Metallica to perform ‘Black Album’ show inside Danish prison

Band will precede Download appearance with gig behind bars

Metallica will perform their self-titled fifth album – widely known as ‘The Black Album’ – in its entirety at a gig at Statsfængsel in Denmark, a former prison for inmates serving long sentences.

The band, who will also perform ‘The Black Album’ in full during their headline slot at next summer’s Download Festival, will play the former Danish prison on June 6 2012.

Statsfængsel, which was built in 1853, served as a high security prison until it closed in 2006. The prison grounds now serve as an entertainment venue, where a number of festivals and concerts have taken place.


The metal titans have a history of playing prisons, having filmed the video for their 2003 comeback single ‘St. Anger’ at San Quentin State Prison in California. They also played a show for the prison’s inmates as a thank you for letting them film inside the jail.

Metallica will play Download Festival on June 9. The festival itself will take place from June 8-10 2012 at Donington Park.

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