Metallica helped food bank - without warning them


Metallica’s surprise announcement that their show in Toronto would benefit a local food bank left charity workers inundated with fans begging for tickets.

The band played their second-last show of the year at the Canadian city’s Opera House venue last night, with all proceeds donated to the Daily Bread organisation.

The intimate performance for an audience of just 950 was a continuation of their promotion of latest album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18.

Members of the Metallica fan club paid $25 for entry while others were charged $100, and all attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food items to the show, to assist the charity’s work.

Spokesperson Benita Aalto reports that the thrash icons didn’t speak to Daily Bread in advance of announcing the donation last week. She tells CBC: “This was a delightful surprise.

“We had one person calling us, saying if we had an inside track to Metallica tickets, ‘I will give you $1000 for two.’

“It’s wonderful that people are thinking that we are connected to Metallica. But we’re not – we’re just the delighted recipients of their generosity.”

Meanwhile, Vans have released a short behind-the-scenes video shot during the band’s album launch show at London’s House Of Vans earlier this month – view it below.

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is Metallica’s sixth chart-topping album in a row. The band continue to add dates to their upcoming WorldWired tour, with the latest confirmed appearance being at Rock On The Range in Ohio next May.

Lars Ulrich reflects on the progress Metallica made with Hardwired

Metallica tour dates 2016-17 so far

Dec 17: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Jan 11: Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome, South Korea
Jan 18: Beijing Le Sports Centre, China
Jan 20: Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo, China
Jan 22: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
Feb 03: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 05: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 07: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 09: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Mar 01: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Mar 03: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Mar 25: Sao Paulo Interlagos Racetrack, Brazil
Mar 31-Apr 01: Buenos Aires Hippodrome San Isidro, Argentina
Apr 01-02: Santiago Parque O’Higgins, Chile
May 19-21: Rock On The Range festival, OH

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