Metallica Could Tour on ‘Hardwired’ into 2020, Says Lars Ulrich


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Metallica fans may have to wait a while for a new record, as the band plans to stay on the road through the beginning of 2020

Metallica released their latest album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” back in 2016, and they’ve been on the road, touring solidly ever since. Even though their Worldwired tour has been going strong for two years, the guys seem determined to do even more shows. According to drummer Lars Ulrich, the band plans to keep this streak going into the next decade.

“This may just dip into the beginning of 2020,” Ulrich tells The Mercury News.

As for why Metallica wants to stay on the road so long, Ulrich says it’s thanks to the success of “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.”

“The perception is that it’s probably our most well-received record since (1991’s) ‘Black Album,'” Ulrich says. “So, to have that 30-plus years into your career, and to make a record that connects at that level — still — is crazy cool.”

Last weekend, Metallica performed an acoustic benefit show to raise funds for their All Within My Hands charity foundation. Total, the event raised more than $1.3 million to help fight hunger and support workforce education.

While performing acoustic is a different feeling for Metallica, the guys enjoy it. “We love playing acoustic,” Ulrich said. “And we love showing that side of us to the people. But, more so for ourselves, it’s just a great balance to all the other stuff that we do. So given a chance to do it, we love to jump at it.” He added that fans have been “mildly surprised that our songs would translate into acoustic reinterpretations.”

Metallica’s will continue their “WorldWired” tour with a show Nov. 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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