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Metallica announces new tour, will stop at Spokane Arena on Dec. 2

James Hetfield and the rest of Metallica will bring their “HardWired” tour to Spokane Arena on Dec. 2. Ticket sales being this week. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP)

Heavy metal icons Metallica announced a new U.S. and Canadian tour this morning, and Spokane is on it.

The Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rock quartet will hit Spokane Arena on Dec. 2 as part of their “WorldWired” tour.

The concert will be done “in the round,” with seating on all sides of the stage. The band’s friend, comedian Jim Breuer, will kick the night off with a Light It Up pre-show party.

Tickets range from $65 to $135, and will include either a physical copy or digital download of their 2016 double album “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct,” their 10th album and sixth consecutive release to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Fan club presales begin Tuesday; visit for more information. Citi card holders may begin purchasing tickets at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Spotify, the online streaming service, will have presales beginning on Wednesday. See for presale information.

General ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Friday through the Arena box office, or any TicketsWest outlet. Call (800) 325-SEAT or visit

Metallica, formed in 1981 by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide.

Metallica played CenturyLink Stadium in Seattle last summer as part of a 25-date stadium tour. In 2015, the Spokane Arena asked music fans for their list of “bucket list” concerts, and Metallica was a top 10 pick. They last played the Arena in 2004.

The U.S. tour will kick off Sept. 2 in Madison, Wisconsin, and will hit venues in smaller markets such as Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, along with big cities such as Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. Other regional stops include Boise on Nov. 28, Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, and Portland on Dec. 5.