Metallica has planned a pair of summer stadium gigs in August, which will be their only till 2022. The first of the two shows will take place on August 11 at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, New York, with the second taking place three days later at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Metallica last played Highmark and PNC Park 30 years ago, hitting the two venues back-to-back on July 25 and 26, 1992).
Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills will provide support for both shows. Ticketmaster will begin selling tickets for the two shows on March 4 at 10 a.m. local time. Metallica’s Legacy Fan Club will have access to tickets starting at 9 a.m. ET on Feb. 28, while the band’s General Fan Club will have access to tickets starting at 11 a.m. ET on the same day.
All presales will finish at 10 p.m. ET on March 3rd. Metallica’s two summer stadium dates are in Buffalo and Pittsburgh, but they’re far from the band’s sole live performances this year.
The band will perform at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, February 25, and at the BottleRock event in Napa, California, in May, as well as Boston Calling in Boston. Throughout the spring and summer, they will also be performing in South America and Europe.
In other Metallica news, the band’s rare debut album, which features Dave Mustaine, is being released on vinyl for the first time in 40 years. Kirk Hammett is also working on his first solo album, Portals, an all-instrumental EP that will be released on Record Store Day, April 23.
Presales for Legacy Fan Club members begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, and for General Fan Club members at 11 a.m. All presales will finish at 10 p.m. on March 3rd. Metallica.com has a lot more information.
The PNC Park event comes two days after Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform there as part of The Stadium Tour.
Metallica’s last appearance in Pittsburgh was at PPG Paints Arena in 2018. The band performed with Guns ‘N Roses at Three Rivers Stadium in 1992, and was previously a member of Monsters of Rock there in 1988.
The Los Angeles-based band has sold approximately 120 million albums globally, produced over 15 billion streams, and won nine Grammy Awards. In 2009, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Metallica will tour South America in April and May, as well as Europe in June and July, including a stop at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday.