METALLICA will return to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on April 19 for a headlining performance at the du Arena, Yas Island.

METALLICA last performed in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Arena in October 2011 — a gig that scored the Best Music Event award at the Best In Abu Dhabi 2012.

Tickets go on sale today at or 800FLASH (35274) at noon.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was interviewed by “That’s Entertainment”Dubai One‘s weekly entertainment show, ahead of the band’s first-ever concert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at Yas Island on October 25, 2011. You can now watch the chat below. (Note: TheHetfield segment begins around the 14-minute mark.)

Official footage of METALLICA‘s pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance at the October 25, 2011 concert in Abu Dhabi can be viewed below.

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo told that no one in the band had ever been to the UAE before, saying, “This is where it turns into a gig, adventure and holiday — we have been very busy, so for us to go to a place like the UAE, it becomes an adventure. And it makes it all that much more exciting because we get to perform. It’s something different, and we love to explore.”

James Hetfield interviewed on “That’s Entertainment” (Hetfieldinterview begins around the 14-minute mark):

METALLICA‘s pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance footage: