Back to the stadium for Metallica

Thirty-one years after the historic Olympic Stadium riots, Metallica will return to the massive Montreal Amphitheater on August 11th and 13th during their world tour. M72. A series of concerts followed the release of the new album 72 Seasons, Launched on April 14.

Metallica perform in New York on September 22.

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Metallica perform in New York on September 22.

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo will kick off the 46-show tour, which will make 22 city stops in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on April 27.

Metallica will play two different concerts in each city except Mexico City, where the quartet will play four shows.

The quartet will perform on a center stage. A “snake pit” that accommodates a limited number of amateurs will be set up inside the stage to provide a 360-degree view.

It will be a return to a crazy evening on August 8, 1992 for Metallica. Singer-guitarist James Hedfield suffered burns to his hand and face when a pyrotechnic piece exploded at the concert. An accident put an end to their performance.

Especially this evening, when Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose decided after nine songs that he’d had enough, it sparked a riot that marked the history of rock concerts in Montreal.

A commemorative photo of the riots that followed the event.

Archive photo

A commemorative photo of the riots that followed the event.

Quebec has none

Metallica will not be passing through the old capital for the stadium tour, which ends in September 2024 in Mexico City. There will be only one other stop in Canada: August 23rd and 25th at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

Metallica notes on its website that the group will not be adding dates for 2023 and 2024, except perhaps for a few rare appearances at special events.

Axel Ross on stage at the Olympic Stadium in 1992.

Archive photo

Axel Ross on stage at the Olympic Stadium in 1992.

Can attending a summer festival be a part of these special events?

Metallica does not have any shows June 16-18, 2023 in Gothenburg, Sweden and August 4-6, 2023 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

At BLEUFEU, the company behind the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), promoter Véronique Bouillé doesn’t want to open up about it.

“The FEQ, as usual, does not comment on upcoming programming,” Véronique Bouillé said in an email exchange.

ComedyHa! On the side of SISMYK’s music division, president Sylvain Parent-Bédard confirmed that he is not in talks with the American formation.

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First parts

The groups performing in the first part will be different each evening. In Montreal, a new version of Pantera with Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante, as well as Mammoth WVH, starring Eddie Van Halen’s son, will be released on the evening of August 11. Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills will hit the screens on August 13. Architects, Greta Van Fleet and Volpit will do the same at different times on this tour.

In addition to the tour announcement, Metallica released some details about their 12th album. 72 Seasons, It will be launched on April 14. Lux Aeterna, A first Simple And the music video is online.

72 Seasons Seven years and a few months later Hard… to self-destruction, Launched in November 2016. The opus consists of 12 songs 72 Seasons, Lasts 77 minutes. The album was again produced by Greg Fidelman, James Hedfield and Lars Ulrich.

  • Tickets for each concert combo go on sale starting Wednesday. The sale to the public will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. The single gig presenters will go on sale from January 20.

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