SEVENDUST To Release ‘All I See Is War’ Album In May

SEVENDUST will release its 12th studio album, “All I See Is War”, on May 11. The follow-up to 2015’s “Kill The Flaw” was recorded at Studio Barbarosa in Gotha, Florida with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who has previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH, among others.

SEVENDUST‘s new disc will be the group’s first for Rise Records, the Oregon-based metal and hard rock label which was purchased by BMG in 2015.

In a recent interview with “Good Company”, SEVENDUST singer Lajon Witherspoon stated about the band’s upcoming effort: “We’ve done so much [more] in 33 days recording this than I’ve ever done in my life. I sang 14 days in nine days to make up for some time that was lost. But it was because I felt good too, so some days I did two songs a day. And it was an experience working with Elvis and [engineer] Jeff [Moll]. Not to take anything [away] from any other producer, but, for me, it was the best [recording] experience in my life. Maybe it [was] due to me being older and more seasoned with what’s going on, but the way that he worked and the things that he knows about music was completely different — I’d never seen anyone [like that] before.”

According to Lajon, Baskette had the music for 60 new SEVENDUST songs to choose from prior to the making of the new album. “For me, I felt stronger as a singer — he made me a better singer, working with him,” Witherspoon said. He went on to describe his working relationship with Elvis as “a partnership. I hated leaving the house, and I can’t wait to do another album with him, and I would like to do it even longer than 33 days,” he said.

SEVENDUST will head out on a headline tour this spring in support of “All I See Is War”. The trek will kick off on April 20 in Tempe, Arizona and will wrap up at Rockfest in Kansas City, Kansas. The tour will make stops in Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Clifton Park, New York and Cincinnati, Ohio, among others. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, FIRE FROM THE GODS and MADAME MAYHEM will join SEVENDUST on the run.

In 2016, SEVENDUST received its first-ever Grammy nomination after two decades together as a band. “Thank You”, the debut single from “Kill The Flaw”, got the nod for “Best Metal Performance”.

GODSMACK To Release ‘When Legends Rise’ Album In April

GODSMACK has set “When Legends Rise” as the title of its first album in four years, due out April 27. The follow-up to 2014’s “1000hp” will be GODSMACK‘s first effort for BMG, following a split with the band’s label home since 1998, Republic/Universal.

Arriving to radio today, February 28, the first single is “Bulletproof”, which shows the band — Sully Erna (vocals, guitar), Tony Rombola (guitar), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Shannon Larkin (drums) — doubling down on their combination of tightly wound riffs, rhythmic fury, naked emotions and pushed-to-the-edge vocals, all fired up with melodic precision and tight songcraft. An official music video is coming soon.

What inspired the songs on “When Legends Rise”? “It was just about evolving as a songwriter,” says Erna. “I wanted to stretch my wings out even further to use all the experiences I’ve had with writing different types of music over the years and applying that to find a way to introduce a newer, fresher, more mature sound, but still maintaining the power of GODSMACK.”

“When Legends Rise”, the band’s seventh studio album, was recorded at their headquarters (GSHQ) in Derry, New Hampshire and produced by Erik Ron and Sully Erna. Sonically intense and layered, it pushes the band forward and kicks off with the title track which begins with tribal-style drums and lethal riffs. “When Legends Rise” speaks to “the band and our journey,” says Erna.”It’s been an amazing road we have traveled through all the ups and downs. But being able to conquer those challenging times with alcohol and egos and everything else that can tear a band apart is what we are the most proud of. To be able to stand strong again and do it better than we ever have. It’s about burning it down and building it back up. It’s the Phoenix rising from the ashes!”

Emotions run strong on “Bulletproof”. Says Erna: “I always write about things that have affected me on an emotional level. I think everyone knows that about me by now. But if I choose to do that, I have to be prepared to be honest and vulnerable. And so the challenge is figuring out how ‘exposed’ you want to be with personal information. But I’ve also learned over the years that for me, being transparent, even to the point of embarrassment sometimes, is so much better than holding it inside and extending that pain longer than you need to. ‘Bulletproof’ is just another moment in my life when I allowed myself to be vulnerable and got hurt. It’s this kind of carelessness from other people that eventually hardens you and forces you to put up that wall to protect yourself. So when and if they circle back around and try to get back in, you make yourself bulletproof.”

Another album standout is the anthemic “Unforgettable” with its towering, massive sound and some special vocal guests. “It’s my favorite song on the record,” says Erna. “And thanks to an organization I work with called C.A.T.S. (Community Alliance for Teen Safety) that focuses on helping young kids stay on the right path, I invited a bunch of kids from the DERRY Middle Schools of New Hampshire to sing with me which I feel really brought this song over the top! They were incredible, and the song is Unforgettable!!”

“When Legends Rise” is also highlighted by the powerful string-laden ballad “Under Your Scars”. “I come from a very broad background in music,” explains Erna. “My great uncle was a famous composer in Sicily, and my dad is still a musician and runs an Italian band in the Boston area. So as I’ve grown over the years as an artist, I’ve regressed back to ALL TYPES of music and instruments I love working with and composing. So I called upon my dear friend Irina Chirkova to lay down the cello parts and Zvezdelina Haltakova (both from Bulgaria) did all the violin parts for me. And I really feel that this specific track will be something people will gravitate towards since it’s the first real ballad we’ve put on a GODSMACK record. I think like it or not, they will gravitate towards it to explore it out of curiosity. But again, it’s about taking risks and expanding.”

“When Legends Rise” track listing:

01. When Legends Rise
02. Bulletproof
03. Unforgettable
04. Every Part Of Me
05. Take It To The Edge
06. Under Your Scars
07. Someday
08. Just One Time
09. Say My Name
10. Let it Out
11. Eye Of The Storm

GODSMACK filmed a video for “Bulletproof” on February 7 at a studio in Los Angeles, featuring cameos from country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach in addition to TV personality Chris Jacobs from “Overhaulin'”. The clip was directed by the band’s longtime visual collaborator Troy Smith.

GODSMACK‘s last release was a song called “Inside Yourself”, which was made available in October 2015 as a free download at the band’s official web site.

GHOST Announces ‘Rats! On The Road’ U.S. Tour

Swedish occult metal band GHOST will embark on the “Rats! On The Road” U.S. tour in May. The trek will kick off on May 5 in Riverside, California and visit U.S. cities throughout the spring.

Tickets and VIP packages for the “Rats! On The Road Tour” will go on sale on this Saturday, March 3 at

Tour dates:

May 05 – Riverside, CA – RMA
May 06 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
May 08 – Houston, TX – Revention
May 10 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli
May 11 – Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theatre
May 12 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
May 13 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
May 15 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
May 16 – Syracuse, NY – Crouse Hinds Theater
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA – WMMR BBQ
May 20 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
May 22 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 23 – Nashville, TN – Tennessee PAC
May 25 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 27 – Memphis, TN – Cannon Center
May 29 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theater
May 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
June 01 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater

GHOST will release its as-yet-untitled fourth album in late spring or early summer Loma Vista Recordings. The follow-up to 2015’s “Meliora” was recorded last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and was mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER). Songtitles set to appear on the LP include “Rats”, “Life Eternal”, “Faith” and “Dance Macabre”.

GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — told Revolver about the band’s upcoming disc: “It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

“There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms,” he continued. “In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python‘s ‘Life Of Brian’: ‘Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!’ Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”

Last year, Forge revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours. The 36-year-old musician, who used to do the act’s interviews disguised as a member of his backing band of Nameless Ghouls, told Revolver that “the original idea of being anonymous — it was a great, naïve idea on paper in 2008, not knowing to what degree we’d be touring or to what extent this was going to be a professional operation. That regimen is very hard to live by. What I hadn’t foreseen was the fans and their willingness to embrace that and play along. [Laughs] I guess that’s the whole thing with showbiz and magic tricks: It’s like you have a silent agreement with your audience. Now, I feel like this has already become more of an entity on its own. As long as I don’t go onstage completely normal and then jump into character onstage, I assume that most fans would be able to accept me as the creator. I can comment on the work the same way a director would on his movie.”

In a separate interview with Metal Hammer, Forge talked about the musical direction of GHOST‘s new album, saying: “It’s a very bright-sounding record. And it’s a very heavy record, I’d say, but not from a Metal Hammer point of view, meaning all metal through and through. But it’s a heavy record with a heavy theme. I think the overall ambience is very serious.

“Technically, a GHOST song could just be piano and vocals but it could also be full pounding, heavy-thrashing hard rock,” he added. “I’m not in any way comparing us to them but I guess our modus operandi is a little like what QUEEN did — just decide to play really good songs and not focus too much on sticking to a recipe.”

While responding to the lawsuit filed by his former bandmates, Forge — who had previously played in several other rock bands, including REPUGNANT, CRASHDIET, SUBVISION, MAGNA CARTA CARTEL and SUPERIOR — took credit for developing GHOST‘s image and stage show and blamed the musicians for “destroying the mystery” surrounding the group by lifting the lid on GHOST‘s business dealings.

GHOST is known for its eccentric performances and is composed of six members easily recognized for their satanic attires. Five men who call themselves as Nameless Ghouls play the instruments while the lead vocalist is known as Papa Emeritus. The Nameless Ghouls who are wearing identical devil masks and costumes represent the five instrumentalities or elements (fire, water, air, earth and aether or quintessence) while their leader Papa Emeritus represents the group’s anti-pope symbol.

STONE SOUR Announces May 2018 U.S. Headlining Tour

STONE SOUR has announced a spring headlining tour with support on select dates from PALAYE ROYALE, THE BRONX and ’68. The trek will include appearances at a a number of festivals in the U.S.

Tour dates:

Apr. 28 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
Apr. 29 – Fort Myers, FL – Fort Rock
May 01 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre (w/ PALAYE ROYALE & ’68)
May 02 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
May 04 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Lunatic Luau
May 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater (w/ PALAYE ROYALE & ’68)
May 08 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium (w/ PALAYE ROYALE & ’68)
May 09 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen (w/ THE BRONX & ’68)
May 11 – Little Rock, AR – The Metroplex (w/ PALAYE ROYALE & ’68)
May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (w/ PALAYE ROYALE & ’68)
May 15 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater (w/ THE BRONX & ’68)
May 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre (w/ THE BRONX & ’68)
May 18 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Riverfront
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range

Corey Taylor recently that Josh Rand will rejoin his STONE SOUR bandmates on the road on April 27 at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

The guitarist most recently performed with STONE SOUR on last month’s ShipRocked cruise before it was announced that he had entered treatment for unspecified issues. STONE SOUR enlisted a temporary replacement for the tour, which included dates with HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT and RED SUN RISING.

Taylor told Musik Universe earlier in the month that he and the rest of STONE SOUR talk to Josh “every day” and that he is “doing great. We actually have a two-month break coming up after this tour, so he’s actually been able to work through the things that he’s going through right now,” Corey said. “And, yeah, he’ll be ready to go for the next tour, which is… I think April [27th] is the first show.”

Corey told the Regina rock radio station 104.9 The Wolf that Josh “is not just somebody who I’ve been in a band with for a while; we’ve been best friends since we were 15 years old — I mean, we go way back. For me, it’s not just the worry of my cohort, my partner, my songwriting guy, my lead guitarist, it’s about worrying about my friend, my brother, somebody who let me sleep on his floor when I was homeless,” he said. “So, for me, that’s the biggest thing — worrying about him. But he seems to be doing really, really well. And, like I said, we talk every day, he’s letting us know how he’s doing. And we just support him as much as we absolutely can. And when it comes to being a friend, that’s all you really can do — just be there for them. The best way to be a friend is just to stay right where you are and just let somebody lean against you if they need it, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

STONE SOUR is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, “Hydrograd”, which came out last June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit “Song #3”.

STONE SOUR will support Ozzy Osbourne on the initial North American leg of the legendary vocalist’s “No More Tours 2” tour, which kicks off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.



A NEW REVENGE (formerly PROJECT ROCK and ROCKSTAR) — the band featuring former members of JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE and SCORPIONS — has inked a deal with Australia’s fastest-growing independent record label Golden Robot Records. The group’s debut album will be released later this year.

A NEW REVENGE features one of the finest voices in metal of all time, Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), one of the most versatile and name-checked guitarists in rock Keri Kelli (SLASH’S SNAKEPIT, ALICE COOPER, VINCE NEIL), legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT) and longtime SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak (also formerly of KINGDOM COME).

“Here’s To Us”, the first-ever original song written and recorded by A NEW REVENGE, was premiered in 2013 on Russia’s “Drive Time Morning Show With Evgeny Shtoltz”. It can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

Owens told RockEra Magazine about A NEW REVENGE: “It started as an all-star band playing songs from all of our careers. Then we wrote a CD and recorded it, and I can’t wait to get it out.” He described the band’s musical direction as “just good old straight-forward hard rock.”

PROJECT ROCK‘s touring lineup also included Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis (GUNS N’ ROSES) on keyboards, but it is not clear if he will be involved with A NEW REVENGE.


* James Kottak (SCORPIONS, KINGDOM COME) – Drums


ARMORED SAINT To Perform Entire ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Album On U.S. Tour

This July/August, ARMORED SAINT will embark on a North American tour commemorating the band’s classic “Symbol Of Salvation” album. On this special run, the group will perform “Symbol Of Salvation” in its entirety, with select shows to be recorded for a live DVD.

ARMORED SAINT frontman John Bush comments: “‘Symbol Of Salvation’! Arguably ARMORED SAINT‘s most important record. These songs came out of us being dropped from Chrysalis Records and finding out about guitarist Dave Prichard developing leukemia. The songs took on a much more emotional meaning than any other previous record. We wrote songs of desperation like ‘Another Day’ and ‘Last Train Home’. Experimental tunes like ‘Tainted Past’ and ‘The Truth Always Hurts’. Classic SAINT rockers like ‘Reign of Fire’, ‘Dropping Like Flies’ and the title track.

“After Dave passed, the band regrouped with Phil and Jeff returning as the guitar tandem. It was a family again. Dave Jerden produced the record and this marked the beginning of Joey becoming the producer of the band.

“It’s going to be a memorable tour. Songs like ‘Burning Question’ and ‘Spineless’, we’ve never played live before. Come share it with us. Let’s make Dave proud.”

Metal Blade labelmates ACT OF DEFIANCE will join ARMORED SAINT on this trek.

ARMORED SAINT “Symbol Of Salvation” tour dates with ACT OF DEFIANCE:

July 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
July 11 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
July 13 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
July 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 15 – Montreal, QC – Petite Campus
July 17 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
July 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Cambridge at House of Blues
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
July 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
July 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Aug. 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
Aug. 17 – Anaheim, CA – Parish at House of Blues
Aug. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

To further celebrate the legacy of this album, Metal Blade Records will reissue “Symbol Of Salvation” on CD and LP on May 18. The LP will feature a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel as part of the “Metal Blade Originals” series. Special treatment and 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts guaranteed! The CD will include four bonus tracks.

* CD (tour edition digipak w/ 4 bonus tracks)
* 180g black vinyl
* dark red maroon marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
* clear red/purple/black/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
* violet rosy brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
* pastel pink lilac marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

CD track listing:

01. Reign of Fire
02. Dropping Like Flies
03. Last Train Home
04. Tribal Dance
05. The Truth Always Hurts
06. Half Drawn Bridge
07. Another Day
08. Symbol of Salvation
09. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
14. Medieval Nightmares (Demo)
15. Get Lost (Demo)
16. Toungue and Cheek (Demo)
17. Pirates (Demo)

Vinyl track listing:

Side A

01. Reign of Fire
02. Dropping Like Flies
03. Last Train Home
04. Tribal Dance
05. The Truth Always Hurts
06. Half Drawn Bridge
07. Another Day

Side B

01. Symbol of Salvation
02. Hanging Judge
03. Warzone
04. Burning Question
05. Tainted Past

METALLICA Announces 2018 North American Arena Leg Of ‘WorldWired’ Tour

METALLICA has announced the details of the 2018-2019 North American leg of of its “WorldWired” tour in support of the band’s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”.

The 34-date trek kicks off September 2 in Madison, Wisconsin and runs through March 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets go on sale to the public starting March 2 at Live Nation and the Fan Club presale begins February 27. Each ticket purchase will be accompanied by a physical or digital copy of “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”.

Says the band: “Following last summer’s sold-out 25-date stadium run, this year we’re bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the U.S. and Canada kicking off on September 2, 2018, in Madison, WI. Along the way we’ll be visiting 34 cities we did not go to last year, including a few we haven’t been to in decades, including Grand Forks, ND (nearly 30 years), Sioux Falls, SD, El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL (nearly 26 years) and State College, PA (20 years). About time, wouldn’t you say?!

“The fall/winter tour will mark a few firsts for us as each show will get rolling with the Light It Up pre-show party hosted by our very good friend Jim Breuer. Jim, along with a DJ to get the night rocking with some great tunes, hits the stage before us with comedy, fan interaction, giveaways and much more. And if you love to travel and one show just isn’t enough, then perhaps the Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket is for you! For the first time in ‘TALLICA history, you may purchase one ticket that will allow you floor access to any METALLICA show on the 2018/2019 North American tour. Feel like trucking to Tulsa? Booking to Boise? Motoring to Minneapolis? No problem… you pick the show, call us no less than 48 hours before the gig and you’re in! A limited number of 250 of these Black Tickets* will be available for $598 (yes… we are celebrating the re-issue of the ‘Garage Days Re-Revisited’ EP!).

“Of course, some things don’t change! As we have been doing for most of the ‘WorldWired’ shows, every ticket purchased includes your choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’. Keep it for yourself or gift it to a friend or family member… you’ll receive info via e-mail after your ticket purchase on how to obtain your copy. The enhanced experience options designed to take your METALLI-night to the next level are also returning as we continue to partner with the team that makes it all happen at CID Entertainment. You’ll have three options of special enhanced experiences, including premium tickets and amenities ranging from early access to the venue and the ‘Memory Remains’ exhibit of memorabilia to meeting some of us (!).

“Finally, we’ll continue to raise funds for our All Within My Hands foundation, which supports a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities, music education programs and local food banks. Continuing our collaboration with Crowdrise, we encourage you to make a donation when purchasing tickets to the upcoming shows and each time you donate, you’ll be entered to win tickets, pre-show party passes, meet and greet passes, and one lucky winner will be flown to the last show on the tour. For more information, visit”

Tour dates:

Sep. 02 – Madison, WI @ Kohl Center
Sep. 04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Sep. 06 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sep. 08 – Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
Sep. 11 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sep. 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
Sep. 15 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sport Center
Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 20 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
Oct. 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Oct. 27 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
Oct. 29 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
Nov. 26 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 28 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 02 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
Dec. 05 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Dec. 07 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Dec. 09 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Jan. 18, 2019 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Jan. 20, 2019 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
Jan. 22, 2019 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Jan. 24, 2019 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jan. 28, 2019 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
Jan. 30, 2019 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Feb. 01, 2019 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Feb. 28, 2019 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
Mar. 02, 2019 – Lubbock, TX @ United Supermarkets Arena
Mar. 04, 2019 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
Mar. 06, 2019 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Mar. 09, 2019 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Mar. 11, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Mar. 13, 2019 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield revealed in a 2016 interview that the band will cap its live schedule at around 50 shows a year. Hetfield explained: “My body has told me to tell these guys that 50 shows a year is kind of what we can do, so make the best of those. And I think we all kind of agree in that. But 50 shows a year, that’s pretty good. My body can handle that. Body, mind and spirit all need to kind of revitalize themselves at home, and days off for voices — things like that — so 50 shows a year, it goes pretty quick, I’m sure.”

METALLICA played eight shows in Europe earlier this month and has another 16 dates booked between now and mid-May.

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett candidly admitted in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone that the band has to tour pretty continuously in order to pay for its huge overhead, which includes the group’s own studio, salaries for the staff and crew, and the live show production.

METALLICA was one of six artists — and one of only two rock acts, the other being TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA — to sell more than one million concert tickets in North America in 2017, a feat they accomplished in just 26 performances.

The “WorldWired” trek was the fifth-highest grossing tour of 2017, with 1.5 million tickets sold and $153 million earned. The band was also the top-selling rock act of the year and had the third best-selling rock album.

Touring in support of its latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, that arrived in November 2016, METALLICA launched the world tour in Latin America a month before the disc’s release. In early 2017, prior to the North American stadium tour, the band made festival appearances and headlined concerts at venues in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Although METALLICA played U.S. stadiums last summer, the band was mostly indoors for the first leg of its European tour last fall.

METALLICA‘s European tour included the first drone swarm for a major touring act. It consisted of 120 autonomous micro drones that emerge from the main-stage prop lifts during the song “Moth Into Flames” and swarm into several formations over the band’s heads, according to Pollstar.