METALLICA To Perform At Japan's SUMMER SONIC Festival

METALLICA will perform at this year's Summer Sonic festival in Japan. The band will headline the event on Saturday, August 10 in Tokyo at the QVC Marine Field and will close the proceedings on Sunday, August 11 in Osaka at Maishima Summer Sonic Site.

METALLICA previously performed at the 2006 edition of the Summer Sonic festival alongside TOOL, DEFTONES and STONE SOUR.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine some more details about the band's upcoming 3D feature film, which will combine concert footage with a fictional storyline. Ulrich cited the 1976 LED ZEPPELIN movie "The Song Remains The Same" as a major influence, explaining, "There are four members in LED ZEPPELIN, four members in METALLICA, it's a full-length movie, and there's a lot in this film that does not take place onstage. The major difference is that the stuff that takes place offstage in the METALLICA movie does not feature any members of METALLICA. It's two separate worlds — a METALLICA show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe — and at some point they intertwine."

The ZEPPELIN film interspersed concert footage with fantasy sequences starring each member of the group.

The concert sequences for METALLICA's movie were shot last August at two shows in Vancouver, Canada. The movie is directed by Nimrod Antal, who helmed 2010's "Predators".

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that making a movie has been one of the most daunting challenges METALLICA has ever taken on. "It's sort of fun, it's intimidating, it's a little overwhelming, to be honest, because it's a whole different league," he said. "You know, when we go down to [the METALLICA headquarters in San Rafael, California] and record and make a record, it's kind of — you know, we can manage the size of that. [laughs] When you're talking about doing, like, a 3D movie that you're gonna, like, play all over the world, that's a little bit of a bigger undertaking, so obviously we're treading a little more carefully."

A summer 2013 release is expected for METALLICA's film, which does not yet have an official title.

METALLICA has also begun working on material for its tenth studio album, which the band expects to begin recording later this year for a 2014 arrival.

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