Metallica have announced the return of their streaming concert series ‘Metallica Mondays’ for one night only.
Previous instalments saw footage from some of their most powerful concerts, including a 1991 show in Michigan in support of ‘The Black Album’, a set at New York’s Yankee Stadium in 2011 as part of the ‘Big Four’ tour, and their full 2013 concert in Melbourne.
The band have also teased a cryptic message and video on their Instagram page today (May 21) saying “#BlackAlbum2021?”.
It suggests they will be potentially marking the 30th anniversary of their seminal album in some way.
Meanwhile, Metallica are set to perform at the 2021 instalment of Kentucky’s Louder Than Life Festival in September alongside Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Jane’s Addiction, Judas Priest, Rise Against, Staind, Cypress Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Mudvaye.
Frontman James Hetfield also recently revealed that the band wrote as many as 10 songs while quarantining.
“Because of COVID, just sitting at home and getting a little bit antsy and just feeling creative at the same time and wanting to get together, I started doing a weekly Zoom with those guys just to check in,” he said.
“And then I just told them one time, ‘Hey, I’m gonna write something. I’m just gonna play something and send it to you guys. You do whatever you want with it and see what happens and layer on to it.’ So that’s how we did a version of ‘Blackened’ [for] 2020. I just basically played something – they hadn’t heard it before, they played on it.”