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Metallica Hint at Grand Scheme, Await Two-Volume Biography


Metallica are either planning to ask you to marry them, or else preparing to unveil a major interactive musical event. Heading into the weekend, the rock titans sent out a “Save the Date” request, in the form of a video telling fans to stay tuned for a big announcement on Tuesday at 11 a.m. PST. This announcement will presumably either be the actual wedding invitation, or else the other thing. You know, the music-related one.

The clip shows images of concert-going throngs overwhelmed by the power of Metallica’s rocking, along with text that reads: “You’ve seen them at festivals across the world. But you’ve never seen them… Tune in Tuesday, February 7 at 11 a.m. PST.” Maybe they’ll be performing in 3D? Except, if you’ve seen them live, you have seen them in 3D. Hmm.

As Blabbermouth points out, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich evidently dropped word about this announcement during the band’s 30th anniversary throwdown back in December. He said there would be an announcement in January regarding “a special interactive event” that would actually happen in June, according to Blabbermouth. By rock’n’roll time, February 7 is certainly close enough to January for this to be the same thing. We’ll see.

Separately, a two-volume biography of Metallica is set for next year. British publisher Faber bought the rights to the book in a six-figure deal, reports. The authors will be music writers Paul Brannigan and Ian Wood, who have spent roughly 75 hours interviewing the band and who had access to Metallica’s tours, studio recordings, and Bay Area headquarters. In 2011, Brannigan published a Dave Grohl biography titled This Is a Call. No word yet on the new two-volume set’s title, but we’re guessing that won’t be the subject of tomorrow’s big reveal.