Metallica is in final preparations for the North American leg of their WorldWired Tour. The band will kick off the tour this Wednesday in Baltimore, and behind the scenes shots of the stage promise a Metallica-sized spectacle. In advance of the tour’s kickoff, Metallica has released a video titled “Hardwired… Around the World.” The video is set to the title track off of Metallica’s latest album, but features snippets of live appearances from all over the world thus far, from Mexico, to Denmark, to Bogota, to Minneapolis, to Hong Kong, and everywhere in between.
Metallica’s stadium tour will run throughout the summer across the United States and Canada, culminating with a show in Edmonton in mid-August. Along the way, Metallica will also play two festivals: the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio, and Outside Lands in San Francisco. And the WorldWired Tour doesn’t end there. After finishing up North America, Metallica moves on to a heady stint of European gigs that will keep the band moving through May of 2018. How does a band whose members are pushing their mid-50s keep up with such a rigorous tour schedule? They are utilizing what Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich calls, “age appropriate touring.” The band will stick to a rough two week on/two week off schedule, meaning that they’ll be out on the road for a few weeks, and then return home for a few weeks to be with their families. Clearly, this type of touring isn’t economically feasible for some bands, or even most bands, but when you’ve been economically successful for the better part 30 years like Metallica has, you can finally afford to tour at your own speed.