Metallica have done it all: platinum-selling albums; movies and documentaries; tracks featured in the hit video game “Garage Band”; their own festival; countless world tours and now, to top it all off, they will be featured in the 2015 Guinness Book of Records!
The heavy metal pioneers and legends became the first and only band to have played a live show on all seven of the planet’s continents when they played in Antarctica, at the South Pole, for a small but amped crowd (of scientists and competition winners) on the 8th of December, 2013.
The hour-long, ten-song set was performed in a large dome at the Carlini Argentine Base heliport in Antarctica. The 120 fans were treated to an intimate set with some of the band’s classic tracks and hits. Due to the small size and closed-structure of the dome, the fans listened “via headphones with no amplification,” according to a statement released by the band.
The Guinness Book of Records honoured the band by giving them a plaque acknowledging that they are the first band to perform live on all seven continents and will be included in the 2015 edition of the book, which is to be released on September 10th of this year (2014).
Watch the entire Antarctica show below and read my review of the band’s “Black” tour live performance in Belgrade in 2012, here.