Metallica, Ted Nugent Plan Special Y2K Show

Metallica and Ted Nugent have announced that they will team-up for a special Y2K concert, scheduled for the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, on December 31, 1999.

Nuge and Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, both of who are Michigan natives, unveiled plans for the joint show at a press conference held in Pontiac last Friday. Organizers for the millennium metal show say they hope to add an opening act, and possibly other artists, to the concert's line-up in the next few weeks.

"It's an honor to be on the same stage with Ted Nugent, who was one of my heroes growing up as a musician in Michigan in the '70s," Newsted said of the Gonzo guitarist while announcing the show.

"For those who believe that the year 2000 is the beginning of an era and not the end of the world" offered Nugent at the same press conference, "what better way to celebrate than with Metallica, the 'Defiant One' and his buffalo?"

No word yet on if Nugent's Y2K performance will mean a permanent reprieve

from his much-rumored plans to retire from music, but we'll keep you posted.

As for Metallica, after playing two special symphonic shows in Berkley, California next month (see "Metallica Confirm Symphony Show"), the group will head to Europe for an extensive tour from May through July -- including a gig headlining the European Woodstock, slated for Vienna, Austria on July 18.