METALLICA's HETFIELD Attends DALAI LAMA's Public Talk In San Francisco

According to the Contra Costa Times, METALLICA's James Hetfield was seen conversing by the curb Sunday (April 29) before a public talk by Tibetan leader-in-exile the Dalai Lama at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

About 10,000 tickets for the San Francisco weekend, two days of teachings followed by Sunday's public talk, were almost gone in a few days.

METALLICA is currently recording its new album at a Los Angeles studio with producer Rick Rubin. The group's drummer, Lars Ulrich, told a New York radio program on March 2 that the band is laying down 14 songs for its ninth studio CD, which the group officially began recording on March 12.

The group plans to work in the studio until early June, take a break for its European tour, then finish recording in August. As for whether METALLICA will release the new album in 2007, Ulrich said, "I'd like to try and get it out this year, I hope we can get it out this year. If it doesn't come out this year, then it will be out at the very beginning of next year."

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