Press Of Atlantic City's Jennifer Bogdan reports:
An internationally known band that headlined a two-day concert at Bader Field last year has told one national media outlet that Atlantic City wasn't all it was cracked up to be, leaving little hope the act would return in the future.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield made the comments centered on hotel costs to Rolling Stone magazine earlier this month as the metal band moved its Orion Music + More festival to Detroit. Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford said the criticism is legitimate and called on the state and casino properties to work together to create an environment that will attract major outdoor concerts to Bader Field in the future.
"I thought Atlantic City was going to be a lot better than it was," Hetfield told Rolling Stone earlier this month of the concert that drew nearly 24,000 people during two days, according to box office reports. "There was some gouging going on in hotels, ripping people off, crap like that. But it's a gambling town, and it's got a reputation for that. We're trying to make this affordable for people so that wasn't a great thing."
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