According to Pollstar, Metallica has sold close to 22.1 million tickets since 1982, grossing about $1.4 billion. They've played 48 countries and on every continent, including Antarctica.
That 22.1 million figure is second only to the touring behemoth that is U2, but Pollstar argues that Metallica's ability to tour with no gimmicks like as a farewell tour -- as well as record-breaking attendance records and merch sales totaling $125 million in North American since 1991's Black Album -- puts them over the top to earn them the title of "biggest band in the world."
"I keep thinking and forcing myself to think all our best years are still ahead of us," drummer Lars Ulrich tells Pollstar. "We may even turn professional and do this full time one day."
"That's the MO," he continues. "It's always, 'What's your favorite record?' It's the next one, the one we haven't recorded yet. It's always about the possibilities, always about what can be, what's coming. That, to me, is what this is all about, and I think that attitude is a big part of the why Metallica still connects to so many people around the world."
Earlier this month, Metallica played two orchestra-accompanied shows in their hometown of San Francisco. They return to the road in October for a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Credit: LeAnn MuellerThe three videos of alleged "unidentified aerial phenomena" unearthed by Tom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy UFO research organization have officially been acknowledged by the United States Navy.
In a statement to Motherboard, a Navy spokesperson says, "The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified."
As Motherboard notes, this marks the first time the Navy has commented on the videos.
DeLonge, of course, has become synonymous with alien research over the years. The former Blink-182 frontman launched the To the Stars Academy in October 2017, and a December 2017 New York Timesarticle revealed that the military intelligence official who led a secret Pentagon UFO investigation program had joined the organization.
This past May, DeLonge premiered a new UFO docu-series called Unidentified on History.
ABC/Randy HolmesBrother trio AJR launches a North American headlining tour this Friday in Council Bluffs, Iowa in support of the group's new album Neotheater. As lead vocalist Jack Met tells ABC Radio, he and his band mates-slash-siblings "take the live show just about as seriously as making the music."
"We treat it as an entirely new kind of venture," Met explains.
The AJR live show combines the group's music with their love of Broadway musicals and plays, resulting in what Met deems "half-concert, half-theatrical experience."
"There are songs, but there's also a lot of very strange, weird production aspects," he says.
That production includes -- prepare yourself -- "magic elements," as well as other "surprises."
"We really want people to walk away from a concert being, like, 'Wow, I've never seen a concert like that before,'" Met says.
Neotheater, AJR's third album, was released in April. It features the singles "100 Bad Days" and "Dear Winter."
Epitaph RecordsThe All-American Rejects have premiered the video for their new song, "Gen Why? (DGAF)."
In the clip, the defiant track soundtracks all kinds of youth rebellion, including doing drugs and getting in trouble with the police. You can watch it now on YouTube.
"Gen Why?" was released in July along with two other AAR songs: "Send Her to Heaven" and "Demons." Those followed the band's 2017 singles "Sweat" and "Close Your Eyes." The most recent Rejects album is 2012's Kids in the Street.
ABC/Randy HolmesAlabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard has shared a new song called "13th Century Metal," a track from her upcoming debut solo album, Jaime.
"13th Century Metal" finds Howard delivering a spoken-word performance over a chaotic beat. You can download the track now via digital outlets.
Jaime will be released this Friday, September 20.
Along with the new tune, Howard has announced an additional run of North American tour dates, beginning November 14 in Denver. The new shows follow Howard's current U.S. tour, which continues Wednesday in Milwaukee and stretches into October.
You can also catch Howard on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, September 26.
Here are Howard's new tour dates:
11/14 -- Denver, CO, The Ogden Theater 11/15 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 11/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre 11/19 -- Vancouver, BC, The Commodore 11/20 -- Portland, OR, Roseland 11/22 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore 11/23 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Raconteurs have shared their take on the oft-covered R&B classic "I'm Your Puppet," popularized in 1966 by James & Bobby Purify.
Jack White and company recorded the cover for an Amazon Music session at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. They also performed a rendition of "Now That You're Gone," a track off the new Racs album, Help Us Stranger.
You can download both the "I'm Your Puppet" cover and the "Now That You're Gone" performance now via Amazon, and you can watch a behind-the-scenes video documenting the session now on YouTube.
The Raconteurs are currently touring the U.S. in support of Help Us Stranger, their first album in 11 years.
StarzMarilyn Manson will have a role in the upcoming third season of the Starz drama American Gods.
Deadline reports that the Antichrist Superstar will play a character named Johan Wengren, the lead singer of a Viking death metal band called Blood Death. Wengren has connections to Ian McShane's character Mr. Wednesday, who also happens to be the Norse god Odin. Manson will be on the show for four episodes.
Speaking to Deadline, showrunner Chic Eglee says, "As a long-time admirer of his estimable talent as an author, artist, musician, and actor, it is dope indeed to be working with Mr. Manson in season three of American Gods."
American Gods is based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel. Its third season will air in 2020.
Manson has had roles in shows including Sons of Anarchy and Salem. He also has a role in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's "Enter Sandman" served as President Donald Trump's entrance music Monday when he honored New York Yankees pitching legend Mariano Rivera with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
If you're confused as to why a metal classic was used to introduce the president, that's because "Enter Sandman" would always play whenever Rivera took the mound during his career.
Before Trump and Rivera entered the room for the ceremony, a loudspeaker played a recording of Rivera being announced to enter a game, followed by a recording of "Enter Sandman." You can watch the unlikely melding of metal and politics now via C-SPAN.
Earlier this year, Rivera became the first player to be unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After Metallica shared a video congratulating Rivera, the pitcher admitted that he didn't actually listen to the metal legends, saying that he instead listens to "Christian music."
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Interrupters have put a ska spin on Billie Eilish's "bad guy."
The "She's Kerosene" rockers recorded their cover of the number-one Hot 100 hit live in one take at Ship-Rec Studios in Los Angeles. You can watch the performance -- which, rest assured, includes a trombone solo -- now on YouTube.
"We are big fans of Billie and [her brother/producer] Finneas' songwriting," The Interrupters say. "What a breath of fresh air for music!"
You can catch The Interrupters live opening for the North American leg of Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy's much-hyped Hella Mega tour, kicking off July 2020.
Credit: P.R. BrownEvanescence is teaming up with Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation for a co-headlining European tour next spring.
The joint outing, dubbed the Worlds Collide tour, launches April 4 in Belgium, and will make stops in France, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Italy and The Netherlands.
"We are very excited to join forces with Within Temptation for what I know will be an epic tour in April," Evanescence says. "We've had people ask us about doing something together for a long time, and we're going to make it worth the wait!"
Evanescence's most recent release is 2017's Synthesis, which featured new versions of songs from the band's back catalog reworked with orchestral instruments and electronics. A new album of original material -- the follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort -- is in the works.
ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day, System of a Down and Volbeat will headline Germany's 2020 Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, held June 5-7.
Other artists on the bill include Korn, Disturbed, Deftones, The Offspring, Weezer, Yungblud, Of Mice & Men and Motionless in White.
Like the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park share one lineup and take place concurrently over one weekend. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit Rock-am-Ring.com or Rock-im-Park.com.
Green Day, of course, is headlining next summer's much-hyped Hella Mega tour, which also features Weezer and Fall Out Boy. The worldwide outing launches June 13 in Paris, and will come to the U.S. in July.
Silvertone RecordsHugely influential British band The Stone Roses have once again called it quits.
In an interview with The Guardian, guitarist John Squire was asked if the beloved English rock outfit was truly done. He simply replied, "Yeah."
When asked about his relationship with Stone Roses vocalist Ian Brown, Squire explained that the band had made a pact not to talk about that, adding, "...and I'm going to honor that."
The Stone Roses are known for singles including "Love Spreads," "She Bangs the Drums" and "I Wanna Be Adored." They released two albums -- 1989's self-titled debut and 1994's Second Coming -- before breaking up in 1996. They then reunited in 2011 for a run of tour dates, and in 2016, they released two new songs: "All for One" and "Beautiful Thing."
The last show The Stone Roses played was in June 2017. During the concert, Brown declared, "Don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it happened," leading to speculation that the group had indeed broken up once more.
Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboBlink-182 has been touring the U.S. this summer celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's 1999 breakthrough album Enema of the State, and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus is now reflecting on the outing with an earnest post about the "power of music."
"Specifically live music," Hoppus writes. "These shows. The moments we share in a venue together. The band and the audience. Words we wrote in a garage or studio or an idea scribbled down in the middle of the night, or written in the depths of self-doubt and despair."
"To sing songs and have those songs sung back to us," he continues. "A shared experience between everyone. It's amazing to see you smiling and laughing."
Hoppus adds that he's been particularly touched by the reaction to "Adam's Song," regarded as one of Blink's most serious and emotional tracks.
"Several times on this tour I've looked out during 'Adam's Song' and seen people weeping crying and holding their friends or spouses," Hoppus shares. "Maybe remembering a lost friend or loved one, or a difficult time in one's life."
"To have a song bring strangers together to rejoice, to mourn, to remember," he continues. "It's awesome and humbling and it means the world to me. You all mean the world to me. Thank you."
Blink-182's tour continues Monday in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band releases a new album titled Nine this Friday, September 20.