MTV:Icon Performers Announced

OFFICIAL MTV PRESS RELEASE: -------------------------- New York, NY, April 3, 2003 - MTV: Music Television today announced a stellar lineup of performers including Avril Lavigne, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Sum 41, to honor Metallica at the network’s annual performance tribute event, mtvICON. These artists will take the stage before a live audience, paying homage to the band with their own musical interpretations of classic Metallica songs. The 90-minute special will also include testimonials from artists who have been influenced by the band. A list of testimonials and additional performers will be announced shortly. For the finale, Metallica will give up a show-stopping performance. mtvICON: Metallica will premiere on Tuesday, May 6th at 9:00PM [ET/PT]. Avril Lavigne will take a break from her first North American headline tour, titled TRY TO SHUT ME UP, for her mtvICON: Metallica performance. Her debut album, Let Go, has sold over 12 million copies to date worldwide. Following their mtvICON tribute, Limp Bizkit will hit the road to headline with Metallica and Linkin Park on the Summer Sanitarium tour. Limp’s forthcoming album, out this June, is one of the most highly anticipated rock albums of the summer. mtvICON will mark the debut television event performance by Korn. To date Korn has sold more than 18 million albums around the world. The band will be touring this summer as part of Ozzfest. Sum 41's mtvICON appearance comes fresh on the heels of their sold-out U.S. tour in support of their most recent album, “Does This Look Infected?” The platinum-certified “Does This Look Infected?” features the hit singles, “Still Waiting” and “The Hell Song.” With over 85 million albums sold worldwide, Metallica is the #5 top selling artist in the Soundscan era. Metallica has produced such seminal hard rock hits as “Enter Sandman,” “Unforgiven,” “One,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “I Disappear,” and many, many more. “St. Anger,” their first new album in five years is scheduled for release on June 10th 2003, and the band is slated to headline the 2003 Summer Sanitarium Tour, which will also feature Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. MTV.com will be an online destination for Metallica fans. In the “Ultimate Fan Contest,” die-hard fans can upload photos and their favorite Metallica moments to share with MTV.com’s music community. One of these fans will win a trip to the show. In addition, MTV.com will feature a complete multimedia Metallica timeline, streaming music and video, and exclusive photos. For more information on mtvICON and to enter the mtvICON Ultimate Fan Contest, fans can log on to MTV.com. As the MTV Video Music Awards show honors artists for their accomplishments in the art of music video for that given year, mtvICON is meant to honor musical artists for their collective contributions and impact on music videos, pop culture, and over their entire career. Executive producers of mtvICON: Metallica are Tom Calderone, Dave Sirulnick, and Lorraine Coyle. Michael Dempsey is Producer. Joe DeMaio is Director. Michele Dix and Jesse Ignjatovic are co-creators.