We’re back from our whirlwind promotional trip to Europe and Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is officially out! That trip was capped off with a very special night on Friday at the London House of Vans and now we are off to conquer Canada with a visit to Toronto next week. We can’t get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe so, while we’re there, we plan to set foot on the stage at the intimate historic Opera House for a special one-night-only Fifth Members show on Tuesday, November 29th.
The day is finally here! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is officially unleashed on the world! Two discs with nearly 80 minutes of music is now available, so find your local record store, download on iTunes & stream on Apple Music, listen on Spotify, watch the videos on YouTube... or any other way you choose to enjoy music.
The countdown clock is ticking and with less than 48 hours to go to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (depending where you live, of course) we thought it might be fun to give you a steady diet of visual teasers before the clock strikes midnight on November 18th! As you may have read here and there, we got just a little ambitious and worked with some incredible imaginative, innovative, directors to create not just the three videos you’ve already seen, but went all the way with one video for EACH song on the album (including bonus track “Lords of Summer”)!
You guys are awesome!!! Tickets for the March 1st show have already sold out in less than two hours... perhaps you would like another night? The schedule is clear and we’re excited to add a second show at Foro Sol in Mexico City on March 3, 2017.
We had an awesome time today hanging in Berlin, performing on Circus HalliGalli and the day even included a few surprise bonus songs for 350 fans in the studio audience. In fact, we had such a great time that after a quick visit to Paris today, we’ll be heading back to Germany tomorrow! This time the four of us will split up to travel to each corner of the country visiting radio stations in Munich (Rock Antenne), Cologne (WDR2), Hannover (Radio 21) and Berlin (Star FM).
In the last two months, we’ve been to New York City, Latin America and Europe so it’s about time we plan some festivities to celebrate the release of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct right at home in the Bay Area! And what better way to wind down the year than a special Fifth Members show in our own backyard at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, CA as we hit the stage there on December 17th for the last time in 2016 ... it promises to be quite the party!
It’s almost here... a new Metallica record finally hits the streets this Friday, November 18!! To celebrate we’ll be playing live at the very intimate House of Vans in London for Fifth Members and lucky winners of the Vans ticket contest. We hit the stage at 9:00 PM GMT that night and we want you to be a part of the madness as the show will stream live!!
It’s officially Hardwired... week and we’re kicking off an extremely exciting, crazy week with the announcement that we will be returning to China and for the first time ever playing in Beijing!! As you may know, we’re going to get the new year started right with a trip to Asia and we’re beyond excited to add Beijing to the WorldWired Tour schedule on January 18, 2017 at the Le Sports Center.
A few weekends ago we had the honor and privilege of being invited to play at The 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit presented by Neil Young and Pegi Young. We dusted off our acoustic gear, stripped down some classic songs, played some covers and even jammed with our host, the man himself Neil Young.
Over eight years of waiting is now down to just one week until Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is cut loose and our friends at independent retail are throwing a party!! Starting on Friday, November 18th at 12:01 AM almost 100 old school record shops in North America will be open at Midnight selling Hardwired…To Self-Destruct LPs and CDs. Stores will be stocked with music, prizes and cool giveaways like limited edition vinyl slip mats and posters as Blackened Friday officially kicks off... yeah, we’re a week before that other Black Friday you may have heard about (!). During normal business hours additional stores will be hosting Blackened Friday events with music and more give-aways as the celebration continues.
The top secret stop today in Berlin is revealed as we’ll be performing today on Circus HalliGalli today to be broadcast on November 21st on ProSieben. Following the taping of the show, we’ll stick around and play a few extra songs for 350 fans in the small intimate setting of the studio.
Just two weeks to go until Hardwired…To Self Destruct and we’re beyond excited that we’ll be spending the week of release with our friends in Europe and celebrating with you in a big way in London, England on November 17th and 18th with three very unique outings.
Less than three weeks now until all twelve new tracks from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct are cut loose for good and today we’re proud to bring you the third and final sneak peek from the album, “Atlas, Rise!” Hopefully, you will hear it on your local radio station and you can check out the video by Clark Eddy, our master editor and the unsung hero of the making-of-the-album “behind the scenes” clips that have graced Metallica.com and Mission Metallica over the years.
Greetings from Latin America and the first leg of many WorldWired tour dates to come over the next few years! As you may have already seen, we are kicking off 2017 with a visit to our friends in Asia and we’re psyched that the latest addition to that run of the tour is Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on January 22, 2017.
As we circle the globe spreading the Hardwired vibe, we’re super excited to announce that we’ll be making a very quick visit to our European friends in mid-November. While we’re there you can look for more of the same mix of activities we did in New York . . . some television appearances, maybe a live show (no hints yet!), connecting with a few old friends to chat about the new album and more. We’re honored that during our visit we've been asked to play on Le Grand Journal on Canal Plus TV in France on November 15th and we would like YOU to be our guest in the audience.
No surprises this time around! We’re giving you some heads up that we plan to unleash the next track from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, “Atlas, Rise!” to you streaming online and via your favorite radio station this Halloween (October 31st) at noon PDT. Keep reading for details on how you can hear it early!
To help you get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28th, fans around the world can visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Halloween mask. Inside of each mask, you’ll find a special access code that will allow you to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30 minutes prior to its official release on Halloween. To see a complete list of participating record stores, click here.
We’re less than a month away now... looking forward to celebrating Halloween with you as we take the next step toward the…
This “…Sandman”, this sleekly lit, malevolent, low-slung lounge creature, might just have given a new twist, dimension, life and identity to one of the more classic pieces of popular American music of the last 25 or so years. It felt dark, so dark, and it felt like something David Lynch or Nick Cave or Cormac McCarthy would’ve been proud to give birth to. It was, and I mean this, sensational in the moment.
Updated with Steffan's remarks on Night #2!
For those of you schedule watching, you may have noticed a slight break in the action on this upcoming five-city Latin American tour... we can’t have that!! We thought it would be fun to take a slight detour between San Juan and Quito during those two days off and stop to visit our friends in Mexico City and pass on a little Hardwired... love. We’ll be there on October 27th and 28th chatting with a few journalists and playing the album for them and we want you to be a part of the action!
Monday we told you how excited we are to hit the ground running in 2017 with tour dates in Asia and we’re back today with a Metallica first – a show in Hong Kong! Thirty-five years and still beyond psyched to go to new frontiers, so this promises to be a very special night as we hit the stage at the AsiaWorld-Expo on January 20, 2017.
Voting is now open!
We were hanging at HQ getting ready to hit the road for the first dates on the WorldWired tour and had this crazy idea... how about you guys pick the opening acts for the October/November leg?!? It seems like a cool way to celebrate the return to some of our favorite places and we’ll get to check out what’s going on musically in your town. So with the help of our local promoter friends, you can be a part of shaping the show each night!