Metallica has added a new show to its summer North American schedule. The band will perform at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on June 9th, with the concert acting as a benefit for the Native Fund, a non-profit organization that helps Iowans during disaster relief. The fund was founded in 2008 by actor Ashton Kutcher and NFL star Dallas Clark, both Iowa natives, as a way to give back to local residents.

Metallica stated, “(Kutcher and Clark) are committed to raising funds and organizing resources that can be used to assist the people of Iowa in their times of need including relief through its financial and programmatic resources to Iowans suffering from a natural disaster, to post-9/11 veterans who are in need medical or other assistance, and to children afflicted with life-threatening illness or disease.”

  • The band added, “We’re honored that Ashton and Dallas invited us to be a part of this special event and look forward to giving back to a state that has been so supportive of Metallica throughout our career.”
  • Tickets will be available for Metallica fan club members starting on Wednesday (April 19th) at 9:00 a.m. local time, with general sales beginning on Friday (April 21st) at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • The North American leg of Metallica’s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore on May 10th and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August.

Meanwhile, an email was sent to a number of leading print and online media outlets in the U.K. on Sunday (April 16th) stating that drummer Lars Ulrich was retiring from Metallica. The email emanated from a site called The Metal Den and said, “Sad news for Ulrich fans. Speculation had been rife that Metallica’s drummer will announce his retirement from music, at age 53. Now it seems as this is really going to happen, with immediate effect.”

  • The email quoted Ulrich as saying, “Being a musician isn’t fun anymore,” adding that he was looking to branch into other creative fields.
  • Ulrich told us a while back that even nearly four decades into the band’s career, it isn’t hard to stay inspired: [“I don’t use the word ‘career,’ ‘hunger,’ I use more words like ‘fun.’ As long as we keep it fun for ourselves and keep it kind of manageable, the days of the word ‘career’ and the business and, I don’t know, it just seems kind of part of the past. Now it’s just about, like, having fun and wanting to do it. You know, as long as it doesn’t turn into too much work, it’s not hard to be inspired.”] 
  • The news was proven to be “fake” within 24 hours, however, with the Metallica camp confirming that the drummer, who co-founded the band 36 years ago with James Hetfield, was staying firmly behind the kit.

Other Metallica news:

  • A new trailer has arrived for Addicted To Porn: Chasing The Cardboard Butterfly, a documentary about the impact of pornography addiction that is narrated by James Hetfield. Addicted To Porn is the fifth feature-length film and fourth documentary, from writer-director Justin Hunt, who previously interviewed Hetfield for Absent, his award-winning documentary on absent and disengaged fathers.
  • Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will debut his first major international exhibition of his contemporary art, titled “Rawk,” at the third edition of Art New York at Pier 94, opening Wednesday, May 3rd, and continuing through Sunday, May 7th, to kick off New York Art Week.