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Metallica announces new LP ’72 Seasons’ and plots two-year world tour

Hard rockers set to play two nights in Montreal and Edmonton

Metallica frontman James Hetfield performing in Las Vegas in February 2022.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield performing in Las Vegas in February 2022. Photo by GETTY /Bang Showbiz

Metallica will be making a grand return to the stage next year in support of its 12th studio album: 72 Seasons.

Due out in April, the 12-track album is Metallica’s first full length collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct and will see them launching the two-year M72 World Tour that will take the quartet across Europe, the U.S., Canada, South America and Mexico. The band will play two nights in each city with different set lists for both shows in what the band is dubbing a “No Repeat Weekend.”

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To coincide with the news, the band dropped the propulsive first single from the album, Lux Æterna. Other song titles include Crown of Barbed Wire, Sleepwalk My Life Away, You Must Burn! and If Darkness Had a Son.

Metallica
Metallica

Addressing the concept of the album title, frontman James Hetfield said the songs are inspired by the band’s early life.

“72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. 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,” Hetfield wrote. “Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”

The band — which is also comprised of Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo — will play in the round “at the 50-yard line” with different opening acts both nights.

In Canada, the M72 Tour touches down at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Aug. 11 and 13, 2023, and Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium Aug. 23 and 25, 2024.

While Metallica has continued to tour since the release of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the band courted new fans when its 1986 song Master of Puppets appeared in the Season 4 finale of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include ‘Master of Puppets’ in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” the band shard on their Instagram. “We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away.”

For more ticketing info on the M72 Tour, visit Metallica.com.

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