In addition to making their first-ever visit next week to San Diego for the massive geek culture event known as Comic-Con, Metallica has also announced that it will play a surprise show while in town. As previously reported, the band will appear on July 19th at the San Diego Convention Center for a panel and preview of their upcoming IMAX 3D movie, Metallica Through The Never, which arrives in theaters this fall.
The band has now also revealed that it will play a gig somewhere in San Diego on the 19th, posting at its website, "We can't just TALK about the film when we are in San Diego . . . we want to play too! Following our chat in Hall H at Comic-Con, we'll be heading out to a super-secret spot to have some fun and hit the stage. Comic-Con attendees will have a chance to win tickets at the Hall H event and Met Club members should keep their eyes peeled here for more details about chances to win tickets too."
According to the New York Times, 500 free tickets for the concert will be distributed at Comic-Con. A musical performance is a rarity at the convention, which draws more than 100,000 fans of movies, TV, gaming and comic books.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield told us that making Through The Never, a fusion of concert film and fictional narrative, was an eye-opening experience: "It's been pretty scary, but it's been something on our radar for a while. It's just a total free feeling with it. You know, when we first started talking about this, we came up against lots of people saying, 'No,' and 'It's never gonna work' and, you know, we think it does work and it's pretty unique. My initial thing was to hopefully break even with this and make it something that's historical and unique and become some kind of cult classic."
Metallica's panel -- which will premiere a new trailer and feature exclusive footage from the movie -- will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the 6,000-person capacity Hall H, the largest room in the convention center.
Metallica Through The Never will open on IMAX screens in the U.S. on September 27th, with a wider release following on October 4th.