METALLICA Announce Japanese Tour Dates

METALLICA have added two festival appearances in Japan to their upcoming "Escape from the Studio '06" tour. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows:

Jun. 03 - Nurburgring, GER - Rock Am Ring Festival
Jun. 04 - Nurnberg, GER - Rock Im Park Festival
Jun. 06 - Berlin, GER - Waldebuhne
Jun. 08 - Arnhem, NETH - Gelredome
Jun. 10 - Donington UK - Download Festival
Jun. 11 - Dublin IRE - Download Festival
Jun. 15 - Pannonia Fields, AUT – Nova Rock
Jun. 17 - Imola, ITA - Heineken Jammin Festival
Aug. 12 - Tokyo, JPN - Summer Sonic Festival
Aug. 13 - Osaka, JPN - Summer Sonic Festival

As previously reported, representatives for METALLICA's management (QPrime) and record label (Warner Bros.) have both rejected as "false" rumors that the band will be headlining this summer's Ozzfest.

METALLICA recently confirmed in a posting on their official web site that they have recruited Rick Rubin (SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLIPKNOT, AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) to produce their forthcoming studio LP. The news was accompanied on the site by several pictures of METALLICA in the studio with a shoeless Rubin.

METALLICA officially began the songwriting process for their new album late last year and are expected to spend the next few months compiling ideas before entering the final recording stage. A late 2006/early 2007 release via Warner Bros. is expected.

METALLICA's 1991 self-titled ("black") album sold more than 6,000 copies in the United States last week, bringing the total number of copies sold since its release to 14.58 million (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Meanwhile, the band's most recent studio CD, 2003's "St. Anger", has shifted 1.71 million units in the U.S. so far.


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