NEW YORK, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will launch "Metallica Presents: Big 4 Radio," the commercial-free music channel featuring the music of four of heavy metal's biggest legends: Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. The channel's launch leads up to the long-awaited "Big 4 Festival," which will feature the four pioneering bands performing together for the first time in the United States, on April 23 in Indio, California.
"Metallica Presents: Big 4 Radio" will launch on Tuesday, April 12 at 12:00 pm ET and air through Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 am ET on the SiriusXM Bootlegs channel on SiriusXM Internet Radio, and through the SiriusXM App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and several BlackBerry and Android-powered smartphones. "Metallica Presents: Big 4 Radio" will also air on Sirius channel 27 and XM channel 42 Saturday, April 16 at 12:00 pm ET through Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 am ET.
The limited-run channel will also feature highlights of archival interviews with various members of the four bands, as well as Metallica performances at previous "Big 4" shows. SiriusXM listeners will also hear on-site reports from the "Big 4 Festival."
On Sunday, May 8, SiriusXM will launch "Mandatory Metallica,"the 24/7 Metallica music channel, including music from the band's entire catalog, rare cuts and songs from Metallica's "Big 4" concert performances. "Mandatory Metallica" will be available for an extended period on SiriusXM Bootlegs on SiriusXM Internet Radio, and through the SiriusXM App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and several BlackBerry and Android-powered smartphones.
"Metallica Presents: Big 4 Radio" and "Mandatory Metallica" are the latest examples of SiriusXM's original artist-branded channels dedicated to iconic musicians. In addition to its current lineup of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Elvis Radio, Radio Margaritaville and Pearl Jam Radio,SiriusXM has previously offered channels such as "Paul McCartney's Band on the Run Radio," "Elton!," "The Who Channel," "Paul McCartney's Fireman Radio," "Rolling Stones Radio," "AC/DC Radio," "Led Zeppelin Radio," "Miles Davis Radio," "The Spectrum of John Mellencamp," "Radio R.E.M.," "Coldplay Nation," "ABBA Radio," "Jay-Z Nation," "Garth Brooks Radio" and "Duran Duran's Red Carpet Radio."
SiriusXM has arrangements with every major automaker and its radio products are available for sale at shop.siriusxm.com as well as retail locations nationwide.
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