Metallica to Offer Single-Track Digital Downloads of Live Songs on wwwlivemetallicacom

Every song the band has recorded live since March 2004 is now available in MP3 format for $.99 per track....
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Every song the band has recorded live since March 2004 is now available in MP3 format for $.99 per track....

Launched in March 2004, has enabled fans to purchase and download full live sets of Metallica’s concerts, often within hours of the final encore. After more than 300,000 downloads (and no two set lists the same since the site’s launch more than five years ago), the fans began to clamor for the ability to purchase single tracks from the live sets and Metallica have now obliged.

Single tracks from each and every live show that Metallica have recorded since the website launched with a Phoenix show on March 2nd, 2004, are now available for digital download at for $.99 per track. Full shows can still be downloaded for $9.95, while a high-quality FLAC version of the entire set can be purchased for $12.95. Most shows will be available with hours after they end. Fans can also visit the “Vault” section of the website for free downloads of selected shows prior to 2004.

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“This is the next logical step in a process that began back in 1991 when we first implemented the “Taper Section” at our shows, where our fans were encouraged to bring in their own gear to record the show, and then take home their very own ‘bootleg’ of the concert they had just seen,” says Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “This technology will enable our fans to get the best possible recording of the show, without having to hold a microphone in the air for the entire night!”

Metallica have just launched the second leg of their sold-out World Magnetic Tour in support of their platinum-selling tenth studio album, Death Magnetic, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in September 2008 and won two 2009 Grammy Awards. Of the first leg, the Los Angeles Times raved that the two-hour set “unleashed the powerful exchange of energies that defines Metallica’s purpose and its appeal,” while the New York Post noted that “James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich destroyed any notion that their old bones are ready for the museum by sticking to the three V's of metal music: volume, velocity, and virtuosity.”

Please see below for Metallica’s upcoming North American tour dates:

10/03 Tampa, FL Bank Atlantic Center
10/04 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
10/12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
10/13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10/15 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
10/17 Charlottesville, VA JPJ Arena
10/18 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena
10/26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/27 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/31 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi
11/01 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi
11/03 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
11/09 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
11/10 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
11/12 Albany, NY Times Union Center
11/14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
11/15 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
12/05 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
12/07 Boise, ID Idaho Center
12/08 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
12/10 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
12/12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion