Since Metallica’s WorldWired Tour began in 2016, the iconic band have visited the UK twice, first in November 2016 and then in October 2017. Metallica’s first stop in the UK was at the famed House of Vans, where James Hetfield and company performed an intimate set. The band’s second stop a year later was a whirlwind five-show extravaganza of metal madness, with the group performing twice in London (at the O2 Arena) and then in Glasgow (SSE Hydro), Manchester (Manchester Arena), and Birmingham (Genting Arena). This summer they will return, playing at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and then Twickenham in London.
Back in the UK
Metallica is touring Europe this summer for their 2019 WorldWired Tour. The series of concerts will kick off on the 1st May at Lisbon’s Estadio Restelo. Other destinations include Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and Belgium. In June, Metallica will arrive in the UK and are set to rock the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on the 18th, before invading Twickenham Stadium in London on the 20th.
A Heavy Set List
As in the previous legs, expect Metallica to deliver a number of all-time favourites, including all-timers like “One,” “Master of Puppets,” “Sad But True,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” The band have begun the tour with “Hardwired” and “Atlas, Rise.” It is an ear-splitting crescendo from then on, with Metal Head Zone reporting that Metallica are including songs not featured in any of the previous set lists during this three-year tour: “Cyanide” (4th song on the set list), “Confusion” (7th), the MISFITS cover “Last Caress” (10th), and “Fuel” (11th). The genre-bending Kirk/Rob Doodle, where guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo interpret a song by a local artist, maybe in play too, as it has been a staple on Metallica’s tour so far. If so, Trujillo and Hammett will have plenty of hits to choose from.
In Support of Hardwired
Metallica’s massively successful WorldWired Tour is in support of Hardwired . . . to Self-Destruct, the band’s 10th studio album. It follows in the footsteps of Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984), Master of Puppets (1986), . . . And Justice for All (1988), Metallica (1991), Load (1996), Reload (1997), St. Anger (2003), and Death Magnetic(2008). The 1988 classic . . . And Justice for All was remastered and re-released last year, and we of course reviewed it right here on The Moshville Times. The re-release, like the original, is a masterpiece, only with an assortment of add-ons, like the band’s iconic performance from Seattle in 1989 and a ton of demos. It’s a treat for any Metallica fan. That being said, nothing can ever beat the actual experience of watching them perform live. This summer, Metallica fans in the UK will again have that chance.
All You Need to Know About The Etihad, Manchester
The Etihad, where the first of Metallica’s two UK shows will be held, is of course home to current Premier League champions Manchester City. And it is a fitting venue to hold one of the best bands in the world. City are very much still in contention to win the league again this season, with bwin giving City odds of 2.20 to make it back-to-back league titles. So, there is a real feel good vibe around the city at the minute, making it the perfect time to welcome Metallica back to Manchester. Although the Etihad holds 55,097, it still has a very intimate feel about it – unlike other stadiums in the UK – so, it is ideal for rock concerts.
Metallica will then close things out in style at Twickenham, the home of English rugby. Twickenham has also been used extensively to host concerts from major musical acts, including the Rolling Stones in 2003, Genesis (as part of their reunion tour) in 2007, and Iron Maiden in 2008. Now the stadium will be able to add Metallica to that list of music icons. It is set to be one of the biggest concerts of the European Tour.
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