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It’s official. Metallica is, at last, coming to Lincoln.

The heavy-metal band will make its Capital City debut Sept. 6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The release announcing the fall leg of the “WorldWired Tour,” which played stadiums last year, stated that the band was returning to markets that it hadn’t played for decades, such as Fargo, North Dakota (30 years) and Birmingham, Alabama (25 years), asking, “About time, wouldn’t you say?”

That’s especially true for Lincoln, where the band has never played in its 38-year career. Metallica has played Omaha multiple times, most recently a sold-out CenturyLink Center show in November 2008.

“As far as I know, this is the first time in Lincoln,” said SMG-Lincoln general manager Tom Lorenz. “I think it’s one of the biggest shows out on tour right now and it’s coming to Lincoln. We’ve been working on this one and talking to their folks for a couple years now. To be on the list on the first arena section of their tour is a real nod to Lincoln being a major market for concerts.”

Monday’s announcement wasn’t much of a surprise. Metallica had teased the announcement of the fall leg of its “WorldWired Tour” on its website last week, with the same teaser going on the sites of the 34 venues the tour will play. The Lincoln show is the third date on the tour that opens in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 2.

Tickets for the Metallica concert cost $62 to $132. General public tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.  Fan club and Citi-Card presales begin Tuesday. Fan club info and signup can be found at

General public tickets will be available at the arena ticket office, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Every ticket purchased includes the choice of a physical or digital copy of “Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct,” the band’s 2016 album, the sixth No. 1 for Metallica.

Comedian Jim Breuer, along with a DJ, will open the concert, with the Light It Up pre-show party featuring comedy, audience interaction and giveaways.

The Metallica concert is the ninth concert announced for or held at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2018. Metallica has been one of the most-requested bands for the arena since it opened five years ago.

“We’ve had a lot of people that wrote us and asked about them coming to town,” Lorenz said. “We like the requests. Just because you don’t see them coming right away doesn’t mean we aren’t working on them. It’s fun to bring something that the fans really want.”



Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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