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Metallica has unveiled the lineup for the 2nd annual Orion Music + More festival, which will take place this year at Belle Isle in Detroit on June 8th and 9th. Metallica will once again headline both days, while the more than 30 other acts appearing on the weekend will include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, the Silversun Pickups, Bassnectar, Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, The Bronx, Dropkick Murphys and more.


  • Drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement, "Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members. The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train."
  • Metallica based last year's first Orion show on the European festivals, which bring a large number of diverse musical acts together. Ulrich told us the festivals themselves are now bigger than any individual band: "You know, the interesting thing about these festivals in Europe is they basically, they sell out every year without any of the bands being announced. People just go 'cause it's like a vibe. So I think if you can get to a point where people know that whatever's gonna happen is gonna be super-cool, and there's gonna be lots of great bands, lots of different bands, lots of cool, fun non-musical things -- that's kind of what we're going for."
  • This year's Orion show will also see the return from last year of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and other attractions.
  • The inaugural Orion Music + More was held last June in Atlantic City, New Jersey and featured acts like Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant a others.
  • Metallica headlined both nights, playing 1991's self-titled "black album" in its entirety one night and 1984's Ride The Lightningthe other.
  • Tickets for the general public go on sale this Friday (March 1st ) at 10:00 a.m. ET, with a fan club pre-sale beginning on Tuesday (February 26th).

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WATCH: The Orion Music + More 2013 Lineup:



  • What do you think of this year's lineup?
  • Should Metallica make the event more metal and hard rock-based?
  • If you went last year, will you go again? If you didn't go last year, are you thinking of going this time? Why or why not?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

UlverShuggah wrote: "weak f***ing line-up..."

task force 1 wrote: "A Metallica show that my girlfriend will be willing to attend. Awesome."

overkill59 wrote: "Not nearly enough metal. Shame on Metallica. They should know better."

Smashing Blumpkins wrote: "Don't know why people are so shocked at the lack of metal on this package. F***ing mouth breathers. Go to one of those energy drink shows if you want a monotous showing of a dozen bands that sound alike. Metallica are obviously using this venue to put on the sort of show THEY would like to see."

Metallica's Lars Ulrich On European Festivals

Read more at Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock, Noisecreep, Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME

Read more on the Detroit location at Billboard

Check out an interview at Blabbermouth

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