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Thread: Bye Bye America (Hello Europe!) – The Final Show of the North American WorldWired Adventures
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Bye Bye America (Hello Europe!) – The Final Show of the North American WorldWired Adventures 19.03.2019 17:16 Forum: Metallica News


Bye Bye America (Hello Europe!) – The Final Show of the North American WorldWired Adventures



BY STEFFAN CHIRAZI

They came to Grand Rapids, Michigan in their fineries and fancy get-ups, their hearts heavy in the knowledge that this was the final North American show, yet fortified by the friendships and bonds created during these North American WorldWired legs. More than anything, they signed up for a journey and got back not just a ticket to ride all over, but a family and community which will last longer than any Metallica tour – even WorldWired! I am speaking of the Black Ticket holders, who through no fault or desire of their own, have become the undeniable core and heartbeat of these returns to classic old school ‘Tallica towns throughout the continent. Queuing up outside every venue at obscenely early hours, doing Planes, Trains and Automobiles journeys to get from gig to gig, braving elements which mocked normal elements, these bravest of the brave came to symbolize the North American WorldWired Tour in a way no one could ever have predicted. And as they gathered in the thin, sheeting rain for one last time outside the Van Andal Arena, they did so with equal measures of warmth and sadness, yet also celebration at what the last seven months have brought.

When this entire WorldWired adventure started in late 2016 (with the first single firing the words “we’re so fucked, shit outta luck” off the bough) little did anyone know just how prophetic those words would be in global terms. Yet as the world has become increasingly “fucked,” WorldWired has continued to juggernaut through from strength to strength, already hitting stadiums and arenas once around before coming back to North America’s “smaller” cities starting last September. And it feels as though these gigs – no events, because that’s what the North American WorldWired dates have felt like: Events with a capital fucking “E” – have increasingly become places for the ever-growing Black Ticket family to congregate and escape from said-world and all its attendant bullshit. It feels intrinsically linked; world bullshit quota goes up? Metallica’s WorldWired crowds get crazier, thicker, heavier, and more engaged with each other as both a lifestyle and an escape to good times with good people.



Make no mistake, the Black Ticket idea has created an even tighter community than anyone could’ve imagined. The Met Club has always been a hotbed of togetherness, but these road dogs have accumulated miles and stories which will both continue to be told and accrued for years to come. Thus seeing so many of them, from Norway to Brazil to New York to Mexico, show up in fancy dress, formal wear, and evening attire for this final North American tour night was quite something. Tonight the band also met Mike Mueller and Russell Forrest, the only two Black Ticket holders who made every single North American show (Mike was a very entertaining So What! Diary scribe last year) and the clear reverence from each towards the other was something to see, Lars in particular summoning his inner journalist to ask them each how they did it and express both gratitude and admiration. Already some others have planned to be Black Ticket holders for Europe and beyond… the lifestyle is real, and there is no doubt that the US Metallica fan base includes a couple of new generations of youth who will ensure that said- lifestyle continues in earnest.

The Van Andal Arena heaved with life and good spirits, and like all the North American venues before it, thousands upon thousands relished the opportunity to see Metallica again for the first time in decades. Behind the backstage curtain, I can genuinely say in all my years I have never seen the backstage corridors as full of people right before the guys went onstage, and equally, I cannot ever remember everyone being so “OK” with it. It’d be like a CEO walking into their office and finding it mobbed with people, but again, the vibe was decidedly warm and congenial, with the guys having more last minute chinwags before the sprint-to-stage than I’ve ever witnessed (team Stone Brewing was in strong attendance!).



The band have found rhythm, stealth, and magical muscle memory on these North American legs, pulling out a few rarities for cities which haven’t seen them in (some cases) decades, and this final gig saw a royal blasting of “Phantom Lord” as well as recent addition “Here Comes Revenge” (with Jess Cope’s excellent video art adorning the cubes). Hetfield has loved re-engaging with these towns, and his pride and pleasure was again abundant in Grand Rapids. Another highpoint was Rob and Kirk jamming Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” with James stepping up to provide enthusiastic vocals. I believe that the jam spot specifically has helped Kirk find a level of joy in his overall performance that pretty much supersedes everything he’s done live in the last 20 years, and North America has, in my opinion, witnessed some of his best-ever performances. Rob spoke enthusiastically of how much fun it has been to see an enthusiastic and engaged Kirk taking off on fire like this regularly. And the LU meter has been in fine fettle, on point, on target, and providing the vital platform for these shows to deliver all that that they have.

Earlier, “Honorary Black Ticket Metclubbin’ Family Members” Jim Breuer and Joe Sib did their final round of hosting, and as you will read in an upcoming SW! chat with Jim, he has found a new level of engagement and interaction with the fans. In fact, I can tell you that Jim seemed genuinely sad at the impending conclusion, and joked that he would find himself yelling for the bus call in his living room and asking where catering was.



As the minutes ticked down, as “Blackened” scorched another few minutes off the WorldWired North American run, as “Nothing Else Matters” glided into “Sandman,” signaling the final moments of ‘Merican performed Metallica music for a while, I reflected on the fact that as the world struggles to turn, Metallica has broken SEVENTEEN attendance records in North America, with a glorious blend of old-school and young-gun fans making up those numbers. So when I tell you how fucking strong this band is right here, right now, don’t take my measly word for it. Just look at the facts as they stand. Here are those records venue by venue.

METALLICA ATTENDANCE RECORD BREAKING SHOWS – NORTH AMERICA 2018/19

September 11, 2018 - Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Center – 12,447
September 13, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place – 17,129
September 15, 2018 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre – 15,806
October 16, 2018 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum – 18,788
October 20, 2018 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center – 15,588
November 26, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena – 20,428
November 30, 2018 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena – 17,574
December 2, 2018 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena – 13,184
December 7, 2018 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center – 17,281
January 18, 2019 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center – 19,228
January 28, 2019 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena – 20,052
January 30, 2019 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena – 16,587
February 28, 2019 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center – 12,546
March 4, 2019 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena – 15,690
March 6, 2019 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center – 19,646
March 9, 2019 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center – 23,084
*also the highest attendance for the tour

March 11, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 18,274





Our night flight is about to land in Oakland, the end of this run officially signed, stamped, and sealed. Europe is on the horizon. Stadiums again. Rob and Kirk have already had a couple of little chats about the first few gigs in May, and I can hear tour manager Eric Johnson and Marc Reiter from management going over a couple of details regarding the run. One WorldWired ends, but another whole new WorldWired is about to begin. We are family…
Thread: S&M²: The 20th Anniversary Concert
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S&M²: The 20th Anniversary Concert 19.03.2019 07:21 Forum: Metallica News




Check this out, you know how much we love firsts and we are always extremely proud to wave the flag for our hometown of San Francisco, so this first is particularly exciting as we announce that we will be performing at the grand opening celebration of the Chase Center with S&M² on Friday, September 6th. That’s right, not only will this be the inaugural event at the new arena in the city, but we will be playing once again with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as we join together to commemorate this historic addition to the Bay Area and mark the 20th anniversary of the S&M concerts and album release.

We’re honored that legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will kick off his final season as San Francisco Symphony Musical Director with a special appearance conducting a portion of the show. James and Lars joined Michael, along with representatives from the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco mayor London Breed, to make the announcement at the Chase Center today.

Watch the Announcement

Presales for Fan Club members begin tomorrow, March 19th with the Legacy Member sale beginning at 9 AM Pacific Time and the Fifth Member sale beginning at 10 AM Pacific Time. Please visit the Club News section for additional details including where to find your presale code.

Tickets will go on sale the general public on Friday, March 22nd at 10 AM Pacific Time at chasecenter.com.

Please join us for this one-night-only show as we celebrate the addition of what is sure to become a cultural landmark in the Bay Area. We’re thrilled to be invited to be a part of it and humbled to be sharing the stage with the legendary MTT and the city’s finest musicians in the San Francisco Symphony.

Thread: 2019.03.13 - Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena, MI, USA
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16.03.2019 09:01 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.03.13 - Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena, MI, USA
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2019.03.13 - Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena, MI, USA 14.03.2019 13:58 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.03.13
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Van Andel Arena

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. The Memory Remains
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Here Comes Revenge
10. Phantom Lord
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Blackened
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.03.11 - Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse, IN, USA
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14.03.2019 07:18 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.03.11 - Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse, IN, USA
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2019.03.11 - Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse, IN, USA 11.03.2019 10:27 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.03.11
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. Ride The Lightning
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Here Comes Revenge
10. Hit The Lights
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Fight Fire With Fire
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.03.09 - Louisville KFC Yum! Center, KY, USA
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11.03.2019 07:08 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.03.09 - Louisville KFC Yum! Center, KY, USA
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2019.03.09 - Louisville KFC Yum! Center, KY, USA 10.03.2019 08:21 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.03.09
Louisville, KY, USA
KFC Yum! Center

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Halo On Fire
10. Motorbreath
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad but True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Battery
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.03.06 - Kansas City Sprint Center, MO, USA
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10.03.2019 08:19 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: Down Under 2019
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Down Under 2019 08.03.2019 13:19 Forum: Metallica News


It’s about time!! We’re more than excited to announce that we’ll be heading back to Australia and New Zealand in October. It’s been over six years since we last visited Australia and nine years since we were lucky enough to set foot in New Zealand... we’re long overdue!

This trip represents another new adventure for us during the WorldWired tour; it will be the first time we have ever headlined stadiums in Australia and New Zealand. To help us celebrate, our friends in Slipknot will be joining us for the journey... six cities, black tickets, enhanced experiences, free albums and downloads, and more!!

Fan Club presales begin Tuesday, March 12th at 1 PM local time for Legacy Members and 2 PM local time for Fifth Members. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 18th.

October 17, 2019 / Perth, WA / Optus Stadium
October 20, 2019 / Adelaide, SA / Adelaide Oval
October 22, 2019 / Melbourne, VIC / Marvel Stadium
October 26, 2019 / Sydney, NSW / ANZ Stadium
October 29, 2019 / Brisbane, QLD / QSAC
October 31, 2019 / Auckland, NZ / Mt. Smart Stadium

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Thread: 2019.03.06 - Kansas City Sprint Center, MO, USA
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2019.03.06 - Kansas City Sprint Center, MO, USA 07.03.2019 09:55 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.03.06
Kansas City, MO, USA
Sprint Center

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek A Destroy
04. The Shortest Straw
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad but True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Spit Out the Bone
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.03.04 - Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS, USA
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06.03.2019 11:19 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.03.04 - Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS, USA
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2019.03.04 - Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS, USA 04.03.2019 15:11 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.03.04
Wichita, KS, USA
Intrust Bank Arena

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. Through the Never
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Here Comes Revenge
10. Whiplash
11. The Memory Remains
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Fight Fire With Fire
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.03.02 - Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX, USA
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04.03.2019 15:09 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.03.02 - Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX, USA
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2019.03.02 - Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX, USA 03.03.2019 17:45 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.03.02
Lubbock, TX, USA
United Supermarkets Arena

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. Ride The Lightning
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Here Comes Revenge
10. Hit The Lights
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Battery
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.02.28 - El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX, USA
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03.03.2019 17:41 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.02.28 - El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX, USA
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2019.02.28 - El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX, USA 27.02.2019 10:25 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.02.28
El Paso, TX, USA
Don Haskins Center

Setlist:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. Holier Than Thou
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom The Bell Tolls
09. Halo On Fire
10. Motorbreath
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Blackened
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.02.01 - Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH, USA
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04.02.2019 06:50 Forum: Met On Tour






Thread: 2019.02.01 - Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH, USA
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2019.02.01 - Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH, USA 01.02.2019 13:25 Forum: Met On Tour


2019.02.01
Cleveland, OH, USA
Quicken Loans Arena

01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Seek And Destroy
04. Wherever I May Roam
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We’re Dead
07. Creeping Death
08. For Whom the Bell Tolls
09. Halo On Fire
10. Hit The Lights
11. Fuel
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Master Of Puppets
16. Battery
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
Thread: 2019.01.30 - Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena, OH, USA
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01.02.2019 13:24 Forum: Met On Tour






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