Metallica announced 2012 european shows

Heavy rockers Metallica announced more shows for their 2012 European Vacation on monday. Three more dates have been added, including festivals in Germany and Austria. They are to perform their eponymous 1991 album named 'The Black Album' in its entirety at a former Danish prison, where inmates included serial killers and mass murderers.

The 150-year-old prison was shut down in 2006 and now serves as an occasional entertainment venue. The large building's notable prisoners included former Minister of Justice Peter Adler Alberti and mass murderer Peter Lundin. It's not the first time Metallica have been behind bars for a big gig - the band performed for inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California in 2003.

"As you may have picked up already, this year's European trek has a theme," posts Metallica. "Each night we will be playing 'The Black Album' in its entirety to celebrate the 20th (ish!!!) anniversary of its release in August of 1991. We know, we seem to be big on these anniversary things lately... any excuse to get out and play!"

This Saturday, on December 3rd "The View," from Lou Reed and Metallica's album Lulu, will premiere exclusively on and was promoted on the IFC television network. The video was directed by Darren Aronofsky and stunned him. He said, "I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn't stop listening to it. Lou's crushing lyrics, and the band's incredible licks. It's so original and that's why I wanted to work on it."


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