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Metallica To Headline 2014 Glastonbury Festival

Mike Barrett, Loudwire

Metallica have played nearly everywhere in the world. Last year they played on all seven continents, including Antarctica. But one place they haven’t played is the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England. That will change next month.

The band has officially announced they’ll be headlining this year’s festival on June 28. The five day annual extravaganza features not only live music, but also dance, comedy, cabaret, theater and other arts.

Metallica have a bunch of European festivals slated during the summer as part of their ‘By Request’ tour, but the Glastonbury show will not be a ‘By Request’ night. They have issued a statement on their official site commenting on the festival:

We’ve made no secret that there was still one live music festival on our wish list that has eluded us . . . until now!  It is with a great deal of pride that we announce that we have been tapped to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, June 28th!  There is such a vibe at Glastonbury and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival, so when we finally got that call to visit Worthy Farm, we just had to reply with a resounding “YES!”

Glastonbury is the largest green field festival in the world and over the forty plus years of its existence, a widely diverse group of artists have graced the stage including Paul McCartney, Oasis, David Bowie, U2, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Neil Young, Jay-Z and so many more.  We’re psyched and honored to be among the first hard rock bands to hit the Pyramid Stage and join this prestigious group.

As this is a late addition to the schedule, this show will not be a “By Request” night . . . guess we’ll have to go back to writing the set list ourselves!  For those of you looking for the By Request show or a second dose of ‘Tallica, we will be just down the road a week later at Knebworth for Sonisphere on July 6th, which we thought might be our only chance to visit the U.K. this summer until the Glastonbury call came in last week.  Hope to see you at both!

In addition to playing summer shows, Metallica continue to work on a new album. In a recent interview, Lars Ulrich said they are in the ‘fourth inning‘ of the album process. They have finished at least one new song, ‘Lords of Summer,’ which they have been playing at the ‘By Request’ concerts.

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