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Why did the Big Four only schedule one U.S. date?

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“Listen, we don’t wanna cram this down people’s throats. We don’t wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don’t know what kind of response there’s gonna be to this in America, so we’re starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country…”

— Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explains to KROQ why the Big Four’s U.S. itinerary consists of only an April 23rd one-off in Indio, California. He then added, “If there is enough demand for it, obviously there’s a very strong possibility that there’ll be more shows, but we don’t wanna overextend the welcome and we also don’t wanna turn it into something that becomes this whole nostalgia trip that’s gonna sort of be, ‘Okay, now it’s just gonna be this for the next few years,’ and ‘Celebrate the past.’ So it’s a balancing act, you know.” In other words, buy your tickets now, get more shows later.

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