METALLICA Confirmed For KFMA DAY In Tucson

March 31, 2008

METALLICA has been confirmed for the the annual KFMA Day music festival on Friday, May 16 at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona.

KFMA Day is an annual, multi-act music festival thrown by local radio station KFMA (92.1 and 101.3 FM).

Also scheduled to appear are APOCALYPTICA, SCARS ON BROADWAY, and FLOBOTS.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. local time at all Catalina Mart locations in Tucson. From 10 a.m. on April 5 until 10 a.m. on April 6, ticket prices are $30. After 10 a.m. on April 6, all tickets will be $47.50 and will be $60 on day of show.

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METALLICA was originally rumored in February to be taking part in this year's KFMA Day music festival, but those reports were subsequently squashed.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently announced that the group's follow-up to 2003's "St Anger" will be released this September.

The band has been recording the as-yet-untitled record in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

Speaking to IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson on the March 7 edition of Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, Ulrich said: "We're just finishing up a record, we've got six weeks left and it should be out in September, that's the idea right now."

He added: "I like what I've heard so far. I'm not one of the great sellers of 'the new record's the best thing we've ever done and it shits all over the last record and it's way heavier'. I'm not a great believer in all that horseshit."

"I like it and I'm one of METALLICA's harshest critics. So far it feels pretty good but there's still plenty of time to fuck it up, so let's see what happens."

Lars told Revolver magazine that the group's new material "is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds," adding, "There's a lot of light and shade in these songs. There's heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there's some slowdowns and musical interludes." Ulrich also said that the album has more in common with some of the group's '80s releases than more recent offerings like "St. Anger" and "Load".

Ulrich wouldn't agree that the yet-to-be-titled disc is a full-blown return to the past, saying, "I hate to be that specific, because six months from now people are gonna go, 'What the fuck? Lars lied to us!' But it feels that way to me."

The drummer also revealed that producer Rick Rubin, working with the band for the first time, wanted METALLICA to use classic efforts like "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" as "reference points" for its new songs.

(Thanks: Big Joe)

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