It began as two young musicians looking for someone to jam with. It became a benchmark for which all other metal bands are measured.
Since Metallica formed in 1981, the thrash pioneers have gone on to sell more than 100 million records worldwide. The band has seemingly mastered their craft and its influence on the genre – and the music world – is irrefutable.
Metallica continues its WorldWired Tour in support of the band’s tenth studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, released in 2016. Two years in and the current North American leg is ripping through arenas, after filling larger stadiums earlier in the tour.
After catching show No. 110 -- at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC -- out of the trek’s 159 dates, we couldn't help but share five reasons why we love ‘tallica.
5. Serious endurance
If there’s one thing Metallica kicks ass at, it’s being Metallica, and part of that means delivering explosive shows. The band played an 18-song setlist - 19 if you count them singing Happy Birthday to bassist Rob Trujillio - over nearly two and a half hours, with the closing minute just as frenetic and energetic as the first. Let’s not forget to mention the staggering flames that shoot out from the stage.
Every Metallica member is a talented musician. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammet brings lighting fast riffs on his raging solos. Robert Trujillo delivers furious in-your-face bass – and killed it that night on late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” solo. Drummer Lars Ulrich is known for his power and exactness on the kit. And frontman/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield’s aggressive riffs and vicious vocals combine to drop jaws, live.
3. Career-spanning sets
On the WorldWired Tour, Metallica has been shredding through their decades-long catalog. Classics are at home with newer material, with fan favorites at the forefront. The Charlotte setlist included “Seek & Destroy,” “Atlas, Rise!,” “Creeping Death,” “Through the Never,” “Master of Puppets,” “Hardwired,” “Motorbreath,” “Nothing Else Matters,” and “Sad but True.”
2. Major metal licks
It takes three guitarists to deliver the fury, volume, and ferocity that is Metallica – and it’s glorious to see. What’s more, Kirk Hammet’s blistering riffs are crushing and intense.
1. The band gives back
From playing benefit concerts to working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Metallica is no stranger to charitable efforts. What’s more, the band launched its own foundation All Within My Hands (AWMH) in 2017 and all four band members - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo - are on the Board of Directors. During the band’s U.S. WorldWired Tour dates, AWMH has been supporting Feeding America and its web of local food banks. At the recent Spectrum Center show in Charlotte, NC, monies raised benefitted the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which is providing disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Florence.