Metallica Cancels 2014 Orion Festival
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.03.2013
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Billboard reports that Metallica has decided to cancel the 2014 Orion Music + More festival while the group spends spring and summer in Europe. A spokeswoman for C3 Presents (the Austin, Texas group that promotes and produces Orion) confirmed that the tour, so far only six shows, will be the reason for the canceled Orion (which would have been the third). The 2012 event in Atlantic City and the 2013 event in Detroit both happened in early June. C3 took out a three-year lease on the Belle Isle in Detroit but it's unknown if a third event will happen in 2015 or if it'll be back in the city.
There were an estimated 20,000 fans at each of the two days in Detroit, which featured performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys, Infectious Grooves and others. Metallica promised they'd be back in 2014 but C3 said they would have to "wait and see".
James Hetfield said in September: "I had a blast. I had a really good time. I love the island, love the city, love the people. We loved it. I think it went smoother than the previous one."
However, he also said the future was "kind of up to the promoters at this point".
He added: "It's the money part, man, at the end of the day... We know that festivals don't make money right away, for sure. It's not that we're out to make money; we're at least out to break even, and it certainly has not broken even yet. It's an expensive barbecue at this point."
Metallica spent the fall promoting their 3D film Through the Never and are preparing for a December 8 performance on King George Island in Antarctica. They will spend early 2014 working on a new album (the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic) before the Europe tour, which begins on June 4 at the Sonisphere Festival in Hamburg, Germany. There will be two other festival dates in Germany along with the Netherlands, Beligum and England. The set lists will be decided by fan request at Metallica.com.
Hetfield said: "Making the next record is in our sights. I'm itchin'. I'm sitting here at HQ right now looking at all my gear going, 'Man, I want to write a record!' We're a band and we write music -- that's what we like doing best. We have tons of material to sift through, and that takes a lot of time 'cause there's a lot of great stuff. I know we only need a few songs, but there's 800 riffs we're going through. It's kind of insane. We have sifted through a lot of the stuff and pulled the cream of the crop. It's just sitting there waiting for us to take it to the next level. Hopefully it happens soon."