You Pick The Opening Bands in Mexico City

We’re having a blast hanging out with the best of the local music scene as we zig-zag across the globe, so just as we did with the recent run in Copenhagen and in some of our favorite Latin American countries in the Fall of last year, we’re asking you to choose who you want to see take the stage first in Mexico City. As you may know, our friend and musical icon Iggy Pop will be joining us there, but there’s plenty of room for one more act!

Entertainment Weekly: Metallica's Lars Ulrich breaks down summer tour: 'You have to bring some s--- that blows up'

Late last year, Metallica roared back with their 10th studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The double LP — their first full-length since 2008’s progged-out Death Magnetic — marked the legendary metal group’s return to the breakneck thrash that defined their vaunted ’80s catalog. And, come May, they’ll be taking their latest tunes to stadiums throughout North America with their WorldWired Tour.

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February 16, 2017 In the Press

A.V. Club: Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on the Grammys’ relevancy and future Lady Gaga collaborations

It’s rare that a drummer becomes the face of a band, much less one of its most well-known members. But that’s the case with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, who doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind and dealing with whatever fallout that invites. This past weekend, Metallica performed at the Grammys with Lady Gaga, a performance that saw some technical difficulties plaguing the early going. But Metallica has a long history with the ceremony, as it was first invited to perform back in 1989 when its fourth album …And Justice For All was nominated for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance award. The band infamously lost to Jethro Tull, which raised questions about the award show being out of touch and heading toward irrelevance. Nearly three decades later that conversation is louder than ever. The A.V. Club spoke to Ulrich about the Grammys in 2017, Metallica’s collaboration with Lady…

February 15, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Lars Ulrich Teases Metallica's 'Big, F--king Crazy' Stadium Tour

This summer, Metallica will embark on not only their first real U.S. tour in eight years, but their first in over a decade touring stadiums in North America. "I'm just excited about the fact that that's still possible to go out and play stadiums 36 years into a career and that people give a shit," drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "It's going to be awesome."

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February 15, 2017 In the Press

Entertainment Weekly: Metallica's Lars Ulrich calls Lady Gaga Grammys duet a 'clusterf---'

Lady Gaga’s duet with Metallica at Sunday’s Grammy Awards was a collaboration that, upon its announcement, surprised many; its participants, however, were blindsided by something else in the heat of the moment: technical difficulties.

Speaking to Julia Cunningham and Kyle Anderson on Tuesday morning, Metallic c0-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich discussed malfunction-ridden performance, telling the L.A. Daily hosts the gig — which saw lead singer James Hetfield’s microphone failing for the first verse of “Moth Into Flame” — was a “clusterf—” in the best possible way.

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February 14, 2017 In the Press

Associated Press: Enter soundman: Mics fixed, Metallica heads out on tour

The good news: 26 million people were glued to their TV sets Sunday night as heavy metal heroes Metallica gave their genre a rare appearance on network television.

The bad news: A decent portion of their must-see duet with Lady Gaga was sung into a dead microphone; (her vocals were just fine).

But with their Spinal Tap moment behind them, Metallica is heading out on a 23-date North American stadium tour in May in support of their new album "Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct." It's their first real tour since 2009, and the album has sold nearly 2 million copies since its November release.

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February 14, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Lars Ulrich on Lady Gaga: 'The Quintessential Fifth Member of This Band'

Metallica's Grammy performance with Lady Gaga may not have gone exactly as they envisioned – a stagehand reportedly unplugged the wire to singer James Hetfield's microphone before the group went onstage – but as drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone, a "slight technical snafu" couldn't diminish the band's enthusiasm for their temporary new singer.

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February 14, 2017 In the Press

Billboard: No Technical Difficulties For Metallica in Post-Grammy Show

Near the end of their ten-song greatest hits set at the sweaty, raucous and rocking Hollywood Palladium Sunday (Feb. 12), Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich grabbed the mic and quipped, “Hey, is this still on?” in reference to the band’s Grammy appearance earlier that night. Metallica rocked the Grammys at Staples Center with Lady Gaga just hours before, and they still rocked even though frontman James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t on for most of the performance.

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February 13, 2017 In the Press

The WorldWired Tour Hits North America

It was one of the worst kept secrets in the touring world and now we’re here to finally make it official... yes, the WorldWired tour will be hitting the road in North America this summer for our first extended tour of the States and Canada since 2009! Whew... it certainly has been way too long and we are beyond excited to be visiting all of our friends in North America. We’re also psyched to announce that after joining us in Minneapolis last year, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat have graciously signed on to be the main support acts for the run.

All Within My Hands Foundation

We’re excited to announce a big step in our endeavors to give back and share some of our good fortune as we announce the formation of the All Within My Hands Foundation. Our goal is to assist and enrich the lives of members of the communities who have supported us for so many years along with encouraging more participation from our fans and friends to help to make the world a better place.

Ekstra Bladet: Konge! Metallica sprængte Royal Arena

Siden Lars Ulrich i 2000 lagde sig ud med Napster og store dele af musikverdenen, har Metallica haft ry for at være griske.

Men hvis de kun spiller musik for pengenes skyld, så skjuler de det fandeme godt.

Energien, viljen og spilleglæden sprøjtede ud af mangemillionærerne, da de indtog Royal Arena for tredje gang på en uge.

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February 9, 2017 In the Press

Newsweek: METALLICA’S JAMES HETFIELD RIDES THE LIGHTNING WITH NEWSWEEK

Back in the ’80s, Metallica was extremely prolific, recording four of metal’s mightiest albums in just five years. Since then, though, the band’s pace has slowed. In the past 15 years, they’ve recorded only three studio albums, and it took eight years for Metallica to release Death Magnetic’s successor, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. For the latter, it was worth the wait. And on February 12, the foursome will perform some of the new album at the Grammy Awards (and potentially take a ninth award home). In a conversation with Newsweek, frontman/guitarist James Hetfield speaks about the making of Hardwired, his all-time favorite Metallica album and how he secretly wants to play drums.

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February 9, 2017 In the Press

BT: Metallica indtog København: 'Tog revanche for direkte pinlig indsats'

»Jeg har det noget bedre i dag,« grinede Metallicas sanger James Hetfield tirsdag aften efter sin sygdom – det havde resten af bandet åbenbart også og bød os på et medrivende musikalsk metalbrag i Royal Arena

Der er for så vidt ingen grund til at vente på sagen, når man kan gå lige til den:

Metallicas anden koncert i Københavns nye Royal Arena var en frygtindgydende fornem og fedtfri fanfare ført igennem over to timer med femten af de sidste godt 30 års bedste Heavy Metal hymner.

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February 8, 2017 In the Press