METALLICA dressed up as LED ZEPPELIN for a photo shoot for Esquire magazine's special 70th anniversary issue, which is scheduled to hit the newsstands next week.
"The idea behind the photo shoot, which was held on July 8 at the Hit Factory in New York City, was to have current artists portray certain music icons," reads a post on METALLICA's web site. "METALLICA was asked to portray the legendary LED ZEPPELIN, and they were all up for it… until the day of the shoot of course.
"A few times during the take, Lars [Ulrich] bursted out, 'Who OK'd this fucking idea?', with a big grin on his face. To get in to the vibe they played the classic 'Whole Lotta Love' over and over again. The guys must have watched a few LED ZEPPELIN videos because they all had their moves locked in pretty good.
"To make sure things were authentic, tour manager Rex oversaw the clothes and their performance. Rex has worked with LED ZEPPELIN since the early, early days. 'Wow, I have not had this long of hair in 10 years, it feels great,' said James with a smile while wearing his Robert Plant wig. This was definitely one of the most unique and fun photo sessions the band has done in a long time." Check out the pictures here.
In other news, more dates have been announced for METALLICA's forthcoming indoor European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early November.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Dec. 02 - Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
Dec. 03 - Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
Dec. 05 - Hanover, GER @ Preussag-Arena
Dec. 06 - Arnhem, HOL @ Gelredome
Dec. 08 - Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion
Dec. 09 - Paris, FRA @ Palais Omnisports de Bercy
Dec. 11 - Bologna, ITA @ Palamalaguti
Dec. 13 - Erfurt, GER @ Messehalle
Dec. 14 - Mannheim, GER @ Maimarkthalle
Dec. 16 - Cologne, GER @ Cologne Arena
Dec. 20 - London, ENG @ Earls Court Arena
METALLICA will embark on a South American tour in late October and will follow it up with Japanese dates in early November. An Australian tour in conjunction with the country's Big Day Out festival will take place in January.
Previously announced METALLICA tour dates:
Oct. 25 - Buenos Aires, ARG @ River Plate Stadium
Oct. 28 - Santiago, CHL @ Pista Atletica
Oct. 30 - Rio De Janeiro, BRA @ ATL Hall
Nov. 01 - Sao Paulo, BRA @ Pacaembu Stadium
Nov. 06 - Tokyo, JPN @ Yoyogi Taiikukan
Nov. 07 - Tokyo, JPN @ Yoyogi Taiikukan
Nov. 09 - Sapporo, JPN @Sapporo Ice Arena
Nov. 11 - Saitama, JPN @ Saitama Super Arena
Nov. 13 - Osaka, JPN @ Castle-Jo Hall
Nov. 14 - Nagoya, JPN @ Rainbow Hall
Jan. 19 - Brisbane, AUS @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Jan. 21 - Sydney, AUS @ Sydney Ent'ment Centre
Jan. 28 - Melbourne, AUS @ Sydney Myer Music Bowl