Metallica announce Australian tour supported by Slipknot

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 06: Singer James Hetfield of Metallica performs at Sprint Center on March 6, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Squires/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 06: Singer James Hetfield of Metallica performs at Sprint Center on March 6, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Squires/Getty Images)

TWO of the most iconic heavy metal bands of all time are teaming up to deliver an Australian tour for the ages.

Metal legends Metallica are heading back to Australia, and Perth fans are going to get a chance to Ride the Lightning.

In news sure to make even the most seasoned of mosh-pit veteran weak at the knees, Iowa nine-piece Slipknot will be supporting them for the five-stop tour around the country.

The tour marks Metallica’s first Australian shows in more than five years, with a Perth show at Optus Stadium to kick off the tour on October 17.

It is the first time the thrash metal pioneers have played stadiums in Australia, and the first time they have ventured to our shores since they headlined Soundwave Festival in 2013.

The group behind such hits as Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, One and Master of Puppets are renowned for their electric and jaw-dropping live shows, and their Optus Stadium gig promises to be one for the ages.

Their support act Slipknot are regarded are one of the most seminal heavy acts of the last two decades.

The jumpsuit-wearing, masked nine-piece have cemented themselves as one of the most respected names in metal, having headlined major festivals all over the globe.

Fan Club pre-sales begin on Tuesday March 12, with tickets on sale to the general public on Monday March 18.