Metallica's new 3D movie, Through the Never, hits IMAX this weekend before expanding into more theaters on October 4. To help celebrate the release, the band members will be hitting up several movie theaters around the country to "introduce the film, say 'hi,' have a little popcorn and kick off all the festivities of opening weekend," per their website. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo will each be at different locales around the country for Thursday night and Friday screenings. Check out www.Metallica.com to see the whole schedule.
In other news, the band played New York's legendary Apollo Theater for the first time on Saturday night, where they offered the intimate crowd of 1,500 fans a setlist of 18 songs, including "Ride The Lightning," "Battery" and "The Memory Remains." The whole show will soon be available on www.livemetallica.com.
While they were in New York, the 'Tallica crew also took the opportunity to visit Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon to pay tribute to pitching great Mariano Rivera, who is set to retire at the end of this season. Since 1999, Rivera has entered games to "Enter Sandman," and to show their appreciation, the band played the song live on what was dubbed "Mariano Rivera Day."
And finally, while still in the Big Apple on Monday morning, Metallica popped in on the Howard Stern Show to discuss the movie, their show at the Apollo, and even talk about some Metallica history. They also gave a live performance of the song "One."