METALLICA‘s World Magnetic Tour, in support of the group’s ninth studio album, Death Magnetic, which was released in September 2008 – officially kicked off in October 2008 in Glendale, AZ. By September 2010, the tour had reached North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Oceania. The tour culminated with three dates in Melbourne, Australia in late November 2010.
Metallica have issued the following tour summary:
“The World Magnetic tour crossed 45 countries, 143 arena shows, 34 festival shows, 29 stadium shows, 4 club/theater shows, three tv/radio shows, two hall of fame shows, 3790 songs, and not a single setlist was the same.”
The band is taking some much needed time off before settling in to write their next album.
Lars Ulrich says Metallica is nearing the fulfillment of its current record deals all over the world, which means the band has some “interesting decisions to make” about how (and with whom) it will sell its music in the future. He’s not worried, though. “Given the slow pace at which we write albums,” he says with a laugh, “it’s not something we’ll have to deal with any time soon.”