by Doug Moore

Metallica at the Apollo Theater, 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)


You may remember Metallica setting the highly-sought-after world record for "rock band that has played on the most continents" a few weeks back by playing a gig in Antarctica for a selection of South American fans. You can watch a video of the entire set below if you missed it the first time around.

In a move that will hopefully surprise nobody, the band have elected to monetize this momentous occasion by making the audio available for paid download in a variety of formats. They're calling it Freeze'em All, missing yet another opportunity for a well-placed Trapped Under Ice joke. Seriously, guys, if you're gonna get punny about this show, pluck the low-hanging fruit. I personally wasn't at all impressed by the amp-modeler guitar tones that the band employed for the Antarctica gig, especially given that there are tons of nice-sounding modelers on the market these days. You can score an Axe FX II for a couple grand -- chump change for these guys. Or maybe their guitar techs are just terrible at dialing modelers in? Pure speculation, but again, you can check the video out below and judge for yourself.

In related news: Metallica will continue their globe-trotting next year with a South American tour in March and a European tour in May, June and July. Ticket purchasers get to choose 17 of the planned 18-song set list by vote; the 18th tune will be their first new song since their infamous LuLu collaboration with Lou Reed.

The European tour has another notable feature -- it conflicts with the now two-year-old Orion Festival, thus nixing the fest for 2014, according to Rolling Stone. (It was in Detroit last year.) Its future is now up in the air; the band hasn't ruled out the possibility of resurrecting it in 2015 but don't seem to have definite plans.

Check the aforementioned Antarctica video, the Freeze'em All (seriously, come on!) track listing, and Metallica's 2014 dates thus far below.


Freeze 'Em All Tracklist:
01. Creeping Death
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Sad But True
04. Bass Solo
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. Master Of Puppets
07. One
08. Blackened
09. Kirk Solo
10. Nothing Else Matters
11. Enter Sandman
12. Seek & Destroy

Metallica South American Dates
March 16, 2014 - Bogotá, Colombia - Parque Simón Bolívar
March 18, 2014 - Quito, Ecuador - Parque Bicentenario
March 20, 2014 - Lima, Peru - Estadio Nacional
March 22, 2014 - São Paulo, Brazil - Estádio do Morumbi
March 24, 2014 - Asunción, Paraguay - Jockey Club
March 27, 2014 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Monumental
March 29, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata

Metallica European Dates
May 28, 2014 - Hietaniemi Beach, Sonisphere - Helsinki, Finland
May 30, 2014 - Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm Fields - Stockholm, Sweden
June 1, 2014 - Valle Hovin, Sonisphere - Oslo, Norway
June 3, 2014 - Horsens Gaol, Jailhouse Rock - Horsens, Denmark
June 4, 2014 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany
June 5-8, 2014 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany
June 6-9, 2014 - Rock Im Park - Nürnberg, Germany
June 9, 2014 - Pinkpop Festival - Landgraaf, Netherlands
July 1, 2014 - Ippodromo Capannelle, Rock in Rome Sonisphere - Rome, Italy
July 3, 2014 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, Belgium
July 4, 2014 - St. Jakob-Park Basel, Sonisphere - Basel, Switzerland
July 6, 2014 - Sonisphere Knebworth - Stevenage, England
July 8, 2014 - Aerodrome Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
July 9, 2014 - Krieau Rocks - Vienna, Austria
July 11, 2014 - National Stadium, Sonisphere - Warsaw, Poland

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