiskey in the Jar.”
The band also received an injection of pop culture relevancy when its 1986 song “Master of Puppets” became a viral favorite this summer after its use in the Season 4 finale of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
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