|Tour by Metallica|
|Start date||May 7, 2012|
|End date||June 10, 2012|
|No. of shows||16 in Europe|
|Metallica concert chronology|
The 2012 European Black Album Tour (also called "The Metallica Vacation Tour 2012") was a concert tour of American heavy metal band Metallica. The Black Album, which was released in August 1991 was played entirely (in reverse order). The band confirmed that the tour would be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the album. The tour headlined a few European festivals.
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 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.
The Black Album
|May 7, 2012||Prague||Czech Republic||Synot Tip Arena|
|May 8, 2012||Belgrade||Serbia||Ušće Park|
|May 10, 2012||Warsaw||Poland||Sonisphere Festival|
|May 12, 2012||Paris||France||Stade de France||72,975 / 72,975||$6,431,760|
|May 13, 2012||Udine||Italy||Stadio Friuli|
|May 23, 2012||Oslo||Norway||Valle Hovin||39,993 / 39,993||$4,604,146|
|May 25, 2012||Lisbon||Portugal||Rock in Rio Festival|
|May 26, 2012||Madrid||Spain||Sonisphere Festival|
|May 28, 2012||Werchter||Belgium||Festivalpark|
|May 30, 2012||Yverdon-les-Bains||Switzerland||Sonisphere Festival|
|June 1, 2012||Nuremberg||Germany||Rock im Park Festival|
|June 2, 2012||Nürburgring||Rock am Ring Festival|
|June 4, 2012||Helsinki||Finland||Sonisphere Festival|
|June 6, 2012||Horsens||Denmark||State Prison Open Air||40,000 / 40,000||$4,331,340|
|June 9, 2012||Donington Park||United Kingdom||Download Festival|
|June 10, 2012||Nickelsdorf||Austria||Nova Rock Festival|
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