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Metallica contracted for two more ‘Orion' fests in Detroit


Metallica is contracted to host the band's Orion Music + More festival for two more years in Detroit, according to Detroit City Council member James Tate said, "It's contracted, and I think since it was a event so well-suited for the venue -- for the type of event it was -- it was perfect."

The band itself has not said whether it will return to the Motor City. Drummer Lars Ulrich said earlier this year in a radio interview, "Detroit was a great experience. We'd love to bring this thing back to Detroit. We've gotta sit down and look at the practical parts of it . . . It's not an easy thing to launch a festival, but we've had a lot of fun the last two years doing it, and we hope to bring it back to Detroit."

Frontman James Hetfield told us that it difficult to predict if Orion could be an ongoing annual event: "You never know with adventures like this. But we also know, and history tells us, that you're not gonna break even for a few years. So that's the goal. Our goal is to make a cool event, get some cutting edge bands in front of a lot of people and break even with it. That would be great."

Last June's Orion event at Belle Isle in Detroit drew at least 40,000 people over the course of two days to see Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Rise Against and more.

The band moved the event to Detroit after holding the inaugural edition in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2012.

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