December 16, 2002

METALLICA are lining up a headlining show at Donington Park, U.K. on Jun. 1, 2003, Kerrang! magazine has reported. This would be the band's first U.K. appearance since they headlined the Big Day Out at Milton Keyes Bowl on Jul. 10, 1999. The show is rumored to be part of a six-week European tour, which will include appearances at Denmark's Roskilde Festival (Jun. 26) and Germany's Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals (Jun. 6-8).

In related news, ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has issued a challenge to his former bandmates to play a "head-to-head" show with his current band, VOIVOD, and has vowed to "kick METALLICA's ass" if such an event ever takes place. Newsted's remarks came via a short MTV News segment that was taped during VOIVOD's recent trip to New York City to master their freshly-completed CD, "The Multiverse".

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