Filmed at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on January 18, 2019.
Welcome to the colliding of your two little musical worlds, where that classic country connoisseur and twang hound in you meets the hard-driving metalhead who punched a hole in your bedroom wall in 7th grade while listening to Master of Puppets. This is what occurred when Metallica showed up in Nashville Thursday night (1-26) for their first show in Music City in 10 years, and were graced by the presence of other than country music legend Loretta Lynn who was there to soak it all in.
You probably wouldn’t peg Loretta Lynn to be one to ride the lightning, but perhaps she was just using her legendary status to score Bridgestone Arena box seats for her grandkids. Either way, you can now mark it down in the annals of country music that at 86 years of age, Loretta Lynn drove in from Butcher Holler to attend a Metallica show, and when the band got word Loretta would be there, they whipped up a quick tribute to the Hall of Famer.
About halfway through the show, frontman James Hetfield took a break, and guitarist Kirk Hammett and bass player Rob Trujillo took the opportunity to play a stripped down version of Loretta’s 1971 hit, “You’re Lookin’ at Country.”
“We love Loretta Lynn, by the way,” Trujillo told the audience while introducing the song. “We think she’s here tonight. Kirk was supposed to sing this song, but he says he’s too nervous. So I’ve gotta sing it, so help me out here … if we blow it, don’t kick our ass, all right? We’re gonna have fun. It’s a party, remember that.”
METALLICA's January 28 concert at the Raleigh, North Carolina's PNC Arena shattered the venue's attendance record with a crowd of 20,052 fans on hand.
"We are thrilled that METALLICA's performance set a new record for PNC Arena," said PNC Arena President Don Waddell. "It was our first time hosting the band, and the passion of their fans made it so memorable for us.
"PNC Arena has played host to many large events during its 19 years, so it's great to see an incredible band like METALLICA come in and knock out a new milestone in our history. Thank you to METALLICA, Q Prime Management and Live Nation for bringing this tour to the fans in Raleigh."
The METALLICA show was staged in the round, with one square stage in the center of the arena floor, and a chair-free floor filled with fans.
The second North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" features a few firsts, including a "Light It Up" pre-show party hosted by the band's friend, comedian Jim Breuer; and a "Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket" that gives a limited number of fans floor access to any show on the tour.
Metallica infiltrates the Hot Tours recap dated Feb. 16 at No. 3 with $10.3 million grossed from the January 2019 leg of the WorldWired tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Including the five engagements that impact this week, the tour’s total gross crosses the $150 million threshold since launching in 2016, reaching $155.9 million.
Metallica restarted their most recent North American leg on Jan. 18 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, which grossed $2.2 million, as previously reported. But they’ve since upped the ante, grossing $2.4 million at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Jan. 28, and $2.5 million at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Feb. 1. Including previous reports from Tulsa and Nashville, the limited 2019 leg has grossed $14.4 million and sold 123,792 tickets so far.