Metallica Aim to Freeze Their Nuts Off Playing the South Pole
The internet denizens have done it again. Some clever soul stumbled across an image (now removed, unfortunately) on the Colombian Coke Zero website, which was launching a sweepstakes for the chance to win tickets to a “unique concert” headlined by Metallica down South to fans in six Colombian cities. Really, really far down South.
In short: Metallica will probably be performing a headlining show in Antarctica between December 2nd and December 15th.
Who knows whether or not the whole thing is true, but it’s possible Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, may have hinted in this direction back in September: “There’s a very interesting thing coming our way in December,” Ulrich told California’s 107.7 The Bone. “If anybody [in management] even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we’re very excited about.”
Poor old Antarctica has been a little musically neglected over the years. If this goes ahead, the legendary metal pioneers will hold the honor of being the first major band to play in Antarctica. The U.S.-manned McMurdo Station has been known to host open-mic nights, and a band called Nunatak claimed to have played the continent’s first rock concert in 2007. The quintet, made up entirely of scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, an environmental research centre, played to a crowd of 17 people. Now that’s an intimate concert, Metallica fans.
Please, Metallica, for the good of the continent: get yourselves down there pronto.
The last band to attempt an Antarctic trek was Fall Out Boy in March 2008, who were forced to cancel when bad weather kept them away from the continent’s western peninsula. Important science people blamed global warming for the collapse of the 16,000 sq km Wilkins ice shelf. “Essentially, our runway just fell off,” Pete Wentz told MTV.