Metallica To Play ‘Black Album’ In Its Entirety at Download Fest

The album that changed it all, sold 25 million copies & permanently divided fans will make its return to the stage...

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Metallica have announced that not only will they headline the 10th Download Festival at Donington Park in England on Saturday, June 9, 2012, but they'll be playing their massively successful (and wildly polarizing) self-titled 'Black' album.

The exclusive UK performance of their best selling album in full will be a celebration not only of the 10th anniversary of the heavy metal festival, but of the album itself, which reaches its 20th anniversary milestone this year.

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Five years after they played Master of Puppets in its entirety on the Donington grounds, the band will no doubt leave a permanent impression as they tear through the milestone album that sold over 25 million albums worldwide. 'The Black Album' hit #1 in over 25 countries and spawned five massive hits: "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," "Wherever I May Roam," "Nothing Else Matters" and "The Unforgiven".

Co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich offered the following about the news:

"Six years is way toooo long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. We are beyond psyched and feel privileged to come back once again to soak up the energy and vibe of the most legendary of festival sites."

Andy Copping, VP of Promotions at Live Nation commented as well:

"I am absolutely bowled over that Metallica will be playing ‘The Black Album' at the 10th anniversary of Download. The album is up there as one of the greatest albums of all time, everyone knows the songs. The Download festival has come a long way since we first started in 2003 and to have Metallica back to help us celebrate this milestone is just fantastic."

Download 2012 takes place at Donington Park from June 8-10, 2012. Weekend with camping tickets go on sale 9am Friday November 18 from

Vodafone customers can buy tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale: 9am, Wednesday, November 16 at