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Metallica 2017 Set List Tracker: WorldWired Tour

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On May 10, Metallica kicked off their WorldWired tour promoting Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Since this is the first time they’re touring behind a new record since 2008’s Death Magnetic, we thought we’d create this page to track how their set lists evolve from night-to-night.

We’ll be updating this page regularly to see how the Hardwired songs are meshing with their older material, whether the sequence is switched up and which songs get added or dropped. And we’ll include videos under each set list so you can see and hear the results. Check it all out below.


May 21: Columbus, OH

Mapfre Stadium

 

 

“Hardwired” / “Atlas, Rise!” / “For Whom the Bell Tolls” / “Creeping Death” / “The Unforgiven” / “Now That We’re Dead” / “Moth Into Flame” / “Harvester of Sorrow” / “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” / “Whiplash” / “Sad But True” / “One” / “Master of Puppets” / “Fade to Black” / “Seek & Destroy” / “Blackened” / “Nothing Else Matters” / “Enter Sandman”

For their headlining slot at Rock on the Range, Metallica, for the second consecutive night, did not premiere any songs. However, they brought “Creeping Death” back into the set list for the first time since Philadelphia. “Harvester of Sorrow,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and “Blackened” — all of which premiered in Uniondale, also returned, as did “Whiplash.”

 

Tribute to Chris Cornell

 

 

During their May 19 concert at Gillette Stadium, Metallica twice paid tribute to Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died the day before. After “The Unforgiven,” James Hetfield said, “We forgive you, Chris.” Later, bassist Robert Trujillo played the melody of “Black Hole Sun” during his solo.

 

May 19: Foxborough, MA

Gillette Stadium

 

 

“Hardwired” / “Atlas, Rise!” / “For Whom the Bell Tolls” / “Fuel” / “The Unforgiven” / “Now That We’re Dead” / “Moth Into Flame” / “Wherever I May Roam” / “Halo on Fire”  / “Motorbreath” / “Sad But True” / “One” / “Master of Puppets” / “Fade to Black” / “Seek & Destroy” / “Fight Fire With Fire” / “Nothing Else Matters” / “Enter Sandman”

This marked the first stop on Metallica’s tour where there were no debuts. The set list was identical to the MetLife Stadium date earlier in the week, with one exception: “Motorbreath” was played instead of “Whiplash.”

 

May 17: Uniondale, NY

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

 

 

“Hardwired” / “Atlas, Rise!” / “For Whom the Bell Tolls” / “Ride the Lightning” / “The Unforgiven” / “Now That We’re Dead” / “Moth Into Flame” / “Harvester of Sorrow” / “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” / “The Four Horsemen” / “Sad But True” / “One” / “Master of Puppets” / “Fade to Black” / “Seek & Destroy” / “Blackened” / “Nothing Else Matters” / “Enter Sandman”

Perhaps in consideration of the notion that some fans may have recently attended their show in nearby East Rutherford three days earlier, Metallica added five tour debuts to the set list for their Long Island show. Among the new arrivals were the title track from Ride the Lightning, two songs from …And Justice for All and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” from Master of Puppets. They also broke out “The Four Horsemen,” adding more fuel to our theory that they’re trying to play every single song from Kill ‘Em All on this tour. (Hopefully, we get “No Remorse” in Columbus on Sunday.)

 

May 14: East Rutherford, NJ

MetLife Stadium

 

 

“Hardwired” / “Atlas, Rise!” / “For Whom the Bell Tolls” / “Fuel” / “The Unforgiven” / “Now That We’re Dead” / “Moth Into Flame” / “Wherever I May Roam” / “Halo on Fire” / “Whiplash” / “Sad But True” / “One” / “Master of Puppets” / “Fade to Black” / “Seek & Destroy” / “Fight Fire With Fire” / “Nothing Else Matters” / “Enter Sandman”

For the third show on their Worldwired tour, Metallica put “Fuel” back in the cleanup spot. They also seem to be using the 10th song in every set to highlight a different track from Kill ‘Em All; tonight it was the tour debut of “Whiplash.” Lastly, they changed up the encore for the first time, replacing “Battery” with Ride the Lightning‘s opening “Fight Fire With Fire.” According to Setlist.fm, it’s the first time they’ve played that song on American soil in over five years.

 

“Now That We’re Dead” Drum Jam

 

 

During “Now That We’re Dead,” all four members participate in a drum jam that premiered earlier this year in Mexico City. You can see it at 6:36 of the video from the Philadelphia concert below. It starts with James Hetfield and Hammett pounding out rhythms on giant drums, with Trujillo and Lars Ulrich joining. The drumming lasts nearly two-and-a-half minutes, after which Hetfield plays a guitar solo using one of his drumsticks.

According to Ulrich, the idea came from the frontman. “I know it’s been on Hetfield’s laundry list for some time to experiment with a drum piece,” he told Newsday. “He’s always been a bit of a closet drummer, so he suggested that we all somehow stitch together a drum interlude.”

 

May 12: Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln Financial Field

 

 

“Hardwired” / “Atlas, Rise!” / “For Whom the Bell Tolls” / “Creeping Death” / “The Unforgiven” / “Now That We’re Dead” / “Moth Into Flame” / “Wherever I May Roam” / “Halo on Fire” / “Motorbreath” / “Sad But True” / “One” / “Master of Puppets” / “Fade to Black” / “Seek & Destroy” / “Battery” / “Nothing Else Matters” / “Enter Sandman”

For the second stop of the tour, Metallica made two changes to the set list. In the fourth slot, they played Reload‘s “Fuel” instead of “Creeping Death” from Ride the Lightning. Then, in the 10th spot, they replaced one Kill ‘Em All song — “Hit the Lights” — with another “Motorbreath.”

 

May 10: Baltimore, MD

M&T Bank Stadium

 

 

“Hardwired” / “Atlas, Rise!” / “For Whom the Bell Tolls” / “Fuel” / “The Unforgiven” / “Now That We’re Dead” / “Moth Into Flame” / “Wherever I May Roam” / “Halo on Fire” / “Hit the Lights” / “Sad But True” / “One” / “Master of Puppets” / “Fade to Black” / “Seek & Destroy” / “Battery” / “Nothing Else Matters” / “Enter Sandman”

On the opening night of their tour, Metallica wasted no time in letting it be known that they were pumped to premiere their new material. The first two songs — and five of the first nine — came from Hardwired. They even used the premieres as the showcases for their solos, with a four-man drum jam coming during “Now That We’re Dead” (see below) and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo soloing after “Halo on Fire.” The second half, which included a three-song encore, consisted largely of their biggest hits.

 

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