It's been a long time since Metallica opened for anyone, but when it's the Rolling Stones calling ...
The metal giants are still taking an extended break, but they'll cancel their vacation plans for two nights in November to open for the rock legends.
"Over the course of our career we've been fortunate enough to share the stage with a select few of the bands we grew up on, admired and respected including AC/DC, Deep Purple, Guns N' Roses and Iron Maiden," drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement released Tuesday. "The only band that we have never played with but have always wanted to is the Rolling Stones."
The band, along with an additional opening act to be named soon, will warm up the crowd for their heroes on November 13 and 15 at SBC Park in San Francisco. And Ulrich was characteristically excited to share the news with fans.
"Having the opportunity to play with them this November in our hometown of San Francisco is both an honor and a privilege. And it's bound to be a lot of f---in' fun, especially since we haven't special guested since 1992!" Ulrich said. "These shows will enable us to recharge our batteries, both creatively and physically, as we prepare for the next phase of Metallica." The show on the November 13 is already sold out.
A spokesperson for Metallica recently said the band is still taking a break following the St. Anger tour, which wrapped up on November 28 in San Jose, California.
"These two shows are about nothing other than having fun and playing music ... nothing to sell, nothing to promote, nothing to talk about ... no f---in' agenda at all," the band explained in a note on their official Web site. "Simply put, this is the reason we started a band 25 or so years ago, and we are psyched and appreciative of this awesome opportunity to get cracking again ..."
The shows are part of the Stones' A Bigger Bang world tour in support of their upcoming album of the same name, due September 6. As usual, they have gathered a diverse roster of opening acts for the outing, ranging from Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, John Mayer Trio and Les Trois Accords to the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Trey Anastasio, Joss Stone and Beck (see "Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam Join Rolling Stones Tour").