Metallica releasing 27 albums this year…of live material, plus a box set

Though little news has surfaced concerning Metallica’s new record, the bay area thrashers have some other stuff planned in the near future:

“We’ve been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we’ve done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening… sometimes even hours! Over the years we’ve been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the “old school” compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we’re going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.
We want to keep it simple so we’ll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we’re also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There’s that special concept of a volume discount and you’ll have a box to store all your CD’s in. CD’s will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either LiveMetallica.com or in the Met Store.
And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly Metallica HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl… YOU choose from the 27 shows we’ve played this year by voting for your favs here. We’ll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015.
Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!”

The following are the shows that will be available as double-CD releases:

March 16, 2014 Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia
March 18, 2014 Parque Bicentenario, Quito, Ecuador
March 20, 2014 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru
March 22, 2014 Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 24, 2014 Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay
March 27, 2014 Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile
March 29, 2014 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 30, 2014 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 12, 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
May 28, 2014 Sonisphere at Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
May 30, 2014 Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden
June 01, 2014 Sonisphere at Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway
June 03, 2014 State Prison Open Air, Horsens, Denmark
June 04, 2014 Sonisphere at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
June 06, 2014 Rock Im Park at Zeppelinfeld, Nurnberg, Germany
June 08, 2014 Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
June 09, 2014 Pinkpop Festival at Megaland, Landgraaf, Netherlands
June 28, 2014 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Great Britain
July 01, 2014 Rock in Rome Sonisphere at Ippodromo Cappannelle, Rome, Italy
July 03, 2014 Rock Werchter at Werchterpark, Werchter, Belgium
July 04, 2014 Sonisphere at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
July 06, 2014 Sonisphere at Knebworth House, Stevenage, Great Britain
July 08, 2014 Aerodrome Festival at Incheba Open Air, Prague, Czech Republic
July 09, 2014 Krieau Rocks at Krieau Open Air, Vienna, Austria
July 11, 2014 Sonisphere at National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
July 13, 2014 ITU Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
August 09, 2014 HEAVY MONTREAL at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec