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What happened when Babymetal went head-to-head with Metallica in Seoul

It finally happened. This century’s biggest metal phenomenon sharing a show with the biggest metal band of all time. Step this way to see how it played out when Metallica met Babymetal...

It’s Wednesday 11 January. The world has barely emerged from its New Year’s stupor, but Babymetal are about to grab 2017 by the horns and realise their dream. For tonight, in Seoul, South Korea, they are supporting Metallica. It’s the latest in a string of high-profile appearances for the girls. Last December, they opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers on their UK arena tour – a role soon to be reprised in the US. Later this month, they will support Guns N’ Roses in Japan. But playing with Metallica is the biggie. Not only does it represent full integration into the metal community, but it’ll see Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal – along with their founder and captain Kobametal – achieving their ultimate ambition.

“Metallica are like gods to us,” enthuses Su-metal, ever smiley and ready to rise to a challenge. “I had been admiring them for a long time and dreamed to perform with them, so I never thought it would come true this fast!”

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