After Metallica announced the initial lineup for their Orion Music + More festival, June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, N.J., there was much talk about the lack of metal being represented. The reasoning was to present a ‘diverse’ lineup of music, exposing the audience to different bands and sounds they may not have heard before and having everyone accept all the different genres. That sounds good, but the people have spoken, as Metallica has announced a special Damage Inc. Stage that will feature some choice thrash and punk bands.
To be fair, the band did say there would be more bands announced, and among those scheduled to their own damage are Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Black Tusk and Thy Will Be Done.
Metallica will headline both nights of the festival and perform ‘The Black Album’ on June 23 and ‘Ride the Lightning’ in their entirety on June 24. The ‘Black Album’ recently turned 20, while ‘Ride The Lightning’ has never been aired in full.
Hungarian director Nimród Antal has been hired by Metallica to direct a 3D feature film project being described as a “marriage of narrative and concert.” All the members of Metallica: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will participate in the project, with hopes for a mid-2013 release.
Los Angeles born Antal has previous directorial experience, with 2007’s ‘Vacancy,’ co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, and 2010’s ‘Predators,’ starring Adrian Brody. Those movies reportedly grossed over $127 million worldwide. But, it was his first Hungarian film, the award-winning ‘Kontroll,’ is what caught the attention of Metallica. “I’ve been a fan of Nimróds since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away,” said Lars Ulrich. “I’ve watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his ‘thinking outside of the box’ personality. Let’s get on with it!!!” The Metallica 3D movie will begin shooting in August and will be released in the summer of 2013.