Metallica Announce Rescheduled Dates For South American Tour With Greta Van Fleet

Metallica have officially announced the rescheduled dates for their South American tour with Greta Van Fleet. This news comes after the trek was previously postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tour Dates:

12/04 Buenos Aires, ARG – Hipodromo de San Isidro
12/07 Santiago, CHL – Estadio Nacional
12/14 Porto Alegre, BRA – Estacionamento da Fiergs
12/16 Curitiba, BRA – Estadio Couto Pereira
12/18 Sao Paulo, BRA – Estadio do Morumbi
12/20 Belo Horizonte, BRA – Estadio Mineirao

Metallica commented:

“We’re back with more information about the rescheduled shows in South America. As we told you a few days ago, we’re all putting safety first, self-isolating and socially distancing, but are also excited that we’ll still be able to visit our friends in South America later this year. Greta Van Fleet will be joining us and while all the cities are the same, a few venues have changed.

Please hold onto your tickets for the originally scheduled April dates and visit the website for the ticketing service for the show(s) you plan to attend for additional details or refund information if you are unable to hang with us in December.

We wish you, your friends and families, and the extended ‘Tallica family around the world the very best during these difficult times. Stay home, stay safe, and we’ll catch you in December!”

Metallica Launch “Metallica Mondays” Streaming Concert Series

Since virtually everyone is stuck inside right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, Metallica have decided to provide fans with some entertainment through a new concert series called “Metallica Mondays.” Every Monday, the band will be sharing full live concerts at 5pm PST/8pm EST on YouTube and Facebook. The first one is the group’s June 8, 2019 show at Slane Castle in Slane, Ireland:

Metallica Postpone South American Tour

Metallica have postponed their South American tour with Greta Van Fleet due to the coronavirus pandemic. This news comes after the band were re-added to Louder Than Life following the cancellation of the Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, and Sonic Temple festivals.

Metallica commented:

“Greetings… not from our usual HQ haunts, but this time from our living rooms, bedrooms, and basements. As many of you know, in our nearly forty years of touring, we’ve had a few mishaps along the way: broken bones, trashed appendixes, a pyro mishap, backs thrown out, crazy weather, food poisoning (beware of the oysters!), and even one way next-level anxiety attack!

None of it has ever stopped us, but this is obviously a very different time, and leaving the house now literally means taking your life in your hands. Unfortunately, in these surreal times, that means we have to stay away from each other for the foreseeable future before we can start thinking about ‘Tallica Family reunions around the world.

We’re all putting safety first, self-isolating and socially distancing, but not forever! With that said, the South American shows originally planned for April are in the process of moving to December; Greta Van Fleet is going to stay on board to take this ride with us, and we’ll be hitting each and every city, but a few venues may have changed. We’ll be back later this week with the new dates and details about tickets, venues, and everything you need to know to help you make plans.

For those of you in the States, you know that we have some festival dates planned in May and unfortunately the news is not quite as good. With heavy hearts, we’re here to let you know that Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona, and Sonic Temple in Columbus have all been cancelled.

There is one bright note; Louder Than Life in Louisville (September 17-20) has ADDED a date and we’re excited that we’ll once again be able to partake in the festivities as we’ll be hitting the stage on Thursday, September 17th to kick off what will be four days of live music and good vibes.

Additional headliners for the remainder of Louder Than Life will be announced at a later date. Please head over to DannyWimmerPresents.com for all the information. Details regarding refunds and exchanges for the May shows will also be available there starting Thursday, March 26th.

Finally, to our friends in Australia and New Zealand, please know that we have not forgotten and you’re still in our hearts and minds. We will make it to your part of the world as soon as we can. We promise!

We’ll sign off for now by sending you our love during these trying times. Here’s to looking back on this period soon with a renewed appreciation for all the amazing times together with our extended Metallica Family around the world.

For now, go hang with your significant others, kids, pets, parents… whomever you have in your space. Create your playlists, watch some movies, try some old-fashioned board games, and most importantly, stay safe. We’ll keep in touch!”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Working On New Riffs

Considering virtually everyone is stuck inside right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is using his time to work on new riffs. He said the following:

“Things are most definitely not business-as-usual, but I’m good, staying safe, working on riffs … hope you are all okay out there as well 🖤🖤🖤”

Metallica Launch Official Vinyl Club

Metallica have launched an official vinyl club series. Fans that subscribe will have a chance to get exclusive vinyl copies of various rarities, demos, etc.

The band commented:

“It’s another first for us… our very own Vinyl Club! As huge music fans ourselves, it’s been super exciting to see the resurgence of vinyl and how much enjoyment we all get collecting, exploring and connecting with other fans mining for lost treasures. Those of us who love the look, feel and sonic warmth of vinyl are sorta in our little exclusive club, so with that in mind, we thought it would be fun to start adding to our collections on a regular basis.

The 2020 Vinyl Club Subscription will be available exclusively to Fifth Members and will bring you rare cuts, demos & rough mixes, and live rarities; who knows what we’ll dig up! …Obviously they’ll all be cuts that have never been released on vinyl before. Each subscription includes a personalized membership card, four 7” vinyl records, and select releases throughout the year will include additional collectibles; this could be anything from exclusive stickers to picks or even posters! Join the Vinyl Club now; membership sign-ups for our inaugural year are open through Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59 PM EDT. Don’t wait! New memberships won’t be open again until the 2021 subscription year.

We’re excited to kick off this new endeavor, and whether you get the subscription for yourself or a friend (makes a great gift!), we hope you have a blast collecting some good-old-school vinyl!”

Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Crustacean Named After Metallica

A newly discovered deep-sea crustacean has been named Macrostylis metallicola in honor of Metallica. Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet from Ghent University in Belgium found the species deep in the Pacific Ocean.

The band commented:

“We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band… Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola!

First of all, stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us. The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean!

You just never know what you’ll find ‘lurking beneath the sea.'”

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We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band… Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola! First of all, stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us. The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean! You just never know what you’ll find lurking beneath the sea. Art by @anyfranksz

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James Hetfield’s “Sobriety Weekends” Caused Metallica To Drop Off Sonic Temple & Louder Than Life

As previously reported, Metallica recently dropped off the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival and the Louder Than Life festival due to James Hetfield having “critical recovery events on those weekends.” Now, Gary Spivack, the executive VP of Danny Wimmer Presents, has since revealed that Hetfield has some required “Sobriety Weekends” on the same days as the festivals.

Spivack told Ultimate Guitar the following:

“Well, we got the call from Metallica’s management team, Q Prime, who are, the best managers in the business, hands down, and said that James has Sobriety Weekends that are requirements throughout the calendar year, and unfortunately, a couple of those weekends fell on our festivals. Although Metallica will still be at Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, and Aftershock in 2020 with us, we did lose them for Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life.

So, then it was, how do you even contemplate filling the shoes of the biggest band in our world? Well, you do it by finding two of the biggest bands in our world. So, we got Red Hot Chili Peppers, with John Frusciante, which will be one of only four shows they’ll be doing in 2020, and of course, Grammy award-winning artist, Tool.”

As Spivack mentioned, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool will be replacing Metallica at Sonic Temple. However, it is still unknown who will replace them at Louder Than Life.