April 26, 2007

METALLICA members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich were reportedly sighted at the HEAVEN AND HELL / MEGADETH / MACHINE HEAD show at the Los Angeles Forum Wednesday night (April 25). According to one fan posting on the MEGADETH message board, Hetfield and Ulrich "were hanging out with Mike Inez from ALICE IN CHAINS in the sound area. Nobody even noticed 'em at first, but about 10 minutes after people started leaving, word got out and they were almost mobbed. Security had to go over and form a line across the sound area to prevent anybody getting in. They started a 'Metallica, Metallica' chant."

In a March 2007 interview with Eddie Trunk of the "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Lars Ulrich expressed his excitement over the prospect of seeing the reunited Dio-era lineup of BLACK SABBATH perform again. "It's awesome," he said. "I'm so psyched. I love, especially the first two records — 'The Mob Rules' and 'Heaven and Hell' — and I'm psyched that they're doing what they're doing. It was an awesome experience to be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year [METALLICA inducted BLACK SABBATH in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006]. No disrespect to Ozzy, but certainly a bunch of the Dio stuff was great and, I think, still has aged really, really well. So I'm psyched that those guys are going out and doing their thing. I can't wait to hear the new songs and… I know they're gonna be over in Europe at the same time we are, so maybe we'll get a chance to catch them or maybe even… We're just starting to put the bills together for the shows we're playing, so maybe if there's a chance that we could have them play with us, that would be a huge thing."

HEAVEN AND HELL will be METALLICA's "special guests" on July 5 at Rotundenplatz in Vienna, Austria.

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