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METALLICA PLAYING SURPRISE SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

Metallica will play a surprise show in Los Angeles on Thursday night (November 4th), in Hangar Eight at Santa Monica Airport. The band will perform at a party to promote the release of the new video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops. The band said in a statement, "Our friends over at Activision, the fine folks who bring you the Guitar Hero games, noticed a small hole in the Metalli-tour schedule in between Australian dates and rang us up to invite us to the launch of their next Call Of Duty game . . . one thing led to another and next thing we know, we're playing at the party!!!"

The statement added that the event will raise funds for The Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization that helps soldiers transition to civilian life and assists them in establishing jobs and careers.

This is Metallica's only U.S. gig for the rest of the year.

Activision released Guitar Hero: Metallica in March 2009. The band played a special release party for that game at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas that month.

There are no tickets on sale for the Santa Monica event, but a limited number of passes are available for Metallica fan club members at metclub.com.

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