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Campaign Started To Take Metallica Off Glastonbury Lineup

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Kirk Hammett (L) and James Hetfield of Metallica perform private, exclusive concert for SiriusXM listeners at The Apollo Theater on September 21, 2013 in New York City.
It's becoming clear that Metallica is not going to have an easy time of it at this year's Glastonbury Festival in England.

Several of the other bands on the prestigious event's bill have made caustic remarks about the booking of such a blatantly heavy band, and now an online campaign has been launched to have Metallica removed because of frontman James Hetfield's open interest in hunting.

The new Facebook page -- Remove Metallica from Glastonbury Festival for their support of Bear Hunting -- has been established, with nearly 2,800 likes so far. It identifies Hetfield as "a big game hunter and promoter" which the page claims "is incompatible with Glastonbury Festivals ideals." Hetfield is narrating the new History Channel program "The Hunt" about Kodiak bear hunting in Alaska. Neither Metallica nor Glastonbury organizers have commented on the campaign.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has also blasted Metallica's Glastonbury booking, calling the festival "middle-class" and "bourgeois." Metallica plays June 28 at Glastonbury and wraps up its European tour on June 13. The group will also play at the Heavy Montreal festival on August 9 and will be working to finish a new album, its long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."