How'd you like to go see Metallica at this summer's Orion music fest? Sounds good to us, but this makes it even better; the cost: Free.

Yes, that's right, if you're into the hot rod and custom scene and you want to display your car or bike there, the band will comp you two passes to the weekend's festivities. It turns out that besides being the lead singer of Metallica, James Hetfield (that's him in the picture above) is a big car guy. One who wants to share his automotive passion with his legions of fans, hence the Custom Car and Motorcycle Show planned as part of the two-day Orion festival, scheduled for June 23-24 in Atlantic City, NJ.

To stock the 300-plus field of cars and bikes Metallica has planned, they're looking for entries and dangling the aforementioned free tickets as bait. Entry is restricted to 1972 and earlier American models and the deadline is May 15. (Full details are available at the Orion website.) It won't be Pebble Beach, but hey, we're pretty sure there's more fun to be had headbanging to "Metallica" (a.k.a. The Black Album) and "Ride The Lightning," which the band will be performing in their entirety on consecutive nights, than standing around on a golf course in a blue blazer anyway. If Metallica isn't your bag, the Orion festival will also feature performances from acts like the Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse and comedian Jim Breuer.

Scroll down to watch a video of Hetfield talking about his love of classic cars.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, those guys are getting old. Clearly I'm not getting old, but they certainly are!
      The Angry Intern
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as they've gone downhill in recent years, I'd love to see them do those 2 albums live.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Angry Intern
        I usual disagree with Elmo's trolling, but this time Elmo's correct.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Angry Intern
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          Dark Gnat
          • 2 Years Ago
          Simply selling lots of albums doesn't mean it's of the highest quality. Look at Justin Bieber or Britney Spears. DM is a decent album, but no where near their creative masterpieces from the '80's. And yes, they did drastically alter their sound in 1991. They purposely started writing simpler, catchier songs to gain a wider audience and have easier material to play live. Also, people who think Avenged Sevenfold is metal are funny.
          • 2 Years Ago
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        Lastchance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Angry Intern
        What do you call Load albums. Not metal.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      They were great 25 years ago but after all their dooshbaggery since then it's hard to support them or give them money.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        I totally agree. They USED to be one of my favorite bands and their old stuff is still amazing, but I have ZERO interest in supporting those sell-outs now. And quite honestly its less to do with the changes in their music (everyone changes, after all), and more to do with their d-bag attitude toward the online music scene and the corporate suits that they are willing to bend-over for. In my mind, Metallica died years ago.
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        I could forgive the Napster thing if they had released any good music since then, but they haven't put out an album worth listening to since The Black Album. Talk about cruising on reputation...
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          With all do respect, I disagree. I like some of their later stuff, most notably 'Load', 'Re-Load', and some of 'Garage Inc.'. They're still one of my favorite bands.
      LoneWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sellouttica still lives?
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LoneWolf
        I'll just leave this here: http://canitbesaturdaynow.com/images/fpics/2515/sep_moto_220_.jpg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
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          @Hazdaz
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        @LoneWolf
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          Haris
          • 2 Years Ago
          They are the textbook definition of sellouts. Sellouts- those who specifically modify their musical style to appeal to a broader audience and sell more records.
          bludhound
          • 2 Years Ago
          After And Justice for All, Metallica decided to become a hard rock band with the Black Album. Can't blame 'em for switching styles, as it made them very rich. Death Magnetic was a return to old form, let's see if they'll release an electronica album in the future.
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      How do you give Metallica the thumbs down???
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, I've just read a few anti-Metallica comments down here... I wonder how many of you guys can play a guitar or drums and how many of you are just pretentious f...cks. Yes, they crapped out with the anti-Napster stance and they put out some weird albums over the years. However, I'd still prefer ANY Metallica's album to 90% of metal production that's on the market today. But any of the not-so-liked Metallica's album packs more creativity than say, Avenged Sevenfold complete discography. You have to admit that only a band with guts can record an album that goes entirelly against everything they did before. St. Anger's difficult to get and difficult to accept. It's not the band's greatest effort. It's still sits way above metal average. Disclaimer: I can still put out a few Metallica numbers on guitar and it's not my favorite band.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Haters are gonna hate. They're either still bitter about something that happened over a decade ago, or don't like them because their music changed.
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Is it really gutsy when the only two possible outcomes were stay rich and get richer?
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire, Gimme That Which I Desire!!
      bugvey41
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I listen to Metallica, Slipknot etc. all I hear is very loud drums and screaming. I'm not picking on anyone's music tastes here, it's just that it's not my type of music...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bugvey41
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        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bugvey41
        Slipknot is cocophany, new Metallica is too, but old Metallic is gooooood stuff.
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bugvey41
        When I read your comment I all I see is BLAHBLAHBLAH.
        Lastchance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bugvey41
        Slipknot and similar bands are untalented hacks compared to Metallica etc. I don't even consider Nu-metal to be music but just a hybrid of different styles mixed together to create a horrible sound to sell albums to disgruntled hormonal teenagers. Then again that's what my parents thought about the music I listen to in my teen years...
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Avenged sevenfold no question
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse ... there's always something to spoil the party....
      yyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd go for the Arctic Monkeys.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @yyz
        Used to get it in your fishnets, now you only get it in your night dress traded all the naughtiness for niceness, turns out to be a very common crisis...
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