Metallica Head For Paris, San Francisco To Warm Up For Sanitarium

Band will hit three clubs in one day while in France; four nights are planned for hometown.

Oh Mon Dieu! It's probably not a response to Bush administration claims that France provided top-secret information to Iraq, but Metallica are hoping to inflict maximal damage to the haughty country's capital by playing three Paris club shows on June 11, the day after their new album, St. Anger, hits shelves.

The band will start its crusade at 1 p.m. with a precision attack at La Boule Noire, which houses 350. Five hours later, they'll invade Le Bataclan, which has a capacity of 1,500, and at 10 p.m. they'll finish the night by leveling Le Trabendo, which holds 550.

About a month before they demolish the birthplace of Claude Monet and Charles Baudelaire, Metallica will play four free shows in their hometown. The May 18-22 gigs will be held at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, and tickets are available through the Metallica fan club and radio station giveaways. The band's new material is said to be a return to form that will please many of the band's earliest fans (see "Metallica Album Preview: Damage Inc. Is Back In Business").

This summer Metallica will headline the Summer Sanitarium tour, which also features Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones and Mudvayne. The tour starts July 4 in Detroit and ends August 10 in San Francisco (see "More Dates Added To Metallica/ Limp Bizkit/ Linkin Park Tour").

On May 6, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Sum 41 and Avril Lavigne will perform Metallica songs at the second annual mtvICON tribute show (see "Avril, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Sum 41 Set For 'mtvICON: Metallica'"). Members of Aerosmith, Staind, Linkin Park and Blink-182 will deliver spoken tributes, as will Lisa Marie Presley, Lara Flynn Boyle, Slash, Sean Penn and Jim Breuer. Michelle Branch, Rob Zombie and members of Puddle of Mudd are also scheduled to attend.