Metallica, new album on the way, returning to NJ in 2023 on M72 tour

Metallica is going back to where it all began: New Jersey.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will kick off the North American leg of their 2023 to 2024 M72 World Tour with shows Friday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. After that, it will be a year until the band comes anywhere close to the East Coast for their Aug. 2 and 4, 2024, appearances at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Metallica will be supported at MetLife Stadium by the new configuration of Pantera, featuring Jackson's Zakk Wylde on guitar, and Mammoth WVH featuring Wolfgang Van Halen on night one, and Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills on night two.

Metallica will support their new album, "72 Seasons," with shows Aug. 4 and 6, 2023, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Metallica will support their new album, "72 Seasons," with shows Aug. 4 and 6, 2023, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

New Jersey is an ideal starting line for the tour's North American dates. The late Jonny and Marsha Zazula, formerly of Old Bridge, discovered the band and released their debut LP, 1983's "Kill 'Em All," via their Megaforce Records.

According to the tour's Monday morning announcement, each city's two-night stand will feature entirely different setlists. Presented by Liquid Death and Metallica's Blackened American Whiskey and promoted by Live Nation, two-day tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, Dec. 2, via Ticketmaster, with single-day tickets available starting Friday, Jan. 20.

Citi cardholders will have access to pre-sale tickets from 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, through 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. For more information, visit

For information regarding pre-sale and enhanced experience opportunities, visit Discounted tickets will be available for attendees younger than 16.

Metallica is returning to the road to support "72 Seasons," its 12th studio album set to be released on April 14, 2023, on the band's Blackened Recordings. The album, produced by Greg Fidelman with singer/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, contains 12 songs across 77 minutes. It's the band's first collection of new work since "Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct" in 2016. The first single, “Lux Æterna,” is out now.

The 46-date tour kicks off April 27, 2023, in Amsterdam and travels the globe before concluding on Sept. 29, 2024, in Mexico City. A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold supports Metallica's All Within My Hands foundation.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Metallica tour coming to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford