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Metallica to Rock Antarctica?
Though nothing has been confirmed yet, signs are pointing to a landmark concert this December from metal legends Metallica.
Recently, the Colombian website for Coca-Cola Zero launched a sweepstakes for fans in six Colombian cities whose grand prize is a trip to see a rock concert in Antarctica, sometime between Dec. 2 and 15. Metallica's name can be read several times in the fine print below the main image.
Other less-metal prizes for the sweepstakes winners include eight Gibson guitars and 150 pairs of Sony headphones.
Back in September, drummer Lars Ulrich gave an interview to California's 107.7 The Bone that seems to corroborate the story. "There's a very interesting thing coming our way in December," he said. "If anybody (in management) even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we're very excited about."
Back in 2008, Fall Out Boy set out to play the icy continent, but were forced to cancel due to bad weather.
On a much smaller scale, the United States' McMurdo Station has been hosting open mic nights in Antarctica for some time, and in 2007, a five-piece band of British scientists called Nunatak claimed to have played the continent's first rock concert.
Though an Antarctica gig would easily be the most extreme concert of Metallica's year, it wouldn't be the only notable one. Earlier this year, they played the legendary Apollo Theater and celebrated the retirement of the New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera by playing his entrance anthem, "Enter Sandman," live from Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE: Metallica's official website has confirmed that the band will indeed play a concert in Antarctica this December:
"After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth… except for one. That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!! We are partnering with Coca-Cola Zero for one of the most unique and special concert events in our career as we'll be performing near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on Sunday, December 8, 2013."
Residents of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico are eligible to enter a sweepstakes sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero, with the grand prize being a cruise to the Earth's most remote continent, including the Metallica gig.
The band will play inside a dome, and the sound will be transmitted to the audience through headphones, instead of traditional amplification. The concert will be streamed live for Latin American audiences and filmed to be shown to other audiences at a later date.