As threatened, Metallica, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park will plunder and pillage North American stages this summer and they've now got some scheduled dates to prove it.
The Summer Sanitarium Tour kicks off in Pontiac, Michigan, on July 4, and so far shows have been scheduled at eight venues. An additional 11 cities have been confirmed, but exact dates have not yet been selected. Deftones and Mudvayne will serve as opening acts.
"I was listening to Metallica when I was in junior high school and they were a huge influence on me to play music, so I'm psyched to be playing with them," Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon said of the trek.
Tickets for the announced shows will go on sale February 22, except the August 1 date in Denver, which will go on sale two days later.
The Summer Sanitarium Tour was announced at a February 5 press conference in Los Angeles (see "Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Metallica To Launch Joint Tour"). Metallica's new album St. Anger will be released June 10 (see "Metallica To Give Rock And Roll A Good Thrashing").
Producer Bob Rock played bass on Metallica's LP, but will not join the band full-time. Former Kyuss member Scott Reeder and ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez were among those who auditioned for the bass slot vacated by Jason Newsted, though Metallica haven't chosen their new member as of yet. Ramirez has since joined A Perfect Circle (see "Ex-Manson Bassist Twiggy Ramirez Joins A Perfect Circle").
Limp Bizkit are also still seeking a new hire — the band has yet to name a replacement for departed guitarist Wes Borland (see "Vacancies In Metallica, Bizkit So Far Filled Only With Jokes").
In addition to the Summer Sanitarium shows, Metallica have been booked for nine festivals in Europe between June 6 and August 24.
Summer Sanitarium dates, according to Elektra Records:
- 7/4 - Pontiac, MI @ Pontiac Silverdome
- 7/6 - Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium
- 7/13 - Orlando, FL @ Citrus Bowl
- 7/19 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio Stadium
- 7/25 - St. Louis, MO @ Edward Jones Dome
- 7/27 - Minneapolis, MN @ HHH Metrodome
- 8/1 - Denver, CO @ Invesco Field
- 8/3 - Irving, TX @ Texas Stadium