With Craig Ferguson’s final broadcast as host of The Late Late Show approaching, Metallica have booked a weeklong residency on the program to play him out in style. The band will sit for an interview with the Scottish comedian on November 17th and perform a song on the show every night that week. The group’s appearance on the show coincides with the 10-year anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will come out on November 24th, as well as a Record Store Day vinyl pressing of their new song “Lords of Summer,” due out Black Friday.
“What better way to celebrate Craig’s awesome tenure at CBS than to come and shake the rafters for a whole week,” Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. “Nothing to sell, nothing to promote (except a reissue DVD)…purely hanging at Craig’s personal request. Bring it!”
After a decade as host of The Late Late Show, Ferguson announced his decision to step down as host of the program this past April, a few weeks after David Letterman revealed that he would be retiring as host of The Late Show. The Scot’s final broadcast will take place on December 19th. After that, British actor and comedian James Corden will take over the show.
In other Metallica news, the group will be performing at the video-game convention BlizzCon on November 8th. The concert will also be broadcast on DirectTV as part of BlizzCon’s pay-per-view coverage. The group will also be performing as part of the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. on November 11th, alongside Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Eminem and Dave Grohl; the show will be broadcast on HBO. Additionally, Metallica have booked an appearance at the first U.S. Rock in Rio festival, which will also feature Taylor Swift and No Doubt and take place in May in Las Vegas.
In the meantime, the group is putting out vinyl editions of 27 concerts it played this year by the end of 2014 and spending whatever free time they have writing a new record. In April, Ulrich told Rolling Stone that he estimated the band was in the “fourth inning” of the writing process for the album.