CASTLE DONINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett (R) of Metallica perform on the Jim Marshall main
Samir Hussein

Exit "Brain Stew." Enter "Blackened."

With Green Day suddenly forced to eject from Voodoo Music ExperienceMetallica have stepped up for the newly open headlining spot. They'll join acts like Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Skrillex, Jack White, Nas, the Avett Brothers, Justice, Silversun Pickups, Coheed and Cambria and Say Anything. The metal band, who'll play on October 27, may want to consult our Insider's Guide to New Orleans before heading down to Louisiana.

"We are excited to be part of our first-ever Voodoo Music + Arts Experience," drummer Lars Ulrich told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Our good friends and fellow Bay Area residents Green Day had to unfortunately cancel their plans to be there, so we are more than happy to fill in for them in our own unique way. We're hoping we can fill those very large shoes and do them proud." 

The foursome are readying another record, with guitarist Kirk Hammett recently telling Rolling Stone, "We're going to start hunkering down and putting riffs together. That's all going to happen soon." Metallica have never been ones to shy away from playing brand new songs during their thunderous live shows, so the metal militia best start steeling themselves. Personally, we're still reeling from the life-changing experience that was Metallica performing at their inaugural Orion Festival in June.

Green Day pulled out of Voodoo for undisclosed reasons, although logic would point to Billie Joe Armstrong's recent entry into rehab after an onstage meltdown at iHeartRadio Festival. "Canceling shows is something we rarely do," drummer Tré Cool said in a statement. "We never want to let our fans down, and we are grateful for all of you being understanding during this time." Bassist Mike Dirnt told the BBC that "at the end of the day when we got off the road, the most important thing was my friend's life."

Voodoo Music Experience will take place in New Orleans, LA. from Oct. 26-28. Fuse will be live on the ground, giving you another reason to buy tickets to the New Orleans festival. If you can't, we'll be giving you constant updates on See ya there!