This month, Metallica are hosting their own festival, the Orion Music + More weekend, which takes place June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After that, they'll tour Mexico, where they'll unveil a new 140-by-50-foot stage featuring visual elements spanning their 30-year career.
Yesterday, Metallica kicked off their summer European tour at Synot Tip Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, a tour which will see them play their self-titled 1991 album — best known as The Black Album — in its entirety.
Metallica have posted yet another video feature from their DVD Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México. You can check out footage of the band performing "Fight Fire With Fire" in front of 150,000 die-hard Metallica fans in Mexico City below.
In conjunction with the MusiCares charity, Metallica are offering special bracelets made from the guitar/bass strings of James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go toward the MusiCares charity.
One of the factors that led to Jason Newsted's departure from Metallica in January of 2001 was frontman James Hetfield's reluctance to allow his bass player to indulge in side projects during the band's downtime.