METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was interviewed by “That’s Entertainment”, Dubai One‘s weekly entertainment show, ahead of the band’s first-ever concert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at Yas Island on October 25. You can now watch the chat below. (Note: The Hetfield segment begins around the 14-minute mark.)
Official Metallica.com footage of METALLICA‘s pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance at the October 25 concert in Abu Dhabi can be viewed below.
METALLICA‘s setlist for the Abu Dhabi gig was as follows:
01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom the Bell Tolls
04. Ride the Lightning
05. Fade to Black
07. The Memory Remains
08. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
09. Sad But True
10. All Nightmare Long
12. Master of Puppets
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Am I Evil?
18. Seek Destroy
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo told GulfNews.com that no one in the band had ever been to the UAE before, saying, “This is where it turns into a gig, adventure and holiday — we have been very busy, so for us to go to a place like the UAE, it becomes an adventure. And it makes it all that much more exciting because we get to perform. It’s something different, and we love to explore.”
Trujillo was also asked about the band’s plans to record its next official album, to which he replied, “We’ve been busy writing and recording. We’ve got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks . . . We’ve been in the studio with (producer) Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we’re going to be recording during the most of next year. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. But the great thing is that we have sort of already jumped off the launch pad and we’re swimming.”
METALLICA flew to the UAE from New York, where the band attended a listening party for its joint album with Lou Reed, called “Lulu”, which arrived on November 1.
The group’s last collection of all-new studio material was 2008’s “Death Magnetic”.
The band will play four gigs to celebrate its 30th anniversary at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore in early December.
James Hetfield interviewed on “That’s Entertainment” (Hetfield interview begins around the 14-minute mark):
METALLICA‘s pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance footage: