This is what the Philadelphia Daily News reported about the Free Concert, the third time.

Metallica goes to court to keep concert on CoreStates parking lot

by Ron Avery
Daily News Staff Writer

Get out your ear plugs.

South Philly residents might need them after all because Metallica is refusing to back down from its plans to stage a concert in the CoreStates Center parking lot next week.

Yesterday, attorneys for the raucous rock-'n'-rollers sought an injunction to ensure they can hold the show outside the sports complex, according to a statement from Elektra Records.

This could spell trouble for city officials and neighboring residents who want the group to play indoors -- or not at all. They're worried about the noise and congestion such a show could create.

"I'm told they are the loudest group in the world -- IN THE WORLD," declared City Councilwoman Anna C. Verna. Earlier, it looked as if the residents would get their way. Verna and Councilman Frank DiCicco met for 90 minutes yesterday with Peter Lukko, president of the CoreStates complex and its attorney, Philip Weinberg. Afterward, the company issued a one-sentence statement saying that after considering "the concerns and issues" raised by neighbors and officials "the better alternative is to hold the concert indoors at the CoreStates Spectrum."

Then, Metallica fired back through Elektra saying it had an oral contract with CoreStates and that changing the show would harm its "impeccable reputation" and cause "lost goodwill" to fans. The band promised to pay for extra safety, security and sanitation workers.
"Our concern with our fans is always safety first," the band management said. "Which is precisely why we want to keep the concert in the parking lot. We appreciate the concern of the city and the CoreStates complex, but this event is taking on a much more far-reaching scope."

Promoters predicted about 40,000 fans for a parking lot concert. Depending on how the Spectrum is arranged, only 15,000 to 19,000 could be accommodated. The band's management said fans are coming from all over the United States for the Veterans Day event and that radio stations and satellite networks from around the world plan to cover it.

"Canceling the concert, or turning fans away by limiting the audience to indoor capacity, would cause irreparable harm to both Elektra and Metallica . . . Anything short of the planned outdoor concert, i.e., putting the show indoors, is of paramount concern to us, and could create a potential problem with regard to public safety," the band said.

A number of cities, including New York, Chicago and Boston turned down the free concert. Then, radio stations in other cities, including WYSP here, promoted the idea of landing the concert, urging listeners to lobby for it.

This week, Elektra issued a press release quoting Metallica member James Hetfield as saying "f--- red tape. We asked our fans to find us a place to play and they came through. . . . There's no better place to play millions of decibels than the Hard-CoreStates arena."

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