All 60,000 tickets to METALLICA‘s three shows at the Sports Palace in Mexico City — scheduled for August 1, 2 and 4 — sold out in less than 90 minutes last week. As a result, the band has added two more dates in Mexico City: August 6 and 7 at the same venue.
The Banamex pre-sale starts Wednesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. CST, with the public on-sale Thursday, March 29, also at 11 a.m. CST.
METALLICA announced on March 15 that the band will unveil what the group’s publicist described as a “mind-blowing new stage” in Mexico “that needs to be seen to be believed.” The 140-foot-by-50-foot stage will feature “colossal components and striking visual elements spanning METALLICA‘s entire 30-year career.”
The band itself went further in a post at its official web site, saying, “After years in the making, we are beyond excited to finally unveil the all new, out of control, massive stage and METALLI-show . . . Mexico will be the first to see what will be the cornerstone of our touring escapades for years to come.”
It is not clear whether this production is the highly theatrical show that the band first discussed back in 2010, with co-manager Peter Mensch saying it would be METALLICA‘s “equivalent of [PINK FLOYD‘s] ‘The Wall’” and would “blow your mind.”
When The Pulse Of Radio asked drummer Lars Ulrich about that idea recently, he said it was one of many projects METALLICA was considering. “That’s still circling also,” he said. “None of this stuff goes away. I mean, we just throw these balls up in the air and then we try to tackle them one at a time. That one’s still in the air, nothing definitive, but it’s still circling. None of these things go away, they just get bigger and costlier and overwhelm us more (laughs).”
METALLICA last appeared in Mexico in 2009, playing to over 150,000 fans during three sold-out nights at Foro Sol Stadium that were captured for a live DVD.
The new stage show is said to be twice the size of the production that METALLICA has been using since 2008 on its “World Magnetic” tour.
Before all this happens, METALLICA will headline its own two-day musical event, the Orion Music + More festival, scheduled for June 23-24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Over 20 acts are slated to perform.