Metallica discuss their setlist for current WorldWired tour

Posted by on July 12, 2017

It’s no secret that Metallica’s current North American WorldWired tour is quite the experience and has surpassed die hard fans’ expectations. They have personalized each and every city since their initial kickoff in Baltimore including sharing thank you videos and creating a special set list. These legends recently explained to Rolling Stone the reasoning behind their set list, and drummer Lars Ulrich revealed a rather obvious statement:

“Obviously, since we’re playing stadiums, it’s not like we’re gong to bust out the four never-heard-before songs on ReLoad or something. But I usually have all the information about each city we played and what we played last time, so I try to put some deeper cuts in there.”

Snippets can be found below:


When the band plays this track, off 1997’s ReLoad, spires of flame shoot up from either side of the stage. “Our stage set is not small, so you’ve gotta have 40-foot flames to make it look right in scale,” Hetfield says. “I’m a boy in a man’s body, so if you could have 40-foot flames instead of 10-foot flames, why wouldn’t you?” He laughs. “It’s just cool to feel the heat of it. It makes you feel more alive.”

“Now That We’re Dead”

Metallica bring out giant Taiko drums for a jam in the middle. “The drum-corps thing is my favorite moment in the show lately,” Hetfield says with a laugh. “I don’t know if it works or not, but I love it, and it’s fun, and I’ve dreamt about doing something like that for a long time. It’s been on my list of ‘Things to do live’ for a long time, and it’s finally, finally come to fruition.”

“Seek and Destroy”

The band, including Ulrich, goes out to the center of the catwalk to play one of the first songs they wrote. “We’ve been on the constant mission of making everyone feel like they’re in the front row,” Hetfield says. “So Lars had the idea of going out there, and then it felt like, ‘Hey, this is kind of like the garage again, and let’s play “Seek and Destroy.”‘ It’s a good ending to the set. And at the end of the day, it’s one of the first songs we wrote. We’re all together on this little spot on the stage. It’s about the music and the connection.” Ulrich says, “Hopefully the idea translates that we’re all in it together.”

“Enter Sandman”

“It’s just kinda gotta be at the end,” Hetfield says. “It’s that song.”

Check out their entire explanation on Rolling Stone and watch the current Thank You videos below:


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