Ride the lightning: Metallica, from left, Rob Trujillio, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, set to rock the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore on Aug 24.
Metallica is scheduled to perform in Singapore.
Thrash metal legends Metallica hardly need a new album to fill up venues. It’s been nearly five years since its last album ‘Death Magnetic’ was released, but that hasn’t made the band any lesser in terms of box-office might. Wherever Metallica roams, the shows sell out.
Outside upcoming gigs in South Korea, Japan and China in August, Metallica has confirmed its only concert date in this region at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore on Aug 24.
Metallica’s show is also the first concert which will take place at the Changi Exhibition Centre, with public shuttle service (for a fee) organised by show promoters LAMC Productions.
The band last played in this part of the world in 1993 with a sold-out show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Formed in San Francisco, United States in 1981, Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide. The band has released nine studio albums, including classics like Master Of Puppets (1986), ... And Justice for All (1988) and Metallica (1991).
The band, which includes frontman James Hetfield, 49, drummer Lars Ulrich, 49, guitarist Kirk Hammett, 50, and bassist Rob Trujillo, 48, has indicated a new album is due later this year, with maverick producer Rick Rubin tipped to return to the producer’s seat again. Rubin worked on Death Magnetic in 2008.
In October, the band releases Metallica - Through The Never, a hybrid of 3D concert movie and fictional feature film, starring actor Dane DeHaan.
For heavy metal fans in the region, the Aug 24 date in Singapore is the one that matters – a chance to catch these legends in the flesh.
Tickets for Metallica’s concert in Singapore are priced at S$188 (RM474) and S$148 (RM373). They will go on sale from June 28 via www.sistic.com.