Well, anything Johnny Cash can do...

METALLICA are to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Cash by playing a gig for the inmates of SAN QUENTIN prison near SAN FRANCISCO.

The metal outfit will play the show today (May 2), 24 hours after filming the video for new single ‘St Anger’, the title track of their forthcoming album, in the prison grounds, Rolling Stone reports.

The video was shot at various locations throughout the prison using actual inmates and guards rather than actors. It was directed by the Malloy Brothers, who have shot clips for the likes of Foo Fighters.

The 151-year-old prison has also hosted performances by the likes of BB King and Merle Haggard, who played in a prison band while incarcerated there in the late Fifties. In fact, it was during one of [a][/a]’ legendary San Quentin shows that Haggard the inmate decided to straighten up and pursue a career in country music.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Metallica have announced they will play four free shows in San Francisco between May 18 and 22 before heading to Paris in June to play three shows in one day on June 11, two days after new album ‘St Anger’ is released.

This summer Metallica will headline the Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 22-24.

For Reading tickets, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663. Purchasers should be reminded weekend tickets are sold out.

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The band will also perform during the US Summer Sanitarium tour, which starts on July 4 in Detroit and ends August 10 in San Francisco.

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