Metallica has dropped the first single from the band’s upcoming album and unveiled the tour dates for a major 2023/2024 tour dubbed M72. The band’s 12th album, titled 72 Seasons, drops on April 14th with the new single, titled, “Lux AEterna” translating from Latin to mean “Eternal Light.”

Rolling Stone reported, “Metallica will play two nights in every city on the tour — with set lists that won’t repeat songs night to night — and various North American dates will see support from the reunited Pantera, as well as Mammoth WVH, Five Finger Death Punch, Ice Nine Kills, and Greta Van Fleet. Tickets go on sale December 2nd.”

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James Hetfield said in a statement, “72 seasons — the first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is a reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”

Metallica began changing its set list nightly in 2003, with drummer Lars Ulrich telling us a while back that it keeps the show fresh: “When we started the St. Anger touring cycle, we started just changing the set every night. Up through the ’90s, we got a little stuck, and it got a little rigid, and we would go out and play the same set list for six months every night. So we’re really trying to just play different stuff every night. It’s pretty cool.”

JUST ANNOUNCED: Metallica 2023/2024 tour dates (subject to change):

April 27, 29 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena
May 17, 19 – Paris, France – Stade de France
May 26, 27, 28 – Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion
June 16, 18 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium
August 4, 6 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
August 11, 13 – Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
August 18, 20 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
August 25, 27 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
September 1, 3 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
November 3, 5 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
November 10, 12 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
May 24, 26 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion
June 7, 9 – Helsinki, Finland – Olympic Stadium
June 14, 16 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken Stadium
July 5, 7 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy
July 12, 14 – Madrid, Spain – Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano
August 2, 4 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
August 9, 11 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
August 16, 18 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
August 23, 25 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
August 30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
September 1 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
September 20, 22, 27, 29 2024 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol

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