Metallica made a lot of money on tour; Kirk Hammett reveals favorite song to play

Posted by on August 23, 2017

Last week, Metallica’s WorldWired tour drew to a close in North America. How successful was it? Extremely. First of all, everyone that bought a ticket automatically got a copy of Hardwired… To Self Destruct, so in and of itself, that’s a lot of copies of the album, which has sold over 1 million copies. But that’s nothing compared to what the tour itself grossed on the road. The latest Billboard Boxscore breaks down just how much money the tour has been making, and it’s fascinating. Granted, the numbers below are just the gross, not the net, so counting in production costs, travel, management fees and a ton of other factors, the band doesn’t make as much, but that’s still an insane amount of money. It’s going to be a long time before there’s another Metallica, but if you’re going to aim to be one of the most successful bands of the next 30 years, here’s what to aim for.

Meanwhile, with the tour over, Canadian radio station CFOX asked guitarist Kirk Hammett what his favorite song from the album was to play live. It turns out it’s “Halo on Fire”

“I really like playing ‘Halo on Fire.’ There’s just something about that song that just like… We established a mood really quickly, and it seems like the audience is with us every step of the way. Because when we get to the chorus, [the audience] is singing the chorus with us. It’s cool. It’s a really cool, fun song to play on guitar as well.”

There you have it. Although he could have said “all of them. I’m rich!” and then fired a pair of guns in the air like Yosemite Sam or the rich Texan guy from The Simpsons and we would’ve understood. Here’s how much money they made, and you can check out the full interview below: 

Artist: MetallicaAvenged Sevenfold & Volbeat
Venue: Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Date: Jun. 07th, 2017
Gross Sales: $5,884,163
Attendance/Capacity: 51,955 / 58,913
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: Metallica & Volbeat
Venue: Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
Date: May 19th, 2017
Gross Sales: $5,713,499
Attendance/Capacity: 47,778 / 52,086
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: Metallica & Volbeat
Venue: Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
Date: May 12th, 2017
Gross Sales: $5,421,187
Attendance/Capacity: 49,722 / 53,836
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold
Venue: Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
Date: Jun. 18th, 2017
Gross Sales: $5,313,715
Attendance/Capacity: 51,041 / 52,360
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: MetallicaAvenged Sevenfold & Volbeat
Venue: East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
Date: May 14th, 2017
Gross Sales: $5,196,437
Attendance/Capacity: 46,941 / 51,468
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: MetallicaAvenged Sevenfold & Volbeat
Venue: Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
Date: Jun. 11th, 2017
Gross Sales: $4,854,471
Attendance/Capacity: 46,720 / 51,023
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold
Venue: San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
Date: Jun. 14th, 2017
Gross Sales: $4,527,655
Attendance/Capacity: 45,343 / 49,271
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold
Venue: Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
Date: Jun. 16th, 2017
Gross Sales: $4,247,778
Attendance/Capacity: 45,860 / 48,348
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

Artist: MetallicaAvenged Sevenfold & Volbeat
Venue: Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
Date: May 10th, 2017
Gross Sales: $4,220,421
Attendance/Capacity: 40,850 / 55,705
Ticket Prices: $160.50, $60.50

Artist: Metallica & Volbeat
Venue: St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
Date: Jun. 04th, 2017
Gross Sales: $4,192,393
Attendance/Capacity: 38,778 / 43,366
Ticket Prices: $155.50, $55.50

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