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Metallica plans Buffalo stop after nearly a decade away

Los Angeles, Calif., metal band Metallica has been a stranger to Buffalo for nearly 10 years; the James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich-led band last stopped in November 2009 for a show at HSBC Arena.

The wait is over for metal fans, however, as Metallica announced an Oct. 27 concert in KeyBank Center as part of its WorldWired Tour.

Tickets, which range from $65 to $135, go on sale at 10 a.m. March 2 and will be available online at, or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. A random handbill policy will be in effect. A limited number of handbills are available now.

Metallica last released new music in fall 2016 with double album "Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct," a 77-minute disc that topped Rolling Stone's "20 Best Metal Albums of 2016" and earned a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.

The News' pop music critic Jeff Miers called "Hardwired" the band's best effort in 25 years; he eloquently outlined the thrash legends' musical approach, too.

"A wall of guitars, more often than not lock-stepping in the keys of E minor or E-flat minor, working the holy hell out of seemingly every possible syncopated riff in the key, while drummer Lars Ulrich pushes the strident head-banging groove, and singer/guitarist James Hetfield howls like a drill sergeant having a particularly awful acid trip – this is the Metallica 'formula,' although that word suggests a self-consciousness that doesn’t really exist in the finest Metallica vintage."

Miers also reviewed the band's last stop here, in 2009:

Metallica uplifting in focus on death

With rumblings about a Metallica date swirling around Buffalo since Feb. 23, fan reaction was noticeably giddy:

Metallica's James Hetfield, left, and Kirk Hammett perform at the Fonda Theatre in December 2016. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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