Metallica Surpasses $150 Million in Sales on WorldWired Tour


Story by Charles Ken, photo by Herring Herring

Metallica’s WorldWired tour has grossed more than $150 million, with 1.6 million tickets sold to date

Metallica’s WorldWired tour is earning the metal legends plenty of cash. According to a new report from Billboard, the band’s ongoing tour in support of their 2016 Grammy-nominated studio album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” has now grossed more than $150 million.

The WorldWired tour kicked off back in 2016 and has taken James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo around the world. The trek has sold nearly 1.6 million tickets to date.

So, how much money has Metallica pulled in from live shows since forming decades ago? Billboard’s Boxscore chart archives date back to 1990, and since then, the metal gents have grossed more than $600 million from live shows.

The most recent leg of Metallica’s WorldWired tour kicked off on Jan. 18 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. So far just this year, the 2019 leg has pulled in $14.4 million and sold 123,792 tickets.

The band is on a short break from the road right now, and they will resume touring with a gig Feb. 28 in El Paso, Texas. From there, they’ll stay on the road through mid-March. For the band’s full roster of upcoming North American tour dates, head here.

“Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” was Metallica’s sixth studio album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album debuted at the top spot on the chart in December of 2016 and has made its way back into the top five on the chart twice since its initial release.



Posted by Charles Ken | Metal, Music, Rock News

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