Monday, April 18, 2011

Metallica to play Quebec’s Summer Festival?

Quebec could be rocking very hard this July.

Le Journal de Québec reports Metallica are in talks to play this year's edition of Quebec's Summer Festival (Festival d'été de Québec) on July 15 in Québec City, Québec, Canada.

This is the 44th year for the festival, which began in 1968 by showcasing local artists, and has since evolved into an annual major attraction featuring the cream of international talent across all genres of music.

Festival d'été de Québec runs July 7-17, with an amazing 300 shows spanning 11 days, making it Canada's biggest outdoor artistic event.

Festival d'été de Québec is a major cultural enterprise that generates CAD $25.4 million in added value for Québec and CAD $7.4 million in provincial and federal tax and parafiscal revenues. Still Quebec City’s best-loved event, the Festival now draws more and more tourists and foreign media to town.

While organizers are neither confirming or denying the rumors, the paper says Metallica’s appearance would fulfill a goal set by the band: in autumn, 2009, some weeks before a show in Quebec City, singer James Hetfield had told the paper that an open-air concert on the historical site was part of the to do list for the band.

Metallica play a Big 4 show this coming weekend (April 23) in California before a series of European and UK festival date this summer and Rock in Rio in the fall.

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Metallica – Whiskey in The Jar (1998)

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