U.S. Bank Stadium to host metal gods Metallica on Aug. 20

Metallica leader James Hetfield in Rio de Janeiro last fall.

Metallica leader James Hetfield in Rio de Janeiro last fall.

Before we see Viking horns at U.S. Bank Stadium, expect a sea of devil horns. It was announced Wednesday that metal gods Metallica will rock the brand-new, $1.1 billion football/concert space on August 20, just one day after bro-country pioneer Luke Bryan christens it with Miller Lite

Tickets to the Metallica show — their first Twin Cities gig since 2009 at Target Center — go on pre-sale at 8 a.m. March 22 to the group's Club Met fan club. The general public can score 'em for $49.50-$149.50 beginning 10 a.m. March 25 via Ticketmaster.

The Minneapolis stop is one of just a handful of Metallica dates planned for 2016, according to Wednesday's press release. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will join the the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers at the People's Stadium in Minneapolis. 

“We had such an amazing time playing in our hometown stadium the night before the Super Bowl that when asked we couldn’t say ‘no’ to another chance to be part of a very special weekend,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in the press release, vaguely alluding to the band's pre-Super Bowl performance at San Francisco's AT&T Park in February. 

Metallica probably won't be pimping their latest album, 2008's Death Magnetic, very hard, but the group is set to re-issue its first two seminal LPs — 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning — on April 15.