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Metallica planning secret Antarctica gig

Metallica planning secret Antarctica gig

Metallica members, from left, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich perform at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in New York. Photo: Associated Press/Charles Sykes/Invision

Metallica are heading to Antarctica for a very special winter concert.

The heavy rockers have teamed up with Coca-Cola bosses for the top secret show, which will reportedly take place between Dec. 2 and 15.

It appears the gig is what drummer Lars Ulrich was talking about when he recently told a San Francisco radio station that the band was planning “a very interesting thing” adding, “There’s another frontier heading in Metallica’s direction in December”.

He refused to go further, revealing, “If anybody even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me.”

The “Enter Sandman” band will perform near the heliport of the continent’s Carlini Argentine Base and fans from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico will sail in on a cruise ship as part of a Coca-Cola Zero contest.

The cruise will set sail from Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, on Dec. 3.

Announcing the news officially online on Thursday, the rockers wrote, “After 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth… except for one. That is all about to change as we are set to travel to Antarctica.

“We’ll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification… a real first for us.”

The concert will also stream live for the band’s Latin American fans and will be filmed for audiences elsewhere to watch at an unspecified later date.

It’s only the second concert to take place in Antarctica – Nunatak, an indie-rock quintet comprised of members of a science team investigating climate change, performed in front of 17 people in 2007.

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