Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has told the Mercury News that the band’s already lengthy “WorldWired” tour could last through early 2020. The group has spent the last two years touring behind its November 2016 release, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. With seven more shows before the end of this year and more dates booked through June 2019, the drummer acknowledged that the current cycle “may just dip into the beginning of 2020.”
Asked if he is tired of touring behind the LP yet, Ulrich replied, “We have the luxury, and we are very fortunate, to be able to set a touring schedule that works really well for us. We kind of set boundaries. We have a two-week rule, so that after two weeks we come home and see our families and kids and get a sense of San Francisco.”
The drummer continued, “For about a decade, we’ve had a really good setup in terms of how we balance all of it. It takes longer to play the same amount of dates. But the good news is that our chances for not losing our minds — or for playing all the shows, physically, mentally — are much higher, because we have a pace that we feel is at the right level for us. So, it’s good.”
Ulrich told us a while back how Metallica has changed the way it tours: [“The old days of a year and a half on the road, I mean, that’s not going to happen again. If our success has bought us anything, it’s the freedom to do these things the way we want to do them, on our own agenda, on our own time frame. We don’t really even need to have, like they say in the business, a ‘product’ out there. We can just sort of go out and tour if we wake up one morning and feel like it.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . feel like it.)
Metallica is on a break for the next three weeks but will resume its current North American tour on November 26th in Las Vegas.
Story source: Blabbermouth
- Ulrich also spoke to the Mercury News about the positive response to the Hardwired album, which was acclaimed as Metallica’s best work in years. He said, “The perception is that it’s probably our most well-received record since the ‘Black Album’ . . . That’s something that we didn’t expect. And that’s something that anyone who has been doing this as long as us should never take for granted.”
- Metallica’s acoustic show at the Masonic in San Francisco last weekend raised a whopping $1.3 million for the band’s own charity organization, All Within My Hands, and the various funds it supports. The band has announced that money will be donated to food banks in cities they’ve played on their current world tour as well as “carefully selected” community colleges throughout the country.