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2012 Orion Music + More Festival - Day 1

Metallica played their new song “Hardwired” live for the first time Saturday night (August 20) at their concert at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Video of the performance can be seen below.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells Fox 9: “The song ‘Hardwired’, the first time we played that all in the same room was this Monday, so this is as fresh off the assembly line as rock and roll gets. So, it’s been an intense week and we’re excited about launching the next chapter of Metallica’s career here in Minneapolis.”

The Metallica concert at U.S. Bank Stadium sold out in less than ten minutes after tickets went on sale this past March.

Ulrich continues: “It never gets old. If it ever gets old, punch me. Slap me around do something. Now there are 55,000 people out there. It’s pretty crazy. It does not get old. It gets cooler and cooler actually as we go along.”

Ulrich told StarTribune.com in a locker room before showtime: “This place looks amazing from our vantage point. I got goose bumps looking at those 50,000 purple seats and knowing the history the color purple has in this town.”

“Hardwired” is featured on Metallica’s upcoming double studio album, titled, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. The album will arrive on November 18 and is being released via the band’s Blackened Recordings.

Ulrich recently spoke to Rolling Stone about “Hardwired”, saying: “That’s actually the last song we wrote for the record. We started this album by throwing different ideas around. The shape of it, as a collection of songs, didn’t come into focus until we were deep into it. At that point, the songs were getting tighter, shorter and leaner.

“A couple of months ago, we were sitting there taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became ‘Hardwired’. It just kind of happened. I think James [Hetfield] and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week, which, for us, is basically a nanosecond.”

“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” was produced by Greg Fidelman with Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The album was recorded at Metallica’s own studio and is still in the final stages of production.

“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” will be issued on double CD, vinyl and digital download. A deluxe version will feature a bonus disc containing the riffs that formed the origins of the album along with the song “The Lords Of Summer”.

Click below for audio, video and a new produced trailer for “Hardwired…To Self Destruct”…

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