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Metric Talk Upcoming Fall Shows, Afternoon Tequila Drinking

August 1, 2008 4:02 PM ET

This weekend the Rock Daily festival crew will be beaming us the latest updates from Lollapalooza, but before we get in a Chicago state of mind, here's some advice from festival vets Metric, who just rocked Pemberton and will hit the stage at All Points West next weekend. Click above to wach Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joules Scott-Key and Josh Winstead talk about the fall tour they're planning and explain the hardships of rocking crowds of 50,000 fans: "Sometimes you're forced to drink tequila at 1:30 in the afternoon."

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Leonard Cohen | 1969

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