Metallica might have a new model for touring in the coming years, which may mean fans see the band less -- but more consistently.
Frontman James Hetfield tells the podcast Nerdist that starting this year the quartet will likely play just 50 shows per year; He notes that, "My body has told me to tell these guys that 50 shows a year is kind of what we can do, so make the best of hose. And I think we all agree on that. But 50 shows a year, that's pretty good. My body can handle that."
The group has, of course, played a limited number of shows during the past few years, primarily overseas; The group has 16 concerts announced so far to support its new album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, but guitarist Kirk Hammett tells us that no matter how much the band plays he'll be happy:
"I really feel like I'm playing better than I ever have, which kind of blow some away because I've been playing guitar for a long time but I can kinda tell I’m getting betters, still. I'm really excited to go out on stage and just play because I love playing live. I love playing live shows, and I feel like I'm playing better than ever. I just want to go out and bring it to the people."
Metallica returns to the road Wednesday (January 11) in Seoul, South Korea, and has shows set for Asia, Europe, Mexico and South America. North American dates are expected to be announced soon.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.