Metallica have an album in the can literally.
The metal marvels are releasing a 12-song live collection next month as part of their fourth annual Fan Can mailing, which includes the CD, a live video, a crew T-shirt and a dog tag packaged in a paint can.
The item is available only to Metallica's Met Club members for $39.95. Orders can be placed at Metallica's official Web site (www.metallica.com) and will be shipped in early April.
The live album was recorded at a February 5, 1989, show in Dallas, during the band's outing in support of ... And Justice for All, which includes such Metallica classics as "One." The group's spokesperson did not return phone calls about the album's track listing.
The VHS tape included in Fan Can 4 features 14 songs from a November 11, 1997, parking lot concert in Philadelphia, along with backstage footage, according to the official Web site.
Metallica are scheduled to enter the studio in April to begin work on their first studio effort since 1998's double-disc collection of covers, Garage Inc. The new album is expected to be released late this year or early next year. First, the group will audition bass players to replace Jason Newsted, who left the group in January (see "Metallica Won't Look For New Bass Player Until April").
Non-fan club members looking to boost their Metallica catalog can purchase a reissued version of the classic Metallica popularly known as the "black album" beginning March 27, according to Elektra Records.
The album, which includes such hits as "Enter Sandman" and "Sad but True," will be released in the new DVD-Audio format, which treats listeners to six-channel surround sound and advanced resolution stereo. Sneak preview footage of an upcoming episode of VH1's "Classic Albums" on Metallica is included on the DVD.