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Metallica, widely regarded as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time, continues to dominate the scene over four decades after their debut album, “Kill ‘Em All”. These American thrash metal titans have delivered countless smash hits and iconic songs, fueling a massive global fanbase – and Portugal is no exception!

From our little corner of the world by the sea, dedication runs deep, and thankfully it’s mutual. Metallica has rocked Portugal several times, and here at Musiclipse, both Alex and I were lucky enough to witness Metallica live at the 2009 Nos Alive Festival during the Death Magnetic Tour. Let me tell you, it was a hell of a concert!

Metallica’s rocking out on their M72 World Tour to promote their latest album, “72 Seasons,” which came out in April 2023. This marks the band’s first full album of new music since 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”

The first single, “Lux Æterna,” is a 3.5-minute thrashy burner reminiscent of their early work. This return to their early sound might be inspired by the recent “Stranger Things” revival of their classic “Master of Puppets.”

Are you curious if a Metallica concert is crushing its way to your city? Look no further! This article provides the complete M72 World Tour schedule, along with links to buy tickets and all the essential information you need to prepare for a night of unforgettable metal. Let’s get this pit started!

 


Metallica: 40 Years (and Counting…) of Crushing It!

Metallica isn’t just another metal band; they’re pioneers who redefined the genre. Formed in 1981, their albums like “Kill ‘Em All”, “Ride the Lightning” and probably the greatest heavy metal of all time, “Master of Puppets”, laid the groundwork for thrash metal.

Their aggressive riffs, pounding drums, and James Hetfield’s snarling vocals were a lightning bolt to the music scene. Metallica wasn’t just about speed and fury, though. They tackled social issues and dark themes, adding depth and complexity to their music.

Even with a slowdown in speed after the blockbuster that was the 1991 “Black Album,” and with the ‘death’ of mainstream heavy metal by the Seattle boys, Nirvana and co, Metallica continued to gain new fans with their heavier hard rock sound, in “Load” and “Reload” albums. And, of course, old fans who enjoyed criticizing the band never lost sight of them. And let me tell you, these albums have aged… and well!

After four decades of existence, Metallica’s influence goes beyond record sales (over 125 million!), inspiring countless musicians with their innovative sound. They recently scored their 10th Grammy Award at the 66th Annual ceremony for “Best Metal Performance” with “72 Seasons.” They’ve also secured five consecutive #1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, a feat achieved by very few artists.

With a relentless touring schedule and a dedication to pushing musical boundaries, Metallica has solidified its place as one of the best-selling and most influential bands of all time.

 


Metallica Concert Tour Schedule for 2024: The M72 World Tour

 

The announcement of a new Metallica tour – the M72 World Tour – was one of the best pieces of rock music news in 2023… and the boys are still on the road in 2024 with a fresh schedule that kicks off in Munich on May 24 and is set to wrap up in September 2024.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan who’s been with them since “Kill ‘Em All” or a newer convert who headbanged to “Enter Sandman” on repeat, this tour is a must-see.

Here’s what makes the M72 World Tour special:

  • Double the Shows, Double the Fun: Get ready for a Metallica concert unlike any other! Each show features two unique sets, ensuring you hear a wider range of their massive catalog. They’re calling it the “No Repeat Weekend” format, so prepare to headbang to all the classics and discover some hidden gems.
  • A Stage Designed for All: Gone are the days of nosebleed sections with a distant view. The M72 World Tour features a central, in-the-round stage design. This puts you closer to James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo no matter where your seat is.
  • A Celebration of the Metal Community: Most shows take place on Fridays and Sundays, but the party doesn’t stop there. The band planned “extracurricular events” happen on Saturdays in between tour dates. This is your chance to connect with fellow metalheads, share stories, and create lifelong memories over your shared love for the band.

 

Check out Metallica Tour Dates and itinerary below to see when and where to catch them:
DATECITY, COUNTRYPLACEOpening Act Day 1Opening Act Day 2
MAY 24 & 26, 2024MUNICH, GERMANYOLYMPIASTADIONArchitects
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
MAY 29^MILAN, ITALYIPPODROMO SNAI LA MAURAFive Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
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JUN 1^VIENNA, AUSTRIARACINO ROCKS+ @MAGNA RACINOFive Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
Mammoth WVH
——
JUN 7 & 9, 2024HELSINKI, FINLANDHELSINKI OLYMPIC STADIUMArchitects
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
JUN 14 & 16, 2024COPENHAGEN, DENMARKPARKEN STADIUMArchitects
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
JUN 26*OSLO, NORWAYTONS OF ROCK+ @ EKEBERGSLETTANANA
JUN 29*CLISSON, FRANCEHELLFEST+ @ VAL DE MOINENANA
JUL 5 & 7, 2024WARSAW, POLANDPGE NARODOWYArchitects
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
JUL 12 & 14, 2024MADRID, SPAINESTADIO CÍVITAS METROPOLITANOArchitects
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
AUG 2 & 4, 2024FOXBOROUGH, MAGILLETTE STADIUMPantera
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
AUG 9 & 11, 2024CHICAGO, ILSOLDIER FIELDPantera
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
AUG 16 & 18, 2024MINNEAPOLIS, MNU.S. BANK STADIUMPantera
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
AUG 23 & 25, 2024EDMONTON, CANADACOMMONWEALTH STADIUMPantera
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
AUG 30 & SEP 1, 2024SEATTLE, WALUMEN FIELDPantera
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
SEP 20 & 22, 2024MEXICO CITY, MEXICOFORO SOLGreta Van Fleet
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
SEP 27 & 29, 2024MEXICO CITY, MEXICOFORO SOLGreta Van Fleet
Mammoth WVH
Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
^One Day Concert
+ Festival Name – check out the event website
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Metallica’s M72 World Tour Opening Bands

 

Metallica isn’t embarking on the M72 World Tour alone! To cater to every metalhead’s taste, they’ve assembled a killer lineup of opening acts, transforming each show into a full-fledged metal festival.

Prepare for a face-melting mosh pit experience with Five Finger Death Punch. These modern metal titans are known for their aggressive riffs and catchy choruses, a guaranteed recipe for a hyped-up crowd.

Are Metallica and Pantera sharing the same stage? Don’t miss out! This is your chance to see them live on select dates during the US Tour of their second North American leg.

And for those who dig a blues-rock twist on metal, Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen’s band, will deliver a powerful and captivating performance. The tour also attends to fans of modern progressive metal with sets by Architects.

For those seeking a dose of classic hard rock nostalgia, Greta Van Fleet (on select dates) could serve as the ideal opening act, capturing the essence of Led Zeppelin through their powerful vocals and timeless riffs.

No matter which show you attend, you’re guaranteed a night of unforgettable metal. These openers aren’t just there to warm up the crowd; they’re bringing the noise and preparing you for a legendary live experience.

 


Metallica Tickets for M72 World Tour – Where to Buy?

To get your ticket for the M72 World Tour It will proceed next May in Europe, then continue to North America, check out one of the links we’ve provided below. Secure your spot before it sells out!

https://www.metallica.com/tour

https://www.ticketmaster.com/metallica-tickets/artist/735647

Please note that a part of the proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. Since its establishment in 2017, AWMH has raised almost $13 million, supporting various community programs, including career and technical education, combatting food insecurity, and disaster relief efforts globally.

 


Metallica Setlist for M72 World Tour

Below, you can find a breakdown of Metallica’s live setlist from a two-night tour stop at Detroit, Michigan’s Ford Field on November 10 and 12, 2023; the performance closed the first of two North American legs within the ongoing M 72 World Tour.

Night 1:

  1. Creeping Death
  2. Harvester of Sorrow
  3. Through the Never
  4. Leper Messiah
  5. Lux Æterna
  6. Too Far Gone?
  7. Fade to Black
  8. Shadows Follow
  9. Orion
  10. Nothing Else Matters
  11. Sad but True
  12. The Day That Never Comes
  13. Hardwired
  14. Fuel
  15. Seek & Destroy
  16. Master of Puppets

Night 2:

  1. Whiplash
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  3. Ride the Lightning
  4. Dirty Window
  5. 72 Seasons
  6. If Darkness Had a Son
  7. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  8. You Must Burn!
  9. The Call of Ktulu
  10. The Unforgiven
  11. Wherever I May Roam
  12. Moth Into Flame
  13. Fight Fire With Fire
  14. Whiskey in the Jar ([traditional] cover)
  15. One
  16. Enter Sandman

 


For a taste of what’s to come, check out the video below:
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An open-minded woman with an insatiable curiosity. A doctor by vocation but passionate about music, art, sciences, and some geek stuff like geology and geography.
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