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Metallica announce two U.S. stadium shows with Greta Van Fleet, Ice Nine Kills

James Hetfield (left) and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform during Metallica's 40th Anniversary Concert at Chase Center on December 17, 2021 in San Francisco, California
(Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Metallica have announced two U.S. stadium shows, which – the band said – will be their only American stadium shows of the summer.

Set to take place at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, New York on August 11 and PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 14, the shows will be opened by Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills. 

In addition to a spring South American tour and European festival run in June and July, the thrash titans also have two American festival performances scheduled for May – a May 27 appearance at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival and a May 29 performance at the Boston Calling festival – in addition to a show tomorrow (February 25) night at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The poster for Metallica's two forthcoming summer 2022 US stadium shows

(Image credit: Live Nation)

Though mostly kept off the road by COVID-19, Metallica still had a tremendous 2021, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their landmark Black Album with a massive reissue of the record-setting LP and The Metallica Blacklist, a mammoth, 53-artist tribute to the album.

2021 also marked their 40th anniversary as a band overall, a milestone they celebrated by essentially taking over San Francisco for a weekend in December.

The quartet performed two massive shows at the city's Chase Center on December 17 and 19 that were filled with rare tracks and deep cuts, and livestreamed for free via Amazon Prime and Amazon Music.

That weekend – December 16 - December 19, 2021 – the band also hosted a block party, a concert by garage punk rockers White Reaper – opened by Lars Ulrich's sons' band, Taipei Houston – a show by Kamasi Washington, and several events pertaining to Blackened Whiskey, all in San Francisco. 

For tickets to the band's 2022 shows and more info, point your browser over to Metallica's website (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.