Metallica have just been confirmed as the Saturday (October 27) headliner for the 2012 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. This marks the multi-platinum act’s first local performance since 2008 and their first New Orleans festival appearance.
Metallica will fill the slot previously held by Green Day. The band joins a line-up that includes previously announced headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Jack White, along with Justice, Skrillex, AWOLNATION, Nas, Kaskade, the Avett Brothers, Die Antwoord, Silversun Pickups, Gary Clark Jr., and many more.
“We are excited to be part of our first ever Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way. We’re hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud.”
Celebrated as the final musical event of the U.S. music festival season, this year’s Voodoo--Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28--will mark its 14th consecutive year. The Voodoo line-up annually features a variety of musical genres, which also reflects the cultural gumbo that defines this historic and beloved American city.
“After a hectic few days--and sleepless nights--having Metallica, one of the world’s greatest bands agree to perform at Voodoo in the place of Green Day, only two weeks before the festival, feels pretty surreal at the moment--like being part of rock & roll history in the making…something you will tell your grandkids about years from now,” says Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of Voodoo. “We are incredibly grateful to Metallica and their management team for supporting us in this unprecedented manner. I am sure Metallica’s performance at Voodoo will be remembered for many years to come.”
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan, scanning almost 16 million albums in the United States alone, and nearly 30 million worldwide. In October 2008, their last studio album, Death Magnetic, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and in 27 additional countries around the world. Metallica have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In December 2011, Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club. In June 2012, they launched Orion Music+More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band. Later that summer, the band performed eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans in Mexico City and five shows in Canada during which they shot their upcoming Nimród Antal directed 3D Feature Film.
Tickets and camping passes for the 2012 Voodoo are available now via www.thevoodooexperience.com, utilizing Elevate's festival centric shopping experience. Ticket prices (as of October 12) are as follows: a limited number of single day are: $90; three-day weekend GA tickets are $175; LOA Lounge VIP three-day pass are $500 and LOA Lounge VIP three-day pass with parking are $550. Excitingly, new to this year’s annual musical celebration is on-site camping. Camping options range from Crossroads Camping: general tent camping in a 12x12 plot with basic amenities (prices start at $150 for two guests) to LOA Grand (VIP camping): a luxurious all-encompassing camping experience, where concertgoers can arrive to move-in-ready 10x13 safari style tents. The LOA Grand Experience includes festival artist credentials, campsite entertainment, snacks and meal options throughout the weekend plus access to the late night Sony Lounge ($2500 for two guests). More information about the 2012 VOODOO can also be found at www.thevoodooexperience.com. 2012 Voodoo partners include: Sony, Toyota, Bud Light, Garnier Fructis, Red Bull, Fuse, Scope, American Spirits, Spotify, Black & Mild Cigars, American Rag, ID Gum and Zapps Potato Chips.