Metallica’s festival-style world tour comes to SoCal in August

Metallica is preparing for one very employed for two years.

The heavy metal band released their first new track in six years on Monday, making good on drummer Lars Ulrich’s promise not to keep fans waiting another eight years to hear new music. Retro styled “Lux Æterna” returns to Metallica’s classic thrash metal sound. It comes from Metallica’s forthcoming 12th studio album, 72 Seasons, out April 14th.

The band also released the song’s Tim Saccenti-directed music video on Monday, along with details about the album’s accompanying two-night M72 world tour, covering nearly two dozen cities.

After kicking off in Amsterdam on April 27, the 46-show tour will head to Southern California in August for two shows at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

The band have called the tour stops “no repeat weekends” and have shows across Europe and North America through 2024. Support acts Pantera and Mammoth WVH will play the August 25 show at SoFi, and Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills will perform at the August 27 concert. The Architects, Volbeat and Greta Van Fleet were tapped for other dates on the tour.

“Starting in April 2023, we will be visiting 22 different cities around the world and playing two nights in each city, with each ‘No Repeat Weekend’ show being a completely unique experience: Two completely different setlists with two different bands opening the show every night!” The band announced on Monday.

“Buy a two-day ticket and you won’t see the same song twice, 30+ songs in total from 40+ years of happiness in making music. Most of the shows (sorry, not all — we tried!) happen on Fridays and Sundays, so we’re sure we have plenty of extracurricular events where you can meet up with other Metallica fans before the shows start and the Saturday night in between.”

Advance ticket sales for the tour begin on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Metallica’s new 12-track 72 Seasons album was produced by Ulrich, Greg Fidelman and James Hetfield and takes its title from the 72 seasons, which span the first 18 years of a person’s life, the band said.

“72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that shape our true or false selves. The concept of being told “who we are” by our parents. A possible pigeonholing of what kind of personality we are,” explained guitarist Hetfield. I think the most interesting part of this is the ongoing exploration of these core beliefs and how they affect our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is a re-enactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or liberation from these shackles we wear.”

The new album comes six years after 2016’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, which came a long way eight years after 2008’s Death Magnetic. While Metallica was also re-issuing classics and recording live albums during this period, the band soared this summer with their 1986 song “Master of Puppets” after appearing in the Season 4 finale

Before the tour kicks off, Metallica will play a concert in downtown Los Angeles on December 16th to benefit its All Within My Hands Foundation.

The third annual Metallica Presents: The Helping Hands Concert, hosted by late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel, will be held at the Microsoft Theater downtown.

Guest Greta Van Fleet will open the show and Paramount+ will livestream the event at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. It will also be simulcast on Pluto TV worldwide and on YouTube. Metallica’s festival-style world tour comes to SoCal in August

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