Metallica, who along with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat are playing tonight’s opening concert at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis MN; are now streaming their entire concert live on Pandora. Click the link to listen live in the U.S./Australia/New Zealand –pandora.com/metallicalive Rest of the World – webcast.livemetallica.com
The band’s performance tonight is the first rock concert at the new home of the NFL’sMinnesota Vikings and tickets sold out in less than ten minutes. The livestream of Metallica will begin at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 20. Individual songs from the concert will also spin on Pandora.
Pandora, the premiere music source for music lovers, along with Metallica, announced it will livestream Metallica’s headlining performance at Minneapolis’ new U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, August 20. The band’s performance will be the first rock concert at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and tickets sold out in less than ten minutes. The livestream will begin at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 20 at this link here. Individual songs from the concert will also spin on Pandora.
Drummer Lars Ulrich commented : “We love being invited to the opening party of new buildings, so when the opportunity to break in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis presented itself, we of course jumped at the chance,”Thanks to our friends at Pandora, if you can’t make it to Minneapolis, you’ll still be able to partake in the festivities.”
Tim Westergren, founder and CEO of Pandora also commented: “Metallica is one of the most successful and influential rock bands in the world. Partnering with them to expand the audience for their live show is a great honor. It’s also another illustration of the power of our platform to connect artists and fans. This is a seminal moment for live music and as a Minneapolis native myself, it’s exciting to be part of the opening of the city’s beautiful new stadium.”
Metallica, who has nearly 2 billion spins on Pandora, also curated an exclusive mix-tape in celebration of the show and livestream. The mix-tape features songs handpicked by all of the members of the band and features an eclectic mix of all-time favorites and recent discoveries from across the spectrum of music.
Super Bowl 50. A milestone. An epic event. Set in the San Francisco area, Super Bowl 50 promised to be a once in a lifetime experience. The huddled masses of the Bay Area wanted, no.. needed, a halftime show of equally epic proportions. A young man from Ohio had a brilliant idea. Why not allow a local band to perform at the halftime show? Jason Long started a petition to get Metallica, a local band with a good 35-year history in San Francisco, to play the Super Bowl. Metallica songs are anthems played in sporting stadiums around the country anyway. Jason’s petition quickly caught the eye of media outlets everywhere including Metallica and the NFL. But alas, after 63,925 signatures it was not to be. Much to the chagrin of everyone, Coldplay was chosen. But never fear. Metallica was so well chuffed by the idea, they rented out AT &T Park in downtown San Francisco and created CBS Radio’s The Night Before. Fans rejoiced! A full Metallica show with no time constraints or auto-tune.Continue reading →
Dubbing the show “To Heavy For Halftime”, the concert was the warm up to Super Bowl 50, played at the bands hometown stadium in San Francisco Sunday night.In addition to the sold-out crowd of 41,195, the event live streamed so that hundred’s of thousands of fans around the world could watch the show at either Metallica’s website or on YouTube. Cage The Elephant was the opening act. The band played a mainly old-school set drawing heavily from the 80s, and Load and Reload from the mid-90s, with nothing from an album past the year 1999. At the end of the concert drummer Lars Ulrich promised the band would see you real soon with a new album in 2016. Earlier in the night frontman James Hetfield claimed the album was “almost done”. Metallica’s last album release was 2009’s Death Magnetic.
Video of Metallica playing at last weekend’sLeeds Festival in the UK has surfaced online. You can watch the videos below. Metallica has been playing sporadic festivals and tour dates this summer as they wind down live activities for the year and continue to work on their 10th studio album, for planned release in 2016. The band will play two shows in Quebec City, Canada andRock In Rio in the next few weeks.
Kirk Hammett of Metallica gave an interview to Tim Virgin of WLUP-FM 97.9 (Loop 97.9) radio recently where he updated fans on the status of the bands’ next album, tentatively due in 2016. The interview was a precursor to last weekend’s performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL and can be seen below:
Recently as a guest on Jamey Jasta’s podcast The Jasta Show, Hammett described the coming album:
“Let’s just say that the stuff that’s coming up is super riffy, super heavy… It’s a lot similar to [2008’s] ‘Death Magnetic’ but different in certain parts.”
“There’s a couple of songs that remind me of something on [1988’s] ‘…And Justice For All’, but the album doesn’t sound like ‘…And Justice For All’.”
Death Magnetic (Warner Bros/Vertigo), Metallica’s last studio album was released in 2009.