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Metallica switching things up with tour

Anthrax, Jerry Cantrell, Talking Heads' guitarist hitting road

Metallica has scheduled tour dates that extend into 2024.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published December 7, 2022

Big news in the world of touring came out early last week when Metallica announced they have booked dates for a unique tour supporting their newest effort, 72 Seasons, set for release on April 14.  

The M72 World Tour will see Metallica playing two nights in every city on their tour docket, with the promise of completely different set lists and support lineups. The rotating cast of opening acts includes Pantera, Mammoth WVH, Greta Van Fleet, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Architects, and Ice Nine Kills. Additionally, the tour will feature a new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed Metallica Snake Pit to center stage. Save your pennies for that VIP experience, as it starts at $1,038, while the top-tier version will set you back a little over $7,200. 

Metallica will be at Ford Field in Detroit on Nov. 10-11 and Soldier Field in Chicago the following year, Aug. 9 and Aug. 11, 2024.

Anthrax heading to Chicago

While we’re on the subject of thrash, Anthrax have announced they will continue their 40th anniversary tour in the U.S. in 2023. 

The thrash icons, led by singer Joey Belladonna and guitarist Scott Ian, have recruited Black Label Society and Exodus to join them on the trek that stops at the Radius in Chicago on Jan. 29.  

Formed in 1981, Anthrax is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from the 1980s and is part of the “Big Four” of the genre, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. They have released 11 studio albums over the years and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Cantrell supporting album

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains is heading back out for an early 2023 U.S. tour in support of his 2021 solo album, Brighten

The outing kicks off Feb. 21 in Ventura, California, and stops at The Vogue in Indianapolis on March 21 for his only area performance. 

Concertgoers can expect to hear a plethora of solo material from Cantrell’s four solo albums, along with a number of Alice in Chains selections. 

Seattle hard rockers Thunderpussy will provide support for the run. 

Heads’ album celebrated

Keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and touring guitarist Adrian Belew have announced the 2023 Remain in Light Tour, a 19-date North American trek celebrating Talking Heads’ fourth studio album, which is often in the conversation as one of the greatest of all time. 

The tour kicks off in February with a stop planned for The Vic in Chicago on Feb. 25 and the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis the following night. 

Remain in Light is a high point in my career,” Harrison said in a statement. “Adrian and I had often discussed the magic of the 1980 tour and the sheer joy it brought to audiences. It is such a delight to see that joy once again in the audiences on the current tour.” 

A new band, Cool, Cool, Cool, made up of former members of Turkuaz, will open the shows.

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