Metallica announces ’72 Seasons’ album & massive 2023-24 world tour

Metallica announces ’72 Seasons’ album & massive 2023-24 world tour
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How’s this for a Metallica Monday?

The metal legends are kicking off the week with two huge announcements. A new album titled 72 Seasons will arrive April 14, 2023, which Metallica will support on the gigantic M72 World Tour, set to run through 2023 and 2024.

72 Seasons is the first Metallica album since 2016’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. You can listen to lead single “Lux Æterna” now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

The album’s title refers to the 72 seasons we go through in the first 18 years of our lives, which, as frontman James Hetfield explains, “form our true or false selves.”

The tour, meanwhile, will first launch in Europe next April, followed by a trip to North America beginning August 4 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and concluding November 12 in Detroit, Michigan. A second European leg will kick off in May 2024 before Metallica returns for another North American run, stretching from August 2 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, through September 29 in Mexico City.

Metallica will play two concerts at each city on the tour, and Mexico City gets a total of four shows. For each performance, the metal legends will play a wholly unique set list with no repeats in any city.

Additionally, the openers will vary for each show. Among those providing support include the reunited Pantera, Mammoth WVH, Greta Van Fleet, Five Finger Death Punch, Ice Nine Kills and Architects.

Tickets will first go on sale as two-show packages this Friday, December 2. Single show tickets will be available beginning January 20.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit

Here’s the 72 Seasons track list:

“72 Seasons”
“Shadows Follow”
“Screaming Suicide”
“Sleepwalk My Life Away”
“You Must Burn!”
“Lux Æterna”
“Crown of Barbed Wire”
“Chasing Light”
“If Darkness Had a Son”
“Too Far Gone?”
“Room of Mirrors”

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