The numbers are staggering — over 120 million records sold worldwide, nine Grammy awards, five consecutive No. 1 albums, but it’s not any of those numbers that have landed Metallica in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records.’
The group will be included in the 2015 edition of the ‘Guinness Book’ as the first band to perform a concert on all seven of Earth’s continents. They accomplished this feat on Dec. 8, 2013, rocking a show at the Argentine Carlini Station in Antarctica for a group of 120 scientists and contest winners.
The band commented on the honor, stating in the posting below:
Last year as we hit the road, like we do most years, visiting a lot of our favorite places along with some new ones, we didn’t realize that we were on track to break a world record! Good thing someone else was paying attention as we managed to play on all seven continents in one year, becoming the first and only band to ever do so!. Our friends at Guinness World Records took notice bestowing on us the distinct honor of being featured in their official book hitting stores Sept. 10. In addition to performing live in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, the year was capped off with a visit to Antarctica on Dec. 8, 2013 to play for 120 scientists, contest winners and their penguin friends at the Argentine Carlini Station. We were literally at the bottom of the earth for one of the most unique, special and unforgettable days in our 30+ years as a band and low and behold, our little adventure sealed the deal for the record! Who woulda thought…
Metallica dubbed the show ‘Freeze ‘Em All,’ as they played 10 tracks for those in attendance. The ’2015 Guinness Book of World Records’ will be available on Sept. 10. To order the latest edition, click here.