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FRESNO — Metallica, perhaps the world’s biggest metal band has announced Monday they’ll be coming to the Save Mart Center on their current tour.

Following up their 2017 stadium tour, Metallica has announced this second leg of the WorldWired Tour to perform in cities not normally on their schedule, including Fresno and Sacramento.

Metallica’s announcement comes on the heels of the Slayer’s recent proclamation that they would be retiring from touring. Metallica and Slayer make up thrash metal’s “big four” – along with Anthrax and Megadeth – that broke the genre into the mainstream in the ‘80s.

Metallica is musically known for hits like “Enter Sandman,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and “Wherever I May Roam” and is culturally known for trying in vain to stop online file-sharing in the early days of the internet.

The band has sold over 125 million copies and, as of last year, are the third best-selling artists since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking record sales in 1991.

Each show on the upcoming tour will feature a pre-show hosted by stand-up comedian Jim Breuer, who people may know from “Saturday Night Live,” Dave Chappelle’s “Half Baked” and the Howard Stern show.

The Fresno show is planned for Sunday, Dec. 9. Every ticket purchased includes a copy of the band’s newest album, “Hardwire … To Self-Destruct,” as either a physical copy or a digital download.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2.

News Reporter

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