Metallica continued their record-breaking ways during their latest gig on Oct. 24 in London at The O2. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers made history by setting a new attendance record at the huge U.K arena, rocking 22,211 fans with a bone-crunching 18-song setlist, that included the live debut of the track “Spit Out the Bone” from their chart-topping studio album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct.
Pollstar reports on Oct. 26 that the “Enter Sandman” hitmakers received a special award for the history-making feat, presented by Christian D’Acuna - head of programming at the famed AEG Presents operated venue. The thrash metal pioneers broke a record previously held by Muse, who drew 21,000 fans to their show on April 15, 2016 at The O2.
The multi-platinum sellers honored the special occasion by treating their dedicated London fans to the live debut of “Spit Out the Bone,” which was the first number of a three-song encore. HD footage of the performance is currently streaming at the Metallica's official YouTube TV channel.
“Metallica smashed the highest attendance record during both of their shows, writes D'Acuna in a statement. “It was an honor to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint.”
Fans who missed the action can get a taste of what they missed in the 7:33 minute video clip posted above. The capacity crowd screams and cellphones wave in the air as drummer Lars Ulrich opens the song with machine gun snare rolls in the blacked-out venue. The roar becomes deafening as frontman James Hetfield begins to peel off the intro guitar riff and the band explodes into action amid waves of flaming pyro.
Metallica recently announced that they will return home to U.S. shores to headline the star-studded Band Together benefit concert, which will take place Nov. 9 in San Francisco at AT&T Park. The metal legends will continue their fall tour of Europe on Oct. 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, at The SEE Hydro and wrap up the overseas romp with a two-night stand between Nov. 1 – Nov. 3 in Antwerp, Belgium, at Sportpaleis.