Metallica Tickets for Sale
Metallica does not have a new album, but they released a couple of new singles in 2012. "Hate Train" and "So What/Through the Never" have reminded their millions of fans that they are indeed still around and still rocking. The international touring schedule has done much of the same. Metallica tickets seem to be on sale for at least a few domestic and international dates. This year Metallica seems to be focusing on the international scene, especially down south, with eight shows coming up in Mexico City from July 30 to August 9, 2012 at the Sports Palace.
They will be in the United States for a couple of concert dates though. These are not mere concert dates though. Metallica is playing two shows at its new music festival, the Orion Music and More Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Bader Field. The music festival embraces everything from black metal to indie rock to experimental rock, with more than 22 bands set to play the two-day affair. Metallica will be performing two different albums, the uber-successful 1991 self-titled album and 1984's Ride the Lightning.
Metallica is going to go down in history as one of the most popular and influential metal bands of all time. It all began back in 1981 with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Hetfield took on the role of lead singer and Lars became the drummer. This first iteration of the group featured Dave Mustane as the lead guitarist and Ron McGovney as the bass guitarist. Both Mustane and McGovney would leave before the debut album, Kill'Em All. Mustane's departure came as a firing, one that led him to form Megadeth. His replacement, Kirk Hammett has been with the group ever since. McGovney's replacement, Cliff Burton, would be with the band until his death, in 1986 when the tour bus overturned in Sweden. James Newsted replaced Burton and Metallica continued without a hitch, though they continue to pay tribute to the fallen bassist.
The group began as a speed and thrash metal outfit. This style, a quick tempo with harmonized lyrics and plenty of instrumentals, is prominent on the four multi-platinum albums of the decade. Kill'em all, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and And Justice for All have gone a combined 22-times platinum in the United States. The singles "Fade to Black", "Seek and Destroy", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Eye of the Beholder", and "One" can still be heard on classic rock stations today.
The 1990s found Metallica moving toward far more personal lyrics and a style moving ever closer to bluesy guitar riffs. The proved the pinnacle of the band's long career. The album Metallica would be released in 1991 and go 15-times platinum in the United States.
For the first time in their career, Metallica actually received some promotion and the result was charting singles. "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", and a few more songs hit the mainstream rock radio hard. This album would be followed by a fall from grace. The albums Load and ReLoad may have gone platinum, but they also alienated fans. Lars furthered this alienation by publically dueling with Napster at the turn of the 21st century. In the years that have passed, Metallica has released two platinum albums, St. Anger and Death Magnetic, and the group has a new bassist in Robert Trujillo, but the fans keep coming out for tours because they love the classic Metallica and the group has come to respect that fact, always making sure to play plenty of the past hits along with the new material.