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, 2018 Madison, WI Kohl Center
Sep 4, 2018 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sep 6, 2018 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sep 8, 2018 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
Sep 11, 2018 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sep 13, 2018 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
Sep 15, 2018 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Oct 16, 2018 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin Entertainment and SportCenter
Oct 18, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Oct 20, 2018 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Oct 22, 2018 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
Oct 27, 2018 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
Oct 29, 2018 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Nov 26, 2018 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
Nov 28, 2018 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Nov 30, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec 2, 2018 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
Dec 5, 2018 Portland, OR Moda Center
Dec 7, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Dec 9, 2018 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Jan 18, 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Jan 20, 2019 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Jan 22, 2019 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Jan 24, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Jan 28, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
Jan 30, 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
Feb 1, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Feb 28, 2019 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Mar 2, 2019 Lubbock, TX United Supermarkets Arena
Mar 4, 2019 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
Mar 6, 2019* Kansas City, MO* Sprint Center*
Mar 9, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Mar 11, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Mar 13, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena



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