Metallica Close Show With ‘Master of Puppets’ for First Time Since 1997
Metallica closed their set with "Master of Puppets" for the first time in 25 years at the festival Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Wednesday (June 15).
The metal band hadn't performed the title track from their 1986 album of the same name as their final song in concert since a 1997 gig, per Setlist.fm.
Coincidentally, that Nov. 16, 1997, performance also took place in Copenhagen, per Metallica's archives. Perhaps (and probably most likely) the group was aware of that, reinstating the "Master of Puppets" finale as a knowing gesture in Denmark's capital.
Metallica, together for over 40 years, are currently touring the world. Several new comprehensive documentaries about the band are rolling out now. Hetfield's 21-year-old son, Castor, recently released his first album with his band, Bastardane. A toilet fashioned in the likeness of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will display at a Danish museum.
Last year, Ulrich said that it was "way too early" to talk about a new Metallica studio album. Still, the band has seemingly been working on one in spurts for several years.
Copenhell 2022 runs through Saturday (June 18) at Copenhagen's Refshaleoen. In addition to Metallica, the top-billed stable includes Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and more.
See Metallica's Copenhell setlist under fan footage of the "Master of Puppets" performance at 8:40 in the below video. Beneath that, find Metallica's remaining tour dates for 2022.
Metallica, Live at Copenhell Festival – June 15, 2022
Metallica Setlist – June 15, 2022 (Copenhagen)
"Harvester of Sorrow"
"Trapped Under Ice"
"Sad But True"
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
"Moth Into Flame"
"Fade to Black"
"Seek & Destroy"
"Damage, Inc." (Encore)
"Master of Puppets" (Encore)
Metallica 2022 Tour Dates
June 17 – Landgraaf, Netherland @ Pinkpop
June 19 – Florence, Italy @ Florence Rocks
June 22 – Prague, Czech Republic, @ Prague Rocks
June 24 – Hockenheim, Germany @ Download
June 26 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 29 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland @ Frauenfeld Rocks
July 1 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 3 – Bilbao, Spain @ Rock Day
July 6 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool
July 8 – Lisbon, Portugal @ NOSAlive
July 28-31 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
Aug. 11 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Highmark Stadium
Aug. 14 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PNC Park