Metallica to offer 27 live albums

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Metallica have responded to fan requests by confirming the launch of 27 live albums on CD.

They’ll make every show they played in 2014 available in batches of three – including their appearance at Glastonbury in June and the UK edition of Sonisphere the following week.

A box set of all discs will go on sale in December – and four of the 27 sets will be made available on limited-edition vinyl after a fan vote. The scheme marks 10 years of releasing nearly every live show in download format via LiveMetallica.com.

The band say: “We’ve been extremely proud to offer downloads within days of the shows, sometimes even hours. But we still get requests for ‘old school’ compact discs – we’re going to make that happen.

“Every show we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD. And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited-edition 180g vinyl early next year.”

Fans are asked to vote over which four sets should be converted to vinyl by September 26. The band add: “Look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the new year!”

Metallica are currently working on the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. Bassist Robert Trujillo this week reported that they’ll gather this month to go “back to the drawing board.” Their 10th studio work is expected next year.