In an exciting turn of events, symphonic metal fans, Epica have been announced as the new openers for Metallica’s upcoming shows in Paris, France, and Hamburg, Germany. The band will take the stage alongside Metallica on May 17th at Stade de France in Paris and will also perform on Sunday at Volksparkstadion in Hamburg. This news comes as a result of former openers Five Finger Death Punch having to cancel several shows on Metallica’s tour due to lead singer Ivan Moody’s ongoing recovery from hernia surgery.
Epica, known for their powerful and melodic blend of symphonic elements with heavy metal, are no strangers to sharing the stage with renowned acts. Their inclusion in Metallica’s tour lineup is a testament to their growing popularity and influence in the metal music scene. Frontwoman Simone Simons, who is known for her captivating stage presence and soaring vocals, expressed her excitement about the upcoming shows, stating:
We are beyond excited to share the stage with the legendary Metallica that has had a great influence on the whole music scene, including Epica.
Metallica’s tour, which spans across multiple countries and stadiums, has garnered immense attention from fans around the globe. With a string of sold-out shows, the band continues to prove their unwavering popularity and enduring influence in the world of heavy metal. The addition of Epica to the lineup is expected to heighten the excitement and bring a new dynamic to the live performances.
The tour schedule includes various dates and locations, providing fans with multiple opportunities to witness the magic of Metallica and now Epica. The shows in Paris, France, are scheduled for May 17th and May 19th at Stade de France, while the performances in Hamburg, Germany, will take place on May 26th and May 28th at Volksparkstadion. After that, Metallica will be heading to Gothenburg, Sweden, for two shows at Ullevi Stadium on June 16th and June 18th.
The tour continues with stops in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at MetLife Stadium on August 4th and August 6th, followed by shows in Montreal, Quebec, at Stade Olympique on August 11th and August 13th. Metallica will then make their way to Arlington, Texas, for performances at AT&T Stadium on August 18th and August 20th, before concluding the North American leg of the tour with shows in Inglewood, California, at SoFi Stadium on August 25th and August 27th. The tour wraps up with two final shows in Glendale, Arizona, at State Farm Stadium on September 1st and September 3rd.
- May 17th, 2023 – Stade de France
- May 19th, 2023 – Stade de France
- May 26th, 2023 – Volksparkstadion
- May 28th, 2023 – Volksparkstadion
- June 16th, 2023 – Ullevi Stadium
- June 18th, 2023 – Ullevi Stadium
East Rutherford NJ:
- August 4th, 2023 – MetLife Stadium
- August 6th, 2023 – MetLife Stadium
- August 11th, 2023 – Stade Olympique
- August 13th, 2023 – Stade Olympique
- August 18th, 2023 – AT&T Stadium
- August 20th, 2023 – AT&T Stadium
- August 25th, 2023 – SoFi Stadium
- August 27th, 2023 – SoFi Stadium
- September 1st, 2023 – State Farm Stadium
- September 3rd, 2023 – State Farm Stadium