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Metallica Announces Hit The Stage Contest For Local Band Openers

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This summer, Metallica's WorldWired tour hits stadiums across North America. The band has invited along special guests Avenged Sevenfold and openers Volbeat and Gojira.

However, as some fans have noticed, there are a handful of cities (five to be exact!) where only one band from the bill is able to join. Since Metallica has had so much fun checking out local bands that fans voted for in other parts of the world, it only seems natural to invite fans to once again voice their opinion and help choose a band.

This time around, the group receiving the most fan votes will hit the stage first on a five-city tour. The mini tour includes these five dates:

May 19 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium (also with Volbeat)
June 4 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium (also with Volbeat)
June 14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome (also with Avenged Sevenfold)
June 16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium (also with Avenged Sevenfold)
June 18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

Metallica fans will have the opportunity to vote in two phases. For the first phase, visit the sites of the radio partners below in each market:

KISS/San Antonio
KPNT/St Louis

All the votes will be tabulated by the stations and two finalists from each contest will go head to head for votes in phase two on Metallica.com starting next week on April 14th. Ten days later the band with the most votes will be announced and can start packing bags to head to their first gig in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium courtesy of Metallica.

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