Metallica to appear in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game

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Metallica's James Hetfield and Rob Trujillio are to appear as characters in the latest instalment of the long-running video game series Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

They come as part of a special download pack for XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Titled Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 HD Revert Pack, the add-on is released on December 4. In addition to the playable characters, players will be able to skate along to the sound of the band's 'All Nightmare Long'.

A known skating fan, Hetfield has broken his arm skateboarding on numerous occasions, reportedly causing his management company, Q Prime, to add a clause in Hetfield's contract forbidding him to ride while Metallica are on tour.

Previous instalments of the Tony Hawk's series have seen musical guest characters including Beastie Boys' MCA, Blink 182's Travis Barker, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Eddie, the mascot of Iron Maiden.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett recently confirmed that Metallica will start work on their new album, the follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic', "soon".

"Right now, we're kind of preoccupied with dealing with this 3D movie that we shot up in Canada last month," he said. "But once we're done with that, we're going to start hunkering down and putting riffs together. That's all going to happen soon. When asked whether Rick Rubin would be on production duties again, he said: "I really don't have an answer about Rick Rubin, although his name certainly comes up."

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