Along with Metallica, this year’s lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Death Grips, Japandroids, FIDLAR, FLAG, The Orwells, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys, Tomahawk, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Gogol Bordello, The Joy Formidable, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
This year also marks the debut of a new electronic tent headlined by Bassnectar and featuring Dillon Francis, 12th Planet, Dirtyphonics, Datsik, Adventure Club, and more.
Unlike last year’s festival, Metallica will only headline one of the festival’s two nights, as they’ll alternate slots with Red Hot Chili Peppers. What’s more, the band has yet to decide whether they’ll play one of their albums in full (last year featured full performances of Ride The Lightning and the Black Album).
“Its the 30th anniversary of Kill Em All, so that would be an option, and its also the 25th anniversary of And Justice For All but if youre in a band for three decades, you can find an anniversary for anything,” Ulrich told Rolling Stone. “We havent made a decision, but if I was a betting man, Id guess that us getting stuck playing an album in its entirety isnt going to happen.” Ulrich also said not to expect any new material from the band’s upcoming releases.
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