According to the Detroit News, Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival won’t be coming back to Detroit next year. In fact, it won’t be coming anywhere next year, as the fest is taking a year off. Promoter C3 Presents confirmed that Metallica will be taking 2014 off Orion, since they’ll be touring in Europe and while the Fest may return in 2015, they wouldn’t confirm that it will happen in Detroit. This would have been Orion’s third year following this past Summer on Detroit’s Bell Isle and 2012’s inaugural fest in Atlantic City, NJ. Promoters struck a deal with Detroit to have the festival return to the city in 2014 and 2015, but had the option to back out.
This is a relatively new development, since only a few months ago, while promoting their concert film Through the Never, James Hetfield told the Detroit News that they were planning on returning in 2104. “I sure hope so; that is the plan,” he told them. “The festival itself is not 100-percent greenlit yet. There’s gotta be a powwow where all of us get together and make sure we’re on the same page.”
Now that there’s a hole in Summer one-off metal fests, now might be the time for the long-dormant Ozzfest to make it’s return. While there was a two-day Japanese version last year, there hasn’t been an American Ozzfest since 2010. Since Black Sabbath will likely still be touring behind this year’s 13, it would certainly make sense. Obviously, this is all just conjecture, but if you’re reading this Sharon, I think you might wanna consider doing it.