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Metallica: Wembley date announced

Metallica

Story by Jack Foley

METALLICA will play London’s revamped Wembley Stadium on Sunday, July 8, 2007, as part of their ‘Sick of the Studio ‘07’ tour.

The dates are designed to give members of Metallica a brief hiatus from the rigours of recording their new album, due for release in 2008, as well as a thank you for fans’ patience.

“Sometimes we get a little tired of staring at the same four walls of the recording studio, as well as the same faces that inhabit the studio day in and day out, and we need to get out and just PLAY!” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “This tour gives us a chance to stretch out a bit and jam in front of real fans.”

“Metallica have a history of needing to escape from the studio during the long recording process, and it’s always worked out well for us,” added James Hetfield.

“Getting out on the road for a few weeks lets us feed off of the energy from the live crowds and take it back into the studio with us.”

On playing the new Wembley, Lars commented: “Like just about any aspiring rock musician, we always dreamed of someday headlining the marquee venues around the world, such as Madison Square Garden, Candlestick Park (in our hometown of SF) Budokan, the LA Coliseum… and of course, Wembley Stadium.

“Any band who denies wanting to be up on that stage in front of that many fans is just bullshitting you.”

Since they formed in 1981, San Francisco Bay Area band Metallica have gone from an underground heavy metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal fan base.

Sales of Metallica’s albums (including eight studio albums and one EP) total over 95 million copies worldwide, and have earned gold and/or platinum certifications in over 40 countries.