American rock band, Metallica to become the first ever major rock metal band to play in Saudi Arabia. Which will take place at a festival in Saudi Arabia next month.
Metallica took to their official Facebook page to share the announcement of their final 2023 gig, “We’re not done with 2023 just yet, as an amazing opportunity has just come our way to perform at a major festival that we have never played in a part of the world we rarely get to visit,” they wrote. “We’re excited to announce that on Thursday, December 14 we’ll be the first hard rock band to ever play at MDLBeast’s Soundstorm Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”
Though the band is making history, performing in Saudi Arabia has been controversial. The band will be headlining the opening night of the three-day Soundstorm festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 14. Other artists set to perform at the festival include Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, H.E.R., and Black Eyed Peas.
The show in Saudi Arabia will mark the first time James Hetfield and Co. play the West Asian country. It also makes them the first major metal act to perform at a public event in the country.
Metallica To Mark First Major Rock Metal Band to Play Saudi Arabia