Shanghai has witnessed music history. For the first time in its 30-plus-year career, METALLICA brought its earth-shattering live performance to China. Life-long fans from across the country descended upon Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena for two sold-out nights. The first night sold out in record time and faster than any other Western act.
Cheers filled the arena as the audience of more than 10,000 chanted along to band's lightning-fast riffs, aggressive vocals and pounding drums. With a set featuring some of METALLICA's epic hits such as "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Seek & Destroy" and "Enter Sandman", they ensured the concertgoers had the time of their lives. METALLICA and their fans proved that music is truly a universal language; uniting the international superstars and their Chinese fans in a concert that was a dream of many for over 30 years.
"We didn't expect the energy that was being given to us would be so intense. We were very excited to see people singing the words, joining in and becoming part of the show; which is what we really love," remarked guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield.
"Tonight METALLICA made music history and opened the doors of China to rock music," says Adam Wilkes, Senior Vice-President of AEG Live Asia, the promoter of the band's China shows; "It's an honor for AEG to be part of the band's long awaited China debut."
METALLICA is currently on a run throughout Asia and will perform in Seoul, South Korea on August 18 at CITYBREAK @ Olympic Park.
METALLICA has revealed the details of "Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)", the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming groundbreaking 3D feature film "Metallica Through The Never". The two-disc CD set will be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings on September 24 and highlights last year's career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film. The soundtrack is available for digital pre-order tonight at midnight EST and both the CD and digital album will be available at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall.
"Metallica Through The Never" stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of METALLICA's most iconic songs — created exclusively for film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band's trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during METALLICA's roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.