As the story goes, Apocalyptica and their love for Metallica goes way back to the very beginning of their band. They’re revisiting that love today, with the announcement of their “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour.”

Formed in 1993 at the world-renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Apocalyptica began as a loving, lo-fi nod to Metallica from four classically trained musicians. Their debut album, Plays Metallica By Four Cellos, released in 1996, was a game-changer. As founding band leader Eicca Toppinen explains, “We just loved Metallica and we wanted to play it with the instruments we were able to play, which just happened to be cellos. We played a metal club in Helsinki, and then we were asked to do an album. Five months after it was released, we were opening for Metallica. It’s still unbelievable to me.

Fast forward to today, and Apocalyptica has released eight rapturously received records, sold six million albums, and toured relentlessly. They continued their unique homage to Metallica with Plays Metallica, Vol. 2, featuring powerful collaborations with Metallica members and using original tracks from the legendary Cliff Burton — which was released this past Friday, June 7th.

The band looks forward to playing these fresh interpretations of Metallica songs for their US fans in 2025.  The “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour” will kick off on February 6, 2025, in Washington, DC, and will visit major cities across North America.

Tickets will be available starting with a Citi presale beginning today, June 111th, at 11am local time. The general onsale begins on Friday, June 14th, at 10am local time.  Citi is the official card of the “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour.” For complete presale details, head here.

Tour dates:

Thu Feb 06 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre

Fri Feb 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia

Sat Feb 08 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

Tue Feb 11 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Paramount

Wed Feb 12 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS

Thu Feb 13 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Fri Feb 14 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center

Sat Feb 15 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Center

Sun Feb 16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Uptown Theater

Wed Feb 19 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre

Thu Feb 20 – Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Centre

Fri Feb 21 – Edmonton, AB @ Midway Music Hall

Sat Feb 22 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre

Mon Feb 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Tue Feb 25 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

Wed Feb 26 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

Thu Feb 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts

Fri Feb 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum Theatre

Sat Mar 01 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

Mon Mar 03 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre

Wed Mar 05 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live – Moody Theater

Thu Mar 06 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre

Sat Mar 08 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center