Metallica has scheduled four free concerts at the Fillmore in its San Francisco home town next month, the band announced on its fan club Web site. The shows will take place May 18, 19, 21, and 22. Fan

Metallica has scheduled four free concerts at the Fillmore in its San Francisco home town next month, the band announced on its fan club Web site. The shows will take place May 18, 19, 21, and 22. Fan club members can enter a drawing for a pair of free tickets to one of the shows; radio stations are also giving away tickets.

The band is preparing for the June 10 release of its new Elektra album, "St. Anger," and is also breaking in new bass player, Robert Trujillo, the replacement for Jason Newsted.

"They have a lot of practicing to do, what with not touring in almost three years, and with the new brother in town, they need to get their act together... it's going to take four nights," the site said.

Additionally, the band said it would play three club shows in one day in Paris. The June 11 marathon will begin at La Boule Noire at 1 p.m. local time, continues to Le Bataclan at 6 p.m., and end up at Le Trabendo at 10 p.m. Fan club members will be able to buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.

As previously reported, Metallica is set to return to the road in North America with its Summer Sanitarium tour, kicking off July 4 in a city to be announced. Metallica, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park will each play headlining-length sets on the stadium package tour, which will also feature the Deftones and Mudvayne. The band will also headline the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals in August.

Next week, the group will be feted as the latest MTVIcon.

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