METALLICA Battles Torrential Rain At Kickoff Concert For 2024 ‘M72’ Tour (Video)

Metallica Heavy Rain Munich

METALLICA faced an intense downpour during the opening concert of the 2024 leg of their “M72” tour on Friday night (May 24) at Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany, but the inclement weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the legendary metal band or their fans.

Supporting their latest album, 72 Seasons, METALLICA has embarked on the “M72” tour, featuring two-night, no-repeat shows in each city. The tour began in Europe, moved to North America, and has now returned to Europe. Each concert showcases METALLICA on an enormous ring-shaped stage with the Snake Pit at its center. Four drum sets are strategically placed around the stage, allowing drummer Lars Ulrich to connect with the audience from different points throughout the performance.

The setlist was as follows:

01. Whiplash
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Of Wolf And Man
04. The Memory Remains
05. Lux Æterna
06. Too Far Gone?
07. Fade To Black
08. Shadows Follow
09. Orion
10. Nothing Else Matters
11. Sad But True
12. The Day That Never Comes
13. Hardwired
14. Fuel
15. Seek & Destroy
16. Master Of Puppets

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield shared his mindset heading into the 2024 leg of the “M72” tour during an interview with “The Metallica Report,” saying: “What I’m going into is unknown. I know how big the stage is. I know we have breaks here and there. I know what we’re walking into. When we first started with this, with the ‘M72’ stage, in the round in the stadium, from between setting up cones, walking around thinking, ‘Oh, this is how big the stage is gonna be.’ ‘Oh, this is cool.’ ‘This’ll be great.’ ‘This is too skinny,’ and this and that. And then, between that time and then actually seeing it built, where it’s kind of too late, ‘Oh s**t, this thing is so big.’

“The anxiety level was off the charts at the beginning of the ‘M72’ tour. Like, how are we gonna cover this stage? And, of course, my ego saying, ‘Well, the other guys don’t have to sing. They don’t have to run over there. They don’t have to do all this. And no one knows the woes I have and all the worries.’ But as soon as I share them with the other guys, they’re, like, ‘Yeah, but I got this and I got this.’ It’s like, ‘Oh, okay. Okay. I want mine back. That’s okay.’ So it’s a known. We know what we’re up against and we know what shape we need to be in. And it’s just fun. Now it’s just fun. We broke that stage in. It’s well trodden on and it’s worked fantastically. And so we just get to step back into it and do what we do best.”