Detroit will become the heavy metal universe of the world next June, when Metallica brings its second annual Orion Music + More Festival to town on June 8-9.
The group announced the dates on Thursday, Dec. 20, via its official web site and at www.orionmusicandmore.com. The location, lineup and ticket information will be announced in February.
The inaugural Orion Festival was held June 23-24 of this year at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J., drawing 32,000 fans who heard more than three dozen bands on an eclectic lineup curated by the Metallica members itself that ranged from hard rockers such as The Sword, Ghost and Detroit's Black Dahlia Murder to alternative acts like Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse and Titus Andronicus and even country stars like Eric Church. The event also featured a variety of lifestyle attractions such as extreme sports, a car show and displays of guitarist Kirk Hammett's horror movie memorabilia in the Kirk's Crypt, which he promises "will be two stories high" for the 2013 edition of Orion.
Metallica headlined both nights of the festival, playing its "Ride the Lightning" and "Metallica" (aka "The Black Album") in their entirety.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said during the summer that Metallica planned to keep the festival on the East Coast this year, and the band offered no reason Thursday for its change of heart. But there was no question a second festival would happen, Ulrich said.
"It was obviously our festival, so we were sort of the hosts and we wanted everybody to feel that we were hosting and we were there," Ulrich explained. "It was a lot of fun to around and introduce band and introduce our friends and have all our lifestyle activities and stuff. We had a great time."
Metallica has started work on a new album, its followup to 2008's "Death Magnetic." The group has also filmed a 3D movie that will combine plot with performance footage that's due out in 2013.