Fresh off Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants, Metallica gets its 2015 tour itinerary underway on Saturday (May 9) at the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas.
Metallica is, of course, a veteran of the Brazil event, and guitarist Kirk Hammett tells he's anxious to see how the event goes over in the U.S.:
"That should be really interesting. I just hope that it's not gonna be, like, 100 degrees. Let's face it; Vegas is in the middle of the desert, so, I mean, it should be interesting because when we did play the Rock in Rio in Rio de Janiero and Portugal, they're huge events. One time we played one in Portugal there was 110,000 people there. It'll be interesting to see how much Rock in Rio can actually draw within the confines of the United States."
Rock in Rio USA runs over two weekends, Friday and Saturday (May 8-9) and May 15-16; Metallica's lineup also includes Linkin Park, deftones, Rise Against, Sepultura, Coheed and Cambria, Hollywood Undead and Of Mice and Men.
Metallica, which is still working on a new album, begins a European festival run on May 29 in Germany and will also play at Lollapalooza on August 1 in Chicago and Rock in Rio Brazil on September 19.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.