The North American leg of Metallica’s “M72 Tour” kicked off this past weekend with two shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Although support on Friday inside the stadium came courtesy of heavy metal powerhouses Pantera and Mammoth WVH and on Sunday from Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills, much of the real warmup action happened in the parking lot, where pre-concert performances came courtesy of industrial crossover legends Prong (August 4) and thrash legends Overkill (August 6).
The intimate tailgate gigs took place in the G section of the MetLife parking lot at 3 p.m. each day. Attendees needed a ticket to see the pre-show parking lot performance. Fan-filmed video of both Prong and Overkill’s killer sets can be seen below.
Named in conjunction with their new album 72 Seasons, “M72” features two-night stands from Metallica in cities around the world this year and going through 2024. “Takeover” events that include film fests, pop-up stores, Ross Halfin book signings, tribute bands, special performances by friends and family are scheduled in the New York City area, Montreal, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis and Detroit.
As part of the New York area takeover, the Metallica Film Fest took place at Gramercy Theatre, while Ottto (featuring Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo) and Bastardane (featuring Castor Hetfield, son of Metallica frontman James Hetfield) played the venue that night.
Overkill have just completed the “Scorching The Earth” U.S. tour, along with Exhorder and Heathen. The band’s twentieth studio album, Scorched, was released in April via Nuclear Blast Records.
Prong’s thirteenth studio album, State Of Emergency, is scheduled to land in stores and on streaming services on October 6th via Steamhammer/SPV. Produced by Steve Evetts (Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan), the record features the recently released singles “Non-Existence” and “Breaking Point.”