METALLICA will embark on a European tour in May. The three-month trek will cover 25 cities and 20 countries and include "black tickets, enhanced experiences, free albums and downloads, and more," according to a press release.
Grammy-winning, Swedish rock band GHOST will be special guest on all four European legs of METALLICA's 2019 "WorldWired" stadium tour that begins on May 1 at the Estadio do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal. GHOST has shared festival stages with METALLICA before, but this is the band's first invitation to join METALLICA on tour. With Norway's BOKASSA opening all dates, the three-band bill will play 25 stadiums from May through August.
Fan-club presales begin tomorrow (Tuesday, September 25) at 10 a.m. CEST for Legacy Members and 11 a.m. CEST for Fifth Members. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, September 28.
May 01 - Lisbon, Portugal - Estádio do Restelo
May 03 - Madrid, Spain - Valdebebas
May 05 - Barcelona, Spain - Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 08 - Milan, Italy - SNAI San Siro Hippodrome
May 10 - Zürich, Switzerland - Letzigrund
May 12 - Paris, France - Stade de France
Jun. 08 - Dublin, Ireland - Slane Castle
Jun. 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Johan Cruijff Arena
Jun. 13 - Köln, Germany - RheinEnergieStadion
Jun. 16 - Brussels, Belgium - Koning Boudewijnstadion
Jun. 18 - Manchester, England - Etihad Stadium
Jun. 20 - London, England - Twickenham Stadium
Jul. 06 - Berlin, Germany - Olympiastadion
Jul. 09 - Göteborg, Sweden - Ullevi
Jul. 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Telia Parken
Jul. 13 - Trondheim, Norway - Granåsen
Jul. 16 - Hämeenlinna, Finland - Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
Jul. 18 - Tartu, Estonia - Raadi Airfield
Jul. 21 - Moscow, Russia - Luzhniki Stadium
Aug. 14 - Bucharest, Romania - Arena Națională
Aug. 16 - Vienna, Austria - Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Aug. 18 - Prague, Czech Republic - Airport Letnany
Aug. 21 - Warsaw, Poland - PGE Narodowy
Aug. 23 - Munich, Germany - Olympiastadion
Aug. 25 - Mannheim, Germany - Palastzelt Maimarktgelände
METALLICA kicked off the 2018/2019 U.S. leg of the "WorldWired" arena tour on September 2 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
METALLICA recently landed on Pollstar's Global Concert Pulse chart with concert grosses of more than $2 million per market appearance on the band's last European tour.
The San Francisco-based metal giants averaged 20,451 tickets per market, at an average ticket price of $104.
The 19 market reports included a two-night stand at Stuttgart, Germany's Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, which grossed $3.3 million. Both shows were sold out, with an attendance of 14,695 per concert.
Touring in support of its latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", that arrived in November 2016, METALLICA launched the world tour in Latin America a month before the disc's release. In early 2017, prior to the North American stadium tour, the band made festival appearances and headlined concerts at venues in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Although METALLICA played U.S. stadiums in the summer of 2017, the band was mostly indoors for the first leg of its European tour last fall.
METALLICA's European tour included the first drone swarm for a major touring act. It consisted of 120 autonomous micro drones that emerge from the main-stage prop lifts during the song "Moth Into Flames" and swarm into several formations over the band's heads, according to Pollstar.
The 2017 dates on the "WorldWired" tour, which included stadium shows across the U.S., grossed $110.3 million in North America and $152.8 million worldwide.