METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich discusses the band’s new album “72 Seasons”
With yesterday’s (Monday, November 28) announcement of METALLICA‘s forthcoming 12th studio album, “72 Seasons“, drummer Lars Ulrich appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” to discuss the effort.
Lars said: “We’ve been working on a new album for the last year, year and a half — our COVID lockdown record. And the one thing that we’ve done all through that is for the first time in our career, we never really talked about it. So, rather than, ‘Hey, there’s a new record’ and countdowns, and, ‘Guess what’s coming your way,’ and all that kind of shit, we’ve been tight-fucking-lipped about it. And this morning I wanna share a new song with the world and I wanna tell everybody about the new METALLICA album. And we have a new tour, we have a song, we have a video — all the bells and whistles.”
Lars also expressed his surprise that news of new music from METALLICA hadn’t reached social media or the press prior to the announcement.
“We thought for sure this thing would leak,” he said. “It hasn’t fucking leaked.”
“72 Seasons” will be available April 14, 2023 via METALLICA‘s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track album is METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new material since 2016’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct“. METALLICA also dropped the first single from the album, called “Lux Æterna“, along with it’s official video.
METALLICA also announced world tour dates for 2023 and 2024. Presented worldwide by Liquid Death and Blackened American Whiskey (in North America only) and promoted by Live Nation, the “M72” world tour will see METALLICA playing two nights in every city they visit — with each “No Repeat Weekend” featuring two completely different setlists and support lineups. The “M72” tour will feature a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed METALLICA Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the “I Disappear” full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age.
Regarding “M72“, Ulrich said: “We’re announcing a two-year world tour. We have all the dates for ’23 and ’24 ready to go. We’re coming to a city near you. We’re playing two nights in every city, playing two completely different shows. So you buy one ticket for two shows — a Friday and a Sunday — and you get what’s called a no-repeat weekend, which, obviously, is an old radio term. You get two one hundred percent completely different and unique shows.”
Two-day tickets for “M72” will be on sale Friday, December 2. Single day tickets will be available beginning January 20.