Year In Review: Metallica

Dec 7, 2017 Tagged: Metallica

In support of their 2016 release, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, metal legends Metallica have spent most of their 2017 on the road, performing on the WorldWired Tour. The seemingly endless tour dates marks the first world-wide tour after Metallica's World Magnetic Tour six years ago. The heavy metal veterans performed 27 shows across the United States and Canada just this summer alone.

The European leg of Metallica's WorldWired Tour kicked off this past September in Copenhagen, Denmark and concluded at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium. After a two and a half month break, their 97-date run will continue again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May 11 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

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Lars Ulrich revealed to Rolling Stone in February how Metallica felt about their fan's response to the tour, "It was like, 'Holy f**k, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening... 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."

"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."

Covers on the WorldWired Tour Setlist

Though every night of the WorldWired Tour was dominated by newer tracks from their 2017 release Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, the California bred metalheads also incorporated covers into their setlist at select dates. The band covered “Am I Evil?” from Diamond Head’s 1980 album, Lightning to the Nations, Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back At Anger” and shifted back to their musical roots with a rendition of Black Sabbath's “War Pigs."

Metallica - War Pigs Cover

Hometown Shows and Festivals

In the midst of the WorldWired Tour, Metallica made a triumphant homecoming with a performance following a long summer run of playing stadium shows around North America. The band showed no sign of slowing down this year when they hit the main stage at Outside Lands. Take a look at our live photos from their set below:

Metallica – By Chris Tuite
Metallica – By Chris Tuite
Metallica – By Chris Tuite
Metallica – By Chris Tuite
Metallica – By Chris Tuite

Over 40,000 music fans in Northern California attended The Band Together Bay Area concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park. The purpose of the power packed concert was to aide Northern California's fire relief in wake of October's devastating wildfires. The Northern California festival featured legendary artists local to the area like Dead & Company, Dave Matthews, Rancid, and G-Eazy, and of course the iconic Bay Area natives themselves, Metallica. The NorCal concert raised $17 million, which was directly donated to the Tipping Point Community Relief Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is fighting poverty and assisting low income communities in the Bay Area.

The performance hit close to home for the metal icons. Guitarist Kirk Hammett nearly lost his Sonoma's Mission Highlands home in the fire. Hammett told the San Francisco Chronicle: "On the Cal Fire map, the fire ends right on top of my house. The reality is that it ended at my front gate. It's brutal. The mental and psychological toll is what I always think about."

The band released a statement that they were "proud" to take part in the Band Together Bay Area concert "to assist the families impacted by the fires and show our immense appreciation to the thousands of first responders who have been working tirelessly since the fires began."

Check out photos from their Band Together Bay Area set below:

Metallica – By Chris Tuite
Metallica – By Chris Tuite
Metallica – By Chris Tuite

Metallica for Charity

While Metallica has been busy selling out stadiums across the world, the band remain grounded and committed to giving back. On November 28, Metallica released limited edition gift cards through Starbucks, with proceeds being donated to Metallica's charity organization, All Within My Hands Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.

2017 Grammy Nominations

Metallica has officially been nominated for 2 GRAMMYs. Their latest released Hardwired…To Self-Destruct has been nominated in the Best Rock Album category and “Atlas, Rise!” has received a nom for Best Rock Song. The legendary group already has a whopping 8 Grammy Awards under their belts to date.

Keep up with Metallica in 2018 and bookmark their Live Nation artist page for tour dates and ticket info.

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Last updated: 11 Dec 2017, 16:36 Etc/UTC

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