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Former Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike Will Spin on Metallica Tour

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Mix Master Mike performs on June 16, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Former Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike will be hitting the road with Metallica as the tour DJ for their Worldwired Tour. He joins the tour's opening acts, which include Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira. "The party will roll all night long during the North American WorldWired tour as we’re psyched to announce that award-winning DJ and producer Mix Master Mike will be spinning some of your favorite (and ours!) hard rock and metal tracks throughout the evening at all of the stadium dates this summer," the band said in a statement. "A pioneer in the hip-hop and DJ communities, you’ll be able to catch his skillful, hard-hitting scratch work once the doors open each night and between acts before we hit the stage." 

The metal icons then ticked off Mike's credentials, including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the B-Boys, his Grammy wins, gigs at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Emmy Awards and participation at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors gala honoring jazz icon Herbie Hancock. "We are so honored and feel extremely lucky that Mix Master Mike has signed on for this adventure. See you in May!"

Mike was kind of psyched about the gig, too. "As a longtime fan of Metallica i am truly humbled and honored for this amazing opportunity to support the greatest metal band of our generation," he wrote in a Facebook post.