Metallica will be the first rock band to play at U.S. Bank Stadium, and they're teaming up with Pandora so anyone listen.
"We love being invited to the opening party of new buildings, so when the opportunity to break in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis presented itself, we of course jumped at the chance,” Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich said in a news release. “Thanks to our friends at Pandora, if you can’t make it to Minneapolis, you’ll still be able to partake in the festivities.”
Tickets for the Aug. 20 concert sold out within 10 minutes in March. But those who use Pandora – a free internet radio streaming service – can listen to a live stream of the concert here and replay it later.
In the mean time, fans can listen to a mixtape of songs handpicked by Metallica band members. According to the release, the mix "features an eclectic mix of all-time favorites and recent discoveries from across the spectrum of music."
Pandora is based in California, but the CEO and founder Tim Westergren is originally from Minneapolis. He says he's thrilled to partner with the heavy metal band for this historic concert in his hometown, calling Metallic "one of the most successful and influential rock bands in the world."
"This is a seminal moment for live music and as a Minneapolis native myself, it’s exciting to be part of the opening of the city's beautiful new stadium," Westergren said in the release.
This is the third time ever that Pandora is live streaming a major concert, according to the release, which goes with their mission to "help artists grow their careers."
The previous live streams of Jack White's and Mumford and Sons' sold-out concerts were successful, the release notes.
U.S. Bank Stadium can hold 70,000 people. For more information on how the the venue is set up for a concerts, check out this feature in the Pioneer Press.