Metallica's WorldWired Tour will return to Europe in summer 2019 for a four-month run of stadium shows.
The heavy metal giants wrapped up their European arena tour at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena on Friday night (11th May) and later took to their website to thank the 650,000 fans who came to see them and smash attendance records at 29 shows.
James, Kirk, Lars and Rob also confirmed that they will play an outdoor European stadium tour from May through to August 2019, which they will announce this September.
They wrote: “WOW! As another amazing run of European shows comes to an end, we are a little speechless (when does that happen?) and stunned by the overwhelming response and outpouring of love you have all shown us!
“After 39 shows in 29 cities in front of 650,000 of you crazy die-hard ‘Tallica fans, we'll be packing up our gear and heading home for the summer.
“Along the way, you helped us break attendance records across the continent 29 times, sometimes breaking the record from show number one in a venue just two days later with the second show!
“It is staggering to us that all of this is still happening after 37 years as a band, and we could not be more honoured.”
James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich © REX/Shutterstock
Promising to return in 2019, Metallica continued: “Lucky for us, we’ll be back!! Look for info here in September about our return in May of 2019 for a run of stadiums through August. And already we cannot wait! Until then, THANK YOU!!”
Fingers crossed the four-month trek will include a series of shows in the UK.
Thanks to their incredible in-the-round stage set, Metallica broke venue attendance records all five of their UK WorldWired arena shows and 24 further dates in mainland Europe.
At the opening show at London’s The O2 on Sunday 22nd October, the metal titans were watched by 22,134 fans making it the best attended single concert performance by one headliner since the venue opened a decade ago.
Two nights later, they broke the record again when they pulled in 22,211 fans at the Greenwich peninsula venue.
Keeping up the ante for the rest of the tour, 13,111 packed into Glasgow’s SSE Hydro to set a new attendance record and 20,048 fans witnessed their Manchester Arena show beating their own venue record they’ve held since 2009 when 19,680 people watched them on the World Magnetic Tour.
Once again at the final night at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Monday 30th October, Metallica drew in a record-breaking crowd of 15,604 fans.