Finally! News broke out recently that the highly-anticipated “WorldWired Tour” of American thrash metal heavyweight band Metallica is bound for New Zealand, and are all set to play at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium on October 31, 2019. And amplifying the intensity of excitement and sound decibels is guest supporting act Slipknot.
Metallica will first dock in Australia to play five shows prior to closing out their ‘down under’ tour here in New Zealand. This will be the first time in six years since Metallica played in Australia, and the first time in nine years since their last show in New Zealand held at the Christchurch, New Zealand CBS Canterbury Arena on September 21, 2010.
The nine-year drought and a whiff of clues a few months back, dropped by drummer Lars Ulrich, himself, raised hopes, heightened speculations, and drove more netizens to ask the burning question: Are Metallica Bound For a New Zealand Show Anytime Soon?
And nothing else matters for Metallica’s biggest and most devoted fans who engaged in relentless pursuits, hoping to call the band’s and concert promoters’ attention. One fan who championed this so-called ‘operation: bring-Metallica-back-to-New-Zealand’ endeavor was a 13-year-old super fan named William Bush who launched a campaign calling Metallica fans to sign a petition via change.org. The young lad collected over 7,000 signatures, and his efforts were definitely not in vain. As Metallica confirmed the New Zealand tour date, the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern herself, surprised Bush with two free tickets to the concert as a gesture of thanks for helping pave the way in making this much-awaited dream concert become a reality.
Still reeling-in from the rousing success of their massive U.S. tour, and an impending European tour, plus additional Asian and South American dates, Metallica has expressed that they are thrilled to set foot and shake the ground down under.
“This trip represents another new adventure for us during the WorldWired tour,” stated Metallica. “It will be the first time we have ever headlined stadiums in Australia and New Zealand. To help us celebrate, our friends in Slipknot will be joining us for the journey.”
Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Metallica at no. 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. Their illustrious career spans over three decades and are recognized as one of the pillars and stalwarts of the thrash metal movement. Their formidable body of work became the blueprint for the evolution in sound of the next generation of metal bands
Metallica’s discography encompasses fifteen albums to date, ten of which are studio recordings, along with four live albums, and one cover album; plus five EPs, 37 singles and 39 music videos. With sales of over 125 million albums worldwide, these releases have spawned mammoth chart-toppers such as “Enter Sandman,” One,” “Master of Puppets,” “Seek and Destroy,” and a whole lot more. The band has collected 9 Grammys out of 23 nominations, and scooped-up three MTV VMA awards.
Metallica’s WorldWired tour had a special fan club pre-selling last March 12. The general sale tickets are going live at 2 pm on March 18, 2019.