Hetfield in 2017. (c) Christian Sarkine

Metallica to Tour Europe in 2019

Metal legends Metallica have announced that they will be touring Europe extensively in 2019.

James Hetfield and co. have only just completed a mainland European tour, one which came to a close in Helsinki last night after 39 shows in 29 cities. The tour kicked off towards the tail-end of last year, with the band taking time-off between selected shows, thus elongating the run until its end this week.

In a Facebook post celebrating the end of the run – which saw the legendary rockers perform to more than 600,000 people – they announced plans to return next summer for an expansive stadium tour. They further added that details of the new tour would be announced in September. Find a screenshot of the post below.

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If the band will add any festivals to this run remains to be seen, however rumours have previously suggested that Hetfield and co. will head to the likes of Pinkpop and Download Festival in 2019. The last time Metallica undertook a European stadium tour, they also found time to appear at a handful of festivals, including a stormy set at Pinkpop 2014. They further served as the first ever hard rock band to top the bill at Glastonbury in Somerset.

Watch a recording of Metallica performing Fade to Black in Vienna below.