Metallica announce Auckland show

Metallica. Photo credit: File

Metallica are coming to New Zealand.

The legendary metal band has announced a tour of New Zealand and Australia, including one date at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium on October 31.

It'll be the first time the 'Enter Sandman' rockers have headlined their own stadium shows in this part of the world. They last played at Mt Smart at 2004's Big Day Out.

The last time they were here was 2010 - the foursome rocked Auckland's Vector Arena and Christchurch's CBS Canterbury Arena, only two weeks after the September 4 earthquake. Songs played in Christchurch included 'Battery', 'Sad But True', 'Fuel' and nothing from the much-maligned St Anger.

Support this time around will come from masked metallers Slipknot.

Fan club presales being on Tuesday, March 12, at 1pm. American Express cardholders are next in line, available to buy tickets from Wednesday, March 13 at 2pm.

Tickets for the rest of us go on sale Monday, March 18 at 2pm.

If you're a diehard fan you might want to snap up a special Wherever I May Roam ticket - for $598, you can go to all the shows across New Zealand and Australia.

Buying any ticket also gets you a copy of the band's latest record, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, and an mp3 download of the show.

The Auckland show comes after the band's two-week tour of Australia, where they'll perform in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.