The bell tolls for thee, Northeast Ohio Metallica fans.
Metallica, the hard-rockers know for speaker-busting anthems “Enter Sandman,” “One,” “Master of Puppets,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and so many others have announced the second leg of a North American tour that started last year with a 25-date sold-out stadium tour, according to a news release from concert promoter Live Nation.
This year the band — led by longtimers James Hetfield (vocals and guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums) — is performing in-the-round shows, which will include an ears-blasting gig at Quicken Loans Arena. Now the bad news: The tour doesn’t start till September, and the gents won’t be playing Cleveland for nearly a year. The tour plays The Q on Feb. 1.
Hey, at least that’s sooner than the return of “Game of Thrones” to HBO. Right?
Well, I tried.
As fans wait for the four horsemen to hit the stage, they will be treated to the Light It Up pre-show party, which will include entertainment by a DJ and comic-rocker Jim Breuer.
Stream of the week: I’ve only just started spending time with an album for which I’d been eagerly awaiting, the recently released first full-length release from I’m With Her, “See You Around.” The act is a collaboration among three talented ladies of folk music: Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz. The latter is the entry point for me — I’ve been a fan of Jarosz for several years and had the opportunity to interview her before a show in Cleveland in 2016. I haven’t settled on a favorite track yet, but I like what I hear. I’m with them, and I certainly hope to see them around.
Mark Meszoros’ controversial Metallica take is the song “The Unforgiven II” is better than its predecessor. Follow Mark Meszoros on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: BB Gun Press