According to Pulse of Radio its been seven years since Metallica last did a full, proper North American arena tour, but drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that’s about to change. Ulrich explained, “It’s time to come back, and do some proper penetration of America . . . We’re going to start pretty much full-on touring in January and are looking to figure out what we’re doing in North America, but there will definitely be some pretty extensive touring in America.”

  • Metallica will be touring in support of its long-awaited new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which will be released on November 18th.
  • Ulrich said he’s looking forward to playing a lot of the new album live, remarking, “Some of the stuff on Death Magnetic was pretty cerebral. You had to really think about what the next crazy part is that was coming up. Some of the songs from the new record are a little more physical. It’s gonna be a lot of fun to play this.”
  • The first single from Hardwired…, simply titled “Hardwired,” is out now. The album will be issued on double CD, vinyl and digital download. A deluxe version will feature a bonus disc containing the riffs that formed the origins of the album along with “The Lords Of Summer,” which the band debuted on tour a couple of years ago.
  • Metallica already has one upcoming show on its calendar: the band perform at Neil Young‘s 30th anniversary Bridge School Benefit concert, set to take place on October 22nd and 23rd at at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.