Metallica Unveils Orion Music & More Festival
As if there weren’t enough music festivals out there, Metallica has decided to grant mortals another.
The band announced today their plans for Orion Music & More, a festival set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, taking place June 23-24, 2012. The event marks the 20th anniversary of The Black Album, one of the group’s most heralded studio releases. Naturally, Metallica is scheduled to perform The Black Album in it’s entirety on one of the two nights. The second night will be reserved for their performance of Ride the Lightning.
While some might scoff at the notion of a Metallica-led festival as a heavy-metal-palooza, initial lineups suggest an inviting array of music. Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys and Best Coast are scheduled to perform, for starters. Hard rock heroes of the 21st century are representing though, such as The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold.
General admission passes for the two-day festival start at $125, although members of Metallica’s Met Club have the luxury of pre-ordering tickets from February 8 at 10 a.m. (EST) to February 10 at 10 p.m. (EST). VIP packages are also available.
I have to hand it to Metallica. They have decided not to spend the remainder of their days flaming out (okay, maybe excluding LuLu), but rather organize their own parties and perform the classics for their adoring fans. Can’t hate that.