Rock group Metallica has made a living for the past 30 years growling about death in apocalyptic anthems such as Four Horsemen and Enter Sandman.
Now, the heavy-metal pioneers are sleeping with one eye open for a different reason: Europe’s financial crisis.
Metallica’s long-time manager, Cliff Burnstein, is accelerating the band’s tour plans to avoid getting sucked into Europe’s debt troubles. With the gloom among investors spreading to richer countries such as France, Burnstein is worried that the euro will tank, making it harder for concert promoters in the 17 countries that use the currency to pay Metallica’s fees.
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