Festival d'ete de Quebec Ropes in Metallica, the Black Keys, Girl Talk, Elton John

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Apr 20, 2011

For 44 years, Quebec City has hosted Festival d'ete de Quebec, a citywide celebration of music and the arts. From July 7 to 17, countless concerts will take place all around Quebec City, but there's one show that will most certainly take top priority. It was announced this morning (April 20) that heavy metal vets Metallica will be playing the fest.

A press release confirms that the classic act will play July 16 at the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham. It's something that both residents and the band have been looking forward to for years.

"This is a feat we've been dreaming of," Dominique Goulet, programming director for the Festival d'été de Québec, said in a statement. "This has got to be the band that we get the most requests for! For years, Festival fans have been asking us for Metallica and we were finally able to line up their free dates with our schedule."

Back in 2009, Metallica leader/guitarist James Hetfield told a Quebec City journo that playing the Plains of Abraham was a priority for the rockers. "It's on our 'to do list,'" he said at the time.

Longtime guitar whiz Joe Satriani will also perform. This is kind of neat, as many a fan will know that the Satch was Metallica six-stringer Kirk Hammett's guitar teacher. Circle of life, right? Locals Dance Laury Dance will open that July 16 show.

But Metallica aren't the only massive act playing the fest. Blues rockers the Black Keys, not to mention mash-up master Girl Talk, will rock the Bell Stage July 10. Elton John will play the same venue the day before (July 9). Organizers are expected to roll out more info by April 27.

Prices for passes have yet to be announced, but they will go on sale online April 30. Passes will also be sold at METRO supermarkets in Quebec.

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