In addition to making their first-ever visit next week to San Diego for the massive geek culture event known as Comic-Con, Metallica has also announced that it will play a surprise show while in town. As previously reported, the band will appear on July 19th at the San Diego Convention Center for a panel and preview of their upcoming IMAX 3D movie, Metallica Through The Never, which arrives in theaters this fall.

The band has now also revealed that it will play a gig somewhere in San Diego on the 19th, posting at its website, "We can't just TALK about the film when we are in San Diego . . . we want to play too! Following our chat in Hall H at Comic-Con, we'll be heading out to a super-secret spot to have some fun and hit the stage. Comic-Con attendees will have a chance to win tickets at the Hall H event and Met Club members should keep their eyes peeled here for more details about chances to win tickets too."