It looks like Metallica have finally listened to our years of endless begging – they're coming back to Australia! And no, this time it's not a painfully convincing "leaked" poster made by some cruel, heartless little twerp out to crush our hopes and dreams. It's actually, truly, 100% legit-as-shit happening!!!!
Announced earlier this morning on Triple M, the generational thrash titans will be touching down in October for a mammoth five-date stadium tour, hitting Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. And as for the little issue of their opening act? Well, seeing as though this is the one and only goddamn Metallica, you better believe they've called in the big guns – motherf***ing Slipknot.
Metallica were last seen tearing shit up Down Under in 2013, where they headlined the now-defunct Soundwave festival. Six years on, their live set is still as fierce and fiery as it's ever been, so you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be right there in the pit with our horns raised high!
The tour will be Metallica's first in Australia since releasing their tenth studio album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct. The record debuted at #1 on the ARIA Charts and was met with a swarm of critical acclaim (Australian Guitar called it "80 minutes of loud, earsplitting thrash worth every ounce of the hype"). Perhaps controversially, this writer is even willing to brand it their best since the 1991 'black' album.
As for Slipknot, their last jaunt on Australian shores was in 2016, where they treated local maggots to a set of choice cuts from their 2014 .5: The Gray Chapter LP. The nine-piece nu-metal legends just announced the release date of that album's (as-yet-untitled) follow-up for August 9th. How kind of them, giving us a monthlong heads up to learn the lyrics!
As with most of Metallica’s WorldWired shows, every ticket purchased includes a choice of standard physical or standard digital copy of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Tickets also include a free, full-length MP3 download of their live show, mixed and mastered by the crew that wrangled the album itself.
Cop the full details for 2019's juiciest tour below!
Metallica + Slipknot
Thursday October 17th - Optus Stadium, Perth WA
Saturday October 20th - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide SA
Tuesday October 22nd - Marvel Stadium, Melbourne VIC
Saturday October 26th - ANZ Stadium, Sydney NSW
Tuesday October 29th - QSAC, Brisbane QLD
Legacy Member Fan Club Presale:
1pm Tuesday March 12th until 1pm Friday, March 15th
Fifth Member Standard Fan Club Presale:
2pm Tuesday, March 12th until 1pm Friday, March 15th
American Express Card Members Presale:
All shows ex. Sydney: 2pm Wednesday, March 13th until 2pm Friday, March 15th
Sydney: 3pm Wednesday, March 13th until 3pm Friday, March 15th