November 4 [16:45 EDT] -- After weeding through some 120,000 suggestions, Metallica have announced that they will finally mount their much-ballyhooed free concert in Philadelphia on November 11.
The metal vets had faced difficulty in finding a city and venue willing to host a free show, and set up a toll-free phone number and e-mail address to solicit ideas form fans.
The band says they received more than 120,000 responses to its call for help, and finally decided to stage the show in the parking lot of Philadelphia's CoreStates Arena on November 11 at 3 p.m. The concert will fall on Veterans' Day, but more importantly (to Metallica fans anyway) comes one week before the band's "Re-Load" album hits stores.
A number of cities (including Tampa, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and Killen, Texas) were in the running, but restrictions made it impossible to find a suitable spot for the show, until Philly came along.