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Metallica Announce First Tour Dates In Support Of New Album

The men of Metallica are headed south -- as in South of America -- to kick off touring in support of their upcoming album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Metallica will, in fact, precede the album's November 18 release with five-shows in South America, following the already announced September 24 appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City with dates in San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 26), Quito, Equadour (October 29), Bogata, Colombia (November 1), Gautemala City (November 3) and San Jose, Costa Rico (November 5).

In the announcement on its web site, Metallica calls the itinerary "five cities we know will absolutely rock hard with all kinds of crazy Metalli-love and get this tour started right off."

The group is expected to announce a more extensive tour, including North American dates, soon. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is Metallica's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic.

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.