Metallica Re-Load For Summer Tour

Bay Area hard rock band to create a mini-hard rock festival featuring Days of the New and Jerry Cantrell.

Heavy-metal giants Metallica have announced dates for their U.S.

summer tour in support of the Re-Load album, and they will

bring along Days of the New and Jerry Cantrell as their openers.

The three-month tour will kick off on June 24 at the Coral Sky

Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to their label,

Elektra Records, and run through September, with additional dates

to be announced later.

Eschewing the crowded summer package-tour circuit, the Bay Area

metal band will create a mini-metal festival of its own to

feature rising Kentucky hard-rock band Days of the New as openers

and solo Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell in the second slot.

Metallica played an intimate, MTV televised warm-up show last

Saturday at an abandoned bread factory in San Francisco for an

exclusive audience composed of 200 contest winners and fan club

members.

The band delayed the March 27 launch of their world tour this

week, due to the death of drummer Lars Ulrich's mother on Sunday,

according to a Reuters report. The launch of the tour, which

was to

kick off March 27 with two shows in New Zealand, has been postponed

until April 17.

The Metallica Tour Dates:

June 24; West Palm Beach, Fla., Coral Sky Amphitheater

June 26; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheater

June 27; Charlotte, N.C., Blockbuster Pavilion

June 28; Bristow, Va., Nissan Pavilion

June 30; Virginia Beach, Va., Virginia Beach Amphitheater

July 1; Columbia, Md., Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 3; Darien Center, N.Y., Darien Lake Amphitheater

July 4; Columbus, Ohio, Polaris Amphitheater

July 5; Pecatonia, Ill., Winnebago County Fairgrounds

July 7; Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center

July 8; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center

July 10-11; Clarkston, Mich., Pine Knob Music Theatre

July 12; Darien, N.Y., Darien Lake Amphitheater

July 15; Camden, N.J., Blockbuster Sony Entertainment Center

July 18-19; Mansfield, Mass., Great Woods

July 21; Hartford, Conn., Meadows Music Center

July 22; Burgettstown, Pa., Star Lake Amphitheater

July 24; Antioch, Tenn., Starwood Amphitheater

July 25; Noblesville, Ind., Deer Creek Music Center

July 26; Milwaukee, Wis., Marcus Amphitheater

July 28; Maryland Heights, Md., Riverport Performing Arts Center

July 29; Bonner Springs, Kan., Sandstone Amphitheater

July 31; Dallas, Texas, Starplex Amphitheater

Sept. 3; Portland, Ore., Portland Meadows

Sept. 5; George, Wash., The Gorge

Sept. 8; Englewood, Colo., Fiddler's Green Amphitheater

Sept. 11; Phoenix, Ariz., Desert Sky Pavilion

Sept. 12; San Diego, Ca., Chula Vista Amphitheater