It’s been years since Metallica mounted a full-on tour in America. It’s not like they haven’t played here and there though. Since Death Magnetic, they’ve played a Super Bowl pre-party, the Apollo Theater, the Yankee Stadium as part of the Big Four tour, and of course headlined their own festival in Atlantic City and Detroit, among other shows. However, with the WorldWired tour kicking off tonight in Baltimore, the band shared their rehearsal footage from the stadium last night.
After an introduction from hardDrive’s Lou Brutus, the babnd played a 50-minute set consisting of “Atlas, Rise!, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Now That We’re Dead” and “Battery.” While it was professionally shot, and was a chance for the impressive light and video show to be tested, it happened in front of a nearly empty stadium, the band was loose and informal, and was a nice taste of things to come. After the short set, Brutus interviewed Lars Ulrich, asking him about playing Hammerjack’s, Baltimore’s infamous now-defunct metal club, replaced by Camden Yards. Here’s where you’ll be able to catch the tour starting tonight: