First Metallica frontman James Hetfield was in rehab, and this week he found himself behind bars.
He wasn't busted for anything illicit; he was in San Quentin State Prison with his bandmates shooting the video for the title track of the band's album St. Anger, due June 10 (see "Metallica Album Preview: Damage Inc. Is Back In Business"). The video was directed by the Malloys, who have recently worked with Blink-182, Papa Roach and the Used.
Metallica entered the 150-year-old San Francisco-area prison at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and spent the next 18 hours at the facility. They performed at various locations, including outside the jail, in the cell block and in the cafeteria during the prisoners' lunch break. Additional footage was to be shot Thursday (May 1) during a live concert for the inmates.
San Quentin is colored with musical history. In 1969 Johnny Cash entered the complex to record At San Quentin, in 1991 Chicago blues legend B.B. King recorded Live At San Quentin, and in 1983 Charles Manson recorded an hour's worth of music and improvisation from his cell at the compound.
From May 18 to 22, Metallica will play four free shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and on June 11 they'll play three Paris club shows in one day (see "Metallica Head For Paris, San Francisco To Warm Up For Sanitarium").
Metallica's Summer Sanitarium Tour, which also features Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones and Mudvayne, launches July 4 in Pontiac, Michigan. The tour runs through August 10 in San Francisco (see "More Dates Added To Metallica/ Limp Bizkit/ Linkin Park Tour").
Avril Lavigne, Korn, Limp Bizkit Sum 41 will salute Metallica on "mtvICON: Metallica," airing May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (see "Avril, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Sum 41 Set For 'mtvICON: Metallica'").