MetallicaÂ’s recent collaboration with Lou Reed, Lulu, was so critically panned that it has landed the band in prison. However, considering that the prison in question can fit 40,000 people buying tickets of upwards of 695 kroner a pop, the American-Danish thrash metal band certainly isnÂ’t hurting.
Horsens, in its seemingly constant attempt to rebrand itself from prison town to music mecca, has taken this effort full circle as they turn the now-vacant prison into a music venue Â– simply known as Prison Â– with Metallica holding inauguration duties. The four-piece will be playing their most commercially successful album in its entirety at their June 6 concert. Their self-titled fifth album, affectionately (or disdainfully, depending on which Metallica fan you talk to) known as The Black Album, contains hits like Â‘Enter SandmanÂ’, Â‘Sad But TrueÂ’, Â‘Wherever I May RoamÂ’, Â‘Nothing Else MattersÂ’, and Â‘The UnforgivenÂ’.
The album is a controversial one, as it saw Metallica ostracize much of the fan base they had cultivated on the backs of seminal records Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets in favor of a more polished, commercial sound. The decision was beneficial financially, as it saw Metallica sell 25 million copies of The Black Album worldwide. But it also saw them put out less-than-stellar offerings in the wake of that album: see the aforementioned Lulu.
The show is a homecoming of sorts for Metallica, as drummer Lars Ulrich was born and raised in Gentofte before moving to the United States to play tennis.
Â“Back to the fatherland. After five great concerts in Forum in the summer of Â’09, we shall meet again with our Danish friends, inaugurate a new concert venue in Horsens, play The Black Album in its entirety, and even serve a stint in jail!Â” Ulrich said to Danish fans. Â“IÂ’m as excited as a little kid. See you in June.Â”