Feature: Metallica Create Revolutionary "Orion Music + More"
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 07:18:12
On June 23 and 24, Metallica will spark yet another revolution.
With each successive album, the legendary quartet has redefined heavy music, and now they're going to revolutionize the festival experience with "Orion Music + More" at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ.
The lineup remains both diverse and deadly, showcasing everyone from indie stalwarts like Roky Erickson and Lucero to The Sword and Arctic Monkeys. Metallica are primed to close out both nights with unique and unforgettable sets.
However, "Orion" is more than music. There's Ktulu's Emporium which boasts vendors selling memorabilia spanning everything from concert posters to even vinyl. Plus, there's going to be a custom car and motorcycle show, which revs everything up to a whole new level.
"Orion" is set to be a game-changer and ARTISTdirect.com wanted to run through just a few of the many reasons why you need to get your ass to Atlantic City on June 23 and June 24. This is the ultimate music festival and editor-in-chief Rick Florino shows why below…
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6 Reasons We Can't Wait to Go to "Orion Music + More"
Each of the following is a reason to go, but this is the most obvious and powerful…
The greatest metal band ever will be closing out "Orion Music + More". Given that this is the festival's first installment, it's bound to be one for the history books. One night, Metallica will perform The Black Album in its entirety, while the second night will see them play Ride the Lightning. These are also the only North American performances of these classic records in 2012, so they'll undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops. Let's face it. Metallica remain the greatest live band ever, and they're going to give mind-blowing shows both days. Hearing "Fight Fire with Fire" and "Trapped Under Ice" live is going to be divinely brutal. We can't forget "Holier than Though" and "Through the Never" from The Black Album either. The group continues to surprise audiences even after 30 years, and given how special these dates are, the surprises are bound to be some of the best yet. If you're a music fan or have a pulse, you need to be there to witness Metallica change festivals for good.
Nightmare proved to be a landmark album for Avenged Sevenfold and a modern classic. With guns blazing, Avenged honed Pantera-style grooves with intricate thrash for some of their most memorable anthems yet. Plus, the live shows were on fire—literally—touting the group's biggest and baddest production. They'll be bringing their A-game to "Orion Music + More" as always, and we can't wait to see what they do before Metallica.
Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant are like the Twitter generation's answer to The Pixies. They maintain the integrity of alternative music and sharpen it with an edge of their own. Live, they're undeniable. Representing the modern alt nation, Cage the Elephant add another level of diversity to the lineup. They're also primed to put on a hell of a set that no one forgets.
Gary Clark, Jr.
If the modern age had an equivalent to Jimi Hendrix, it'd be Gary Clark Jr. He's got an intensity a la Nirvana with a formidable blues prowess reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan. On stage, he shreds elegantly and sings soulfully. Representing 21st century blues, he waves a different flag at "Orion", giving the audience some inimitable solos and incredible hooks. We'll be front row center.
Custom Car + Motorcycle Show
Now, this is a really groundbreaking fest first. "Orion Music + More" will showcase 300-plus custom vehicles inside the grounds. Among these wheels will be classics from all over the world including Mr. James Hetfield's 1936 Auburn Roadster Slow Burn custom. In between acts, you can enjoy some more fine "metal".
The Jim Breuer Heavy Metal Comedy Tour
Jim Breuer is a riot no matter what he's doing, and his heavy metal comedy tour will add another dimension to "Orion" with big laughs between all of the musical "Battery". Get ready to laugh, headbang, and have the fucking time of your life…
These are just a few reasons you need to be there. Here's the rest of the lineup!
Will you be at "Orion Music + More"? What was your favorite Metallica concert?
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