Written by Ilana Kaplan • Photography by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images • February 27, 2017
Over their multi-decade career, Metallica have shown off their blistering chops during tour stops, award shows, world tours and secret gigs. Maybe you've been lucky enough to be there. In honor of Metallica’s upcoming 2017 WorldWired tour (get tickets here), we went back in time to relive some of the band's best concert moments, so far...
At the Seattle stop on the Damaged Justice tour, Metallica opened with the dark, apocalyptic “Blackened,” fading into many mind-blowing guitar solos and eventually closing out the performance with B-side cover, “Breadfan.” With lots of sweat, their Seattle show proved to be one the many fans there would never forget.
Back when the Soviet era had just ended, Metallica strutted into Moscow in 1991 to unleash everything from “Enter Sandman” to “Battery" at Tushino Airfield’s Monsters of Rock Festival, one of the largest concerts in history.
After Hetfield joked around with fans from the stage, the band powered into a medley of four long cuts from ...And Justice For All that featured the title track, “Eye of the Holder,” “Blackened" and "The Frayed Ends of Sanity.”
Metallica showed how deep their love for Motörhead was when they posed as a tribute band called The Lemmys for a club gig in Los Angeles. Sporting black sunglasses and long-haired wigs, the guys celebrated Lemmy Kilmister’s 50th birthday in style. The band played Motörhead favorites “Overkill,” “Too Late, Too Late" and “The Chase Is Better Than the Catch."
Metallica's 2007 show at Wembley Stadium in London was filled with classics. The sold-out crowd went into a frenzy for hits like opener “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and even belted out the entire first verse of “Sad But True.”
If you were in Nashville in 2008, you may have been lucky enough to catch one of Metallica’s smallest shows in years. The intimate gig was at a place called The Basement, underneath Grimey’s New & Preloved Music. While the location could only hold about 150 people, Metallica’s reminded everything that they knew how to rock any size venue. One day later Metallica headlined Bonnaroo, so this was a special treat for fans who may not have made it to the Tennessee music festival -- and a double treat for those who did.
Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica joined forces to to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at Madison Square Garden. The combined legends basically became one big metal supergroup, performing Black Sabbath hits with Metallica as the unforgettable backing band.
To commemorate their 30th anniversary, Metallica played four nights at the iconic The Fillmore in San Francisco. The band made these shows especially unforgettable with guest appearances from Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Rob Halford and more. Fans were in for a treat as Metallica debuted one new track each night, songs which would later become the Beyond Magnetic EP. It was a celebration Metallica and their fans would never forget.
Metallica's set at this pre-Super Bowl show proved to be a fun night filled with early favorites like “Creeping Death” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and classics alike (including a three-song encore that ended with “Enter Sandman.”)
Metallica's 2017 WorldWired Tour Dates:
May 10: Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium
May 12: Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
May 14: East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
May 17: Uniondale, NY @ New Coliseum
May 19: Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
May 21: Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival
June 4: St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
June 7: Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field
June 11: Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
June 14: San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
June 16: Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
June 18: Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
July 5: Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
July 7: Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
July 9: Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park
July 12: Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park
July 14: Quebec City, QC @Festival D'Ete
July 16: Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
July 19: Montreal, QB @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 29: Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
Aug. 4: Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
Aug. 6: San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
Aug. 9: Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field
Aug. 14: Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
Aug. 16: Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium