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Metallica to play Wembley Stadium
James Hetfield, singer and guitarist of the US band Metallica
Metallica have sold 95 million albums during their 26-year career
Rock band Metallica are to play a one-off concert at the new Wembley Stadium in London in the summer.

The band will take time out from recording their latest album, due for release next year, for the 8 July gig.

"This gives us a chance to stretch out a bit and jam in front of real fans," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said.

Singer James Hetfield added: "We always dreamed of some day headlining the marquee venues around the world, including Wembley."

The four-piece have sold more than 95 million albums worldwide during their 26-year career and have collected seven Grammy Awards.

Tickets for the concert go on sale on Wednesday.

Fringe gigs

Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters and Kaiser Chiefs are to play at Edinburgh's T on the Fringe in the summer, organisers have confirmed.

The Kaiser Chiefs, who recently scored their first chart-topping single with Ruby, will appear at the Meadowbank Stadium in the Scottish capital on 24 August.

US rockers the Foo Fighters will play the 25,000-capacity venue on 21 August.

Tickets for the two concerts are also due to go on sale on Wednesday.

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