When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena
Tickets: $55.50 and up
Information: www. metallica.com.
They’re the undisputed heavy metal kings.
Now Metallica — singer James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo — is coming back to town Saturday with a show at the Rose Bowl, which in many ways marks a return of sorts for the band.
The band’s Worldwired Tour is in support of the new album “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct,” a platinum-selling double album released late last year.
It debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top 200 U.S. list and also got the top spot on Rolling Stone’s list of 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016.
It’s the band’s 10th album and first new record in eight years, marking the longest lapse between albums for the band. It’s also a modern throwback to what made Metallica hard-rock royalty in the first place.
That means it’s a full-on metal assault with more than an hour of straight-up metal that harkens back to the intensity and dark angst of the band’s seminal record, the 1991 self-titled album, also known as “the Black Album.”
In true Metallica fashion, the two-hour stadium and arena shows so far have been hard-metal spectacles with lasers, flames, pyrotechnics, fireworks and a set list that stretches back to fan favorites such as “Sad But True,” “Seek and Destroy,” “The Unforgiven,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and the usual closing tune, “Enter Sandman.”
The show also has a good dose of songs from the new album such as the punk-spirited opener, “Hardwired,” the stadium-ready “Atlas, Rise!,” and “Moth into Flame,” which was marred during the band’s Grammy performance this year with Lady Gaga when Hetfield’s microphone malfunctioned.
During a brief break form the North American leg of the tour, bassist and Venice native Robert Trujillo talked about the tour, the…