The Motor City will stay the home of Metallica’s Orion Fest, at least for the next two years.
James Tate, a member of the Detroit City Council, tells MLive that the band’s deal to host the event on Belle Isle lasts through 2015.
“It’s contracted,” Tate said. “And I think since it was a event so well-suited for the venue – for the type of event it was – it was perfect.”
Metallica’s lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, caused speculation during an interview with a Dallas radio station.
After confirming that the group would indeed be organizing a 2014 Orion Fest, when asked if the event would stick around Detroit, Hammett replied, “Well, that remains to be seen.”
However, MLive reports that the band’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, posed the question to the audience at the 2013 festival as to whether Orion should remain in Michigan in an expletive-riddled statement, after which he added, “We love Detroit and we love Michigan!”
Regardless, decisions about the future of Orion Fest will have to wait, as Metallica is plenty busy through the rest of 2013.
Not only are they set to perform a groundbreaking show in Antarctica this December, but they’re also set to debut a new animated short film, “’Tallica Parking Lot,” created by the band’s bassist, Robert Trujillo.
For more on Metallica, check out their official site or follow the band on Twitter @Metallica. Should Orion Fest stay in Detroit? Let us know in the comments section below!
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