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Metallica Puts Mysterious Countdown Clock Up on Official Site

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Just what is Metallica up to?

Over the weekend, the band‘s website was changed to simply a countdown clock, ticking down until it reaches zero sometime on Oct. 10 (this Thursday).

MetallicaXX, eh? What could this be about?

The band, which just postponed some tour dates as vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield deals with addiction once again, also recently staged an epic S&M2 orchestral concert at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

Whether the countdown has anything to do with that remains to be seen — though it’d be weird, considering the one-night-only theatrical screening of the concert is scheduled for the night before, Oct. 9.

Online, Metallica fans have also speculated that the XX could pertain to the 20th anniversary of the original S&M concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which was recorded in April 1999 and released in November of that year.

Might a special 20th anniversary reissue of the original concert film/album be in the works, and set to be announced once the countdown clock hits zero?

We’ll see …

As for the announcement of Hetfield’s battle with addiction, this was the band’s official statement to that effect last week:

We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.

We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.

All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded.

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