Orion Music + More

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Orion Music + More
Genre Extreme metal, heavy metal, hard rock, rock, hardcore punk, indie rock, alternative rock, punk rock, experimental music.
Dates

June 23–24, 2012

June 8–9, 2013
Years active 2012–2013
Website
www.orionmusicandmore.com

The Orion Music + More was a touring music festival created by American thrash metal/heavy metal band Metallica. On February 7, 2012, the band announced plans to launch the festival, which took place at Bader Field in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24, 2012. The second installment took place at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on June 8 and 9, 2013. [1][2] The festival was a financial disaster, which led to its cancellation after only two installments.[3]

2013[edit]

It was announced that Belle Isle would be the site of the Orion Music + More Festival in 2013. On December 26, 2012, Detroit Councilman Ken Cockrel Jr. confirmed rumors that the city is in the process of confirming 2014 and 2015 as well to take place at Belle Isle.[4] However, on December 2, 2013, it was announced that Metallica would be "taking a year off" from the festival in 2014. Every year, Metallica brings many bands and artists from many different genres to play at the Orion.[5] In addition to the musical features, Orion Music and More had numerous additional attractions, including: "Custom Car + Motorcycle Show", Ulrich's speech at "Hit The Lights Films", Kirk’s Crypt which contains his huge horror collection and the "Metallica Museum" (which featured classic Metallica guitars) among others.[6]

2013 Lineup[edit]

38 bands and artists performed at the festival. Bands from a wide variety of genres, ranging from thrash metal and black metal, even to punk, indie, moombahton, dubstep, bass music and experimental rock, played throughout the weekend. Metallica did a surprise performance at the Damage Inc. Stage as dehaan and played entire Kill 'Em All album.[7] The following evening they played different set-list, including songs such as "Carpe Diem Baby" and "I Disappear" among Sunday's rarities.[8] Aside from their performances, The Chili Peppers closed Saturday night's lineup in drummer Chad Smith's home town with an hour and 45 minutes of mostly hits including a frenetic rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."[9]

BUDWEISER ORION Stage[edit]

Sat June 8 Sun June 9

Fuel Stage[edit]

Sat June 8 Sun June 9

Damage Inc. Stage + Van's Vert Ramp[edit]

Sat June 8 Sun June 9

Frantic Stage[edit]

Sat June 8 Sun June 9

Sanitarium Stage[edit]

Sat June 8 Sun June 9

2012[edit]

In 2012, the first Orion festival was held at Atlantic City. According to Press of Atlantic City, Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival sold 23,571 for shows June 22 and 23.[10]

2012 Lineup[edit]

37 bands and artists performed at the festival. Bands from a wide variety of genres, ranging from thrash metal and black metal, even to punk, indie, and experimental rock, played throughout the weekend. Members of Metallica introduced some of the bands performing, including Suicidal Tendencies, where Robert Trujillo was their bassist from 1989 to their breakup in 1995.[11] Metallica headlined the festival on both days and performed two of their most critically acclaimed albums in their entirety: their 1984 album Ride the Lightning on the Saturday night, and their 1991 eponymous fifth release on the Sunday night.[12][13]

Orion Stage[edit]

Sat June 23 Sun June 24

Fuel Stage[edit]

Sat June 23 Sun June 24

Damage Inc. Stage[edit]

Sat June 23 Sun June 24

Frantic Stage[edit]

Sat June 23 Sun June 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orion Music + More". Metallica.com. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "METALLICA Bringing 'Orion' Festival Back In 2013 - July 26, 2012". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hartmann, Graham 'Gruhamed' (January 30, 2014). "Metallica’s James Hetfield: Orion Festival Was a ‘Disaster Financially’ + ‘Not Able To Happen Again’". Loudwire. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Steffen, Chris (June 7, 2013). "Metallica Seeking Long-Term Home for Orion Fest". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Young, Alex (February 25, 2013). "Metallica reveals lineup for Orion Music + More 2013". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bax, Mike (June 8, 2013). "Orion Music and More - Belle Isle, Detroit". Lithium Magazine. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Steffen, Chris (June 9, 2013). "Metallica Surprise Orion Fest With 'Kill 'Em All' Set". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Steffen, Chris (June 10, 2013). "Metallica Dig Deep for Orion Fest Setlist". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Graff, Gary (June 10, 2013). "Metallica Leads Heavy Orion Music Festival, Tells Detroit 'We'll Be Back'". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Previti, Emily (July 21, 2012). "Nearly 174,000 people attended Phish, Metallica shows at Bader Field". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Hartmann, Graham (May 31, 2012). "Metallica Talk Orion Music + More Festival in Behind-the-Scenes Rolling Stone Video". Loudwire. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Steffen, Chris (June 25, 2012). "Metallica Wrap Orion Festival With Heavy-Duty Black Album Set". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Anderson, Stacey (February 7, 2012). "Metallica Announce Orion Music Festival". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

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