Legends of thrash metal and one of the highest-grossing touring bands in the world, Metallica just teased a world tour on their social media channels on Friday (September). The teaser post bore simply one word - ‘Monday’ - in stylized text matching that of the band's latest album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.
The post has raised speculations that the band would be announcing a North American tour. Metallica currently have some European dates booked through May but nothing on the calendar after that, and by summer 2018 it will have been a year since they played here.
On Sunday, Metallica posted another update, adding just two more words, confirming that Monday’s announcement will indeed be for a tour, unless somehow the words “Monday Worldwired Tour” can be interpreted in some other way. Most likely, the ‘Monday’ refers to Monday, February 26 (today), when the group is expected to release its full, North American tour schedule.
What was more interesting was that over the weekend, 33 venues across North America also shared similar teaser posts via their social media channels. Of course, this doesn't guarantee that Metallica will play these venues - and there's no word on dates or routing - but here's the list of all the venues that shared the posts, as compiled by Blabbermouth:
Albany, NY (Times Union Center)
Birmingham, AL (BJCC)
Boise, ID (Taco Bell Arena)
Buffalo, NY (KeyBank Center)
Charlotte, NC (Spectrum Center)
Cincinnati, OH (US Bank Arena)
Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
El Paso, TX (Don Haskins Center)
Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center)
Grand Forks, ND (Alerus Center)
Grand Rapids, MI (Van Andel Arena)
Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Las Vegas, NV (T-Mobile Arena)
Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Louisville, KY (KFC Yum Center)
Lubbock, TX (United Supermarkets Arena)
Milwaukee, WI (Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center)
Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
North Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
Pittsburgh, PA (PPG Paints Arena)
Portland, OR (Moda Center)
Raleigh, NC (PNC Arena)
Sacramento, CA (Golden 1 Center)
Salt Lake City, UT (Vivint Arena)
Saskatoon, SK, Canada (SaskTel Centre)
Sioux Falls, SD (Premier Center)
Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena)
Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
University Park, PA (Bryce Jordan Center)
Wichita, KS (Intrust Bank Arena)
Winnipeg, MB, Canada (Bell MTS Place)
Note that these are only venues that shared teaser posts and nothing more has been confirmed at this stage yet, but do stay tuned for more news. Metallica is currently in the midst of a European trek in support of their most recent album, 2017's Hardwired ...to Self-Destruct, which will conclude May 11 in Helsinki, Finland.
Metallica was one of six artists — and one of only two rock acts, the other being Trans-Siberian Orchestra — to sell more than one million concert tickets in North America in 2017, a feat they accomplished in just 26 performances.
The "WorldWired" trek was the fifth-highest grossing tour of 2017, with 1.5 million tickets sold and $153 million earned. The band was also the top-selling rock act of the year and had the third best-selling rock album.
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