After a 30-year career that's taken them everywhere from West Germany to the Western Cape, Metallica heads to the bottom of the planet (or the top, depending on your point of view?) for a December gig at Antarctica's Carlini Argentine Base. This is noteworthy for two reasons; firstly, they'll be the only big-name band ever to play a concert on the icy landmass (the actual first band was a group of scientist-musicians called "Nunatak", but we're happy to overlook them); secondly, they'll be the first band in history to have performed on all seven continents. Fall Out Boy tried to snag that title back in '08, but were thankfully thwarted when the massive chunk of ice they were meant to land on fell into the ocean (prior to their landing, unfortunately).
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Metallica plans to play an unusually un-amplified set in front of an audience of Coca-Cola Zero contest winners from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Fans'll don headphones to have the performance beamed directly into their earholes -- fortunately for the rest of us, the whole thing'll be filmed for wide release later on. In addition to the concert, however, contest winners get to tour the chilliest continent and attend lectures on the environment. March of the Penguins gone metal, y'all -- start swilling that saccharin.