Metallica set to light up Joburg stage

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield belts it out with lead guitarist Kirk Hammett during their sold-out performance at the Bellville Velodrome. Photo: Ian Landsberg

Johannesburg - Following their two sold-out concerts in Cape Town, US heavy metal rockers Metallica are ready to set the stage alight in Joburg.

The nine-time Grammy award-winning rock outfit will play to a sold-out FNB stadium on Friday night. More than 38 000 tickets have been sold for the concert.

The band, made up of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, performed on Wednesday night as well as Friday night at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town.

The set list in Cape Town included old favourites like Master of Puppets and For Whom the Bell Tolls, metal ballads such as The Unforgiven, as well as hardcore thrash metal like Blackened.

The band said this week on their official tour blog that they were having a fantastic time in South Africa.

One of the band members wrote: “Night one here in Cape Town is finished! It was a great show including a number of songs never played before in South Africa.”

Metallica was formed in 1981 and its members come from Los Angeles, California. They have established themselves as one of the founding “big four” of thrash metal alongside bands like Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.

Metallica have released nine studio albums to date, four live albums, five extended plays, 25 music videos and 37 singles.

The band have won nine Grammy Awards and have had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

In December 2009 the band’s 1991 album, Metallica, became the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. The band have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide as of 2010.

 

According to promoters Big Concerts, who brought Metallica to South Africa, the band will be using the stage setup they use for every one of their concerts around the world. “Its Metallica’s stadium rig, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world,” said Justin van Wyk of Big Concerts.

 

Doors open at 5pm. Chromium plays at 6.30pm, Pestroy at 7.45pm and Metallica at 9pm.

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