LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler issued the following update:"This [most recent European] tour has taken us to several new spots around the globe and it has been incredible to find dedicated fans that have been waiting so long for us to arrive. "It's been an honor to share the stage with METALLICA and get to know them and their crew. They set an inspiring example from the show to how they treat the people around them and we have taken many a note. We have been welcomed as a band, as friends and as drinking buddies from the start. To be on a seven-week run that plays to no less than 10,000 people a night has been surreal. "I can tell you first hand that it's not easy to open up for METALLICA. If you don't have your 'A' game on every night, you could end up in trouble! Fortunately, we've been around the block a few times and handled it well, held our own and gained a lot of new fans. It's been an incredible opportunity. "As this seven-week trek [came] to an end, we [were] excited to go home, but also very happy about how things have gone for us [in Europe]. We have seen a considerable positive change in the interest and fan base of the band with the new album, 'Wrath', and the help of our new international label, Roadrunner. We couldn't be happier about that and look forward to returning and continuing to find more corners of the globe to infect. "We will be home for about six weeks before we head out again with METALLICA across the U.S. and Canada for nine weeks, beginning in Nashville in mid-September. We played the West Coast in late '08 with them for a month, but this time we're heading everywhere. We've got some killer headlining shows planned along the way and since we just hit most of the major markets on the 'Wrath' tour in the spring, we will be digging into many of the smaller cities around the U.S. "Once we wrap up the U.S./Canada run, we head back to Australia and New Zealand in December, and that's just the beginning. The 'Wrath' world tour will weave its way throughout 2010 and possibly beyond. We've got opportunities coming in to visit new places such as South Africa, Israel, South America, the Philippines and Russia and the list seems to get longer instead of shorter. That's a great problem to have. "We are very fortunate and I can't wait to get out there and kick some ass. Hope to see you along the way." As previously reported, GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle has revealed to EMG TV that he will be filling in for LAMB OF GOD's Mark Morton on the Richmond, Virginia metal band's upcoming U.S. tour with METALLICA (as well as LOG's headlining "off" dates), which is scheduled to kick off on September 14 in Nashville and conclude on November 15 in New York City. Morton did not perform with LAMB OF GOD at the last six shows of the group's recently completed European tour as his wife was expecting a baby. UNEARTH six-stringer Buz McGrath stepped in for these dates, which included an appearance at U.K.'s Sonisphere festival.
For a list of the LAMB OF GOD dates with METALLICA, go to this location. Professionally filmed video footage of LAMB OF GOD performing the song "Set To Fail" at this year's installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which was held on June 26-28, 2009 on the festival grounds of the Boeretang in Dessel, Belgium, can be viewed below.