A six-minute audio report from NPR's "The Record" on METALLICA first-ever visit to China can be streamed using the audio player below. The band played two sold-out shows at the 10,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Tuesday (August 13) and Wednesday (August 14). The first night sold out in record time and faster than any other Western act that has played the country before.According to NPR, Tuesday night's show saw hawkers selling bootleg METALLICA hand fans, buttons and black T-shirts. The knockoff T-shirts cost $8 each, compared with the genuine article sold inside the arena for $32. At a press conference in Shanghai on Wednesday, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was asked whether he was concerned about the rampant piracy of the band's merchandise in China. "The one thing increasingly that we focus our energies is to try to discern between what we can control and what we can't control," Ulrich said. "It is what it is, and that's a whole separate conversation about Chinese copyright issues and so on, which maybe is not the time to do now. But you can't control that."
The band's current Asian run includes additional stops in South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The only other live date on METALLICA's schedule for the rest of 2013 is September 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next up for METALLICA is the release of the band's 3D movie, "Metallica Through The Never", which arrives in limited release on September 27 before expanding its run on October 4. A soundtrack album arrives on September 24. The movie is part concert film and part fictional narrative, with the latter centering on a roadie played by Dane DeHaan who must go on a mysterious mission for the band during the course of a live performance. NPR's "The Record" report (audio):