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April 2, 2006

Back to the Studio

Metallica was a roaring success in South Africa.   "Is this where all the wild animals are?" Metallica singer James Hetfield shouted at the 43,000 people jammed into Supersport Park on March 18.   The crowd's roaring response proved just how wild they were about being the first to ever witness Metallica perform in Africa.  Meanwhile fans from around the world gathered in front of their computers to be a part of this historic event as a local South African station broadcasted  Metallica's first two songs live over the air and across the Internet.  The excitement and enthusiasm for Metallica stayed strong and fierce as Metallica tore up the stages in Durban and Cape Town.

After a very successful escape to South Africa, Metallica is reported to be taking a few days off to rest, relax and shore up for studio work and the much hoped for new material!!  The next escape is in June when Metallica invades Europe for a summer full of music festivals including Download and the Rock Am Ring Festivals.  Fans around the world are wondering, and rumors are flying what Metallica will spring upon us during July before escaping to Japan and the newly added Korea date in August. 

The Escape to Europe
June 3 Nurburgring, GER - Rock Am Ring Festival
June 4 Nurnberg, GER - Rock IM Park Festival
June 6 Berlin, GER - Waldbuhne
June 8 Arnhem, HOL -Gelredome
June 10 Donington UK - Download Festival
June 11 Dublin IRE - Download Festival
June 13 Tallinn, EST - Song Festival Grounds
June 15 Nickelsdorf, AUT - Novarock Festival
June 17 Imola, ITA - Heineken Jammin Festival

The Escape to Japan
Saturday August 12th - Tokyo, Summer Sonic Festival
Sunday August 13th - Osaka, Summer Sonic Festival

The Escape to Korea
Tuesday August 15th - Seoul, Seoul Olympic Main Stadium

Kerrang Pays Tribute to Master of Puppets

Kerrang celebrates the 20th Anniversary Release of Metallica's Mater of Puppets in celebration of the magazine's 25th Anniversary!  If this news is making you feel old, you're not alone.  In reference to the artists who have come together to recorded the tribute album, Lars laughingly says, "It's awesome to think that some of you guys weren't even born when we recorded "Master Of Puppets"!"

The tribute album will be given away free with each copy of the 25th Anniversary edition of the magazine to be released on April 5th.  To order a copy of the magazine or for more information visit Kerrang's website:

Machine Head - "Battery"
Trivium - "Master Of Puppets"
Mendeed - "The Thing That Should Not Be"
Bullet For My Valentine - "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
Chimaira - "Disposable Heroes"
Fightstar - "Leper Messiah"
Mastodon - "Orion"
Funeral For A Friend - "Damage, Inc."