Metallica's Ulrich Talks Symphonic Album And Mini-Tour

Metallica is currently putting the finishing touches on a live symphonic album recorded during the band's two-night stand with the San Francisco Symphony in April and tentatively due out in November.

The metal machine veterans are also discussing a short symphonic tour to be staged in conjunction with the release of the LP, which will feature two brand new songs, "Minus Human" and "No-Leaf Clover," that were recorded during the Berkeley, California shows (see "Metallica Debuts 'Full-On Heavy' New Tunes With Orchestra" and "Metallica Rocks, Symphony Rolls During Opening Night Of Berkeley Stand").

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sat down with MTV News backstage at last week's Video Music Awards in New York City and discussed the progress of the live record as well as its designs to get orchestrated once again.

"We are in the process of mixing and finishing it right now,"

Ulrich said of the upcoming symphonic album. "So, with a little luck on our side it should be out in mid-November…. I don't want to give it all away, but we're looking to do a couple of selective promotion appearances around [the record] that will most likely involve symphony orchestras in the cities that we're [performing] in."

"After we've done the symphony shows," he continued, "we're gonna do a run of dates around the millennium. After we've done that, we're gonna take some time off. It's been 4 years now non-stop, and we're going to take probably six months off and then start thinking about a new studio album in the spring or fall of next year."

Details about the expected symphonic tour remain forthcoming, but Metallica has already signed on to play a New Year's Eve gig in Detroit with gonzo guitarist Ted Nugent (see "Metallica, Ted Nugent Plan Special Y2K Show").