Madly in Anger with the World Tour

The Madly in Anger with the World Tour was a concert tour by American heavy metal band, Metallica. The tour supported the band's eighth studio album, St. Anger. The tour lasted over 12 months, beginning in the fall of 2003, performing over 100 shows.

Madly in Anger with the World Tour
World tour by Metallica
Associated albumSt. Anger
Start dateNovember 6, 2003 (2003-11-06)
End dateNovember 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)
No. of shows6 in Asia
35 in Europe
84 in North America
10 in Australasia
135 total
Box office$48,650,388
Metallica concert chronology


After the June 2003 release of St. Anger, Metallica first made some festival and summer stadium appearances as part of the 2003 Tour rubric; those were the first shows to feature new bassist Robert Trujillo. But the full tour did not properly begin until November 6, 2003, starting at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, running through November 28, 2004, concluding at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Nearly every performance was professionally recorded and sold online. The download series featured each available show in both FLAC and MP3 formats. Drummer Lars Ulrich made a statement advising fans that the series was a continuation of the band's pro-taping stance which was taken in the 1990s.[1]

When drummer Lars Ulrich fell ill before the tour's Download Festival appearance on June 6, 2004, an assortment of temporary fill-ins were recruited, including Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Slipknot's Joey Jordison, and Flemming Larsen, Ulrich's drum technician.[2]

The tour was especially popular in Scandinavia, where stadium dates were held and caused Metallica's entire back catalogue to appear on the record charts.[3]