The free Metallica concert slated to take place
Tuesday in the parking lot
of Philadelphia's CoreStates Center may not produce the "million and one
decibels" that guitarist James Hetfield has pledged. In fact, if three
city council members have their way, the show won't take place at all.
Council members Anna Verna, James Kenney and Frank DiCicco are expected to head into
Common Pleas Court today to seek an injunction against the event. Lawyer
Christopher Craig told the Philadelphia Inquirer that event promoter
Electric Factory Concerts and the CoreStates Center failed to notify both
the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. and the community of the
event, which is expected to draw 40,000 people.
CoreStates Center officials now say they are considering staging the
concert inside the CoreStates Spectrum building, according to the
Inquirer. Such a decision would limit attendance to less than half
of the number of people who could attend the parking lot show.
The concert has divided residents of the south Philadelphia neighborhood
where the 90-minute concert is scheduled for 3
p.m. "It ain't like 40,000 people haven't hit South Philly before," said
Peter Brown, a local musician.
Representatives from the CoreStates Center and the city council were
unavailable for comment at press time. -- Chris Nelson [Fri., Nov. 7, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]