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The guests of honour will cover classic Metallica songs...

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and Janet Jackson will honour metal heavyweights METALLICA in a special MTV tribute to the band being recorded next month.

All four guests of honour will cover classic Metallica songs in a 90-minute ‘MTVIcon:Metallica’ special to be recorded in Los Angeles on May 3. More unconfirmed Metallica -influenced artists are expected to join the cast paying tribute to their heroes with testimonials and live performances. The show will be broadcast on May 14 in the UK.

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Metallica are set to release their new album ‘St. Anger’ on June 9 – their first studio album since 1997’s ‘Reload’. The band then set off on their second Summer Sanitarium Tour of the US on July 4 with Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, href=”http://deftones.nme.com”>Deftones and href=”http://www.nme.com/artists/194900.htm”>Mudvayne.