Monday, October 15, 2012

Metallica: It’s a honor to replace Green Day at Voodoo Music Experience

Last week, it was announced that Metallica have stepped in to replace Green Day at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans later this month.

Metallica will perform on Saturday, October 27, the second of the three-day event at New Orleans City Park.

Green Day recently ceased all live and promotional appearances in support of their newly-released album “¡Uno!” following a recent onstage meltdown by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in Las Vegas, which resulted in the singer currently seeking treatment for substance abuse.

"We got a message about two days ago asking us if we're able to fill in for Green Day, because Billie Joe was having some issues,” guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Fuse TV. “We discussed it between the four of us and we all said, 'Yeah, it would be great thing for us to do and it would also be great to help out Billie Joe, 'cause he's a friend of ours and we love Green Day. If we can help them out in any way possible, we're always happy to do it, 'cause we love those guys. It's actually an honor for us that they approached us and asked if we can fill in. So we're doing it, and I'm really excited about it."

Hammett is currently promoting his new book, “Too Much Horror Business,” which documents his love of all things horror, and the legendary collection of horror memorabilia he has amassed over the years. With that in mind, the guitarist says he is looking forward to the Louisiana experience.

"New Orleans is known for its legends of voodoo and also vampires and haunted houses and haunted cemeteries and alligators,” Kirk explains. “I love New Orleans. I love any city that has that sort of folklore behind it. I'm really looking forward to going there and hanging out, especially during the whole Halloween season."

For details on the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, visit their website here.

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