September 17, 2014


Metallica To Release Tons Of Live Recordings Before The End of 2014

Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images
Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images

If you were one of the fans who saw Metallica live in 2014 and you're dying to replay the moment you heard "Enter Sandman" in your hometown, congrats! Your wish is about to be the band's command.

Metallica just announced that they'll be celebrating the anniversary of their live music site,, by releasing the recordings of every single show they performed this year via CDs and LPs. That means that your favorite performance, from Bogota to Boston, may wind up pressed on 180 gram vinyl in all its imperfect, unpredictable live-vibe glory. You'll have to speak up if you want that particular date on wax, though: only four of the concerts from the Metallica By Request tour in 2014 will be decided by fan voters.

It's an ambitious endeavor and one that'll have the band churning out live albums—27 in total—three at a time every Monday through 2015. For die-hard fans, all 27 live cuts from the Metallica By Request tour will be available in a giant, ear-shattering box set. 

As Metallica have already clinched one serious record this year for being the first band to perform on all seven continents (yup, including Antarctica), this massive push to get their live recordings out there seems like a perfectly reasonable feat! Watch this space for more details on Metallica's new releases, and in the meantime, give their most recent single "Lords of Summer" (which they wrote for the By Request tour) a spin below.