Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 11, 2017
Metallica kicked off the hearty North American leg of their 2017 WorldWired Tour on Wednesday night, bringing high-octane hits and pyrotechnics to Baltimore. On tour supporting 2016's Hardwired... To Self-Destruct, the metal quartet have brought along Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat as their openers and are ready to take on the United States and Canada.
Get your tickets to the WorldWired Tour, and then revisit the first night of the North American trek with us, below:
Metallica are always ones to count on for recognizing die-hard fans, so for those who couldn't make it to the Baltimore show, they streamed their rehearsal live on Facebook. It was an awesome gesture to their longtime followers who can't get enough Metallica. The stream also raised money for the band's All Within My Hands Foundation.
Avenged Sevenfold were stoked to warm up the stage for the metal legends, playing through songs like "The Stage" and "unholy Confessions." After the show, they tweeted out their gratitude for the powered-up tour kickoff, writing, "We won't forget this night."
Metallica were sure to piece in songs from their past, along with the hot, fresh ones. Here's the setlist from the gig, which boasts the recent single, "Hardwired to Self-Destruct" as well as older hits like the set-ender, "Enter Sandman."
Now that we know the set list, it isn't that much of a surprise to see that "Bleeding Me" made its way into the night. Kirk Hamett and Rob Trujillo turned the 1996 song into a jam. We're lucky that the band is so open to posting their performances online, because then we could witness the stripped back version of the track.
And Metallica weren't the only ones excited to share clips from the show. Fans had their phones out to voraciously capture some of the onstage magic. Here, you can see James Hetfield growling out the bleak lyrics of 1984's "Fade to Black," which had the crowd a bit more demure in order to honor the ballad.
"Seek and Destroy" had the band stationed out on the stage's catwalk in the M&T Bank Stadium. That way, they were closer to fans. It made sense in that moment that Hetfield would call out to Baltimore as they band raged on.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed that Metallica were using medieval-themed guitar picks last night. Pretty cool looking, huh?
Fans had the opportunity to explore the stage through a 360 Facebook video of set-up before the show.
As dueling gutars played, Metallica's LED screen was emblazoned with Master of Puppets-themed imagery that had deathly cemetery crosses spanning out for what seemed like miles. The optical illusion was trippy enough to make you feel the music even more.
Metallica shared a photo of Hetfield playing during "Unforgiven," showing how close you could get if you had an all-access pass.
Of course, it wouldn't be a metal show without fire! Metallica's pyrotechnics didn't disspoint. Just look at the proof above.
Here's a badass recap of the Baltimore show, compiled by a true fan.
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