Metallica will hit the road in Europe in the late spring and summer. The veteran California-based band has six stops lined up in June, beginning with an appearance at the Rock Im Park festival June 6

Metallica will hit the road in Europe in the late spring and summer. The veteran California-based band has six stops lined up in June, beginning with an appearance at the Rock Im Park festival June 6 in Nuremberg, Germany. The group will also play German festivals in Berlin and Nurburgring, as well as events in Italy, Denmark, and Belgium. Come late August, the band plans to be in England for the Leeds and Reading festivals.

As previously reported, Metallica has been working for some time on a new Elektra album. The as-yet-untitled set will be the band's first since the departure of bassist Jason Newsted and frontman James Hetfield's stint in rehab. Producer Bob Rock is playing bass on the album; a permanent replacement for Newsted has not been named.

In the meantime, the band will be heard on the Feb. 11 DV8/Columbia album "We're a Happy Family - A Tribute to the Ramones." Hetfield also recorded a solo rendition of "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Out of Hand" for a Waylon Jennings tribute album due in March from RCA.

The group's most recent live performance came Jan. 19 in the Network Coliseum parking lot prior to the National Football League's AFC championship game between the hometown favorite Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans. The group's official Web site, has pictures and video of the show, which was conceived and pulled off in less than a week. Augmented by Rock on bass, Metallica performed "Seek and Destroy," "Fuel," "Master of Puppets," "Sad But True," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "Battery" to rally the Raider nation.

Here are Metallica's upcoming tour dates:

June 6: Nuremberg, Germany (Rock Im Park)
June 7: Berlin (Wuhlheide)
June 8: Nurburgring, German (Rock Am Ring)
June 13: Imola, Italy (Heineken Jammin Festival)
June 26: Roskilde, Denmark (Roskilde Festival)
June 28: Werchter, Belgium (Rock Werchter)
Aug. 22: Leeds, England (Temple Newsam Park)
Aug. 24: Reading, England (Richfield Avenue)