Metallica Kicks Off M72 Tour with Dutch Treat of Two Debuts

Metallica kicked off its epic M72 World Tour today (April 27) in Amsterdam, Netherlands with a couple of live debuts and a few surprises.

The biggest surprise came right off the back when the San Francisco metal legends launched off with "Orion," a tune they haven't opened with since a club date they did at the Fillmore in 2011.

Next they said hello to Holland with the classic "For Whom The Bell Tolls" followed by a deep cut from the Black Album "Holier Than Thou," - a tune they only played live once in the 1990s, but have seemingly warmed up to it as of this century. They rocked it live on Jimmy Kimmel just a few weeks ago, for example.

Sandwiching "Fade to Black," Metallica introduced two new songs from their new album, 72 Seasons: "Screaming Suicide" and "Sleepwalk My Life Away" - both live debuts.

The Death Magnetic album is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Typically it would be slightly unusual to see "The Day That Never Comes" on the setlist - as it was last night - instead of "All Nightmare Long," but remember, this tour is about having two concerts per city and no repeats.

So Saturday when the band returns to their in-the-round stage nothing that they rocked last night will be played, meaning missing tunes like "Enter Sandman," "Blackened," and "All Nightmare Long" will probably be heard.

Metallica will be touring the world with opening acts like Turnstile, Nine Inch Nails, or Mammoth depending on where the show is. They will be playing Europe through June before heading back to North America, which includes the closing night at Power Trip in Indio. Tickets are available on their website.

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Last updated: 10 Jun 2023, 09:42 Etc/UTC