Metallica rearranges tour to avoid European debt crisis, release new Darren Aronofsky-directed video
Metallica‘s longtime manager, Cliff Burnstein, is accelerating the band’s tour plans to avoid getting sucked into Europe’s debt troubles. With the gloom among investors spreading to richer countries such as France, Mr. Burnstein is worried that the euro will tank, making it harder for concert promoters in the 17 countries that use the currency to pay Metallica’s fees.
Instead of playing Europe in 2013, as originally envisaged, Metallica will take a “European Summer Vacation” next year, including gigs at Germany’s Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring festivals in early June–where the top-grossing thrash band will play its chart-topping 1991 record known as “The Black Album” in its entirety–before heading to Britain and Austria.
“Look, I’m not an economist, but I have a degree, so it helps,” Mr. Burnstein said one afternoon, sitting in the back room of his midtown Manhattan office in jeans and a red Economist magazine T-shirt with “Think Responsibly” printed on it. “You have to ask yourself, what’s the best time to be doing what, when and where.” -[Wall Street Journal]
In other news, Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, etc) made a video for “The View” from Metallica and Lou Reed‘s popular new album Lulu. Check that out with all dates below…
METALLICA – 2011-2012 TOUR DATES
12/5/2011 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12/7/2011 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12/9/2011 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12/10/2011 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
5/23/2012 Oslo, Norway Vallehovin
6/1/2012 Nurnberg, Germany Rock Im Park
6/2/2012 Nurburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring
6/6/2012 Horsens, Denmark State Prison Open Air
6/9/2012 Donington, England Download Festival
6/10/2012 Nickelsdorf, Austria Nova Rock