Metallica rocks new O2 arena in Berlin

US heavy metal band Metallica launched its long-awaited new album, “Death Magnetic” in Berlin on Friday night – the band's only appearance in Germany during its current tour.

Metallica rocks new O2 arena in Berlin
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The concert by the Californian rockers was also a christening of sorts for the German capital’s new 17,000-capacity O2 World arena, which opened on Wednesday.

September 12 was the global release date for Metallica’s new album, and the band obliged by playing several of the tracks for an audience of loyal fans who organizers said had come from all over Europe for show. They were also attracted by the extraordinarily cheap ticket price of just €10 ($14).

According to the band’s label, Universal, all proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Bild newspaper’s charity “Ein Herz für Kinder” (A Heart for Children). The money will be used to buy a heart and lung machine for small children being treated at the German Heart Institute in Berlin.

Unlike at regular Metallica concerts, the band members thrilled fans by performing songs from their 27-year history, including some titles which they’ve rarely played before a live audience. The show culminated with a performance of their long-time hit, “Seek and Destroy.”