Metallica Reaches An Unprecedented Milestone As The First Band To Play Seven Continents In The Same Year With Rare Antarctica Concert
Metallica broke through another barrier yesterday by becoming the first and only band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in the same year. This past Sunday, December 8th, the multi-platinum, award-winning band brought their live show to Antarctica and performed at a site near the heliport at Carlini Argentine Base, making them the only foreign band to play on the continent.
As another first for the band and due to the unique conditions of Antarctica, Metallica performed without amplifiers, broadcasting audio from their career spanning set to the audience members via headphones, much like a silent disco. The audience for this once-in-a-lifetime gig was made up of contest winners from five Latin American countries and the unique setting allowed the band and its fans to participate in an expedition to see the wonders of a place reserved for peace, international cooperation, and science. The show was streamed to residents of all Spanish-speaking Latin American countries last night. See below for video and images from this one-of-a-kind experience.
In other Metallica news, their groundbreaking 3D feature film, Metallica Through The Never, directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) on January 28, 2014 through Blackened Recordings. To check out the various formats available and extensive bonus content available, click HERE.
The band also recently announced that they will spend the summer touring Europe and as a special tribute to their fans, introduced “Metallica By Request”. Fans who purchase tickets online to see the upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on 17 of the 18 slots in the set list; the last being reserved by the band for brand new song. Visit www.metallica.com for more information on the voting process and to see a complete list of upcoming live dates.
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Most recently the band spent 18 months touring and developing the staging for their groundbreaking 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never. Last summer, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career and is featured in the film. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City. Starring Dane DeHaan, the film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built, state-of-the-art 3D photography captured on up to 24 cameras simultaneously and pioneering and innovative sound mixing. Metallica Through The Never was the first feature film to be released exclusively by IMAX in all of its theaters in North America. The film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) on January 28, 2014 through Blackened Recordings.
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