Metallica will perform in San Mamés on July 3

Singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich at a concert in Lisbon last year / EFE


At the concert, which will be held in San Mamés, Weezer, The Hellacopters, Nothing But Thieves and The Regrettes will also perform

Metallica will perform in San Mamés on Sunday, July 3. The legendary heavy metal group from San Francisco will thus round out the calendar of its European tour, part of the world tour it has undertaken to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the band, officially established on October 21, 1981, before the release of their debut, the LP ‘Kill’em All’, a founding stone of thrash metal. The concert, dubbed Bilbao Bizkaia Rock Day, will be organized in collaboration with the Bizkaia Provincial Council and the Bilbao City Council, and will be more of a festival, as Metallica will be accompanied by Weezer, The Hellacopters, Nothing But Thieves and The Regrettes.

The possibility that the group led by James Hetfield (guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums) would play at the Bilbao stadium had been considered since last December, but it has not been confirmed until today by the promoter, Live Nation, which is also in charge of the festival Mad Cool, in Madrid. Precisely the first day of this festival was until now the only Spanish date that the group had on its calendar: on July 6, Wednesday, Metallica will lead a diverse lineup of which they are the main stars along with Twenty One Pilots and Placebo, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen, Wolf Alice and Yungblud. Tickets for San Mamés will go on sale this Thursday, the 24th, through the Ticketmaster platform and on the Live Nation website. Prices range between 79 euros plus 10.50 expenses, in the stands, and 245 euros plus 32.50 expenses for the Golden Ring VIP packages.

“We are delighted to add one last concert to our summer vacation in Europe, as we will be heading to Bilbao, Spain, on July 3 for the Bilbao Bizkaia Rock Day at the San Mamés Stadium,” the group itself has published in its website, even before updating its concert agenda, in which the one in Bilbao does not appear yet. “We will be taking the stage with Weezer, The Hellacopters, Nothing But Thieves and others for one night in this incredible and iconic city.”

The repertoire of the tour consists of a historical review of the entire catalog of the band

Both the mayor of Bilbao and the deputy general of Bizkaia have highlighted that Metallica’s visit “strengthens the position of the city and the territory to host major events of international stature and that it also comes at a time when society needs recover the illusion and enjoy».

The entire tour of the old continent of Hetfield and company has been traced by uniting major festivals, including the Dutch PinkPop (June 17), the German Download (June 24) and the heaviest, the French Hellfest (June 6) , which they head alongside the Black Label Society. The San Mamés Rock Day will fit between the Rock Werchter, in Belgium, and the aforementioned Mad Cool in Madrid.

As for the repertoire of this tour, which is what fans are really interested in, it consists of a historical overview of the band’s entire catalog that, however, opens with a relatively recent song, ‘Hardwired’, from 2016 .

The group recovers some songs that they hadn’t played for more than ten years and, of course, finishes off with essential classics like ‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Harvester of Sorrow’, ‘Master of Puppets’, ‘Fade to Black’, ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Seek & Destroy’. It so happens that, on their latest tours, Metallica usually cover some popular song from the place where they are performing. Thus, in 2019 they played ‘The dead is very alive’, by Peret, in Barcelona, ​​and in Madrid, the same year, they launched with ‘Brutus’, by the Nikis, which opens the question of whether they will do something similar in Bilbao .

Metallica’s return to Bilbao after 15 years has been planned as “a tribute to rock, a party in style to celebrate the versatility of the genre, bringing together artists of different generations and styles but united by the same pattern”, according to the organizers. Thus, the heavy metal of Metallica will be complemented by the pop rock of The Regrettes, the alternative rock of Weezer, the garage rock of The Hellacopters and the indie rock of Nothing But Thieves.

the other groups

Weezer, the group led by Rivers Cuomo, was born in Los Angeles in 1992 under the influence of the music of bands like the Pixies, Ramones and The Beach Boys, quickly becoming one of the most interesting bands of the American post-grunge movement. They have released thirteen albums since their founding. With their latest album, ‘Van Weezer’, the band returns to heavy metal and hard rock influences.

The Hellacopters, the band that spearheaded the Scandinavian rock boom, announced their breakup after releasing their seventh album ‘Head Off’ in 2007. A false ending, because they returned eight years later for an exclusive performance at the Sweden Rock festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album, ‘Supershitty To The Max!’, which they decided to give continuity to. Since then they have proven to be unstoppable. After a break of almost a decade, the group returns to present their new work ‘Eyes Of Oblivion’.

The British Nothing But Thieves, formed in 2012, have sold more than 700,000 albums, also exceeding 750 million reproductions, consolidating themselves as a reference name in current alternative rock. Last but not least, The Regrettes, the Californian group led by Lydia Night, who continue to solidify their reputation thanks to their original proposal and their energetic live performances, close the bill. The group earned critical acclaim with the 2019 release of their sophomore LP ‘How Do You Love?’

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Metallica will perform in San Mamés on July 3

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