Several festivals from promoter Danny Wimmer Presents
, including Louder Than Life
, Welcome To Rockville
and Sonic Temple Music + Arts
have tweeted out "hack" posts on Twitter
which appear to tease an announcement that will be made this coming Thursday, October 10 at 12:00 p.m. PT.The post reads: "The page you are trying to access is no longer under admin control. We've waited long enough. We've taken matters into our own hands. We will get what we want. It's simple. You have until 10/10 12PT to give us what we want or we leak server access credentials. You have 3 days."It also features a video with some distorted art and a computerized voice reading the same message.The four festivals' web sites also link to a countdown clock that is scheduled to hit zero at the same time as the Metallicaxx.com
web site launched by METALLICA
on Sunday. This appear to be more than just mere coincidence, because METALLICA
fans on Reddit dug around the code
for the Metallicaxx.com
web site and noticed that one portion of the site not has ties to Danny Wimmer Presents
be preparing to announce several U.S. festival appearances in 2020? That certainly seems to be the case.Back in 2016, METALLICA
drummer Lars Ulrich
said that the band was hoping to bring back its Orion Music + More
festival during the tour cycle for its latest album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct"
.His comments came a year after METALLICA
frontman James Hetfield
said that the band "lost millions" of dollars by staging Orion
, making it highly unlikely the band would get involved in such a project ever again.The June 2013 Orion
event at Belle Isle in Detroit drew at least 40,000 people over the course of two days to see METALLICA
, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
, 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.Asked if METALLICA
would think about making the festival more metal-centric and less diverse than in the past, Ulrich
answered: "The one thing that we talked about doing would maybe be to do something that was a little smaller an do something that was more… I think the word… What was the word that came up? Hmm… Like a boutique, where it's more full-on METALLICA
. Maybe it's just METALLICA
and some stuff, like museum stuff, and just maybe making it only METALLICA
for a whole weekend, but making it smaller. We haven't really dialed it yet, but we're looking at all the different options."Hetfield
's fan club magazine, So What!
, that he was "so glad" that the band staged Orion
, explaining: "Those two we did were fun. We got some bands out there in front of people, our fans mainly, and that was the whole idea. If it would have broken even, we'd still be doing it, but we lost millions both times. We can't do that."Asked why he thought Orion
didn't work, Hetfield
told So What!
: "Maybe it was too adventurous, bill-wise. I think it was too wide. If it was more of a metal fest, or really hard, maybe? What we were going for was 'edge.' Every band that was there had some kind of edge. And it didn't matter what genre they were in. I won't say every band, but that's the vibe we were going for. Maybe it needed to be a little more secular."He continued: "How do festivals get big? I don't know. If it's billed as the hippie festival, do all the hippies come? If it's billed as the death metal fest, do all the death metal people come?""And who knows? Maybe it was us attaching our name. It's, like, 'Ah, it's their festival. I don't want to go.' I have no idea! Are we putting too much importance on our name? If we opened up the METALLICA
hamburger stand over there, would more people come or fewer people come because they like us or don't like us? Are their opinions influenced by our moniker on there?"Last month, METALLICA
postponed its previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand so that Hetfield
can enter rehab for alcohol addiction.
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