Metallica is opening for the Rolling Stones for two dates of their world tour. The kings of metal, who probably haven't opened for anyone for a long time, will appear at the San Francisco concerts of the Stones' A Bigger Bang tour at SBC Park November 13th and 15th.
The band details the genesis of the show on its website. "After taking three weeks off, we thought it might be fun to play a few small intimate gigs, so we called up our close personal friends, the Rolling Stones, to see what they're up to÷ turns out they are touring North America!"
Explaining that the Stones in fact invited them to play, they go on express their reverence for the band. "After having the thrill of playing with some of our personal heroes such as AC/DC, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, and Ozzy, how could we say 'no' to the quintessential rock band, who are in some way responsible for all of this? ÷ Simply put, this is the reason we started a band 25 years or so ago, and we are psyched and appreciative of this awesome opportunity to get cracking again."
The Stones will release A Bigger Bang, their first studio album in eight years, on September 5th. Other supporting acts on the tour include Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone, Beck, and Maroon 5.
Writer: Cesco Emmanuel