Metallica’s James Hetfield: “Orion Festival Was A Disaster Financially”

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James Hetfield spoke on Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz and announced that the Orion Festival would not be happening anymore due to financial reasons. Last year, the Orion Festival featured performances from Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, The Joy Formidable, Vista Chino, Dead Sara, and much more.

“Right now, it seems like metal is struggling a little bit in the States. Obviously, the Orion festival that we had tried to do the last couple of years has really not been… Gosh, it’s been a disaster financially, and it’s not able to happen again because of that. So it’s a bummer. So, you know, we’re doing what we can to keep being alive here. And I hope to get out and play in the States. It seems like forever since we’ve been out and about. You know, we’ve hit the coasts and we’ve done TV stuff and things like that. But it will happen again.”

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  • Dennis

    Sad but true. No pun intended.

  • — Joe —

    Did they consider maybe NOT having it in Detroit? I think it would fare better in a larger city where everyone isn’t bankrupt.

  • jim garturt

    Metal-Hard Rock is coming to an end and being replaced with bands like Arcade Fire and other soft rock pop. The old Seattle sound bands newer albums were OK but far from keeping rock alive. It was supported by their die hard fans mostly.

    • darkdragon

      They needed current alternative acts and EDM acts at this festival in order to bring in a younger crowd. Current alterantive acts happen to be soft and or dancey and mixing all this with a heavy band like Metallica who primary audience is older does not work.