OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pandora (NYSE:P), the go-to music source for fans and artists, announced today it will livestream Metallica’s headlining performance at Minneapolis' new U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20. The band’s performance is the first rock concert at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes. The livestream will begin at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 20. Pandora listeners can tune in the day of and catch it on replay at http://pdora.co/metallicalive. Individual songs from the concert will also spin on Pandora.
Metallica, who has nearly 2 billion spins on Pandora, also curated an exclusive mixtape in celebration of the show and livestream. The mixtape features songs handpicked by all of the members of the band and features an eclectic mix of all-time favorites and recent discoveries from across the spectrum of music.
"We love being invited to the opening party of new buildings, so when the opportunity to break in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis presented itself, we of course jumped at the chance,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “Thanks to our friends at Pandora, if you can’t make it to Minneapolis, you’ll still be able to partake in the festivities.”
“Metallica is one of the most successful and influential rock bands in the world. Partnering with them to expand the audience for their live show is a great honor," said Tim Westergren, founder and CEO of Pandora. "It's also another illustration of the power of our platform to connect artists and fans. This is a seminal moment for live music and as a Minneapolis native myself, it’s exciting to be part of the opening of the city's beautiful new stadium."
This is Pandora’s third livestream of a major performance and advances Pandora’s mission to help artists grow their careers. Jack White’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden was livestreamed to great success and the livestream of Mumford and Sons’ sold out concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion resulted in over a million station adds last year. For more about how Pandora is helping touring artists, visit: http://blog.pandora.com/us/changing-the-odds-for-touring-bands/.
Pandora is the world's most powerful music discovery platform - a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.
Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone makes it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan. Metallica has also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. In December 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Metallica are currently at work on their next album.