Metallica's Tour Plans Remain Hazy

Has Metallica lined up the dates for its brief U.S. tour early next year? Well, it depends who you ask.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently told MTV News that the band was looking to line up eight or nine "straight-up Metallica shows" near the time of its New Year's Eve date in Detroit with Kid Rock, Sevendust, Methods of Mayhem, and Ted Nugent.

Now, the band's official Web site (at www.metallica.com) has posted an itinerary that sees the band get rolling on December 28 in Miami and December 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida and run through January 9 in Minneapolis. The site claims that the band will hit Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Chicago along the way.

A spokesperson for the band's record label, Elektra Records, told MTV News that the itinerary is not yet confirmed. Elektra went on to note that the only two confirmed Metallica dates other than the band's New Year's Eve show do not quite

sync up with the schedule posted at the Web site. According to Elektra, the band will actually play Miami on December 27 at the Orange Bowl and will hit St. Petersburg's Tropicana Dome on December 28.

While it's not yet known where you can catch Metallica live in the near future, the band has firmed up plans to make its upcoming symphonic album, "S&M," available in streaming audio before the record hits stores on November 23. The band is teaming up with some 150 Web sites (including MTV.com and the aforementioned metallica.com) to make all the tracks on the entire double album available to users.