Metallica Announces New Album, Tour Dates with Pantera


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Metallica has big news to share. First up is a new studio album, 72 Seasons, which is slated to drop on April 14, 2023. They debuted the release with the single, “Lux Aeterna,” which clearly has an old-school Metallica sound.

“72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves,” singer James Hetfield states. “The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”

Hear Robert Trujillo and the gang on “Lux Aeterna”:

In addition to the album announcement, Metallica has shared a massive World Tour for 2023 and 2024 that will have very special guests.

Pantera’s reunion tour is one of the most anticipated (and controversial) events scheduled for 2023. After unveiling South American and European dates, the band’s first North American dates will be with Metallica on the M72 World Tour, No Repeat Weekend. The stadium tour features two nights, with Pantera providing support during the North American leg on night one of each city. Metallica bills it as “2 Nights. 2 Different Sets. 2 Different Opening Acts. In the round at the 50-yard line.”

They’ll share night one with Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH, while the second night of each stop will feature Five Finger Death Punch with bassist Chris Kael and Ice Nine Kills with Joe Occhiuti.

Pantera’s current lineup features members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante filling in for the late Abbott brothers, “Dimebag” Darrell and Vinnie Paul.

Metallica 2023 / 2024 Tour Dates

Apr 27, 2023Amsterdam NLJohan Cruijff Arena
Apr 29, 2023Amsterdam NLJohan Cruijff Arena
May 17, 2023Paris FRStade de France*
May 19, 2023Paris FRStade de France
May 26, 2023Hamburg DEVolksparkstadion
May 28, 2023Hamburg DEVolksparkstadion
Jun 16, 2023Gothenburg SEUllevi Stadium**
Jun 18, 2023Gothenburg SEUllevi Stadium
Aug 4, 2023East Rutherford, N.J.MetLife Stadium
Aug 6, 2023East Rutherford, N.J.MetLife Stadium
Aug 11, 2023Montreal, QuebecStade Olympique
Aug 13, 2023Montreal, QuebecStade Olympique
Aug 18, 2023Arlington, TexasAT&T Stadium
Aug 20, 2023Arlington, TexasAT&T Stadium
Aug 25, 2023Inglewood, Calif.SoFi Stadium
Aug 27, 2023Inglewood, Calif.SoFi Stadium
Sep 1, 2023Glendale, Ariz.State Farm Stadium
Sep 3, 2023Glendale, Ariz.State Farm Stadium
Nov 3, 2023St. Louis, Mo.The Dome at America’s Center
Nov 5, 2023St. Louis, Mo.The Dome at America’s Center
Nov 10, 2023Detroit, Mich.Ford Field
Nov 12, 2023Detroit, Mich.Ford Field
May 24Munich DEOlympiastadion
May 26Munich DEOlympiastadion
Jun 7Helsinki FIOlympic Stadium
Jun 9Helsinki FIOlympic Stadium
Jun 14Copenhagen DKParken Stadium
Jun 16Copenhagen DKParken Stadium
Jul 5Warsaw PLPGE Narodowy
Jul 7Warsaw PLPGE Narodowy
Jul 12Madrid ESEstadio Cívitas Metropolitano
Jul 14Madrid ESEstadio Cívitas Metropolitano
Aug 2Foxborough, Mass.Gillette Stadium
Aug 4Foxborough, Mass.Gillette Stadium
Aug 9Chicago, Ill.Soldier Field
Aug 11Chicago, Ill.Soldier Field
Aug 16Minneapolis, Minn.US Bank Stadium
Aug 18Minneapolis, Minn.US Bank Stadium
Aug 23Edmonton, AlbertaCommonwealth Stadium
Aug 25Edmonton, AlbertaCommonwealth Stadium
Aug 30Seattle, Wash.Lumen Field
Sep 1Seattle, Wash.Lumen Field
Sep 20Mexico City, MexicoForo Sol***
Sep 22Mexico City, MexicoForo Sol
Sep 27Mexico City, MexicoForo Sol***
Sep 29Mexico City, MexicoForo Sol

Show 1 Support Europe: Architects & Mammoth WVH**
Show 2 Support Europe: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills
*Five Finger Death Punch/Ice Nine Kills play show 1 in Paris, Architects & Mammoth WVH play show 2 in Paris
**Volbeat replaces Architects on show 1 in Gothenburg
Show 1 Support North America: Pantera & Mammoth WVH***
Show 2 Support North America: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills
***Greta Van Fleet replaces Pantera on show 1 both weekends in Mexico City

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