METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke to Live Nation about the stage setup for the band’s “WorldWired” tour, which will officially kick off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland. “The new stage is… We’re in the round,” he said (see video below). “It feels a little smaller and tighter. One of the things, when we played the clubs, we felt that we should have hopefully more interaction with each other. ‘Cause sometimes on the bigger stages, you don’t hang out that much with each other. It’s, like, ‘Hey, James.’ ‘Hey, Rob. What’s going on?’ It’s always in passing. So we’re trying to… as much as we can — it’s still difficult — to interact a bit more. And that’s one of the things that we missed that we did get out of the club shows with each other.”

The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

The first European leg of “WorldWired” kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

METALLICA will next play South America’s Lollapalooza events in Brazil, Argentina and Chile on March 25, March 31 and April 1 respectively.