April 01, 2013
Metallica in Cape Town: who is ready to rock?
Stuart Buchanan is a journalist, blogger, and online writer for Flow Communications.
He grew up in Durban and has lived in various parts of South Africa and the UK, before finally settling on Cape Town. He often wonders why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
It's been seven years since Metallica last graced our shores, and metal fans will be glad to hear that next month, they return to rock Cape Town once again!
Metallica were already one of the most successful bands in the history of rock back in 2006, when they performed in South Africa for the first time. They've released more multi-platinum albums than you can throw a guitar plectrum at (with sales totalling over 100-million), played to millions of fans the world over, won nine Grammys (two of them since their last visit) and countless other music awards.
Never a band to rest on their laurels, they've kept themselves busy in these past seven years – 2008's Death Magnetic saw them return to their earlier thrash sound, and the album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 on its release, Metallica's fifth consecutive album to do so (and the first time any band has achieved this). They were inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, released an album with Lou Reed in 2011 (the same year they celebrated their 30th anniversary), and are already writing material for their next album.
In between all of that, they are embarking on a world tour that sees them return to South Africa. Metallica will perform in Cape Town on April 24 and 25 at the Bellville Velodrome, and Johannesburg on April 27.
Tickets are available via Computicket.
Check out the promo video for this year's South African tour below, and watch a short clip from Metallica's 2006 performance in Cape Town (right).