METALLICA: Official Video Recap Of ‘WorldWired’ Tour Kick-Off

METALLICA: Official Video Recap Of ‘WorldWired’ Tour Kick-Off

Thursday, 01 June 2017
The official video recap of the first show of the North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour — which launched on May 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland — can be seen below. According to Rolling Stone, the stage show included "seemingly hundred-foot screens that stretch to the upper rafters of the gigantic venue, chest-rattling bass drum that approximates Lars Ulrich personally kicking you in the gut and pyro displays that include 40-foot flames that turn into fireballs and fireworks galore." The stage even had giant balloons that display the cover of METALLICA's latest album, 2016's "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". The band's 18-song setlist included five tracks from "Hardwired", which was certified platinum last month by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). METALLICA was joined in Baltimore by Danish/American rock and rollers VOLBEAT and popular California act AVENGED SEVENFOLD. METALLICA's setlist was as follows: 01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. For Whom the Bell Tolls 04. Fuel 05. The Unforgiven 06. Now That We're Dead 07. Moth Into Flame 08. Wherever I May Roam 09. Halo on Fire 10. Hit The Lights 11. Sad But True 12. One 13. Master Of Puppets 14. Fade to Black 15. Seek & Destroy Encore: 16. Battery 17. Nothing Else Matters 18. Enter Sandman Ulrich told Rolling Stone that playing two one-off stadium gigs last year — at San Francisco's AT&T Park and Minneapolis's US Bank Stadium — showed the group that they could still draw larger venues in the U.S. as they tour in support of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". "It was like, 'Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago,'" he said. "It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening. "Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating," he continued. "There's all these things to worry about like, 'You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,' and, 'Where do you play on Tuesday?' and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that's out there in METALLICA's world right now." METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett concurred, telling The Baltimore Sun: "It looks like we're selling more tickets than we have ever before in the United States. Knowing that has made everyone super excited about the tour. It's a good place to be because we feel pretty fresh." The North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour is hitting stadiums in twenty-five cities before winding down in mid-August.


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