Metallica plays in London in 2008, via Wikimedia Commons

To celebrate the release of its first album in eight years, the legendary band Metallica is taking on a full North American tour this year. As fate would have it, Baltimore is the thrash metal group’s very first stop.

According to an announcement on the band’s page, the WorldWired Tour will be Metallica’s first extended U.S. and Canadian tour since 2009, when the band traveled the continent to promote its then-new album, Death Magnetic. Now the band is following suit by announcing the launch of its next tour months after its November 2016 release, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.

Baltimore-area Metallica fans should rejoice: this is the band’s first time stopping through the city in 17 years (Metallica played in nearby Washington D.C. in 2009).

This morning’s tour announcement comes on the heels of the group playing the Grammy Awards. Unfortunately, that performance last night was marred by some mic issues for guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield during a special collaboration with pop star Lady Gaga.

We should expect more from the sound check folks at M&T Bank Stadium when Metallica comes to Baltimore on May 10. Accompanying them will be fellow American metal band Avenged Sevenfold and Danish group Volbeat.

Tickets go on sale for Metallica Fan Club and Citi Cardmember Preferred members tomorrow and for the general public on Friday, Feb. 17. Click here to buy yours and join the thousands of others waiting in line on the internet. All tickets will come with a digital copy of Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...