Check out the professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Atlas, Rise!” on June 11th at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas below. The band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”.
METALLICA‘s drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the band was genuinely surprised to learn they could still play stadiums, saying: “It was like, ‘Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening.”
He added: “Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating. There’s all these things to worry about like, ‘You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,’ and, ‘Where do you play on Tuesday?’ and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that’s out there in METALLICA‘s world right now.”
METALLICA‘s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct“, was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America), meaning every one of their studio albums has reached or surpassed this milestone.
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart last November, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band’s previous outings, 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and 2003’s “St. Anger“, sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. “Death Magnetic” moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while “St. Anger” shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.