Fans Attend Metallica Concert for Only $5 to be Part of Their Upcoming 3D Movie

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Metallica concerts, albums and fans have been around since the early 1980’s; and now 30 years on, they’re celebrating a long and successful career with a highly anticipated 3D film. Footage was acquired from their recently completed summer tour, ending with a $5-a-ticket goodwill event. “Metallica aren’t just legendary musicians,” comments Shawn Scott, musician and owner of music merchandise store Planet 13, “they’re intelligent businessmen who know how to stay relevant in today's marketplace.”

Metallica: Still Strong after 30 Years

Metallica "continually come up with new ideas to stay ahead of the game and I, for one, am always waiting to see what they’ll do next."

Today’s technology is a double-edge sword for bands and musicians; on one side, music pirating is commonplace, causing artists to desperately search for ways to create income as their album sales plummet. But on the flip side, that same technology can make bands into global superstars.

Metallica are one of those global superstars, who continually search for new ways to entertain, keeping them relevant in popular culture; and therefore, very successful.

Recently crossed off their “Things To-Do” list is the filming of the Metallica 3-D Movie, which will be produced by Hollywood director Nimród Antal (Predators 2010 and Vacancy 2007). Nimród and Metallica developed the movie concept together, with the summer tour just gone acting as the set.

“Apparently, they plan to intermingle live performances with a small storyline,” says Shawn Scott, director of online music store Planet 13, “so, this will be a movie, not just a live concert in 3D.”

One of the notable parts of filming happened at the Orion Music + More festival in New Jersey, where Metallica performed their biggest album, "Metallica" (aka "The Black Album") of 1991, in its entirety in one night; and the next day played the complete "Ride the Lightning" album from start to finish.

“Playing the 'Black Album' and 'Ride the Lightning' in their entirety,” comments Shawn, “would’ve been a huge event for fans because the band has never done it before.”

As the summer tour continued, the Metallica concerts hit max capacity, and the band ended filming in Vancouver, Canada on August 27th.

“Fans got a huge surprise with this last gig,” says Shawn, “because it was announced last-minute as a charity show for the Vancouver Foodbank.” Shawn further mentions how fans were shellshocked at the entry price, “Tickets were a mere $5, but then again, it was a charitable event, as well as a night of extensive filming. Fans attending that gig didn’t get the amazing show everyone else did.”

The charitable Metallica concert was a night of less fluid filming because cameras and kits had to be moved around between each song to accommodate extra shots and close-ups for the movie.

“Their summer tour, filming for a 3D movie and the last surprise show emphasizes to me that Metallica are here to stay,” remarks Shawn, “they continually come up with new ideas to stay ahead of the game and I, for one, am always waiting to see what they’ll do next.”

The Metallica 3-D movie is slotted for a 2013 release and will cover their 30-plus year career.

A bit about Planet 13™

Planet 13™ was conceived and created in 2004 by Shawn Scott, front man of the once-popular Melbourne-based glam/punk band Voodoo Lovecats. His online store features an extensive range of entertainment, band t-shirts and merchandise.

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