When Metallica announced their first-ever music festival, it's safe to say there was a healthy dose of skepticism from fans and press alike when they discovered the line-up was far from metal-centric. Boasting a two-day schedule that included indie rock, comedians, metal bands of all stripes, alternative rock, blues and even a brass ensemble, many balked at the band's attempt to bring a "European style" festival to the States.
Yesterday, at the first-annual Orion Music + More festival, Metallica performed their fabled Black Album for the first time on U.S. soil, including the American debut of "The Struggle Within." The performance came as part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band's eponymous fifth studio album (which was actually released in 1991.)
Metallica have just uploaded a new clip featuring a live performance of "The Shortest Straw" at the Helsinki, Finland's Sonisohere festival on June 4. Check out the clip below (the performance starts around 1:55).
When the book is closed on Metallica and the final history written, you won't find the word "unambitious" anywhere. In fact, with a busy European festival season nearly behind them, their own Orion Music festival looming, a 3D movie in the works and a new album on the horizon, Metallica are looking to accomplish more this summer than most bands do in a career.
It seems a planned 3D film isn't enough for the incredibly busy members of Metallica. Bassist Robert Trujillo recently told USA Today that he's funding a biopic about the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius.
This month, Metallica are hosting their own festival, the Orion Music + More weekend, which takes place June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After that, they'll tour Mexico, where they'll unveil a new 140-by-50-foot stage featuring visual elements spanning their 30-year career.