Metallica have announced they will be playing a pair of major stadium shows in the US this summer.
The Metal giants will be supported by Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills at the shows.
August 11th will see Metallica play the Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, New York, followed by a concert at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 14th.
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Tonight sees the band play Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium, with appearances at US festivals BottleRock and Boston Calling lined up for May.
Earlier this week Metallica announced that 2022 would see a return of the annual ‘Metallica Night’ event in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The pandemic had forced the band to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021, but it will now return for an eighth edition.
This year’s event will take place at the Giants’ home of Oracle Park on May 24th, when the team will play the New York Mets.
“It’s a tradition that we’ve missed the last two seasons, so we’re really excited for the return of Metallica Night at Oracle Park with our hometown baseball team, the San Francisco Giants,” Metallica said in a statement. “This year marks the eighth time we’ll take the field for the National Anthem, first pitch, and a few other pre-game shenanigans, and it all takes place on Tuesday, May 24th against the New York Mets.”
A portion of ticket proceeds will go towards Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation.
Metallica fans can look forward to some new releases in the coming months.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett is releasing his debut solo EP on April 23rd.
Titled Portals, the EP will be available on digital, CD and a Record Store Day exclusive coloured vinyl release.
The EP features four instrumental tracks: Maiden and the Monster, The Jinn, High Plains Drifter and The Incantation.
Hammett describes the EP as “the result of musical and metaphysical journeys” and “an invitation to inner worlds accessible only by music and the psyche it fuels.”
“This music was created with what I describe as an audio-cinematic approach,” he said. “They’re soundtracks to the movies in your mind.”
It’s Official ! My instrumental solo EP hitting on April 23rd ! #RSD2022 Thanks @recordstoreday #kirkhammettportals pic.twitter.com/OiTB5odB4o
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) February 16, 2022
April also sees the release of a 40th anniversary reissue of the rare 1982 Metal Massacre compilation, which features Metallica’s first ever recording of Hit the Lights.
The recording was made while Dave Mustaine was with the band, and he contributes a guitar solo to the track. Following Mustaine’s departure, the band re-recorded the track with Hammett taking over the solo.
April 22nd is the date for the reissue, which will be available in limited ruby red and clear vinyl editions.
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