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Metallica, Godsmack to Tour in 2004

Metallica and Godsmack are gearing up for a 2004 North American arena tour which could stretch as far as 80 dates, Billboard.com has learned.

The trek will begin March 2 in Phoenix; other confirmed dates include March 8 in San Francisco and March 28 in Seattle. The first batch of ticket on-sales will begin Saturday (Dec. 20) via Ticketmaster.

Metallica has already committed to the Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand after the first of the year, plus European festival dates beginning in late May and stretching into July.

The group is touring in support of its latest Elektra album, “St. Anger,” which has sold a relatively disappointing 1.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The latest single from the set, “The Unnamed Feeling,” will be released as a seven-track EP Jan. 12 in the U.K.

Metallica is also the subject of the documentary “Some Kind of Monster,” which will premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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