Just announced Toronto shows: Metallica’s back and they’re playing the Opera House

For a while there it seemed like it was (almost) as hard to be a Metallica fan as it is.


For a while there it seemed like it was (almost) as hard to be a Metallica fan as it is to be a Kanye West fan.

Years of lacklustre output. Lou-tallica. A cloying kazoo rendition of their new single with Tonight Show host and Trump bestie Jimmy Fallon.

While the band doesnt do the political rant thing a la West, drummer Lars Ulrich did pose for a photo with Hillary Clinton after running into the failed presidential contender at the Broadway show Hamilton. And he threatened to move back to Denmark if Trump won the election. (Bye?)

Moreover, the American metal titans 10th studio album (and first in eight years), Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, is getting so-so reviews.

But its better to be a Metallica fan in Toronto. The group is launching the record locally with an unusually intimate show at the Opera House, 735 Queen East, on Tuesday (November 29) thats also a benefit for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

There are two ways to get in: fan club members can enter a contest via the bands website to win an opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per member for $25 each as part of the fan pre-sale, which happens from 9 to 10 am on Wednesday (November 23).

Everyone else will be able to buy regularly priced $100 tickets on the same day at 11 am on Ticketmaster. All proceeds go to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Bins will also be on-site on show night to collect non-perishable food items.

Tuesday (November 29) at the Opera House (735 Queen East), 6 pm. $100. Proceeds to the Daily Bread Food Bank. ticketmaster.ca

PUBLIC ANIMAL, BLACK COLLAR UNION, CROWTOWN Hard Luck Bar 9 pm. December 2.

ORPHX, SISTEM, MICHAEL KROCHAK SOYBOMB Pitch Black Mirror album release. Doors 10 pm, $10-$12.50. eventbrite.ca. December 2.

HYPNOTIC MINDSCAPES: EVAN BAGGS, RINCON Bambis doors 10 pm, $10. residentadvisor.net. December 3.

FRIGS, HSY, SCATTERED, CLOUDS, PROM NITE Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm, $10. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. December 7.

HERVANA, BLUE COUGARS Smiling Buddha Girls Rock Camp benefit. Doors 9 pm. $10. December 10.

HORSE MEAT DISCO Coda doors 10 pm. December 10.

QUEER SONGBOOK ORCHESTRA: ROASTED CHESTNUTS HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER Burdock doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $15. burdockto.com. December 13.

ILLSCARLETT, KO, STEREO KID Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. December 16.

CIARRA BLACK, E-SAGGILA, CL Bambis doors 10 pm, $5. December 16.

BLOWUP CHRISTMAS BALL REUNION THING Velvet Underground doors 9:45 pm, $15 adv. December 17.

JANE SIBERRY Hughs Room 8:30 pm, $40, adv $35. hughsroom.com. December 18.

KIDS AFTERNOON ROCK SHOW WITH THE STRUMBELLAS Danforth Music Hall doors 2 pm, all ages. $15-$20. ticketmaster.ca. December 23.

DONNIE DARKO 80S NEW YEARS EVE Velvet Underground doors 10 pm, $15. ticketfly.com. December 31.

OLD WOUNDS, EXALT, SAFE TO SAY DANCE Cave doors 6:30 pm, $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. January 7.

ONE OK ROCK Rebel doors 6 pm, all ages. $35, VIP $202.50. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketmaster.ca. January 17.

KEVIN GARRETT Drake Hotel doors 8 pm, $13. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. January 31.

THE LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST WALTZ Sony Centre doors 8 pm, all ages. $59.95-$199.95. ticketmaster.ca. January 31.

TALIB KWELI, KVALENTINE Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm, $29.50-$39.50. ticketmaster.ca. February 3.

WHITE LIES Lees Palace doors 8:30 pm, $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 4.

SWITCHFOOT, RELIENT K Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $29.50-$39.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 8.

US THE DUO Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $25-$35. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 11.

ANDY BLACK, WILLIAM CONTROL, PALAYE ROYAL Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages. $31.50. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. February 15.

BIG WRECK Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm, all ages.$39.50-$75. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 17-18.

JAPANDROIDS, CRAIG FINN & THE UPTOWN CONTROLLERS Danforth Music Hall Second date added. Doors 7 pm, $22.50-$25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 18.

MUNA Drake Hotel doors 8 pm, $15.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 20.

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS Lees Palace doors 8:30 pm, $29.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 25.

THE GRISWOLDS Velvet Underground doors 7:30 pm, $18. ticketweb.ca, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 2.

VANESSA CARLTON, TRISTAN The Great Hall doors 7 pm. $29.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 3.

AGNES OBEL The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $25. ticketweb.ca. March 4.

SAVE FERRIS Lees Palace doors 8 pm, $25. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. March 7.

STICKY FINGERS Opera House Rescheduled date. Doors 8 pm, $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 8.

ALL THEM WITCHES Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm, $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 14.

THE KNOCKS, BIPOLAR SUNSHINE, GILLIGAN MOSS Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, $15. ticketweb.ca. March 17.

NXNE Various venues See website for details. nxne.com. June 16-25.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, BOYZ II MEN, PAULA ABDUL Air Canada Centre 7:30 pm. $34.95-$119.95. ticketmaster.ca. June 20.

BRUNO MARS Air Canada Centre 8 pm, all ages. $46.35-$171.75. ticketmaster.ca. August 26-27.

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