Just in time to make your holidays that much brighter, Metallica just announced the impending release of their forthcoming studio album, 72 Seasons, set to hit shelves and streaming services in April of 2023. Check out the first single, “Lux Æterna,” as well as the group’s massive tour itinerary currently scheduled for 2023-24 right here.
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72 Seasons, Metallica’s first collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, was produced by Greg Fidelman along with frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich and will be available everywhere on April 14, 2023 via Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings. Formats include 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited edition variants, CD and digital.
Speaking on the concept of the album title, Hetfield says, "72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry."
The band's first single from 72 Seasons, “Lux Æterna,” is available now to stream and download, and as an instant gratification track with all pre-orders of the new record. For a full list of physical options, pre-orders, and further details, visit HERE. Check out the full tracklisting below.
Metallica - 72 Seasons tracklisting:
Sleepwalk My Life Away
You Must Burn!
Crown of Barbed Wire
If Darkness Had a Son
Too Far Gone?
Room of Mirrors
Additionally, Metallica will be hitting the road beginning in 2023, presented worldwide by Liquid Death and Blackened American Whiskey (in North America) and promoted by Live Nation. Metallica’s M72 world tour will see the band play two nights in every city they visit -- with each "No Repeat Weekend" featuring completely different setlists and support lineups. The M72 tour will also feature a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed "Metallica Snake Pit" to center stage, as well as the "I Disappear" full-tour pass and discounted tickets for fans under the age of 16.
Two-Day tickets will be available beginning Friday, December 2, while single-day tickets will be available starting on January 20. Citi cardholders will have access to presale tickets in the U.S. beginning Wednesday, November 30 at 2PM local time until Thursday, December 1 at 10PM local.
M72 WORLD TOUR 2023-2024
Thursday, April 27 2023 - Amsterdam NL - Johan Cruijff Arena
Saturday, April 29 2023 - Amsterdam NL - Johan Cruijff Arena
Wednesday, May 17 2023 - Paris FR - Stade de France*
Friday, May 19 2023 - Paris FR - Stade de France
Friday, May 26 2023 - Hamburg DE - Volksparkstadion
Sunday, May 28 2023 - Hamburg DE - Volksparkstadion
Friday, June 16 2023 - Gothenburg SE - Ullevi Stadium**
Sunday, June 18 2023 - Gothenburg SE - Ullevi Stadium
Friday, August 4 2023 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
Sunday, August 6 2023 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
Friday, August 11 2023 - Montreal, QC - Stade Olympique
Sunday, August 13 2023 - Montreal, QC - Stade Olympique
Friday, August 18 2023 - Arlington, TX - AT&T Stadium
Sunday, August 20 2023 - Arlington, TX - AT&T Stadium
Friday, August 25 2023 - Inglewood, CA - SoFi Stadium
Sunday, August 27 2023 - Inglewood, CA - SoFi Stadium
Friday, September 1 2023 - Glendale, AZ - State Farm Stadium
Sunday, September 3, 2023 - Glendale, AZ - State Farm Stadium
Friday, November 3, 2023 - St. Louis, MO - The Dome at America’s Center
Sunday, November 5, 2023 - St. Louis, MO - The Dome at America’s Center
Friday, November 10, 2023 - Detroit, MI - Ford Field
Sunday, November 12, 2023 - Detroit, MI - Ford Field
Friday, May 24 2024 - Munich DE - Olympiastadion
Sunday, May 26 2024 - Munich DE - Olympiastadion
Friday, June 7 2024 - Helsinki FI - Olympic Stadium
Sunday, June 9 2024 - Helsinki FI - Olympic Stadium
Friday, June 14 2024 - Copenhagen DK - Parken Stadium
Sunday, June 16 2024 - Copenhagen DK - Parken Stadium
Friday, July 5 2024 - Warsaw PL - PGE Narodowy
Sunday, July 7 2024 - Warsaw PL - PGE Narodowy
Friday, July 12 2024 - Madrid ES - Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano
Sunday, July 14 2024 - Madrid ES - Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano
Friday, August 2 2024 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
Sunday, August 4 2024 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
Friday, August 9 2024 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
Sunday, August 11 2024 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
Friday, August 16 2024 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Stadium
Sunday, August 18 2024 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Stadium
Friday, August 23 2024 - Edmonton, AB - Commonwealth Stadium
Sunday, August 25 2024 - Edmonton, AB - Commonwealth Stadium
Friday, August 30 2024 - Seattle, WA - Lumen Field
Sunday, September 1 2024 - Seattle, WA - Lumen Field
Friday, September 20 2024 - Mexico City MX - Foro Sol***
Sunday, September 22 2024 - Mexico City MX - Foro Sol
Friday, September 27 2024 - Mexico City MX - Foro Sol***
Sunday, September 29 2024 - Mexico City MX - Foro Sol
Show 1 Support Europe: Architects & Mammoth WVH**
Show 2 Support Europe: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills
*Five Finger Death Punch/Ice Nine Kills play show 1 in Paris, Architects & Mammoth WVH play show 2 in Paris
**Volbeat replaces Architects on show 1 in Gothenburg
Show 1 Support North America: Pantera & Mammoth WVH***
Show 2 Support North America: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills
***Greta Van Fleet replaces Pantera on show 1 both weekends in Mexico City
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