Nova Scotia

Metallica to rock Citadel Hill

Metallica will be playing a concert on Halifax Citadel Hill this summer, CBC News has learned.

Metallica will be playing a concert on Halifax Citadel Hill this summer, CBC News has learned.

It will be announced officially on Monday that the heavy rock band will play in Halifax on July 14.

The event is being called Rock the Hill and it's being promoted by MacKay Entertainment — a company owned by Michele MacKay, the wife of Nova Scotia concert promoter, Harold MacKay.

Michele and Harold MacKay were the principals in Power Promotional Events Inc., the company behind several major concerts on the Halifax Common, from Paul McCartney in July 2009 to the Black Eyed Peas in the summer of 2010.

Power Promotional went out of business last October owing thousands of dollars to several suppliers.

It was later revealed that the Halifax Regional Municipality lost nearly $360,000 on the two concerts the MacKays promoted last summer. Two weeks before the July concert took place, MacKay threatened to cancel the event.

Acting CAO Wayne Anstey then authorized a $400,000 grant based on ticket sales, without the authorization of council. After that became public in March, Anstey was forced to resign.

Spokesmen for the city and the World Trade and Convention Centre said Friday that they are not and will not be involved in this event.

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