Once more, we are off to never never land! Metallica has returned to the tour circuit, and they are bigger and badder than ever.
Last night, Metallica kicked off their first tour since 2009. The lucky denizens of Baltimore were treated to a heavy gig featuring old favorites and new tricks. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat joined them amongst the giant digital displays and pyrotechnics.
It’s no surprise that fans went wild for the show. Metallica, made up of members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, is one of the biggest bands in history. Even people who aren’t into metal recognize songs like “Enter Sandman” and “Master of Puppets.”
So far, they’ve released 10 studio albums, won eight Grammys and had numerous number one debuts on the Billboard charts. Rolling Stone included them on its list of Greatest Artists of All Time.
Despite Metallica’s successes, however, the megastars needed a little break. They toured for two years straight, got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and said it was time for a rest from the chaos.
Less than six months ago, the metal group launched their latest album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. It was this release that pulled them back into the touring world. Naturally, the WorldWired Tour that kicked off last night featured several of their newest songs. And go figure–the fans already knew every single word and beat.
Hetfield perfectly riled up the audience between songs as well. “We don’t give a sh-t where you’re from, what religion you are, what color you are,” he said. “The fact that you are here and celebrating live music and life together, you are part of the Metallica family.”
The tour will pickup again tomorrow night when Metallica lands in Philadelphia. Check out the rest of the dates and get your tickets here.