Long acknowledged as one of the greatest live bands of their generation, rock legends Metallica have set new attendance records at each of the shows they played on their recent UK tour. Metallica WorldWired - presented by Live Nation - played 5 sold out UK Arena shows in October to ecstatic reviews. Metro called them ‘exciting and innovative’, whilst The Times noted that they were ‘powerful enough to get over 20,000 fans punching the air in unison’ and Kerrang thought they were ‘jaw-droppingly awesome’. The bands’ ground breaking in-the-round production not only gave fans a totally immersive live experience but also allowed for an increased venue capacity.
On the opening night at London’s O2, Metallica pulled in a crowd of 22,134, the following night they broke their own record for the best attended single concert performance by one headliner with a crowd of 22,211. It was the same story on the rest of the tour, a crowd of 13,111 packed into Glasgow’s Hydro to set a new attendance record and in Birmingham Metallica drew in a record breaking crowd of 15,604."
Commenting on the achievement Live Nation’s Executive President of UK Touring Andy Copping said “This has been an incredible achievement by METALLICA – the band and everyone around them have been a pleasure to work with and they staged one of the greatest indoor shows I have ever seen”
Metallica’s most recent album Hardwired...To Self Destruct was released on November 18, 2016 on the band’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations at www.metallica.com.
On November 10th the band are re-issuing their third album ‘Master of Puppets’ which has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various digital and physical configurations, including a Limited Edition Box Set. You can preorder them here.
Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan. Metallica has also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. In December 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.