Metallica To Replace Green Day At Voodoo Festival

The band steps in to "help out" Billie Joe Armstrong who's still in rehab.

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Metallica have replaced Green Day at New Orleans' Voodoo Music & Art Experience later this month.

The heavy metal band have stepped in to headline Saturday, October 27 while Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong focuses on his rehabilitation process. Metallica revealed they agreed to take over the slot to "help out" fellow singer.

Guitarist Kirk Hammet told Fuse: "We discussed it between the four of us and we all said, 'Yeah'. It would be a great thing for us to do and it would also be great to help out Billie Joe because he's a friend of ours and we love Green Day. If we can help them out in any way possible, we're always happy to do it because we love those guys."

Meanwhile, in a statement, drummer Lars Ulrich said: "Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way."

Billie Joe Armstrong checked himself into rehab for substance abuse last month after an onstage meltdown during the band's performance at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt subsequently insisted that the band had been forced to amend plans so they could "put the life of our friend in front of everything" but was adamant that the singer would pull through despite his current issues, adding: "We're still getting ready for the next phase."

The rest of the "¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!" album trilogy will be released in two more stages, with the second LP, "¡Dos!" coming out on November 12 and "¡Tré!" on January 14, 2013. Green Day will also play a huge UK stadium show next summer. The trio will headline London's 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium on June 1, 2013.

Thanks to NME for the report.

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    Will they play some Green Day songs la Metallica? That would be nice.
    "Am I just paranoid or am I THE TABLE?"
    I don't enjoy Green Day, but that was the first thing that crossed my mind when reading this and it would be something fun to see!
    That'd be pretty cool, especially since Metallica plays one cover per concert. Plus as a cover band, they are top notch!
    I think a GD song by Metallica sounds like: Do you have the timezzza??? To listen to me winezzz YEAH!!! About nuttin' and everythingyeah! ALL AT ONEZZZZ YEAH!!! they will make it epic for shurezzza!!!
    I love seeing/hearing about bands getting on. It's a fresh change from the arguments we get between GnR/Slash, Queensryche/ Geoff Tate's Queensryche.
    Lmao, successful troll.
    Thank you for recognizing it. I love nothing more than to get an offended reaction from Green Day or Blink 182 fans. It entertains me that people will get so up in arms over a band.
    It entertains me that people get so excited about being dipshits and making a "successful troll" on a page where it's obviously going to be insanely easy to piss people off
    Will Hetfield throw random tantrums about how he's been around since 19-****ing-81 though?
    There was a lot less Green Day hate in the comments than I anticipated. Well done UG for recognizing a great band. Also cool that they got Metallica to take their place. Hopefully Billie gets better soon so he can tour the albums!
    Talk about an UPGRADE!!!
    Its not much of an upgrade. Green Day throws a DAMN good live show. Even their slower stuff they pace it up when playing live.
    I've seen them both live more than once.. all these bands go through NY. and Metallica is a significant upgrade.
    I hope Billie Joe will get better soon. Me, being a huge Green Day fan, Want him back out on the stage. I know Mike and Tre do!
    I live in New Orleans, and would absolutely love to go see Metallica again, but with them being the only decent band the entire weekend, I'm not gonna pay $107 for one day, just to see one band. The prices are ridiculous.
    There was no meltdown, get over it.
    He was definitely ****ed up that night. Even in the pre-show interview and stuff he was ****ing around. It was pretty obvious that he was drunk. I was looking forward to hearing 'Fuck Time' but he messed up the solo that night.
    Another reason the members of Metallica are my ideals. They can help out other bands that are going through something they have gone through to.
    Not a bad trade. It's better than having to cancel and screw everyone over that way. Good luck Billie. Get sorted out and get back rockin