So, I Guess No “Big Four” Tour?

Metallica

Metallica are done. For the time being. According to Blabbermouth, Metallica claims the show they’d recently added to their South Pacific fall tour — a gig booked for Christchurch, New Zealand, on September 22 — is the band’s last live set in support of 2008’s Death Magnetic.

Well, that dashes those “Big Four” tour hopes, huh? Metallica posted a message on its Web site, saying, “All of our play dates have now filled up with the addition of this show…that’s right boys and girls, this will be the last date added to the ‘World Magnetic Tour’! So if you’re waiting for us to come to the Polar Ice Caps, your undiscovered planet or even your basement, sorry, this is as good at it gets.”

But wait — there’s more. “It has been a very long, and most amazing run … What we DO care about is letting you know the immense gratitude we feel for all of your love and support over these past two and half years. When we embarked on this ‘magnetic’ journey, none of us ever, in our wildest dreams, imagined how truly incredible it would be and it’s all because of hanging out with YOU!”

Thanks, Metallica. It was nice seeing you guys. Now, go make another record no one is going to like, but won’t bash publicly because you’re Metallica — who play their last live gig for the foreseeable future November 21 in Melbourne, Australia. Lucky Australia! And it seems Metallica already have a few ideas for the next disc.

Bassist Bobby Trujillo recently said that, before the band takes the stage each night, they have a little jam session backstage. “James [Hetfield] usually comes up with a lot of stuff,” the bassist said. he said. “He’s the kind of guy where he plugs in his guitar, turns a volume knob or a, you know, a tone knob, and he comes up with, you know, the greatest riff that you can imagine. So in the case, there’s no shortage of riffs and ideas. I have a feeling that this next record is gonna be really cool.”

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