By Zachary Swickey
Heavy metal juggernauts Metallica have revealed they will celebrate 30 years of thrashing mayhem with a week-long residency at San Fransisco’s historic Fillmore Auditorium. Yes, a band that formerly went by the nickname “Alcoholica” not only survived the ‘80s and ‘90s, but today the group is as relevant as ever.
Of course, that’s something worth celebrating, so Metallica is truly giving back to the fans with the intimate residency that is going down December 5, 7, 9, and 10. The ticket prices are heading back to the ‘80s too, with single tickets priced at only $6 each or a four-pack for the clever price of $19.81 (to spell out it – the year the group was conceived). Making things more special, Metallica promises rare songs, varied set lists, and surprise guests (here’s hoping for Lou Reed). There is a catch, though – in an attempt to give back to the fans (rather than the scalpers), tickets are only available through a reservation system that is exclusively available to members of Metallica’s fan club.
If you’re not a So-Cal resident, Metallica also have another stateside “Big 4” show (with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) lined up for September 14 at Yankee Stadium after finally bringing the special metal bill to the West Coast earlier this year.
According to a recent Billboard interview with Rick Rubin, the group is also about to commence work on their 10 studio album, which he will once again be at the helm of. Rubin states the group is about to start writing and he has already had a meeting with Metallica’s most business-savvy member, drummer Lars Ulrich, about what the “focus was going to be this time around.”
“We’ll probably listen to some of the riffs that they’ve been writing,” Rubin says of the process. “Usually I’ll hear something that will sort of indicate the direction and then we’ll talk about it from there.”
As of now, there is no timetable for the group’s new album or for their special Lou Reed collaboration. If you want to catch them before they hit the studio, hopefully you’re a fan club member or have Swiss bank account to pay astronomical Ebay prices for the long sold-out show in New York.