Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Hardwired” on June 20 at Twickenham Stadium in London, England can be viewed below.
“Hardwired” is the opening track on METALLICA‘s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which was certified platinum in April 2017 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told Guitar World: “‘Hardwired’ is the first song on the album, but it was actually the last song we wrote. In my mind, it’s more of a summary of the whole album than an opening statement. Lyrically, I wanted it to be really simple, fast, quick and punk rock. The idea is to make it communal. You know, we’re fucked. All of us. But we’re blessed as well, because we’re all in this together.”
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November 2016, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band’s previous outings, 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and 2003’s “St. Anger”, sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. “Death Magnetic” moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while “St. Anger” shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.
METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” tour has played more than 130 shows across the world since its 2016 kick-off.
Last November, drummer Lars Ulrich told The Mercury News that the trek could last through early 2020.