Metallica releases a new album and embarks on a huge world tour.
The band’s record “72 Seasons” – the sequel to 2016’s “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” will arrive on April 14, 2023, with the band’s European leg of concerts beginning the same month.
Their “M72” world tour will run through 2024 and will include the previously announced hits from the Download Festival.
Leader James Hetfield, 59, said: “72 seasons. The first 18 years of our life that form our true or false self. The concept that our parents told us “who we are”.
“A possible classification around the type of personality that we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of these core beliefs and how they affect our perception of the world today.
“Much of our adult experience is a re-enactment or reaction to those childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or freed from those bonds we carry.
A taste of the new album, produced by James, Greg Fidelman and Lars Ulrich, can be heard on their new single “Lux Æterna”, while the album can be pre-ordered in digital and physical format from Wednesday 30 november.
The European leg of Metallica’s world tour will begin in Amsterdam on April 27, 2023 and will visit Paris, Hamburg and Gothenburg in May and June, before the band heads to North America.
They will then return to Europe for the return match in May, June and July 2024, followed by further dates in North America.
The tour includes two nights in each city and promises a “rehearsal-free weekend” of two different sets and opening acts.
Support will include Architects, Mammoth WVH, Five Finger Death Punch, Ice Nine Kills, Pantera, Volbeat and Greta Van Fleet.
A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold for the tour will go to the band’s “All Within My Hands” foundation.
Founded in 2017, AWMH’s efforts to help and enrich the lives of community members who have supported the group have raised nearly $13 million – providing $5.9 million in grants for training programs professional and technical support in the United States, more than $2.5 million to address food insecurity, and more than $3.2 million to disaster relief efforts worldwide.
The “M72” tour will also feature a bold new stage design that moves the famous “Metallica Snake Pit” to center stage.
Tickets for two days will go on sale Friday, December 2 at ticketmaster.com and will include the option to pre-order ’72 Seasons’ on vinyl and/or CD.
Day tickets will be available from January 20.
For more information, including fan club presales, enhanced experiences, and more, visit metallica.com/m72-info.