Archive for Metallica

HELLFEST X announcement in SIX days

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2014 by Tickets There


The tenth instalment of everyone’s favourite heavy metal festival is set to be announced in six days time. Fans (me) have been panicked that this year’s usual September announcement had been delayed but organizers have now confirmed they will not announce a small portion of the bill this side of Christmas, but instead will announce the entire program for HELLFEST X.

Last year Hellfest IX displayed one of the greatest line-ups in heavy metal history so there’s a lot to live up to. Rumours on possible bands have been circulating since this years festival ended and they’ve only gotten more intense with announcements that Metallica, KISS, AC/DC, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and many, many more are all touring Europe this summer.Who will land on the mighty Hellfest bill? Keep your eyes peeled to next Monday for the official unveiling.

..or you could be lazy and just wait for us to tell you. I mean, it’s not like the official Hellfest page needs to the views to keep them in business. Yes, watch Tickets There and nothing else. In fact, forget the internet. Set up a Facebook/twitter account – subscribe to tickets there and never again worry about other pages.


Review: Hellfest 2014 June 20th – 22nd (Clisson, France)


Tower Records sell out of Metallica stock after Glastonbury performance

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2014 by Tickets There

20120502060717631Tower Records have confirmed this morning that they have completely sold out of Metallica stock after the band’s headlining performance at Glastonbury on Saturday night. Don’t panic though – fortunately a re-order was logged last week which should be filled tomorrow morning.

“We had to re-order all of our Metallica stock, as well as additional items we don’t normally carry”, confirmed James O’Brien, Tower manager. “Glastonbury supporters had been turning up all week to purchase Metallica stock and burn it outside in a large eco-friendly bonofire to protest the band’s inclusion as a Glasto headliner. Vegans, PETA, feminists, Apple product users, they all showed up to denounce the band. Once Metallica played though, they started buying the stuff to bring home – fucking eejits. Win win for us”.

Buying frenzy at Tower Records, Dublin yesterday

Buying frenzy at Tower Records, Dublin yesterday

In an apparent breakdown of popular culture, it seems the hipster world is now divided as thousands of bearded, legging wearing big wheel bicycle envy sufferers have cast aside their Arcade Fire albums to proclaim they are and always have been metal devotees.

“I saw Anvil when it was released, I’ve always been so into metal” claims twitter user @transformersshouldalwayshavebeenacartoon from Suffolk. In a series of tweets the user proclaims that heavy metal is a forgotten art for those who choose to use large music to show their feelings. “The guitars represent pain and the vocals represent more pain. The drums are also pain but the bass is the light. Metal is so diverse – the black album is like OK Computer or Funeral. I always preferred their earlier stuff though”.

Other metal bands, including Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Sepultura are expected to benefit greatly from the hipsters immediate need to prove how metal they are and while older Metallica fans are responding quite negatively and sarcastically to the hipster world’s sudden interest in the group, Anthrax fans are embracing them with one twitter user – @iloveANTHRAXthismuch|____________________| claiming this is a “good day for metal”.

Glastonbury organizers have also confirmed this morning that next year’s event will include a dedicated heavy metal tent called ‘They only sing about cruelty, they don’t actually do it – so you can enjoy them Stage’ and have booked Cannibal Corpse, Emperor, Exhumed, Mayhem and Exodus to perform. Ed Sheeran has also announced plans to release the first singer / songwriter metal album. The world waits with baited breath….

Review: METALLICA – ‘Through The Never’

Posted in Film Review, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by Tickets There

metallicathroughtheneverlargeposterMetallica’sThrough The Never’  hit cinemas late last week and doesn’t appear to have been pulling in the punters in any great numbers. Suprising when you consider the size of the crowds James, Lars, Kirk and Rob can draw when they grace the shores of any country in the world. Despite this being a movie rather than live show, the experience is everything you’d expect from something with Metallica’s name stamped across it. Big, bad, bold and brilliant.

Through The Never is a mash of Metallica playing an incredible career spanning live show that brings back beloved stage props, tour incidents and classic songs. From Kill ‘Em All to Death Magnetic – the boys bruise through sixteen of their crunchiest, heaviest, fastest songs while their young roadie/gofer treks through a war-torn city in search of materials badly needed by the band. The whole experience is presented in 3D, bringing the sweat from Lars back  right onto your lap. The band sound incredible and each one casts an imposing figure on the screen – tearing through their set with extreme power. Add in a little humour and some incredible scenes featuring full on violence, death and anarchy – you’ve got Through The Never.

If you haven’t been to an IMAX screening before then I can assure you it lives up to every expectation you could possibly have. The IMAX screen in Cineworld, Parnell St. is beyond impressive, imposing and makes adults feel like kids in the cinema again and if you haven’t seen Metallica on IMAX, then you need to sort that quick! It . Book tickets now!

Cineworld – Booking Page

Metallica Release ‘Through The Never’ Trailer

Posted in Music, News with tags , , on July 22, 2013 by Tickets There

1072137_10151504358350264_1649451021_oI won’t lie; Tickets There is excited as hell about the upcoming Metallica film – Through The Never and it’s only a couple of months away. For those who haven’t heard about this yet, Metallica are releasing a live concert film. Being Metallica, it isn’t just a movie though. It’s a live concert, mixed into an actual scripted film and it’s going to be released in 3D IMAX!

The story follows earned boy/roadie – Trip, as her undertakes an urgent mission for Metallica while they’re on stage. However, once outside the arena, Trip faces a ‘surreal adventure’ in a city descending into anarchy.

For the show, Metallica went and recreated many props and stunts from their most famous tours including the electric chair from Ride The Lightening, Lady Justice From …and Justice For All and the stage collapse from the Cunning Stunts shows. All in all, it looks like an epic masterpiece.

Tickets There will let you know as soon as we find somewhere in Ireland that’ll be showing it.

First Image of Metallica’s ‘Through The Never’ 3D Movie

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by Tickets There

Through The Never (2013) Dane DeHaanMetallica never do things by half in fairness. Instead of going down the old route of releasing a basic live DVD, they’re going full on 3D IMAX for their new movie/concert file, ‘Metallica Through The Never’. Details are sketchy but it’s going to be based on a Metallica concert happening in a city filled with chaos where one of their road crew gets sent on a mission and so on.

The first image was released this week (can be viewed there at the side) and the film has officially IMAX release date of September 27th. Filming of the Metallica scenes took place last year in Canada on a stage custom built for the movie. Dane DeHaan stars as the main character…well, aside from Lars, James, Robert and Kirk of course.

It’s been a while since Metallica made a move that excited me (three years and counting lads – get back to Dublin!) but this project sounds like it’ll be well worth watching. The movie will be generally released in October.

METALLICA: Damaged Justice 88/89 Tour – Lady Justice (Doris) Stage Prop Model

Posted in General Tickets There Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by Tickets There

Decided to make this yesterday for the craic. It’s Lady Justice (Doris) from Metallica’s Damaged Justice 88/89 tour. …and Justice For All remains Tickets There’s all time favourite Metallica album.







Hellfire()Sounds Review: Exzeltic (Ground Zero EP)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Tickets There

After seeing these guys on Saturday night at the Wacken Metal battle semi-finals, we’re confident there’s a future for thrash metal in Ireland. Taking their influence from Megadeth, ‘Kill Em All’ era Metallica (when they were actually thrash, like) and the Priest (Judas, not the other kind), the band play fast, heavy metal with riffs, solos and glass cutting vocals. Their second EP, Ground Zero, came out last year and it’s about time you heard it. Welcome to EXZELTIC

Kicking off with ‘Devastator’, the EP launches into raw thrash, under produced but sounding great. The solos are killer, the lyrics are brutal and the singing, well the singing unfortunately falls into the production problem but that doesn’t last and dramatically improves on the second track – ‘Infinity Crisis’..but first you need to get past the monster solo on Devastator, incredible stuff.

Infinity Crisis kicks off with some pounding drumming before the dual lead guitars launch the song to its feet. The riff is catchy as hell, classic crunchy riffs. Singing dramatically improves and the solos agghh. It’s hard to find an Irish band that have a grasp of this style, but Exzeltic have it by the bucket load and these recordings still pale in comparison to their live performance. Another ranging battle of riffs and major soloing later – you have one hell a tune to get through. Raging rampage of carnage, if nothing else.

The EP closes out with a head banging ballad of world ending proportions. Now of course when we say ballad for thrash metal, we do of course mean a clean guitar intro and then open the void and jump. ‘Agent of Chaos’ is one of those frighteningly fast metal anthems that could fire itself onto any decent thrash record and still kick the other tunes asses. This is the moment on the EP where everything falls into place to deliver a 100% bonafide piece of classic music…except that one bit at 04:15, drop that tiny little guitar thing and all is well.

If you like your trash or just like all metal, Exzeltic are the band to check out as soon as you can. Normally Tickets There doesn’t do this, but we’ve included all three of their tunes below because we firmly believe this is one of the most exciting old-skool bands in Ireland at the moment…that we’ve heard.

BIG 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax) To Play California In April

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by Tickets There

The Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) have confirmed they will be hitting the US this year for a date in Indio, Californica at the Empire Polo Club on April 23rd. The announcement was made an hour ago with the band confirming this will be the only scheduled American stop “this time around”. Please find the full message below from

‘You’ve probably heard us all say it . . . the vibe was just so incredible at last year’s Big 4 shows that we can’t stop now!! So we’re finally bringing the love to our home turf on April 23, 2011 with ‘Tallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in Indio, CA at the Empire Polo Club (yes, the more observant of you will note that this is the same spot where the Coachella Festival takes place the weekend before).

It’s true – this is indeed the only scheduled stop in America this go around, so we’re hoping that you can head West to join us. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 28 at 10 AM PST and Fan Club members can check for pre-sale and VIP package info.’

Once our computer stops acting the bollocks, we’ll confirm the prices. In the mean-time, they go on sale this Friday.


Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by Tickets There

***April Show ConfirmedClick HERE for Details***

The poster says it all really don’t it? The Big Four (BIG4) (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax (BIG 4 of thrash metal) will be announcing their plans for an American show tomorrow morning, 08:00 am PST time (16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET). Tickets There will update this page as soon as we have the details.

Currently there’s a Facebook page located HERE with the following info,

“Like” this page to stay updated on all details for the first and only U.S. appearance of “The Big 4”

BIG 4 Confirmed for U.K. Sonisphere

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by Tickets There

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax have announced they will play this years British Sonisphere festival being held in Knebworth between July 8th and 10th.

The four legendary bands will be playing Friday the 8th joining already confirmed head-liners Slipknot and Biffy Clyro. The event is under the same banner the four (fucking thrash legends!!) groups played under last year and with several other Sonispheres taking place around Europe, hopes are high this will not be their only European pit stop. We’ll bring you more as soon as we hear it.

In the mean time, tickets are on sale now @

Pay To Play – Tyrants, Thieves and The Bands They Rob

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, Special Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Tickets There

If there’s one topic that every music site, blog, magazine and opinionist in the world has to voice their view on at one time or another,  it’s illegal downloading. Ever since the whole Metallica Vs. Napster fall out in 2000, the music world has become strongly divided on the subject of illegal downloading and file sharing. Bands and fans alike have split right down the middle with some artists strongly supporting moderate file sharing while others bitterly oppose illegal downloading of their music, their work and their art. Tickets There strongly supports the latter and since UPC won their case yesterday, we decided it was the perfect time to tell you why.

Anti-Capitalism – Viva La Revolution!

Is anyone else getting sick of people constantly heralding the advantages of illegal downloading? The constant punk rehash drivel we’re subjected to every time an outspoken unemployed college student or post grad jumps to defend illegal downloading and the D.I.Y. environment that’s rising from the ashes of the once mighty music industry? The whole anti-capitalist, anti-system propaganda they drill you with to justify their positions and the slew of examples of tyranny and control the record companies yield and the travesty that befalls good bands. Sorry my friends, you’re not hurting anyone….aside from the bands you claim to love and support that is.

Funnily enough, you rarely hear any of these struggling artists come out and support the outspoken contingent that drives these messages. I’ve yet to hear one of the hundreds of independent Irish bands who are actively looking to make a living from the music industry and their art come out publicly and say yes, ‘we want people to illegally download our music and share it with the world forever’. They may give a free single here and there, offer free streaming of new albums but that doesn’t mean they want you to ignore the physical copy when you see it in Tower, or click next when it pops up on ITunes. They’re offering you these free streaming sources because that’s practically the only thing new bands can do these days to make themselves known and make a name for themselves. It might be easier if they had a record company behind them, you know pushing their name, getting them airplay, managing them properly and what not  but no, the ‘champions of the illegal file sharing’ have made certain that there’s no money to be made from real bands anymore. Round of applause, you’ve done a good job killing hopes for new bands around the world.

While these ‘champions’ make their speeches, write their articles and blogs, fill their IPhones, IPods and MP3 players with terabyte’s of stolen music, all the while feeling smug that they’re fighting the enemy, bands and artists are feeling more pressure than they’ve been subjected to in decades. It’s no secret that many, many bands and artists have/are and always will be given the shaft by the industry that feeds of their work but now, thanks to the lack of revenue from real bands (aside from the handful of lucky ones), record labels are no longer interested in even pretending to sign new acts and why would they be?

Record Companies = Tyrants?

Record labels are in the music business to make money, same reason as every other company out there. If they don’t make money, they can’t compete or give their artists a decent financial or competitive platform. These days, X-Factor, American Idol, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Jedward, Take That, Justin Bieber and Cheryl Cole make money for the record companies so who do you think will benefit from that? I doubt anyone could believe that Justin Bieber’s success will land Ham Sandwich a recording contract. More than likely a Justin Bieber replica will reap the benefits.

Unfortunately, the industry isn’t hurting. But Jobs are being lost, less and less bands are getting signed, A&R men have become virtually non-existent, Promotion is becoming more focused on the guaranteed buck earners with little or nothing left for new and upcoming artists yet the machine keeps rolling. Major record labels like Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, EMI and the Universal Music Group continue their acquisition of smaller, independent labels because real bands aren’t selling albums anymore, which is creating an excellent little niche monopoly in the music industry. Without record sales, most independent labels haven’t a hope of surviving long and without these independent labels even fewer ‘real’ bands and artists will get signed in the future. The fewer ‘real’ bands on the scene decreases competition and stops people from being distracted from the main sales pitch and products. Welcome to a world laying the foundation for 24 hour, manufactured, conveyer belt music monopoly with no dangerous originality, no un-controllable elements and a marketing strategy that’s been perfected over decades and is now ready to come into full fruition.

But, But…..

There are arguments of course, the best being the claim that music is now returning it’s original state. Before the 1930’s, bands almost exclusively played live and that’s how they earned their reputation. Live performances were the be all and end all and now, more than any time over the past few decade’s bands are relying on live performances to make an income and afford to stay together. This is a fair point but next time you’re going to see your favorite Irish band and they’re playing to 30/50 people despite having (in your opinion) the greatest song repertoire in the country, ask yourself something, would you keep going? Would you be happy in your 5th year together playing to crowds of 10,20, 100+ max? Receiving rave reviews from the few major sources with readership, working hard to appear on any radio station, magazine, TV show or event that’ll have you and still end up with a better reputation than your bank account and ticket sales would lead you to believe?

It isn’t all about the money, but as a wise musician once told me, “if you’re gonna be in a band you need a lot of free time and a lot of money”. That is what it takes to make a real go of things in the industry but if you aren’t selling albums, aren’t filling venues but you’re still paying for studios, rehearsal spaces, travel costs for tours, management, booking agents, equipment rental, equipment purchases, tour hands, rent, food, bills..etc, etc then the money comes into play and bands need it to survive and compete. They need it to make a name for themselves. Thanks to illegal downloading, even some of the best bands are being left to rot and defend for themselves.

They Don’t Need the Money, they have enough!!

Some like to point out that they’re really only out to hurt money made bands and they still buy music from smaller unknown acts. Very decent of you, but please explain to me why those ‘smaller unknown bands’ aren’t appearing in the charts if that’s where your money is going. Record labels still aren’t signing these small bands because they don’t believe there’s a market for them. Why? Because older bands that sound like them aren’t selling anymore. Illegally downloading music from the likes of U2 and Metallica won’t hurt them financially in the same way it will a smaller act but if you step back a moment and see the big picture, you’ll notice any illegal downloading affects all of these bands, big and small. If bands like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and The Smashing Pumpkins want to give away their music for free then great. These guys all have studios, money and can do what ever they like. If a band doesn’t want you to download their music for free then have some respect and don’t do it. There’s no justification because it’s illegal and despite some peoples claims, it isn’t a victimless crime. It’s hurting the bands you love and only making the record company’s control of our beloved music world more dominant and powerful. Dead weight is cut, profits increase.

Couldn’t Care Less – Long Live Downloading!

As for the whole ‘you can’t respect something you didn’t earn’ theory. Well, that might explain why even semi-big independent album releases generate hype for about 2/3 weeks before disappearing off the face of the earth. People can’t focus or devote themselves to albums or bands anymore. It’s trendy to be eclectic and all knowing about everything but you know what, sometimes it’s a lot more enjoyable to find one good album and immerse yourself in it rather than finding 200 poor albums with various hooks and going through them like socks. Quality will always be king in the world, everything else is fleeting and that’s why the quality bands deserve the attention because they’re the ones you’ll re-buy on new formats. They’re the ones you won’t take for granted. They’re the ones you’ll dream of taking your kids to see, just so you can pass on the same joy you feel every time you think of their music and they’re the ones that you’ll bore your friends to tears taking about every chance you get because you just can’t thank them enough for giving you something very special and you want to spread that message as far as you can reach (Def Leppard RULE!!)

Don’t download, don’t file share and don’t rip off bands money. They need it to survive and the more money they make, the more likely it is the recording industry will come back and help these bands out again. There’s a lot more money to be made from bands who can tour and release albums for decades on end than there is from overnight success stories who manage to keep it together for a quick 3/5 year period before the press attention and drug problems send them spiraling out of control, Rock bands can hold their drugs and they know how to moon photographers when the occasion rises. Pay for music like you would anything else and support your local bands, your independent labels, your local Record Stores (who sadly didn’t get a proper mention here – we’ll make it up to them) and the recording industry. Things are only going to get harder and harder for these bands so let’s try to show them we do care and we’re not just in it for the freebies.

Save The 100 Club

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by Tickets There

Well folks, yet another historic venue is coming close to biting the dust. London’s world famous 100 Club is on the verge of shutting its doors permanently as greedy landlords up the venues rent unrealistically high (uhm, recession people??).

In response to this, fans and friends of the venue have started a campaign to raise £500,000 which will cover immediate debts and increases as well as provide enough capital to invest in the clubs future and once again secure it’s dominance on the London live scene.

As many of you will know, the club was highly instrumental in the early English punk scene, providing bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash a venue to play when others were less willing to allow punk hordes crash through their doors. It has also been a cornerstone for Jazz musicians and played host to some of the biggest names in the world including The Rolling Stones, Muse, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Oasis, Metallica, The Kinks, Jeff Beck and literally hundreds more.

Check out the campaigns Official Facebook and Website by clicking the links below,

Save The 100 Club Official Site
Save The 100 Club Facebook

It’s time to stop letting these clubs close down. Tickets There remembers London eight years ago when we travelled over for a Sex Pistols show at Crystal Palace and top of the list of places to see was The 100 Club. The excitement of seeing the venue almost exactly as it was 35 years ago when the Pistols and Clash graces it’s stage was a real thrill and we know others out there travel for the very same reason, to see a truly historical site that just so happens to double as a fully functioning live venue to this day.

We’ve never gotten to see a show there and it’s still a dream to go back and see it in it’s full splendor and we don’t want fecking landlords closing it down and letting a Mrs. Selfridge or porn shop move in (just look across the street for proof of what dominates that side of Oxford Street).

We’ll be donating and we hope you do to.

The Big 4: DVD Artwork Released

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by Tickets There

The DVD of the ‘Big 4’ show (featuring Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax) from Sofia, Bulgaria in June is coming out in October and the art work has just been release. Head on over to Blabbermouth for alllll the details.

Tickets There managed to make it over to see the first ever show with all four bands in Poland and since there isnt a DVD coming out of that show, you’ll just have to make do with our review.

Metallica: Not Playing Marlay Park in 2010

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , on July 14, 2010 by Tickets There

Unfortunately the moment of truth has arrived, with the announcement of their second show in Christchurch, New Zealand – Metallica have confirmed there will be no more shows added for 2010.

Posting on their official Facebook page, the band had this gut wrenching, disappointment of an announcement to make,

Now to the real reason we’re here taking up space on this site…we also want to announce that all of our play dates have now filled up with the addition of this show…that’s right boys and girls, this will be the last date added to the World Magnetic Tour! So if you’re waiting for us to come to the Polar Ice Caps, your undiscovered planet or even your basement, sorry, this is as good at it gets.

So folks, we’ll just have to wait another year, To read the full announcement just Click Here.

Slayer / Megadeth / Anthrax Announce American Tour

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2010 by Tickets There

Slayer and Megadeth have announced that fellow Big 4 companions Anthrax are going to join them on the second leg of American Carnage.

After playing together at several Sonisphere dates in Europe with Metallica, three thirds of the Big 4 will be playing 20 dates all across the States in September and October. The line-up originally played together on the legendary Clash of the Titans tour in 1991.

As an added bonus, Megadeth have announced they intend on playing the entire Rust In Peace album on the tour while Slayer are set to play Seasons In The Abyss in full.

The tour will follow the rescheduled 1st Canadian and American legs which include Megadeth, Anthrax and Testament. Full dates for both shows can be found below. Read more @

Canadian and American Carnage/Leg One Tour Dates: (Slayer, Megadeth & Testament)

23 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA
24 Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA
26 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA
27 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA
29 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA
30 John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA

11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
19 Cobo Arena, Detroit,MI
20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

American Carnage Leg II (with Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax)

24 Amph, Dallas, TX*
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX*
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX*
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA*
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA*
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL*
5 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
6 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD*
8 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY*
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA*
10 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH**
12 Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN*
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI*
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI**
19 E Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA*

BIG 4 Play Togeather In SOFIA \,,/

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Tickets There

Tonight, several cinema’s around the world showed metal history as members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax got on stage together to play a cover of Diamond Head’s ‘Am I Evil?’.

Full details @ Blabbermouth

METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — played together for the first time in history last Wednesday night (June 16) in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.. Read Tickets There’s review of the show by Clicking Here.

Metallica to play Marlay Park in September?

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2010 by Tickets There

Alas, it isn’t to be. Metallica have announced THEY WILL NOT EXPANDING THEIR TOUR IN 2010 – Click Here for the official Statement.

We normally wouldn’t report news that looks as obviously false as this….but it’s Metallica and it’s a new year so who knows.

Word on Metal Ireland is Metallica are coming to play Marley Park in September (4th, according to the website). Now, forum members highlight that the information on the sight is dodgy at the best of times and the wrong date for Guns N Roses’ O2 show is still there so who knows but…

Metallica generally squeeze in a Dublin date every year and they’ve started announcing shows in Asia and Australia for late September so who knows, maybe they’re planning a quick stop over on the emerald isle to treat the Dublin metal heads to a few tunes.

After seeing them in Warsaw last Wednesday, our love has fully returned for thrash metals biggest export and if this show goes ahead, expect Tickets There to be front and centre for the lads. More news when we have it.

Review: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – Live @ Sonisphere (Warsaw, Poland – June 14th, 2010)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by Tickets There

Almost all Photo’s from Warsawa Gazeta

After nearly thirty long years of calls, prayers, pleads and begging from the metal community, thrash metal’s ‘Big Four’ have finally done it. On June 14th, all four bands appeared on one stage to play together and Tickets There, along with 80,998 other metal maniacs were fortunate enough to witness an event that will go down as one of metals most historical concerts.

The scene in Warsaw was insane. Never before have we witnessed such an incredibly massive gathering of fans from the metal community and we’re unlikely to ever see anything like it again. People had flown in from all over the world for the show, with flags representing every corner of the earth held high amongst the sea of black and denim. People converged on every space of free land for at least a mile around the venue. Bars, restaurants, roads, grassy Knolls, shopping centers, pavements and flower beds were swarmed with all four bands fans, waiting for the tasty cheap and plentiful Polish beers to dry up before beginning the adrenaline filled walk into the airstrip where the show was held.

Honestly we found the buzz a little strange because we didn’t know which band to get excited about in the flood of possible songs and scenarios that might arise during the day. Whatever happened we knew one thing, Anthrax were first and we’d have to sit through them.



We were never Anthrax fans and actually went about avoiding them for as long as possible. We won’t pretend we saw much of them, only enough to say we saw them. They sounded good for what they did but not our thing. Hopefully similar tours could call out Testament or Exodus to fill the gap between Anthrax’s draw and the other three bands. Saying that, Anthrax fans said the set was great we just never got the band. Maybe one day we’ll regret not showing more of an interest.


Just two days after their face melting show at Cork’s Marquee festival, Tickets There was once again fired up to see our personal nominees for Thrash metal’s premier group, Megadeth. The sight of 81,000 fans seemed to reignite Dave Mustaine and co. as they launched straight into Holy Wars, following it with a full performance of their classic Rust In Peace album. Hanger 18, Take No Prisoners, Five Magic’s and Tornado of Souls blew the air strip to pieces as pits erupted all around the stage with Mustaine acting as the chaotic ring master, barley stopping the assault of music to view the spectacle in front of the stage.

After Rust In Peace, the band threw out their latest single, Head-Crusher from last years End Game album, a song that deserves more attention than almost any other release today’s bands have recorded in the past decade. Obviously appreciative of the roaringly positive reaction from the crowd, Megadeth ploughed through Sweating Bullets and the iconic Symphony of Destruction before closing the set with an extended rendition of the  anthematic Peace Sell. Delighted with the crowd’s response, Megadeth took a long bow to soak up the fans screams and applause before thanking everyone and wishing us a great day.


Anyone who’s ever been to a Slayer show knows one thing, Slayer take the crowd and fuck them up. Despite a blazing sun, the outdoor setting and Tom Araya’s bright red top, Slayers performance is like experiencing a well oiled war, ferociously laying waste to Warsaw (it’s all in the name)

Opening with the title track from their latest album, War Painted Blood, the band ripped through a set that left the crowd tearfully begging for more. New material like Hate World Wide, Beauty Through Order and Jihad stood the test of standing shoulder to shoulder with the bands classics such as War Ensemble, Dead skin Mask, Angel of Death, Mandatory Suicide, Chemical Warfare and South of Heaven before ending their set with one of thrash metals top outputs, Raining Blood.

Despite previous reports about Tom having vocal problems and the obvious concern over his recent back injury, he was able to stand toe to toe with Kerry, Jeff and Dave to deliver as good a set Slayer have preformed in their entire career. Unfortunately there was no room for Seasons in the Abyss but, if they had cranked that out on top of everything else, the necks wouldn’t have been able to take the night’s final act.


Like many metal heads, Tickets There’s love for Metallica’s has waned over the past ten years. All the rubbish with St. Anger and Some Kind of Monster really damaged the lads and the promise of great things from Death Magnetic never really delivered and before long the album really proved a tad devoid of life. Still, no metal head can deny the band has produced some of the genres finest albums and for that, they will always be respected.

Taking the stage as the sun started to set over the air-strip, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo arrive in Metallica’s typical grandiose fashion, launching straight into Creeping Death from 1984’s Ride The Lightening and all the bad feelings, past disappointments and negativity immediately vanish. Metallica fire on all cylinders delivering the song with incredible force. No time wasting in this show, they follow with the ear bleeding For Whom the Bell Tolls before tearing the crowd apart with an pyro packed rendition of Fuel.

James, beaming with excitement welcomes the crowd to ‘the greatest metal show on earth’ before harking back to Kill Em All to deliver The Four Horseman, followed by Fade to Black.

While many pondered if this ‘Big Four’ tour would result in all the bands churning out just classics, it seems all are intent to stay away from the ‘Heritage’ section for the foreseeable future and Metallica are no different. New songs That Was Just Your Life and Cyanide may not generate the same reaction as their earlier material but visual aides help make them more acceptable.

Taking a break to reflect on the day, James proudly announces that today’s show is history and how fortunate enough all four bands are to still be together, making the music they love. Oddly enough, he went on to dedicate Sad But True to the other bands but given the good relations we’re hearing so much about, we’ll assume it was all for fun.

The show stopping Sanitarium (Welcome Home) followed, sounding as intense as it did in 1986 before All Nightmare Long reminds fans the new material can’t all be written off. Jaw dropping deliveries of One, Master of Puppets and Blackened bring the main set near its close before the usual Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman end the main set.

With the fireworks out and next day workers and sleepy heads on their home, Metallica return to close the day with a blistering cover of Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy before delivering the final thrash assault of Hit The Lights and Seek & Destroy leaving 81,000 dedicated metal heads feeling annihilated, obliterated and completely satisfied.

To many, this was a show that could never happen even if the bitter feuds that have divided these bands over the past thirty years could be worked out. It was just one of those ‘dream line-ups’ that have rarely come together but on June 14th, 2010 four heavy metal bands proved that childish fights and age old rivalries can be put aside for the sake of their fans and it worked better than anyone could have imagined. Tickets There is sure this won’t be the last we’ll hear of these four bands partnering up and hopefully they’ll make it to Irish shores on the next jaunt.


01. Caught in a Mosh
02. Got the Time (JOE JACKSON cover)
03. Indians
04. Heaven and Hell (BLACK SABBATH cover)
05. Antisocial (TRUST cover)
06. Madhouse
07. Only
08. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
09. I Am The Law


01. Holy Wars
02. Hangar 18
03. Take No Prisoners
04. Five Magics
05. Poison Was the Cure
06. Lucretia
07. Tornado of Souls
08. Dawn Patrol
09. Rust in Peace… Polaris
10. Head Crusher
11. Sweating Bullets
12. Symphony Of Destruction
13. Peace Sells


01. World Painted Blood
02. Jihad
03. War Ensemble
04. Hate Worldwide
05. Dead skin Mask
06. Angel of Death
07. Beauty through order
08. Disciple
09. Mandatory Suicide
10. Chemical Warfare
11. South of Heaven
12. Raining Blood


01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. The Four Horsemen
05. Fade To Black
06. That Was Just Your Life
07. Cyanide
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. All Nightmare Long
11. One
12. Master Of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
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16. Stone Cold Crazy
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek and Destroy

MySpace Review – Sirocco

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Tickets There

It’s been far too long since we got a chance to do one of these. Managed to sprain, twist and dislocate things since the last time we checked in but all’s well and we’ve got a new found respect for the enduring people of Cambodia, aswell as picking up an in-depth history of the presidents box in Ford’s Theatre, Washington and finally, we’ve started a quest into researching the career of one of America’s most notorious politicians, Richard M. Nixon.

Anywho, Tickets There’s premier band search / TT bio series is back and we’re spicing things up with some Metal \,,/. After finding Waterford Celtic / Thrash metal  legends, Sirocco, we decided it was time to revive the greatest, sexiest, most entertaining and most respectable Music series currency being written anywhere in the entire country, The MySpace Review.

As usual (We don’t say almost anymore, been a long time since we used bias) we haven’t heard their album or seen them live.

I’m surprised we haven’t seen them live or even heard of them before. Sirocco formed in 2003 and they’re deadly, full stop!. Opening song God’s Salvation is like something Brian Robertson and Metallica could have penned in 1984. It’s a blistering, grinding slice of old school thrash metal mixed with some Irish styles and played with a restrained composer that very few Irish bands can pull off.

Second track Abyss is a complete turnaround in styles. Rather than giving you a brooding, dark beating like God’s Salvation, they deliver a pristine Celtic metal odyssey. No lyrics and no stopping it! Great Thin Lizzy / Iron Maiden styled dual lead guitars. Third track Blood and Soil goes back to the harder style of God’s Salvation. Some parts sound like a grunge song, others sound like Ozzy Osbourne’s singing. Other’s sound like Metallica, Megadeth… name it basically. A brilliant mix of styles and changes and a singer with one of the best metal voices in the country. You can’t really ask for a whole pile more can ya? Oh, did we mention riffage yet? Plenty of it, not to worry.

An Triu Creathan is another instrumental and believe it or not, it’s even better than Abyss. The guitars are heavier; the riff is piercing and the overall impacts far more powerful. Another great song.

Forsaken Shores brings us to the end and it’s just eight minutes of metal guitar mayhem, mystical (but not very convincing) lyrics about warriors and clans..etc, solos, kick drums and riffs. After a few goes, this one still isn’t sticking. It’s got alot for guitars nuts but there just isn’t a whole pile else and it seems far to drawn out. The fret solo towards the end is pretty sweet and some of the changes are great but the middle droops far too much. Saying that, nine minute opuses can’t really be properly judges after two listens so Tickets There is going back for more.

Sum it up you say? ok, ‘A Thrash Metal version of Thin Lizzy’.  Possibly the best Thrash metal band we’ve found so far from Ireland. They sound right, they play well and there’s just some awesome moments in there. Go and check them out for yourself by Clicking Here.

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – Shows Announced

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by Tickets There

Yes, it’s true, the big four are playing together….twice!

For months, rumors have been flooding the internet that the original icons of thrash metal would unite together for a tour and last night, Metallica confirmed those rumors.

“You’ve been posting and chatting about it for months and we’re here now to confirm it . . . METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX will all share the same stage for the first time EVER! Look for the four of us at the Sonisphere shows in Warsaw, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic on June 16 and 19, 2010, with a few more of the festival dates still in the works. You can be sure these shows won’t be the only ones.”

These shows could be the first step in bringing the four together for a major worldwide tour later in 2010. Currently there are no further details but as always, Tickets There will let you know when we do.

Also, more guests still be announced for both Sonisphere shows….but could you care less? Very few bands they could add to make that bill any better. Lucky bastards over there 😦

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