2008 European Vacation Tour

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2008 European Vacation Tour
Concert by Metallica
Start dateMay 14, 2008
End dateAugust 24, 2008
Legs3
No. of shows20 in Europe
6 in North America
Metallica concert chronology

2008 European Vacation Tour was a concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica. The tour consisted of three separate European legs and a number of promotional and festival appearances in the United States held during summer 2008.

Concert tour series of concerts by a single artist in different venues

A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

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The tour preceded the release of the group's ninth studio album, Death Magnetic , and the respective tour in support of that album, which began in September 2008. The first performance of a song from Death Magnetic ("Cyanide") debuted at Ozzfest in Frisco, Texas, U.S. in early August. A second song and lead single, "The Day That Never Comes", was performed for the first time later in the month at the Leeds Festival in Leeds, U.K.. The tour also marked the first time "Devils' Dance" from the album ReLoad was performed live since 1999.

<i>Death Magnetic</i> 2008 studio album by Metallica

Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 through Warner Bros. Records. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, marking the band's first album since ...And Justice for All (1988) not to be produced by longtime collaborator Bob Rock. It is also the first Metallica album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, and the second to be completely co-written by all of the band's members.

World Magnetic Tour

World Magnetic Tour was a 2008–2010 concert tour by American thrash metal band Metallica in support of the band's ninth studio album, Death Magnetic, which was released on September 12, 2008.

Cyanide (song) song by Metallica

"Cyanide" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, the third single taken from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. On September 1, 2008, it was made available for streaming on the band's official website, as well as a download from the Death Magnetic website Mission: Metallica. It has since been made available for purchase as a digital single in the iTunes Store.

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
North America
May 14, 2008 Los Angeles United States Wiltern Theatre
May 16, 2008 Tucson, Arizona KFMA Day
May 17, 2008 Irvine, California KROQ Weenie Roast
Europe, Leg #1
May 28, 2008 Chorzów Poland Silesian Stadium
May 30, 2008 Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
May 31, 2008 Getafe SpainElectric Weekend Festival
June 3, 2008 Prague Czech Republic Synot Tip Arena
June 5, 2008 Lisbon Portugal Rock in Rio
June 7, 2008 Nürburgring Germany Rock am Ring Festival
June 8, 2008 Nuremberg Rock im Park Festival
North America
June 12, 2008 Nashville, Tennessee United StatesThe Basement
June 13, 2008 Manchester, Tennessee Bonnaroo Music Festival
Europe, Leg #2
July 16, 2008 Bergen Norway Bergenhus Fortress
July 18, 2008 Saint Petersburg Russia CKK Arena
July 20, 2008 Riga Latvia Skonto Stadium
July 22, 2008 Bologna ItalyParco Nord
July 23, 2008 Bucharest Romania Stadionul Cotroceni
July 25, 2008 Sofia Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium
July 27, 2008 Istanbul Turkey Ali Sami Yen Stadium
North America ("Ozzfest")
August 9, 2008 Frisco, Texas United States Pizza Hut Park
Europe, Leg #3
August 14, 2008 Arras FranceGrand'Place
August 15, 2008 Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop
August 17, 2008 Jonschwil SwitzerlandDegenaupark
August 20, 2008 Dublin Ireland Marlay Park
August 22, 2008 Leeds United Kingdom Leeds Festival
August 24, 2008 Reading Reading Festival

Songlist

AlbumSongTimes
Kill 'Em All (1983)"The Four Horsemen"8
"Motorbreath"10
"Whiplash"13
"No Remorse"19
"Seek & Destroy"26
Ride the Lightning (1984)"Fight Fire with Fire"1
"Ride the Lightning"17
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"20
"Fade to Black"19
"Creeping Death"25
Master of Puppets (1986)"Battery"3
"Master of Puppets"26
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"15
"Disposable Heroes"1
"Leper Messiah"4
"Damage Inc."7
...And Justice for All (1988)"...And Justice for All"22
"One"25
"Harvester of Sorrow"16
Metallica (1991)"Enter Sandman"25
"Sad But True"26
"The Unforgiven"8
"Wherever I May Roam"7
"Nothing Else Matters"23
Load (1996)"King Nothing"1
"Bleeding Me"6
ReLoad (1997)"Fuel"10
"The Memory Remains"7
"Devil's Dance"4
Garage Inc. (1998)"Die, Die My Darling"3
"Mercyful Fate"1
"Whiskey in the Jar 1
"Last Caress"14
"Breadfan"7
"Stone Cold Crazy"2
"So What?"13
Death Magnetic (2008)"The Day That Never Comes"2
"Cyanide"7

Personnel

James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.

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Kirk Hammett American musician

Kirk Lee Hammett is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.

<i>Ride the Lightning</i> 1984 studio album by Metallica

Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 27, 1984, by the independent record label Megaforce Records. The album was recorded in three weeks with producer Flemming Rasmussen at the Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artwork, based on a concept by the band, depicts an electric chair being struck by lightning flowing from the band logo. The title was taken from a passage in Stephen King's novel The Stand. Although rooted in the thrash metal genre, the album showcased the band's musical growth and lyrical sophistication. This was partly because bassist Cliff Burton introduced the basics of music theory to the rest of the band and had more input in the songwriting. Instead of relying strictly on fast tempos as on its debut Kill 'Em All, Metallica broadened its approach by employing acoustic guitars, extended instrumentals, and more complex harmonies. The overall recording costs were paid by Metallica's European label Music for Nations because Megaforce was unable to cover it. It was the last album to feature songwriting contributions from former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and the first to feature contributions from his replacement, Kirk Hammett.

Master of Puppets (song) single

"Master of Puppets" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, released in France only on July 2, 1986 as the only single from the band's 1986 studio album of the same name. It was also issued as a promo single in the US by Elektra Records.

Damaged Justice was the fourth concert tour by the American thrash metal band Metallica. It began on September 11, 1988 and ended on October 8, 1989. The name is believed to be inspired either by the cover of its fourth studio album ...And Justice for All, or by the song "Damage, Inc." from the group's previous album, Master of Puppets.

The Unforgiven (song) power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica

"The Unforgiven" is a power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the second single from their eponymous fifth album Metallica. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, its chord progression is distinctly one of the heaviest. The song deals with the theme of the struggle of the individual against the efforts of those who would subjugate him.

Volbeat Danish metal band

Volbeat are a Danish rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly. Their current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen. The band is signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and has released six studio albums and one DVD. All of their studio albums have been certified gold in Denmark. Their second album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil received platinum status, and their 2010 release Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was subject to widespread international critical acclaim, receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, and gold in the United States, Sweden and Austria. Volbeat's sixth album entitled Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie was released worldwide on 3 June 2016.

<i>Guitar Hero: Metallica</i> video game

Guitar Hero: Metallica is a music rhythm game developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. The game was released in North America on the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 on March 29, 2009 and on PlayStation 2 on April 14, 2009, with an Australian and European release in May 2009. Guitar Hero: Metallica is the second game of the Guitar Hero series to focus on the career and songs of one band following Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

The Day That Never Comes single

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My Apocalypse song by Metallica

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All Nightmare Long 2008 single by Metallica

"All Nightmare Long" is a song by American thrash metal band Metallica, released as their second single from their ninth album Death Magnetic. The single was released on December 15, 2008. The song is in Drop D tuning. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Sick of the Studio '07 was a 2007 concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica, which took place in Europe. The first four concerts were in festivals and the last eight in stadiums. The band held a tourname-competition among the fans and they personally chose the winning suggestion. The band did not play the "New Song" but the "Other New Song", which they had played on the previous tour, was played at the Bilbao BBK Live Festival The setlists of the tour were full of old songs. In Lisbon, Metallica performed "...And Justice For All" for the first time since October 1989.

Broken, Beat & Scarred single

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<i>Beyond Magnetic</i> 2011 EP by Metallica

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The WorldWired Tour is a concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica in support of their tenth studio album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016. It is also their first worldwide tour after the World Magnetic Tour six years earlier.