According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA is bringing back its legendary Snake Pit as part of the band's upcoming run of European festival shows. The Snake Pit is a section carved out of the middle of the band's stage where fans can stand and watch the band perform above and around them. The Snake Pit was last used on METALLICA's 2012 summer tour, but has been around almost as long as METALLICA has been using "in-the-round" staging at arenas.Frontman James Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that METALLICA prefers to perform as close to its fans as possible. "Whatever gets us as close to the audience as possible is preferred for us," he said. "Whether it's in the round or lower or in whatever configuration it takes. We want to get as close as possible and we've succeeded in getting closer and closer." A post at the band's official web site announced, "It's not 1992 . . . it's not even 2012, but the Snake Pit is back for another run this summer and we want Met Club members to be right there closest to the stage!"
Fan club members will be able to enter a contest until May 21 to win two passes to be in the Snake Pit at an upcoming METALLICA concert. METALLICA is currently writing songs for its 10th studio album, which is now likely to come out sometime in 2015. The group debuted a new song called "Lords Of Summer" on a recent South American tour. That tune or possibly another new one will be played on the upcoming European run, on which the band will play all-request sets in addition to one new track.