Metallica Mixes Up Set List In European Tour Kickoff

Metallica kicked off the new European leg of its ongoing "WorldWired" tour in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday night (May 1st), with the band introducing a handful of songs into the set that have not played for years. The second number in the 18-song set was 1986's "Disposable Heroes," which was last played in 2015, while the show also included 1991's "The God That Failed," last performed in 2012, and 2003's "Frantic," which has not been dusted off since 2011.

Also aired was "Lords Of Summer," a non-LP track which the band played several summers ago on tour. The rest of the performance, which opened with "Hardwired," included staples such as "Ride The Lightning," "The Unforgiven," "Sad But True," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "One," "Master Of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman," along with several cuts from 2016's Hardwired...To Self-Destruct LP.

Metallica has made a point since the early 2000s of changing its set list every night, as drummer Lars Ulrich told us a while back: "We've really enjoyed it. It keeps it fresh for us and keeps it hopefully fresh and exciting for the fans. And when you're doing long tours, I mean, you just, you don't wanna ever go into autopilot, man. We did that a lot in the '90s, where it drifted close because of how long the tours were. So this has really made a big difference for us in terms of how we not only enjoy the concerts, but how we also enjoy touring."

Metallica's "WorldWired" tour has played more than 130 shows across the world since its 2016 kick-off. Although the band has mostly wrapped the North American portion of the cycle, they will return in the fall to play two shows with the San Francisco Symphony.