METALLICA brought their WorldWired Tour to Philadelphia’s sold out Well Fargo Center on Thursday night (October 25th), to assist in celebrating 93.3 WMMR’s 50th anniversary as one of Philadelphia’s best rock stations. Metallica bringing their massive show into a more intimate venue for them, an arena as the band is known to pack out stadiums throughout the world. This tour featured a performance in the round, as the stage was in the center of the arena floor surrounded by fans that came from all over to see this sold out performance in Philadelphia. Kicking off the show with a LIGHT IT UP pre-show party extravaganza was comedian, Jim Breuer, who served as the only opening act of the evening. Breuer introducing Metallica to the stage after he made the sold out crowd chant ME-TAL-LIC-A as he spun around on the stage, even throwing in some comedy but after 5 staple songs in rock music (Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest) were played and the crowd had a huge hyped up sing-a-long, it was time for the legendary METALLICA to take to the stage.
METALLICA brought a unique production, stage setup on this WorldWired tour, the stage was in the round in the center of the arena floor surrounded by die hard fans who rocked out all night long with the band. On stage was several microphones for James Hetfield, seemingly like a microphone within every 5 feet, so that the band could move around and allow everyone in the sold out crowd to get a more intimate moment throughout the bands set. Lars had his drumkit on a riser that moved a few times throughout the evening and nearer to the end of the show the band had pyro, fireworks, and some cool lighting but early on in the show the band had a more dull production including just spotlights and some red and yellow strobe lights.
The show began with music from their 2016 release of, Hardwired…To Self Destruct, before the band took fans through their extensive discography with songs from Kill ‘em All, Ride The Lightning and …And Justice For All, and even from their highly circulated demo, No Life ‘Til Leather. There were several unique sections of their set including the few jam sessions like when Jame Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo all took to their own individual cube shaped video platform complete with drums on top in which they did some drum solos, then another jam session which included Trujillo and Hammett performing snippets of songs like Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi,” and O’Jays’ “For The Love Of Money” before jumping right into their own song “Phantom Lord” from their 1982 demo, No Life ‘Til Leather.
Highlights of the bands set would include their cool cube-like video screens that floated above the stage and moved during different songs throughout their set, the bands performance of fan favorite single “Moth Into Flames” during which the 4 stage doors on the stage opened up and lit up drones flew from beneath the stage appearing like moths circling the stage and flying in and out of the stage making for a really cool moment of the show. An additional highlight of the show would include the bands finale of the show performing “Sad But True,” “One,” “Master of Puppets,” and of course encoring with “Spit Out The Bone,” “Nothing Else Matters,” and “Enter Sandman.”
Hetfield even took a moment during the show to thank the sold out crowd for coming out and thanking the three generations of fans in attendance. Fans loved the show thoroughly and that was showcased throughout METALLICA’s entire set as they sang the songs back to the band louder than most concerts I have been to, the band is an Rock’n Roll mainstay and fans will always help them conquer sold out tours in arenas and stadium worldwide. METALLICA even took the time to thank everyone at their sold out show at Wells Fargo Center for helping them raise money to support Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000+ people weekly in nine different counties in PA and NJ, 30% percent of whom are children and 16% percent whom are seniors.
Check out our exclusive photo gallery of Metallica’s ‘WorldWired Tour’ below:
Metallica in Philadelphia, WorldWired Tour Setlist:
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Seek and Destroy
4. Harvester of Sorrow
5. The Day That Never Comes
6. Now That We’re Dead
7. Creeping Death
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls
9. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Phantom Lord
12. Moth Into Flame
13. Sad But True
15. Master of Puppets
16. Spit Out The Bone
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman
See additional photos and information on Metallica’s Philadelphia show on their website, HERE.