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Metallica to Replace Green Day at Voodoo Experience Festival

Image courtesy of Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

Metallica will be pinch-hitting for Green Day at the upcoming Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival in New Orleans.

Earlier this week, Green Day announced that the band would have to cancel its scheduled headlining appearance at the October 27 festival on Saturday, as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong seeks treatment for substance abuse.  But Friday, festival organizers announced that Metallica will fill the open slot.

“We are excited to be part of our first ever Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,”  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement.  “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.  We’re hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud.”

"Having Metallica, one of the world’s greatest bands agree to perform at Voodoo in the place of Green Day, only two weeks before the festival, feels pretty surreal at the moment," festival producer Stephen Rehage added. "I am sure Metallica’s performance at Voodoo will be remembered for many years to come.”

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