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Following the last-minute cancellation of Green Day, Voodoo Experience threw a Hail Mary and Metallica was there to catch it. With just two weeks to spare, the New Orleans-based music festival confirmed the metal legends as the Saturday night headliner.
“We are excited to be part of our first ever Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich in a statement. “Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way. We’re hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud.”
“After a hectic few days–and sleepless nights–having Metallica, one of the world’s greatest bands agree to perform at Voodoo in the place of Green Day, only two weeks before the festival, feels pretty surreal at the moment–like being part of rock & roll history in the making…something you will tell your grandkids about years from now,” added Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of Voodoo. “We are incredibly grateful to Metallica and their management team for supporting us in this unprecedented manner. I am sure Metallica’s performance at Voodoo will be remembered for many years to come.”
Metallica joins a bill that already includes Jack White, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Skrillex, Justice, Nas, The Avett Brothers, Coheed and Cambria, among others. The festival runs October 26th – 28th at New Orleans’ City Park. Tickets remain available via the festival’s website.