There’s a new radio station coming to Des Moines this weekend … kind-of
Acclaimed metal group Metallica is set to return to Iowa June 9 for a Native Fund benefit show at the Iowa Speedway. Wochit
Metallica fever has taken over Des Moines.
Days after the iconic metal band announced its first Iowa show since 2008, local rock station Lazer 103.3 unveiled plans to change names (temporarily) in celebration of the major concert announcement. Des Moines, meet your new station: Metallica 103.3.
Lazer plans to switch its website, social media and on-air promotions to Metallica 103.3 at 6 a.m. Friday and play exclusively Metallica tracks across central Iowa airwaves until 10 p.m. Sunday, when the station will switch back to Lazer 103.3. A plus for Metallica fans: the station is giving away tickets to the concert every hour Friday. Ryan Patrick, Lazer brand manager, said he’s seen the band attract generations of fans during decades of hard rock radio dominance.
“You've got this band that’s got this body of work from the ‘80s until now and they continue to put out great music,” Patrick said.
Metallica, the eight-time Grammy Award winning four-piece, is set to appear at the Iowa Speedway in Newton on June 9 as part of the “WorldWired 2017” tour. The show is slated as a fundraiser for Ashton Kutcher and Dallas Clark-founded non-profit The Native Fund, which helps Iowans during disaster relief. Fellow metal act Avenged Sevenfold and hard rock outfit Volbeat are scheduled to open the show.
The Metallica fandom at Lazer flourished Monday with afternoon drive host Andy Hall interviewing the band’s celebrated guitarist Kirk Hammett. Hall and Hammett discussed the Iowa show, which could bring as many as 37,000 to Newton, the band’s new record, “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct,” and Hammett’s memories of Metallica playing Iowa Jam 1986 alongside Aerosmith.
“You know what? I’m thinking about Iowa in general,” Hammett said. “And I remember that we played the Iowa Jam in 1986. Do you remember that show?
Hall replied: “Legend. Everybody talks about the Iowa Jam.”
“Aerosmith was on the bill,” Hammett said. “It was during a break in the Ozzy (Osbourne) tour and I’ll never forget that because we came into Iowa and the night before the show Van Halen were playing with Sammy Hagar and we all went down to see Sammy with Van Halen … and then the next day we played the show and it was super cool because it was the first time we had played with someone like Aerosmith.”
Listen to the interview in full at the Lazer website. Tickets to see Metallica at the Iowa Speedway go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via ticketmaster.com. More information can be found at iowaspeedway.com.
It's been eight year since Metallica's last studio album and they're back with 'Hardwired'. (Nov. 25) AP