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Metallica Hosting Orion Fest In June

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Following several cryptic announcements on its Facebook page, Metallica went on live stream today to say that the band will be hosting its very own music fest this year in New Jersey. "Orion Fest," the name of the new music festival, will be hosted in Atlantic City on June 23rd and 24th.

The event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements. More than just music, the festival will also showcase the band's individual interests - and allow fans to interact directly with each of the band members. Orion Fest will be held at the decomissioned airstrip Bader Field and was chosen because of the equidistant nature of it from L.A. and Europe, and the proximity to Atlantic City lodging. Metallica plans to headline both nights, confirming the following acts for the festival already:

Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr.
Lucero
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers
Liturgy

Metallica will be playing the "Black" album in full one night and "Ride The Lightning" in full the next night. Visit the Orion Music site for more information.

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1. The_Avant_Garde writes:

Metallica, The Sword, Liturgy and f***ed Up. That's all I'd want to see, and that would depend entirely if Metallica plays an old-school set like they did in 2009. But my best guess is that it won't be, as they're gonna stretch it out over two nights.

This basically seems like a self-worship convention for the band members. That's why they are keeping the quality opening bands down to a minimum.

"the festival will also showcase the band's individual interests - and allow fans to interact directly with each of the band members" ..........yeah, probably for an extra $150 per handshake, $250 per autograph and if you're a really big roller $500 gets you a 3 second bro-hug.

# Feb 7, 2012 @ 3:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, this does not look at all like it will be a good show

# Feb 7, 2012 @ 3:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Jigenuck writes:

hmm, surprise there wont be a Metallica monopoly tournament

# Feb 7, 2012 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. cynic22 writes:

Modest mouse.... uh cool?....

# Feb 7, 2012 @ 10:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

HA! sh**allica and Lil' Vengie Snatchfold.....HAHAHAHAHA!

What the hell happened to their strudeling haggard buddy Blew Sneed? Po' ol pitiful piper wudn't invited along to choke pole this time?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

Anyone that believes in, or subscribes to, these pieces of human sh!t anymore has no f***ing excuses, and needs a fvcking lobotamy...TODAY, right the fvck now ya know

Jesus fvckin Junkshow...Goddamn

Get the fvck outta my way, ya hear? I'll happily kick the sh!t outta ya :)

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 2:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. WOLF7 writes:

T_A_G, the saddest thing is, you're probably right on the money - literally - with those figures.

Jigenuck post#3, Don't be so sure. I'd imagine that'll be the program for the first day, June 23rd.

All the bands will play a 20-minute set on June 24th, Metallica will be blasting the closing poop with a 3hour show.

"The event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements".

Well, looking at the line-up, the "comedy" element is covered.
As for "lifestyle", well you need to have a life first, no?


(yes: I am a bitter ex-fan, before you ask )

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 6:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. wilco writes:

well what can i say i would not go
but hey maybe it will be a fun thing

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 7:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. theghostofavalon writes:

If they really wanted to get back to form they should've had other metal bands play as in newer ones and older ones. That would have been great. But my guess is that they didn't want to look like they were outplayed by the opening bands. At least Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax still stick to their metal roots.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

Word on the street is they're gonna play the black album on day one and Ride on day two.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 10:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BoltThrower writes:

Metallipalooza.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. LOU SELVEY writes:

You got to be a hardcore metallica fan to go to this.
Lets face it, this bill sucks.
It is like making a giant casserole smothered with cheese, its looks good on top, or on the outside, but once you dig into the middle, you taste the vienna sausage, the fritos, the glutten, and the bologna.
Idk if that makes any sense but it is my translation.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. kallah writes:

And I thought Metallica still had a minimum of self-respect to not include A7X in their own festivals. Guess not.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. godlike writes:

Last sentence of the article..........
*Metallica will be playing the "Black" album in full one night and "Ride The Lightning" in full the next night. Visit the Orion Music site for more information.

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 11:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. btbamfav20 writes:

Gaytallica-fest looks to be underway with the gayest line-up since Rickey Martin's last tour lmao.

NP: Jabalqa - Secret Chiefs 3

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. KanadianKoRn writes:

wow...gay!

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 3:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. The_Passenger writes:

Why doesnt Metallica make this the Big Four Festival? with a bunch of amazing bands opening like Machine head,Trivium,Lamb of God etc instead of giving us the commerical side of it go back to their roots and back into Thrash Metal in the end they may loose the hipster kids but will regain some respect in the Hardcore Metal scene again...the only way I would ever go to this crap is if all they ever played was a classic throw back setlist everynight and if they had Slayer there.(My favorite of the big four)

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 8:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. The_Passenger writes:

Btw it would go opening bands,Anthrax and Slayer Day one, Day two Opening bands Megadeth then Metallica.

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 8:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. brandedcfh420 writes:

@ passenger: thats because metallica are nothing but commercial trash now!!!!

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. OverkillExposure writes:

This is the LEAST METAL festival ever hosted by a band with the word "metal" in its name.

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 11:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. charest writes:

LOL

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 11:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. mikey808 writes:

I wish they would just go away! :(

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 1:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Jackrum writes:

all credability gone... they suck soo much its worrying

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 5:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. albert the great thrash metaller writes:

booo..metallica invested their money on
this most commercial lineup...boring mtv garbage.

waht is next kesha , metallica , justin beiber lineup
to take masses of money from people that are
top 20 mtv obsessed..crap at its finest.

avoid this festival.......boring.

money money instead of good taste in music...how sad.

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 6:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. albert the great thrash metaller writes:

arctic monkey are commercial bullsh** but
other bands are commercial metal.

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 6:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. KanadianKoRn writes:

jackrum and charest_ what exactly is your title Supporter for?

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. spiral_architect writes:

I'D GO FOR METALLICA, THE SWORD AND MAYBE AVENGED SEVENFOLD. THE REST OF IT I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT.

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. spiral_architect writes:

HELL, AT LEAST LOU REED WON'T BE THERE!

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Necrovomit writes:

still waiting for that collaboration with william shatner.... i'd buy that

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. DreamHeater writes:

I wish one of them would just get a heart attack and die already.

I really just can't stand watching Metallica disgrace themselves anymore, it's depressing! What the hell are they thinking? "Hey guys, look, we're not old yet! See, we're still doing stuff!"

At least it seems like they're TRYING to appeal to their older fans with the setlist, but the line-up? Don't get me wrong, I love most of these bands... but they're NOT the kind of sh** I want to see at a Metallica concert. Modest Mouse? Cage the Elephant? Who was the dumbass who thought they would be good openers for Metallica?

...somewhat on the same topic, I saw Arctic Monkeys live a few years ago, and they destroyed. I wouldn't complain about seeing them again - they're so much heavier live. There was actually a mosh pit. Yes, a REAL mosh pit.

# Feb 11, 2012 @ 2:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Jds197 writes:

We're all going to see this on our senior high school trip. Honestly we're only going to see Metallica, the rest of the time we'll be chasing girls on the beach! Better than seeing most of those horrible bands.

# Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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