Metallica Tour Announced; Includes Unique “Black Ticket” Option Metallica Tour Announced; Includes Unique “Black Ticket” Option
Venerable rockers Metallica are heading out on the road, and they’re offering an interesting wrinkle to their most hardcore fans – a single-purchase ticket... Metallica Tour Announced; Includes Unique “Black Ticket” Option

Venerable rockers Metallica are heading out on the road, and they’re offering an interesting wrinkle to their most hardcore fans – a single-purchase ticket which allows for floor access to any one of the tour’s stops. The “Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket” is limited to 250 fans, according to the release announcing the tour, and will cost $598.

Anyone who opts for the Black Ticket can drop in on any show on the tour – currently scheduled for 34 cities in 2018 and 2019  – provided they call to activate the option at least 48 hours before the gig. This is valid only for stops on this particular tour, not any one-off festival, promotional show, or benefit that may be scheduled in the interim, but given that the price is competitive to what some artists have been charging for  VIP floor options at a single show, it doesn’t seem (at first glance, at least) to be a bad deal.

As for the tour itself, the band will be hitting 34 cities in North America, beginning in September with a stop in Madison, Wisconsin. Some stops are in locations that the band hasn’t visited in years, including Grand Forks, ND (nearly 30 years), Sioux Falls, SD, El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL (nearly 26 years) and State College, PA (20 years), according the tour announcement press release.

A presale for members of Metallica’s fan club begins on Tuesday February 27, with a Spotify presale beginning on Wednesday the 28. General sale kicks off on Friday, March 2.

In addition to the Black Ticket option, the band is offering several enhanced “experiences” on the tour, which range from the “Unforgiven” package at $229 with early access for those who want a GA floor ticket, a special venue entrance, a limited edition poster and “limited-edition Metallica merchandise gift,” whatever that may be. For $399, the “Whiplash” experience gives the same, plus access to the ‘Sanitarium Rubber Room’ for a pre-show buffet dinner and one drink ticket at the cash bar.

At the pinnacle is the “Hardwired” experience, which comes with a premium ticket, meet and greet with the band, autographed setlist, parking, and TWO drink tickets along with their buffet dinner. That’ll set a fan back $2,499. That’s quite a bit steeper than prices that had fans in Europe crying foul for Kylie Minogue’s recent mini-tour there, so we’ll see if that price tag costs the band any goodwill among their fans.

The full set of tour dates is listed below:

Metallica WorldWired Tour

Sep 2, 2018Madison, WIKohl Center
Sep 4, 2018Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
Sep 6, 2018Lincoln, NEPinnacle Bank Arena
Sep 8, 2018Grand Forks, NDAlerus Center
Sep 11, 2018Sioux Falls, SDDenny Sanford Premier Center
Sep 13, 2018Winnipeg, MBBell MTS Place
Sep 15, 2018Saskatoon, SKSaskTel Centre
Oct 16, 2018Milwaukee, WIWisconsin Entertainment and SportCenter
Oct 18, 2018Pittsburgh, PAPPG Paints Arena
Oct 20, 2018State College, PABryce Jordan Center
Oct 22, 2018Charlotte, NCSpectrum Center
Oct 27, 2018Buffalo, NYKeyBank Center
Oct 29, 2018Albany, NYTimes Union Center
Nov 26, 2018Las Vegas, NVT-Mobile Arena
Nov 28, 2018Boise, IDTaco Bell Arena
Nov 30, 2018Salt Lake City, UTVivint Smart Home Arena
Dec 2, 2018Spokane, WASpokane Arena
Dec 5, 2018Portland, ORModa Center
Dec 7, 2018Sacramento, CAGolden 1 Center
Dec 9, 2018Fresno, CASave Mart Center
Jan 18, 2019Tulsa, OKBOK Center
Jan 20, 2019Little Rock, ARVerizon Arena
Jan 22, 2019Birmingham, ALLegacy Arena at The BJCC
Jan 24, 2019Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
Jan 28, 2019Raleigh, NCPNC Arena
Jan 30, 2019Cincinnati, OHU.S. Bank Arena
Feb 1, 2019Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena
Feb 28, 2019El Paso, TXDon Haskins Center
Mar 2, 2019Lubbock, TXUnited Supermarkets Arena
Mar 4, 2019Wichita, KSIntrust Bank Arena
Mar 6, 2019*Kansas City, MO*Sprint Center*
Mar 9, 2019Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
Mar 11, 2019Indianapolis, INBankers Life Fieldhouse
Mar 13, 2019Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena