When you think "heavy metal," you think Metallica. It's basically innate. From their roots in the early '80s as a garage thrash metal band to their current status as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, for better or worse Metallica has absolutely become the face of heavy metal worldwide.
Before the Fame
Believe it or not, there was a time when Metallica wasn’t one of the most famous bands ever. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1981 when drummer Lars Ulrich placed an ad in a local paper looking for fellow metalheads – and lucky for all of us, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist James Hetfield responded. It was a meeting that would result in the formation of the band just a few months later.
Metallica’s pre-fame band lineup would fluctuate over the next couple of years. Original bassist Ron McGovney would eventually give way to Cliff Burton, and while Metallica at one time featured lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, he would go on to found Megadeth after leaving the band, as well. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett in 1983, solidifying a lineup that would make history.
Tragedy, Change and a Return to the Top
Metallica took off in the mid-'80s, catapulting Lars, James, Cliff, and Kirk to instant fame. Albums Kill ’em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets were all wildly successful, putting the metal genre on the map. Yet tragedy struck on the road when their tour bus overturned, leading to the death of Cliff Burton and leaving a void that even replacement bassist Jason Newsted couldn’t fill. He ended up being replaced in 2003 by Robert Trujillo.
The Newsted years, from 1986 to 2003, were some of the most intense for the band, seeing their rise to superstardom and experimentation with different sounds. The nu-metal stylings of Metallica during the late '90s and early '00s were highly controversial, prompting a much-applauded return to their thrash roots. Today, the modern Metallica is still a powerhouse performance band, selling out arenas around the world and bringing the power of metal to the masses like no one else.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are Metallica tickets?
It depends! Metallica ticket prices will differ based on the source and the seats. The cheapest price for Metallica concert tickets is around $24 a ticket, and that’s for nosebleed seats. If you want floor seats – or if you’re shopping for tickets at a popular venue – the average price for Metallica concert tickets starts around $90.
How to buy Metallica tickets?
With demand at a peak, Metallica ticket prices will likely be pretty high if purchased directly from the box office. That means the best way to buy cheap Metallica concert tickets is through an online ticket marketplace. Ticket marketplaces like Gametime are perfect for these types of concerts because we put you in contact with resellers looking to move seats at a relative bargain. It’s the safest and most affordable way to get the best price for Metallica tickets.
Is Metallica coming to a city near me?
WorldWired tour dates 2019 for various shows can be found below. Check out the full tour schedule, and browse Gametime inventory for Metallica 2019 tour tickets in a city near you.
Will Metallica tour in 2019?
Yep! After the WorldWired Tour kicked off in Europe in 2018, Metallica is returning to North America for a few shows in California before continuing the tour in Australia and New Zealand.
What’s the Metallica 2019 tour setlist?
You never know what’s going to happen at a Metallica concert, but here’s the predicted setlist for the WorldWired Tour 2019:
- The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone song)
- Hardwired Intro
- Atlas, Rise!
- The Unforgiven
- Now That We're Dead
- The Memory Remains
- For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Creeping Death
- Seek & Destroy
- Halo on Fire
- Moth Into Flame
- Fade to Black
- Sad but True
- Master of Puppets
- Spit Out the Bone
- Nothing Else Matters
- Enter Sandman
How long is a Metallica concert?
With such an epic setlist, you can expect Metallica’s performance to last for around three hours from start to finish.
How much are Metallica floor seats?
The best way to see Metallica live is up close and personal from the floor, but these seats are generally quite expensive. Currently, the maximum price for Metallica tickets is nearly $9,500 – a price that’s limited to the very best Metallica tickets available.
If you’re on a budget like most of us, you can always wait until the last minute in hopes that Metallica ticket prices will go down. Resellers will often drop prices on any remaining tickets as the event date approaches in order to move their inventory, so waiting it out can pay off big time. Of course, if you find great seats in your price range now, jump on it – you never know what can happen as demand changes over time!
Metallica Tour Dates
May 1 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Estádio do Restelo
May 3 - Madrid, Spain @ Valdebebas
May 5 - Barcelona, Spain @ Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 8 - Milan, Italy @ San Siro Hippodrome
May 10 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
May 12 - Paris, France @Stade De France
June 8 - Dublin, Ireland @ Slane Castle
June 11 - Amsterdam, NL @ Johan Cruijff Arena
June 13 - Köln, Germany @ RheinEnergieStadion
June 16 - Brussels, Belgium @ Koning Boudewijnstadion
June 18 - Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 20 - London, UK @ Twickenham Stadium
July 6 - Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion
July 9 - Goteborg, Sweden @ Ullevi
July 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Telia Parken
July 13 - Trondheim, Norway @ Granåsen
July 16 - Hameenlinna, Finland @ Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
July 18 - Tartu, Estonia @ Raadi Airport
July 21 - Moscow, Russia @ Luzhniki Stadium
August 14 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arena Națională
August 16 - Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
August 18 - Prague, CZE @ Airport Letnany
August 21 - Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
August 23 - Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
August 25 - Mannheim, Germany @ Maimarktgelande
September 6 - San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
September 8 - San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
October 17 - Perth, Australia @ Optus Stadium
October 20 - Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Oval
October 22 - Melbourne, Australia @ Marvel Stadium
October 24 - Melbourne, Australia @ Marvel Stadium
October 26 - Sydney, Australia @ ANZ Stadium
October 29 - Brisbane, Australia @ QSAC
October 31- Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt. Smart Stadium
November 2 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt. Smart Stadium