Fresh off this month's performance at the inaugural U.S. version of Rock In Rio in Las Vegas, Metallica will perform at the 2015 X-Games, set to take place between June 4 and June 7 in Austin, Texas. Metallica will headline on June 6. Other artists playing at the extreme sports showcase include Nicki Minaj, Talib Kweli, Kid Ink, Pennywise, Joywave and more.
ESPN has uploaded video footage of a new conversation between Metallica frontman James Hetfield and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, filmed at the band's headquarters in San Rafael, California.
Hetfield told Hawk in a previously released clip: "It only makes sense that people who grew up on Metallica are wanting to continue to skate and do the cool things that they do."
Hetfield continued: "We're pretty jazzed. We're excited to get there and X-Games has been going on for a while; it's about time! The music does something to you. When athletes are already really good and the music takes them to another place, you can't explain that."
Bassist Robert Trujillo added: "It always seemed like the skaters and the surfers were really connected to the music of Metallica... There's a connection to those type of people. It's similar energy. You see at these events they're playing a lot of hard rock metal and punk rock."
Despite insisting that work has been proceeding on a new album, Metallica has spent a lot of time outside the studio in the last year, with activities that included a string of European all-request shows last summer, a week-long residency on "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson", and the Rock In Rio stint.
More festival dates are on the schedule for this summer, including two shows in Montreal and a headlining slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago at the end of July.