As first tipped here last week, 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 Linki

As first tipped here last week, 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. The stadium package will also feature the Deftones and Mudvayne. The first edition of Summer Sanitarium featured Kid Rock, Korn, and others in 2000.

A full itinerary has not been confirmed, but the tour will visit the following cities, according to Metallica's official Web site: Minneapolis; St. Louis; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Montreal; Dallas; Houston; Seattle; Denver; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Detroit; Toronto; Washington /Baltimore; and Chicago. Tickets for most shows will go on sale Feb. 22.

At Summer Sanitarium, Metallica is expected to feature material from its next studio album, "St. Anger," due June 10 from Elektra. A series of European festival appearances are sandwiched around the Summer Sanitarium dates, beginning June 6 at the Rock Im Park festival in Nuremberg, Germany and stretching through Aug. 22 and 24 gigs at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals.

Limp Bizkit is finishing up work on its upcoming Flip/Interscope album "Lessismore," due in May. The band has yet to announce a permanent replacement for guitarist Wes Borland, who was not involved with sessions for the new disc. It is not yet known who will be playing guitar in Bizkit's live incarnation.

Linkin Park will be touring in support of its hotly anticipated sophomore album, "Meteora," due March 25 from Warner Bros. The group will tease the set with a handful of European shows later this month, beginning Feb. 23 in Milan.