Shit Hits the Sheds Tour

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Shit Hits The Sheds
Tour by Metallica
Associated album Live Shit: Binge & Purge / Metallica
Start dateMay 30, 1994
End dateAugust 21, 1994
No. of shows51
Metallica concert chronology

The Shit Hits The Sheds was a concert tour by the American heavy metal band Metallica, which took place in 1994. The band played in 51 shows in North America, including a performance at Woodstock '94, which had an attendance of over 300,000 people.

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

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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.


This tour is also known for the debut of the song "The God That Failed". On the last date of the tour in Miami, famed lead singer of Judas Priest, Rob Halford (who at the time was the singer for Fight), sang guest vocals on stage for a performance of "Rapid Fire" from his band's 1980 album British Steel . This was the last tour that Metallica played before tuning down to E♭ standard, due to James Hetfield's deteriorating vocals from the recent large-scale tour in support of Metallica , commonly known as the Black Album. This tour was also the first tour featuring Lars Ulrich's down-scaled drum kits. According to Ulrich's interview on guitar center in 2014, two rack toms were removed from his original drum setup thus allowing the hi-hat cymbal and ride cymbal to be placed nearer to him and making his drum easier to play.

"The God That Failed" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, from their 1991 self-titled album. The song was never released as a single, but was the first of the album's songs to be heard by the public. It is one of Metallica's first original releases to be tuned half a step down.

Judas Priest British heavy metal band

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Rob Halford English rock singer

Robert John Arthur Halford is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He is famous for his powerful wide-ranging voice and his now-trademark leather-and-studs image, both of which became revolutionary in heavy metal. In addition to his work with Judas Priest, he has been involved with several side projects, including Fight, Two and Halford.

Supporting acts for this tour were Danzig, Suicidal Tendencies (whose bassist Robert Trujillo would join Metallica nine years later), Candlebox and Fight. Alice in Chains was supposed to be one of the opening acts, but due to vocalist Layne Staley's drug addiction, they were forced to rescind the offer. [1] As a result, Candlebox replaced Alice in Chains for the remainder of the tour. However, Jerry Cantrell joined in with Metallica on "For Whom the Bell Tolls" during their August 9, 1994 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma performance.

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Suicidal Tendencies American crossover thrash band

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Robert Trujillo American bassist known for his role as the current bassist of Metallica

Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepción Trujillo Veracruz Bautista better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician and songwriter. He has been the bassist of the American heavy metal band Metallica since 2003. He was also a member of crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves, heavy metal band Black Label Society, and has worked with Jerry Cantrell and Ozzy Osbourne.

Typical setlist

(Taken from the Holmdel, New Jersey Garden State Arts Center show on June 1, 1994)

  1. "Breadfan" (originally performed by Budgie)
  2. "Master of Puppets"
  3. "Wherever I May Roam"
  4. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  5. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  6. "The God That Failed"
  7. "Kill/Ride Medley"
  8. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  9. "Disposable Heroes"
  10. "Seek & Destroy"
  11. Guitar Solo
  12. "Nothing Else Matters"
  13. "Creeping Death"
  14. Bass Solo
  15. "Fade to Black"
  16. "Whiplash"
  17. "Sad but True"
  18. "One"
  19. "Enter Sandman"
  20. "So What?" (originally performed by Anti-Nowhere League)

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenueTickets sold / AvailableGross Revenue [2] [3] [4]
May 30, 1994 Corfu, New York United States Darien Lake Performing Arts Center N/AN/A
June 1, 1994 Holmdel, New Jersey Garden State Arts Center 10,802 / 10,802
June 3, 1994 Quebec City, Quebec CanadaHippodrome de QuebecN/A
June 4, 1994 Barrie, Ontario Molson Park
June 5, 1994 Syracuse, New York United States New York State Fair Grandstand
June 7, 1994 Allentown, Pennsylvania Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand
June 8, 1994 Wantagh, New York Jones Beach Amphitheatre
June 10, 1994 Essex Junction, Vermont Champlain Valley Expo
June 11, 1994 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods Center
June 12, 1994 Swanzey, New Hampshire Cheshire Fair Grandstand
June 14, 1994 Philadelphia Mann Music Center
June 15, 1994 Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Williams Grove Speedway
June 17, 1994 Middletown, New York Orange County Fairgrounds
June 18, 1994 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
June 19, 1994 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 21, 1994 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 22, 1994
June 24, 1994 Ionia, Michigan Ionia Free Fair
June 25, 1994 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa State Fairgrounds
June 26, 1994 Somerset, Wisconsin River's Edge Park
June 28, 1994 Maryland Heights, Missouri Riverport Amphitheater
June 29, 1994 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
July 1, 1994 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marcus Amphitheater
July 2, 1994 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center
July 3, 1994 Tinley Park, Illinois World Music Theater 27,826 / 27,826$584,797
July 17, 1994 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Thunderbird Stadium N/AN/A
July 19, 1994 Seattle, Washington United States Memorial Stadium
July 20, 1994 Portland, Oregon Portland Meadows
July 22, 1994 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 23, 1994 Sacramento, California California Exposition Amphitheatre
July 24, 1994 San Bernardino, California Blockbuster Pavilion
July 26, 1994 Carson, California Velodrome Field
July 27, 1994 Phoenix, Arizona Desert Sky Pavilion
July 29, 1994 Park City, Utah Park West Ski Resort
July 30, 1994 Whitney, Nevada Sam Boyd Stadium 18,288 / 22,000$493,875
July 31, 1994 San Diego, California Brown Airfield 23,473 / 30,000$574,976
August 2, 1994 Albuquerque, New Mexico University Stadium N/AN/A
August 3, 1994 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 5, 1994 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheatre
August 6, 1994 Austin, Texas South Park Meadows
August 7, 1994 Baytown, Texas Houston Raceway Park
August 9, 1994 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Speedway
August 10, 1994 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater
August 12, 1994 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Star Lake Amphitheatre 23,024 / 23,024$532,665
August 13, 1994 Saugerties, New York Woodstock '94 N/AN/A
August 14, 1994 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 16, 1994 Charlotte, North Carolina Blockbuster Pavilion
August 17, 1994 Antioch, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
August 19, 1994 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 20, 1994 Tampa, Florida Florida State Fairgrounds
August 21, 1994 Miami, Florida Bicentennial Park


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