Metallica made history with their no-repeat weekend shows at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium this past weekend. Drawing an astounding total of nearly 80,000 fans, marking the largest crowd recorded at the Los Angeles stadium since its opening in September 2020. Part of the M72 world tour, the first concert on Friday, August 25, was graced by the presence of Hollywood stars and musicians. John Travolta, Jason Momoa, Adria Arjona, and Tom Sandoval from “Vanderpump Rules” were notable attendees on the first of two nights of the M72LA events. The support further charged the atmosphere with Pantera and Mammoth WVH, setting the stage for a momentous evening. Sunday’s show (27) saw Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills take up the opening duties.

Backstage action added an extra layer of excitement. Pantera drummer Charlie Benante shared his experience from the previous night, recounting humorous moments with John Travolta and expressing admiration for Jason Momoa’s enthusiastic participation in the mosh pit. Benante also praised the energy of the crowd and the performance itself. However, the weekend did experience a change in the lineup. Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, unfortunately, fell ill with a severe flu and couldn’t perform on Sunday night. This unexpected turn led to an impressive lineup shuffle, with Phil Labonte (All That Remains), Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage, Light The Torch), and AJ Channer (Fire From The Gods) stepping in behind the microphones. The band assured fans that Ivan Moody would soon return to the stage. Metallica’s SoFi Stadium concerts are one for the books with special appearances and unexpected twists, highlighting more notorious moments on the North American portion of the M72 World Tour. 



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