Metallica today announced they would return to Mexico one month after the Orion Music + More weekend and will unveil a mind-blowing new stage that needs to be seen to be believed. This 140x50-foot stage will feature colossal components and striking visual elements spanning Metallica's entire 30-year career.
Metallica's relationship with Mexico goes above and beyond. The exuberance and passion of the Metallica fans and the warm welcome they've received has made Mexico one of their favorite international destinations. In 1993, towards the end of the "Black" album touring cycle, Metallica played an unprecedented, five sold-out nights at Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico. Then in 2009 while touring in support of the Grammy®Award winning, multi-platinum Death Magnetic, Metallica played three consecutive SOLD-OUT nights to over 150,000 fans at Foro Sol Stadium which was immortalized in the Metallica-Mexico City Live CD/DVD. This summer, Metallica promises to deliver some of the fans' favorite moments and create some that have yet to be seen.
"Given our history with our rabid Mexican fans over the past decades, I couldn't think of a more appropriate place to unveil our new, sick as fuck, over the top, out of control stage that will be the cornerstone of our touring escapades for the next years to come," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Don't be scared boys and girls, this is going next level."
Metallica Met Club fan club member presale tickets for these shows will go on sale on Tuesday, March 20th at 11AM CST and run through Wednesday, March 21st at 8PM CST. There will also be a Banamex presale starting Thursday, March 22nd at 11AM and ending Friday, March 23rd at 8PM. The public on-sale for these shows will begin Saturday, March 24th at 11AM.
1st Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace
2nd Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica (www.metallica.com) have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning almost 15.7 million albums in the United States alone, and over 28 million worldwide. In October 2008, their latest album, Death Magnetic, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and in 27 additional countries around the world. It was certified platinum in the United States just six weeks later. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In December 2011, Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club. They released the Beyond Magnetic EP via digital retailers on December 13, 2011 after giving the songs away to their fan club members. A CD version of the Beyond Magnetic EP was released on January 31, 2012. Metallica recently announced the creation of Orion Music + More, a two day festival that will take place in Atlantic City, NJ June 23-24, 2012.