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M72 Live in Cinemas review: Metallica's 2-night global concert event captures pure heavy metal magic

The legendary rockers' recent shows in Arlington, Texas were broadcast in theaters in more than 75 different countries.

Emlyn Travis is a news writer at  Entertainment Weekly  with over five years of experience covering the latest in entertainment. A proud Kingston University alum, Emlyn has written about music, fandom, film, television, and awards for multiple outlets including MTV News,  Teen Vogue , Bustle, BuzzFeed,  Paper Magazine , Dazed, and NME. She joined EW in August 2022.

Heavy metal legends Metallica took the stage on a recent sweltering night in Arlington, Texas to the rapid-fire riffs of their 1984 hit " Creeping Death ." The track, which details the plagues of Egypt, includes a standout moment in which fans are encouraged to chant the word "die" at the top of their lungs, a long-standing tradition the concertgoers packed into AT&T Stadium upheld with gusto. But they weren't alone — more than 1,500 miles away in New York City's Lower East Side, another mighty crowd was screaming it too, this time at a movie theater screen as they tuned into the band's two-night global livestream, M72 Live in Cinemas .

For the past four months, the San Francisco quartet — lead singer James Hetfield , drummer Lars Ulrich , guitarist Kirk Hammett , and bassist Robert Trujillo — have been throwing their own outrageously badass metal festival each weekend with the help of Five Finger Death Punch, Ice Nine Kills, Mammoth WVH, and more on their ongoing M72 Tour. The two-night concert event, billed as a "No Repeat Weekend," features an ever-changing setlist handpicked by Ulrich that sees the group performing more than 30 different songs from their sensational discography, keeping the material fresh for all, even those who had attended previous stops. And while no concert film can ever completely capture the live-wire sensation of getting absolutely pummeled by 200 beats per minute at a Metallica concert, Live in Cinemas still succeeded in delivering a rip-roaring romp filled with old friends, time-tested tunes, a horde of black-and-yellow beach balls getting launched into the sky, and a few unexpected moments of sheer joy.

Inside the theater, the crowd was split into two categories: those who had recently caught Metallica's weekend stint in New Jersey earlier in August (as evidenced by many of their T-shirts), and those who hadn't. For those who weren't able to see them live (or have plans to see them in the forthcoming year), Live in Cinemas was an excellent way to not only catch up with their favorite band and feel a part of the Metallica Family festivities, but also to witness a crew of world-class artists still dedicated to delivering an unforgettable show more than 40 years into their storied careers. Multiple camera angles ensured that viewers got as up close and personal to the group's musical mayhem as those packed into the stadium's Snake Pit — the interior circle within Metallica's donut-shaped stage — throughout their electrifying, two-hour-plus performance. That proximity was a gem for concert and theater attendees alike, and proved to be particularly relatable whenever a gaggle of onscreen fans — from earmuff-wearing infants to wizened, battle-vest-sporting rockers — began howling and raising their hands skyward whenever Hetfield, Trujillo, Ulrich, or Hammett stomped in front of them.

The theater offered plenty of fun, too. Fans of all ages transformed the events into their own private Metallica festivals by headbanging, singing along, and gleefully running across the aisles as the band tore through classics like "Leper Messiah" and "Harvester of Sorrow" as well as deeper cuts like "No Leaf Clover" and "Dirty Window." In turn, the theater cranked their set up to 11, Spinal Tap –style, with crystal-clear audio quality that allowed viewers to take in all of Hetfield's signature snarls, Trujillo's punishing basslines, Ulrich's furious pounding, and Hammett's wailing guitar solos just as the metal gods intended.

Live in Cinemas also gave their disciples who'd spent a weekend with Metallica IRL the ability to take in some of the show's finer details, like the way Ulrich's four drum kits rise and sink beneath the stage throughout the evening, or how Hammett's fingers fly across the fretboard of his million-dollar guitar Greeny, which once belonged to Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green. The event also included a glimpse of the crew member tasked with crouching down in front of Ulrich's dual kick drums to prevent them from being knocked over by the wave of massive beach balls that bounced around the stadium as Metallica ripped through their 1983 hit "Seek and Destroy" and their rendition of "Whiskey in the Jar," the traditional Irish song popularized by Thin Lizzy, toward the end of their set. It also yielded several heartwarming moments between them and their fanbase, including Trujillo jamming alongside a peace-sign-waving toddler and Hetfield signing someone's cast and giving them his armband at the end of the gig.

In case it wasn't obvious: Metallica sounds and performs superbly whether on screen or in the flesh. Following the release of their 11th studio album, 72 Seasons, and the cultural resurgence of "Master of Puppets" thanks to Stranger Things , their passion for the craft was plainly visible on all of their faces as they danced around each other while plugging away on their instruments, smiled and waved at kids in the crowd, and repeatedly affirmed their love for their fans throughout the evening. And, lest audiences forgot, it was occasionally — and charmingly — obvious that the band was really was playing live, as demonstrated by a moment on the second night during which Hetfield accidentally omitted a section of their 2023 hit "If Darkness Had a Son" and, by the time he realized it, it was too late.

"F---ed that one up, sorry!" he said through laughter. "We'll do it again at the next show." The legends then proceeded to shred their parts as originally intended, with Hammett and Ulrich grinning and staring straight into the livestream camera like it was an episode of The Office .

At times, even multiple cameras couldn't properly keep up with the rollicking party playing out on stage. Certain angles would temporarily turn blurry, or unexpectedly cut to another member just before a particular solo audiences would have killed to see. These kinks were largely ironed out by the second night, but at the sacrifice of smaller snippets of crowd interaction and any footage of the mosh pits that bubbled up around the stage. At one point, during the second screening, the Snake Pit was a swirling vortex of bodies, but cinemagoers, sadly, barely caught a glimpse of it.

Still, if you can't make it out for the M72 Tour, or just wished to revisit what is arguably one of the best shows on the road right now, then Live in Cinemas was the perfect feel-good cure-all for any Metallica fan — pure heavy metal magic. B+

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Unless you have a letter from your doctor (or your bank), you have very few excuses to miss Metallica this summer. Not only is the band playing two-night residencies in major cities around the world, it’s also broadcasting two dates from Texas, live, in movie theaters around the world next month. A new trailer for the cinematic event contains footage of the band from the recent European leg of the tour.

In the clip, they play a string of classics — “Enter Sandman,” “Fuel,” “One,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “Seek & Destroy” — as well as a snippet of “If Darkness Had a Son,” off this year’s excellent 72 Seasons album. That’s only a fraction of the songs they’ll play over two nights, though, since each night will feature a unique set list. Last month, the band played 16 songs one night in Gothenburg, Sweden, and another 16 the next night, suggesting they’ll have at least 32 songs to wheel out at each date of the upcoming U.S. leg.

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Metallica will kick off the North American leg of their world tour in East Rutherford, New Jersey with two nights beginning Aug. 4. Dates, including their performance at the Power Trip festival , run through November. And if you miss them this year, they’ll be back in the States in Aug. 2024.

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Metallica and Trafalgar Releasing have revealed a brand-new event trailer for the upcoming Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington, TX – A Two Night Event , featuring footage captured throughout the band’s European tour stops this summer.

Presented in cinemas worldwide, this global theatrical event brings Metallica’s M72 World Tour live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, to the big screen live in cinemas in the U.S., Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela on Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20 at 9:15 p.m. EDT / 6:15 PM PDT with encore showings on August 19 (Friday’s concert) and August 21 (Sunday’s concert) at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT.

Metallica: M72 World Tour Live from Texas (Worldwide Cinema Event) (Full Trailer)

Movie audiences in all other exhibiting countries, including throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania, will view the concerts on August 19 (Friday’s concert) and August 21 (Sunday’s concert) as best suited for local time zones.

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The worldwide cinematic event presents Metallica fans with a unique opportunity to experience – or relive – the band’s acclaimed M72 World Tour. A special event t-shirt created by the band to mark the occasion is available now.

Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington, TX – A Two Night Event will see the band playing two nights with two completely different setlists, with songs from across the group’s 40+ year career, ranging from 1983’s debut Kill ‘Em All to 2023’s new release 72 Seasons . You won’t see the same song twice for a total of over 30 songs across both nights.

The M72 tour features a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed Metallica Snake Pit to center stage so that fans will have a complete 360 view of the show. With a state-of-the-art multi-camera set up, you will feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, no matter where you are in the world.

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Metallica to Stream Two Nights of “M72 World Tour” in Cinemas Worldwide

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Metallica will stream the Arlington, Texas, dates of their “M72 World Tour” in cinemas worldwide this August

The metal men of Metallica premiered their new album, “72 Seasons,” in theaters worldwide Thursday (April 13) with their “Metallica: 72 Seasons – Global Premiere” worldwide listening party . Now, they’re already gearing up for another big cinema event.

Metallica’s “M72 World Tour” will reach the big screen as they stream their performance live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in cinemas worldwide this summer. Specifically, the two-night event will play on Friday, August 18, and Sunday, August 20.

The showing, called “Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington, TX – A Two Night Event,” will feature the band playing two nights with two totally different setlists. That’s exactly how the band is doing their “M72 World Tour.” The setlist will feature songs coming from the group’s entire career, from their seminal 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” to the just-released “72 Seasons.” Expect more than 30 songs across both nights. The tour and cinema event will also see Metallica performing in a new in-the-round stage design that brings their Snake Pit to center stage. That will give audience members a 360-degree view.

“We feel like we are a part of the Metallica family now that we are doing our third release together,” Kymberli Frueh, SVP programming and content acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing, said in a statement. Frueh is referring to the “72 Seasons Global Premiere” and “S&M²” as the other two cinema events.

“Since Metallica is touring in very limited markets this year, we are so happy that we can extend that tour into cinemas across the globe,” Frueh added. “The cinemas create a virtual tour stop for fans in thousands of locations where Metallica isn’t touring this year. What better way to create a VIP experience with every seat in the cinema feeling as if you are in the front row of the concert.”

The ticket on-sale date for “Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington, TX – A Two Night Event” will be announced later, according to a statement. For more information on the cinema showings, head to Metallica.film .

Read Audio Ink Radio’s full review of Metallica with “72 Seasons” here . Find Metallica’s full roster of upcoming tour dates here .

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Two nights, 32 songs, 100,000 fans: The full review of Metallica’s M72 opening shows

With the second night of Metallica’s M72 Tour Amsterdam double-bill still ringing in our ears, we look back over a long heavy metal weekend for the ages.

Two nights, 32 songs, 100,000 fans: The full review of Metallica’s M72 opening shows

Even after all these years, in the live arena Metallica still know how to raise the bar. If there’s one non-musical moment that’ll stick with us from the landmark first stop on the San Francisco giants’ planned two-year M72 World Tour, it won’t be queueing alongside the metal masses for a show-exclusive shirt six hours before doors open; it wont be walking into Amsterdam’s colossal Johan Cruyff Arena to see the space-age stadium setup for the first time; hell, it won’t even be Lars Ulrich ’s eye-catching new 72 Seasons -yellow drum kit magically popping-up around their circular stage. No, the one that’ll really endure is how, at the end of 32 songs and well over four hours of music across two awesome nights, the 50,000+ punters in attendance were still baying for more.

We’ve already talked about the opening Thursday night in-depth but, in the context of the full weekend – or perhaps as the very first show of the whole damn tour – it had a no-frills urgency that stood apart. Between Mammoth WVH ’s somewhat-static virtuosity and Architects ’ all-action attack, the stage was set for something special. And Metallica duly obliged, bringing a lean, mean set for the ages that managed to fit three new tracks ( Lux Æterna , Screaming Suicide , Sleepwalk My Life Away) while still feeling like a career-spanning retrospective from jaw-dropping opener Orion to lesser-spotted deep cuts King Nothing and The Day That Never Comes. Nothing Else Matters dropped mid-set! When your show ends with a full-throttle run-through of Ride The Lightning, Battery, Fuel, Seek & Destroy and Master Of Puppets – and a whole stadium moshing – it’s a bit special, even by Metallica standards.

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Night two feels substantially more relaxed. With bright Saturday sun falling through the closed roof, first-show nerves mercifully dissipated, and a Metallica setlist that feels far more predictable thanks to the no-repeat format and simple process of elimination, there’s more room to have fun.

That begins with the arrival of Boston terrors Ice Nine Kills . If there was a hint that Thursday’s openers struggled to fill the stage, there’s none of that here, as Spencer Charnas and the boys emerge in full black tie to scatter across the whole setup – while being assailed by two separated Leatherfaces for opener SAVAGES. The sunlit, 30-minute slot doesn’t quite allow the horror movie-obsessed collective to show off all they’ve got (they did that at Friday’s Metallica-endorsed, between-shows headline at Amsterdam’s legendary Melkweg), but from the hacked-heads of Hip To Be Scared to Spencer sporting a Freddy Krueger claw for The American Nightmare, they’ve got a perfect blend of cutting/campy theatrics to command the gaping space.

It was supposed to be Five Finger Death Punch up next, but the Las Vegas metallers have been forced to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances, opening a slot for home-country heroine Floor Jansen to step up and save the day. Although not exactly a sonic like-for-like, there are few in Amsterdam who’d argue the Nightwish vocalist isn’t a substantial upgrade. Addressing the crowd mostly in her native Dutch and proudly sporting her growing baby bump, Floor is very much at ease in venues of this size, with her incredible voice turning the repurposed sports venue into a glorious cathedral of sound. And though the lack of any Nightwish material leaves a few casual fans huffing, the strength of solo songs like Fire and My Paragon, as well as a smattering of Northward/After Forever hits, and a climactic duet of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera alongside local hero Henk Poort means her 60-minute slot is a real highlight of the weekend.

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Metallica’s set rolls around fast. With no apparent volume-restricted handicapping as well as access to impressive production and the full stage, Metallica seem to be inviting their supports to throw down a gauntlet across these shows, and relishing the challenge to up their game. There’s slight deja vu as we’re run through AC/DC ’s It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) and Ennio Morricone ’s The Ecstasy Of Gold for the second time in three days, but that’s where it ends. A different instrumental intro rings over the PA this evening. Ears crane. Is that… The Call Of Ktulu?! In a dark echo of Orion on Thursday, we’re enveloped at the outset by Metallica’s other classic instrumental. An ear-shattering Creeping Death sees the audience find full voice. The furious Leper Messiah delivers the angular riffage to rattle the front rows into limb-flinging action.

It’s the underrated southern-gothic of 1996’s Until It Sleep that really stirs the hardcore, though. Performed live for the first time in 15 years, frontman James Hetfield ’s cries of ‘ Where do I take this pain of mine / I run but it stays right by my side... ’ chime with his more recent compositions, adding to the timelessness already there. Then tonight’s three fresh cuts arrive stacked around a spine-chilling Welcome Home (Sanitarium). Even more than Thursday’s new offerings, 72 Seasons, If Darkness Had A Son and You Must Burn! benefit from the scale and maxed-out volume that come with shows of this stature. They’re still far longer than they needed to be, but it’s hard to complain that they’ve outstayed their welcome while being stomped into the ground.

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We rocket into a second half of the set designed to delight lifelong fans and casual listeners with off-rails aplomb. The Unforgiven, Wherever I May Roam and Harvester Of Sorrow are simply irresistible, shifting through shades of melancholy, menace and bombastic mania with an ease that only Metallica can really manage. Moth Into Flame is the moment they detonate the pyro tonight, turning their in-the-round stage into a furious ring of fire. Fight Fire With Fire rolls back the years, as each player is pushed to the limit of their thrashy capabilities. A raucous cover of Irish traditional standard Whiskey In The Jar ramps the party atmosphere to a cup-smashing high.

If there’s a downside to the two-night M72 format, it’s that by the time we arrive at the last two slots in that 32-song allocation and we’ve still not heard Enter Sandman or One , there isn’t much room left for surprise. Once again eschewing a traditional encore, we crash through those familiar uber-classics in a pyro-laden blur and the band come together to wave us off into the night.

Of course, we could argue that the masses’ aforementioned cries for more are justified. Getting just one song from Kill ‘Em All, and, er, nothing from 2003’s divisive St Anger feels odd given the career-spanning scale of event. But the banging breadth and depth of the setlist we did get – not to mention the three days of buzz and camaraderie that accompanied an international assembly of the Metallica Family – more than justify the low-quantity, high-quality format of the tour. As part of the broader festival, June’s double-headline at Download will have a different flavour, but expect those shows to be every bit as essential for fans, not just of Metallica, but metal as a whole.

A staggering showcase befitting metal’s greatest band.

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Metallica’s M72 World Tour, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington TX, comes to cinemas worldwide on 18 and 20 August via Trafalgar Releasing. For more information or ticket updates visit metallica.film

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Watch: METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Accepts 'Rock Tour Of The Year' Honor At 2024 POLLSTAR AWARDS

METALLICA was awarded the honor for "Rock Tour Of The Year" at the Pollstar Awards, in a ceremony held Wednesday night (February 7) at Los Angeles's Wiltern theater amid the annual Pollstar Live! conference. The other nominees were FOO FIGHTERS , BLINK-182 , BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN , PARAMORE and DEAD & COMPANY .

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was on hand to pick up his band's award, saying in his acceptance speech in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET ): "Forty-two years ago, we started not too far from here. Our little rock and roll band started over in Downey. And we were outsiders, misfits, disenfranchised, trying to figure out what the fuck was up down and sideways. I was 17; James [ Hetfield , METALLICA frontman] was 18. And the idea that we could win awards like this 42 years later would at that time seem so fucking preposterous and just, like, a total mindfuck.

"To be in the same category as artists like Bruce Springsteen and THE GRATEFUL DEAD and to go on a tour like we've just been on this year where we've played actually a couple nights over at SoFi [Stadium in Los Angeles] which is literally, literally down the street from where we started is totally fucking crazy. So, the fact that we're still around and functioning, or somewhat functioning, I'm very grateful for. But the fact that hard music, heavy music is still such a force to be reckoned with, and that the fans and even the mainstream audience has embraced it over the last three or four decades is totally, totally crazy cool. So, thank you to all the fans and the industry for that."

In December, Billboard reported that METALLICA 's 2023 tour grossed $125.8 million, with 1.2 million tickets sold over 19 shows. The band grossed more than $10 million in seven markets between Europe and North America, doubling up in Montreal, Paris and more.

According to Touring Data , METALLICA earned its highest grossing concert of all time on August 6, 2023, with $10.443 million at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as part of the "M72" tour. The first night of the weekend engagement drew a crowd of 80,977 which was surpassed the second night by 82,051 attendees. Together, the sold-out concerts in the New York City metropolitan area grossed $20.8 million. Then the following weekend, METALLICA played Montreal's Olympic Stadium for two performances, the first of which earned a $7.2 million gross from 61,465 tickets on August 11, 2023, according to Pollstar .

METALLICA kicked off the "M72" tour on April 27, 2023 with a two-night stint at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, followed by two-show engagements in Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Gothenburg, Sweden. A headlining appearance at the annual Download festival held in Castle Donington, England was also part of the European leg of the 2023 trek that ended on June 18.

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"Nickelback has been such an influence on our music culture." A deep new Nickelback documentary explores their status as one of the most popular - and yet uniquely hated - rock bands of all time

Hate To Love: Nickelback is pulling no punches - and is coming to cinemas worldwide for two nights only

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A new Nickelback documentary is set to hit cinemas worldwide next month, following its successful debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Love To Hate: Nickelback explores the quartet's near-three-decade career, delving into their rise to becoming one of the world's biggest rock bands, as well as dissecting the widespread hatred and mockery they received from certain corners of the rock scene upon exploding in popularity in the early 2000s.

The film will be shown in select cinemas across the globe on March 27 and 30, with tickets for showings going on sale Thursday, February 22 at 10am ET/3pm GMT from nickelbackfilm.com  . 

“Nickelback has been such an influence on our music culture throughout the years,” says Kymberli Frueh, SVP of Programming and Content Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing, who are distributing the film. “We are thrilled to bring the story of their journey to stardom and the importance of their passionate fans’ support through the decades to cinemas worldwide.”

“We are both really excited to finally share this film with the fans around the world in such a huge and special theatrical event," say Ben Jones (producer) and Leigh Brooks (director). "We think their patience will be worth the wait. It’s been a huge personal journey for us both and we thank the band too for letting us dig a little deeper than they expected!”

Nickelback themselves, meanwhile, state: "We are very excited to finally bring this film to theatres this Spring. It’s been a long road to get this project across the finish line and we must thank Ben Jones and Leigh Brooks for all of their hard work. We hope everyone enjoys our story, fans, friends or otherwise."

Nickelback's European tour kicks off in May. See the full list of dates below.

Nickelback Get Rollin' European tour dates 2024

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Rolling Stones, Metallica, Usher and more: 8 tours that are skipping Indianapolis in 2024

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With Taylor Swift, a few massive country shows and some solid '90s and '00s acts lined up, no one can say 2024 will be a down year in Indianapolis live music.

However, it could have been truly remarkable if a few big names in classic rock, hip-hop, metal or R&B hadn't skipped over the city in planning this year's mega-tours.

Here are eight major tours skipping Indianapolis, with the usual caveat that any or all could add the Circle City at a later date.

Related: Massive country stadium shows and early '00s throwbacks top Indy's 2024 concert lineup

The Rolling Stones 'Hackney Diamonds' Tour

Closest shows: June 27 and 30 in Chicago

The Rolling Stones released a new album in 2023, "Hackney Diamonds," and are setting out on a good old-fashioned stadium tour this summer. For now, Lucas Oil has been left off the bill.

I have one frame of reference for my dad's favorite band: A 2005 show he gently forced me to see, noting at the time that the band couldn't possibly be touring much longer. It could be my last chance.

I was more looking forward to The White Stripes, which had been opening on the tour. Who did I get instead?

Jason Mraz. I actually don't mind a good Mraz, but not when I'm expecting my favorite band.

That said, 17-year-old me was decently impressed by the Stones. It's been too long for 35-year-old me to have a deep opinion on what we're missing.

Tickets for the Chicago shows are not cheap but lower than I expected (about $300 each for middle-tier seating) given the group's legacy and the outrageous cost associated with large tours these days. Seems maybe worth the drive?

Usher Past Present Future Tour

Closest shows: Oct. 28-29 in Chicago

It's a big week for R&B sensation Usher. His new album, "Coming Home," drops Friday, and he plays the biggest gig of them all — the Super Bowl's halftime show — on Sunday.

Perhaps looking to capitalize on both, he also announced a new arena tour this week. But he did not find it in his heart to include Indianapolis and much of the Midwest.

I reserve judgment on how big this loss is until after Sunday. I have not yet seen Usher live.

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Olivia Rodrigo GUTS World Tour

Closest show: March 22 in Columbus, Ohio

This one stings. Rodrigo has now skipped Indianapolis on both of her world tours promoting both of her (excellent) albums.

The Guts World Tour's first leg routes all around us for about two weeks: St. Louis, Saint Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit. The second leg then loops back to Lexington, Kentucky. But no love for Indy.

I am gutted over no Guts, but these two-year tours have a way of getting even longer. I'm not giving up hope.

Drake & J. Cole's It's All a Blur Tour

Closest shows: Feb. 20-21 in Columbus, Ohio

Rumors that Drake and/or J. Cole would perform during NBA All-Star week appear to have been unfounded, as the concert lineups for those events are more or less set . The It's All a Blur Tour appears poised to fly right on by.

Both artists have a good live reputation, but I have not seen either. I could have fixed that if they bothered to stop by.

Foo Fighters

Closest show: July 25 in Cincinnati

This is probably my biggest bummer of 2024 so far, for two reasons:

Obviously, this is a great band that always delivers a fun show.

But the Foos also canceled a sold-out Ruoff show in 2022 due to drummer Taylor Hawkins's shocking passing. I had hoped all the folks who didn't get to see them then, myself included, would get a shot on the next go around.

Closest shows: Aug. 9 and 11 in Chicago

Here is another situation in which multiple legs of the same tour have missed us. Soccer and football stadiums around the globe have welcomed Metallica, but not Lucas Oil.

I'm a fan, and I've been doubly curious to see if Metallica has moved into classic rock legacy status. I define this as putting on a show that is demonstrably worse than it would have been 20 years ago, but no one in the audience cares because you're reliving memories and dang it, that's still (band) up there.

Indianapolis concert announcements: Stevie Nicks returns to Indy this summer at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service 'Give Up' and 'Transatlanticism' 20th Anniversary Tour

Closest show: April 30 in Columbus

Look, maybe no one else cares, but how is Columbus getting the 20th anniversary tours of "Transatlanticism" and "Give Up" while Indy is not? What is in the water over there that's attracting multiple shows on this list.

Yes, we've had Death Cab in town multiple times in two years. I. Do. Not. Care. This tour is seminal to my teenage years. The only person more disappointed is my 6-year-old, who can bang out the "Transatlanticism" title track on piano on cue.

Closest show: April 19-20 in Ashland, Kentucky

We'll live.

Rory Appleton is the pop culture reporter at IndyStar. Contact him at 317-552-9044 and [email protected], or follow him on Twitter at @RoryEHAppleton.

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