INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician James Hetfield of Metallica performs onstage during The Big 4 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

2023 is gearing up to be a big year for Metallica.  They released their “Lux Aeterna” single towards the end of last year, announced a new full-length album entitled “72 Seasons” due out in April, and of course a stadium tour. And yes, we’ve got a stop here in Jersey.

MetLife Stadium on August 4th and August 6th. A different set each night. And 2 different opening acts each night as well. And if you’re not already excited, let’s take a look (and listen) as to why you should be psyched for Papa Het and company to come to Jersey.

Their recent performances out on the road have been brilliant. They’ve been pulling out deep cuts. Lars sounds on-point with his drumming chops and somehow, Hetfield’s voice has aged like a fine wine. He sounds so confident, melodic, and capable of belting out so many different sounds and styles of rock.  It’s pretty impressive, to say the least.  Let’s take a look at three good examples.

  • 1. “Phantom Lord”

    Let’s get thrashy for this first tune.  A deep cut from their debut sounds amazing! Hetfield’s voice is obviously much deeper, but it works so well.  The band sounds tight and Kirk has some fun shredding a massive solo.  I can’t wait to hear gems like this being played here in Jersey!

  • 2. “Battery”

    The opening track on their masterpiece of an album “Master Of Puppets.”  It’s got that beautiful acoustic intro just before things kick in and the guitar riff and pounding drums are there to melt your face off.  This was filmed at Lollapalooza this past summer.  And you have to admit that after playing this song all these years, they’ve got it down to a science!

  • 3. “Borderline”

    At their “All Within My Hands benefit” concert, Metallica whipped out the new single Lux Aeterna, but also showed how great they are when they turn it down a notch and rocked acoustically.  This cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Borderline” gave me chills when I watched the video.  Is it possible to get a complete cover album by Metallica done acoustically?  Ya never know!

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