METALLICA Frontman Vacationing In Hawaii; Photos Available

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was photographed earlier this week on the beach in Hawaii, where he is apparently vacationing with his wife Francesca and their three kids: Marcella Francesca, 6; Castor Virgil, 7; and Cali Tee, 9. More pictures can be found at East News.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told England's Kerrang! magazine that the band will play songs from its upcoming new album this summer on at least one of its festival dates. Speaking about the band's recently announced headlining appearance at the UK's Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August, Ulrich said, "We're psyched to play some new songs. In fact, if we don't, then I give people permission to come and find me and slap me across the face! We're certainly planning on rolling out some of the new songs for the first time, but right now our focus is on finishing the record. As soon as that's out of the way, we'll be hitting the rehearsal room and getting to grips with playing these bastards live!"

METALLICA's yet-to-be-titled ninth studio album is tentatively due out in September. The band is said to be in the final stages of recording.

The Reading and Leeds Festivals take place on August 22-24. Other confirmed acts include RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SLIPKNOT, THE KILLERS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

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