Roundup: Metallica Starts Festival, Sid’s Love Letter To Nancy, Lana Del Rey Cancels Tour

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Metallica are starting their own summer music festival.  This week the group announced they’ll headline nights one and two of the Orion Music Festival in Atlantic City, NJ over June 23-24. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Black Album  they’ll play it in its entirety on night one and all of  Ride the Lightning for the first time ever on the other night.  Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Avenged Sevenfold, and Cage the Elephant are also on the bill. Tickets go on sale this Saturday February 11th.

Sid Vicious, the bassist for the Sex Pistols who died of a drug overdose at age 21,  penned a love letter to his girlfriend Nancy Spungen a year before his death and just months before she was stabbed to death. The blog, Letters of Note, has unearthed that letter which features Syd’s list of reasons for loving Nancy.  Making the top five were :

1. Beautiful
2. Sexy
3. Beautiful figure
4. Great sense of humour
5. Makes extremely interesting conversation

Read the full list here.

Bon Iver have announced a string of new US dates including: San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium April 19; Santa Barbara, Calif., at the Santa Barbara Bowl April 22 and Tucson, Ariz., at the AVA Amphitheatre April 23.

Lana Del Rey has canceled her upcoming tour to support her debut album Born to Die. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the tour was shut down in lieu of the fallout from her recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, which was widely panned and even lampooned on last week’s show by SNL’s Kristen Wiig.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.