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by Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo, 2013 (more by P Squared Photography)
Metallica have made some weird live performance choices lately. Some of them, like their "surprise" rendition of Kill 'Em All in its entirety at Orion Fest and their recent performance at the Apollo, have been pretty cool. Others, like their confusing concert-film-zombie-flick mashup Through the Never, have been less so.
This one, however, definitely takes the cake for weirdness: this December, Metallica will be playing a concert in friggin' Antarctica, exclusively for Colombian fans whom Coca-Cola will fly down to the continent if they win a contest. The contest applies only in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Villavicencio, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. As if that wasn't strange enough, the fine print for the contest specifies that the winner must be between 18 and 24 years of age...presumably because hardy youngsters are more likely to endure the ravages of the Antarctic winter without dying? Who knows.
So if you're a Colombian of the correct age who lives in or near one of the listed cities, drink three Coke Zeroes, pop their labels in an envelope, and drop them in a labeled mailbox for a chance to win eight Gibson guitars, a Marshall amp, some Sony headphones, and, y'know, the opportunity to see Metallica in one of the most metal places on earth.