Creed Cancels New Year's Gig To Open Two Metallica Dates

As if the prospect of Metallica playing a handful of dates wasn't enough to make hard rock fans delirious with excitement, the band has just upped the ante a little bit more.

Creed, whose "Human Clay" was one of the few rock records to hit number one on the album charts in 1999, will be joining the hard rock legends at their upcoming Florida shows, along with Kid Rock and Sevendust.

In order to play the pre-millennium concerts, Creed has decided to reschedule its New Year's Eve performance in Lakeland, Florida. Refunds for that show will be available at point of purchase

The four-band bill will hit the Orange Bowl in Miami on December 28 and then the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on December 29. Tickets for both shows will be available through Ticketmaster and go on sale on Saturday, November 20, at 10 a.m. (ET).

Meanwhile, Metallica is gearing up for their release of its next album, "S&M," on Tuesday; the group will promote the release by playing

a concert, backed by a full orchestra, at New York's Madison Square Garden. That will be the group's only upcoming U.S. show to utilize an orchestra (see "Metallica To Play MSG With New York Symphony").

If you can't wait that long to hear the album, you'll be glad to know that the band will be making the entire album available in streaming audio starting on November 19. Metallica is teaming up with some 150 Web sites (including MTV.com) to make all of the tracks on the double album available to users.

As for Metallica's tour plans in 2000, several January dates have been posted on the band's official Web Site (www.metallica.com); those shows have yet to be confirmed (see "Metallica's Tour Plans Remain Hazy").

For much more on Creed, be sure to check out the MTV News Online feature "Creed:

Higher Learning".

-- Brian Ives