It’s been a jam packed week for the thrash metal monsters named Metallica. Just days after unveiling their newest song “Hardwired” off their new studio album “Hardwired…to Self Destruct,” the band was set to make it’s live debut last night (August 20th) at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. In support, the band brought in Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold. Two monsters in their own right that were in high regard and well deserved to open up the first rock show in the new stadium.
It’s been a long pressed road that has been walked on to get to this point. A point in which we as the fans can finally foresee a new Metallica record coming in the next three months. Not only that, but knowing that the band was set to perform the song live cements the matter more, and that they are ready to take the material out on the road on a full fledged tour.
Drummer Lars Ulrich had spoken to Rolling Stone that this gig could mark the live debut of Hardwired. And that they did. Unleashing the new song was practically a given considering the band had released it to the world just days in advance. “Let’s put it this way: The chances of playing a song from the new album have increased since we shared a new song with the world,” Ulrich said.
“But one thing we realized when we were making the album is that we put a lot of time and effort into making these songs good and, given a choice, we would rather people hear the recorded version than a live version on some shitty iPhone recording from 900 rows back. So read into that what you will.”
“That’s actually the last song we wrote for the record. We started this album by throwing different ideas around. The shape of it, as a collection of songs, didn’t come into focus until we were deep into it. At that point, the songs were getting tighter, shorter and leaner,” Ulrich said.
“A couple of months ago, we were sitting there taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became ‘Hardwired.’ It just kind of happened. I think James [Hetfield] and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week, which, for us, is basically a nanosecond.”
With the album set to be released on November 18th, not much is yet to be said as far as tour is concerned. After fans have been waiting 8 years for the next Metallica record, you can bet they are well overdue for a tour. Or a few of them to be exact. The band has one show that is lined up as of yet on September 24th at the Global Citizens Festival in New York. As time ticks closer to the albums release date, more information will surely come full circle on when we can expect destruction to occur on tour.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/