In a geodesic dome surrounded by a small group of Latin American contest winners and scientists, Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammet, and Trujillo performed a short set of hits at a site near the heliport at Carlini Argentine Base, Antarctica.
The two-day Orion Music + More Festival, curated by heavy metal legends Metallica, will not be returning to Detroit’s Belle Isle next year (the site of the 2013 edition) and will take 2014 off altogether, according to event promoter C3 Presents.
“Are we Beliebers? Yes,” frontman James Hetfield said. Time to buy a heavy jacket. Apparently hell has frozen over.
Metallica have played every continent but one. That’s going to change when the thrash metal legends cross Antarctica off of their to-do list for a one-off show, when they play the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on December 8.
Metallica has been doing the film festival circuit (and even played at San Diego’s ComicCon) promoting their cinematic event. This isn’t supposed to be just a Metallica concert film. There’s a narrative.
“For all those that didn’t get to see Kill ‘Em All, Master of Puppets, we have all those props and there’s a story line to give it longer legs so it’s just not a concert footage film.”
As far as concert films go, if it isn’t the most beautifully shot one of all time, it’s close. You actually do feel like you’re onstage with the band. But – ostensibly – this isn’t supposed to be just a Metallica concert film. There’s a narrative.