UPDATED: METALLICA, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT Confirm Tour, Kick-Off Date Set For Early July

METALLICA, LINKIN PARK and LIMP BIZKIT will embark on the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, beginning July 4, it was announced at a press conference in Los Angeles Wednesday (Feb. 5). Although an itinerary is still being worked out, the trek is expected to visit 18 North American cities.

Each band will deliver full-length sets, and DEFTONES and MUDVAYNE will serve as openers.

METALLICA will be supporting "St. Anger", due June 10, their first studio album in more than five years. LIMP BIZKIT are also expected to be supporting "Lessismore", due in May. "Meteora", LINKIN PARK's follow-up to 2000's "Hybrid Theory", is slated for a March 25 release. DEFTONES are finishing up their fourth record, which is being produced by Terry Date and expected in stores in June.

Tickets for most shows of the tour will go on sale Feb. 22.

Confirmed cities for the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, according to Elektra Records:

Minneapolis
St. Louis
Orlando
Philadelphia
New York
Boston
Columbus
Montreal
Dallas
Houston
Seattle
Denver
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Detroit
Toronto
Washington/Baltimore
Chicago

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield had the following to say regarding the upcoming tour and album:

"Touring in the US in the summer is always on top of our list of things we would like to do and we are hitting all the big cities. Being able to play this stuff live is going to be so amazing! My mind set is to go out there and show the world how strong METALLICA is."

"For us, this new album is like re-visiting early innocent feelings but incorporating our experience. It is like starting over in a way.... this album is so chock-full of energy, and lyrically, it is deeper than it's ever been because it is involving all the other guys."

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