have sold over 110 million records and are Grammy Award winners. They're in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Guinness Book of World Records for holding a concert in all seven continents in one year. For Metallica, there simply isn't much left to accomplish. They are one of those bands that doesn't like to sit still, so when new opportunities come knocking (like playing in a new football stadium), Metallica like to answer the door (or Bells for that matter).
"We love being invited to the opening party of new buildings, so when the opportunity to break in the new U.S Bank Stadium presented itself, we of course jumped at the chance," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich.
What a party it was. Typical of any great party host Metallica literally took over the city of Minneapolis. For two days prior to the show Metallica launched an official "pop up" store that had fans waiting in lines around city blocks just to purchase exclusive merchandise not available anywhere else. Fans posed for pictures under giant murals of the guys courtesy of insane photographer Herring and Herring, who have designed the artwork/photography for the band's new album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.
Walk the streets of the city or go into any establishment and there were fans wearing Metallica gear all over the place.
The opening acts, Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold, set the tone for what surely was going to be a very loud and sweaty evening of pure adrenaline. To be thrusted around the snake pit to capture the evening was the ultimate concert joyride. From the moment Metallica hit the stage with "Creeping Death," it was pure, loud, and deafeningly awesome
. Obligatory hits from the Black album like "Sad But True," "Unforgiven," and "Wherever I may Roam" were mixed in with staples such as "Master of Puppets" and "Sanitarium."
The real surprises of the evening came when they debuted their new single "Hardwired" off their yet to be released album and the fan vote favorite "Lepper Messiah." Rumors the next day stated that the Metallica concert could be heard as far as a mile away from the stadium which is most certainly believable. Closing the show with "Enter Sandman," it is hard to imagine anyone getting any sleep for the next two days after the show we just witnessed. I can only assume these guys will be taking the act on the road in the not-too-distant future because because this show sold out in ten minutes. No biggie.
Debut of the new song live in concert: