Pinkpop 2014 would go down in history as one of the most “heavy’ editions of the festival ever. Great rock acts on the poster, but also a weather alarm in the festival region on Monday 9 June. A thunderstorm made the audience hold their breath for a while before Metallica took to the stage to close the festival in grand style. It was already the second triumph for the American band at Pinkpop, as James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo also made a deep impression there in 2008. And then came COVID-19. But don’t think now that the band was idle during the pandemic. Metallica celebrated the 20th anniversary of S&M – their infamous live album with the San Francisco Symphony – by reworking that party with S&M2, released in August 2020. From March of the same year to May 2021, fans have also been able to entertain themselves with the #MetallicaMondays on YouTube and Facebook, complete archived shows for those boring Monday nights. To mark the 30th anniversary of Metallica (The Black Album), a remastered edition was released on 10 September 2021 (plus a limited edition box set that you really want to have…). In the meantime, Metallica’s eleventh studio album is pretty much done and now that the first concerts have been announced, Metallifever strikes again. Fast forward to 2022: Metallica is coming to Pinkpop again, so start practicing for a few hours of screaming along to their greatest hits!