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Guitar Hero Metallica

Activision sponsoring this year's European Sonisphere Festivals.

Wednesday 1st April/... Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today its sponsorship of this year’s European Sonisphere Festivals, which are headlined by Metallica, and will be taking place in Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland, before finishing off the season with a two day festival in the UK. At the six festivals and a host of Metallica’s European gigs, fans itching to get a taste of Guitar Hero® Metallica® will have the opportunity to hone their skills and shred, drum and wail on a demo of the band’s highly-anticipated game before the European release in May 2009.

Guitar Hero Metallica offers fans a unique opportunity to live out their dreams of stardom playing as one of the greatest bands of all time to a set list of over 45 explosive rock and metal tracks,” says Siân Evans, European marketing manager, RedOctane. “To be able to play as Metallica and experience their intensity and musical skill in a video game and then watch them perform live, will be an awesomely, unique event for any music fan.”

Fans attending Metallica’s European tour dates will have the chance to win exclusive tickets to the Sonisphere Festivals and get their hands on signed Guitar Hero Metallica merchandise. Each tour date will also include Guitar Hero Metallica pre-show events where fans will have the opportunity to rock on specially made Guitar Hero® stages. At some of the concert venues, there will also be a variety of free limited-edition Guitar Hero Metallica prizes up for grabs, as well as after-parties featuring live DJs, on-stage guitar duel challenges for prizes and celebrity face-offs. A lucky handful of skilled players and performers will be able to win the chance to play the game on the Sonisphere Festival main stage in front of tens of thousands of fans and two fans from each country will win the ultimate prize, a chance to meet Metallica.

“Ride the Lightning” with musical icons Metallica and 21 other rockin’ acts in an all new Guitar Hero experience – Guitar Hero Metallica . Enter the world of Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo and experience the intensity and skill of one of the greatest bands of all time. Shred on the guitar controller, rip on the drum kit controller and wail on the mic to a set list featuring over 45 explosive hits from Metallica’s illustrious career and a wide variety of other legendary artists personally selected by the band, such as Bob Seger, Alice In Chains, System of A Down, Foo Fighters and Queen. Fans will be able to rock as Metallica while performing in venues reminiscent of the band’s epic album covers, themes from their music and real world locales.

Guitar Hero Metallica is developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system versions are developed by Budcat. The game is rated 12+ by the BBFC. For more information on Guitar Hero Metallica , please visit guitarhero.com.

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Activision Publishing, Inc.

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2009 Sonisphere Festival dates are as follows:

20/06/2009 Nijmegen, Holland

04/07/2009 HockenheimRing, Germany

11/07/2009 Barcelona, Spain

18/07/2009 Hultsfred, Sweden

25/07/2009 Pori, Finland

01/08/2009 – 02/08/2009 Knebworth, UK

For full details, tickets and line up, please visit www.sonispherefestival.com.

For more details on the festivals, contact debbie@kililive.com (0207 399 7070).

2009 EU Metallica sold out tour dates are as follows:

03/26/2009 Glasgow, GBR SECC Arena SOLD OUT

03/28/2009 London, GBR O2 Arena SOLD OUT

03/30/2009 Rotterdam, NLD Ahoy SOLD OUT

04/01/2009 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisport de Bercy SOLD OUT

04/02/2009 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisport de Bercy SOLD OUT

05/06/2009 Munich, DEU Olympiahalle SOLD OUT

05/07/2009 Leipzig, DEU Leipzig Arena SOLD OUT

05/09/2009 Stuttgart, DEU Schleyerhalle SOLD OUT

05/11/2009 Frankfurt, DEU Festhalle SOLD OUT

05/12/2009 Hamburg, DEU Colorline Arena SOLD OUT

05/14/2009 Vienna, AUT Stadthalle SOLD OUT

05/16/2009 Oberhausen, DEU Kopi-Arena SOLD OUT

05/17/2009 Cologne, DEU Lanxess Arena SOLD OUT

06/14/2009 Helsinki, FIN Hartwall Arena SOLD OUT

06/15/2009 Helsinki, FIN Hartwall Arena SOLD OUT

06/17/2009 Oslo, NOR Spektrum SOLD OUT

06/22/2009 Milan, ITA Datch Forum SOLD OUT

06/24/2009 Rome, ITA Palalottomatica SOLD OUT

07/07/2009 Nimes, FRA Festival de Nimes SOLD OUT

07/13/2009 Madrid, ESP Palacio de Deportes SOLD OUT

07/14/2009 Madrid, ESP Palacio de Deportes SOLD OUT

07/16/2009 Zurich, CHE Hallenstadion SOLD OUT

07/20/2009 Copenhagen, DNK Copenhagen Forum SOLD OUT

07/22/2009 Copenhagen, DNK Copenhagen Forum SOLD OUT

07/23/2009 Copenhagen, DNK Copenhagen Forum SOLD OUT

07/27/2009 Copenhagen, DNK Copenhagen Forum SOLD OUT

07/28/2009 Copenhagen, DNK Copenhagen Forum SOLD OUT

07/30/2009 Oslo, NOR Spektrum SOLD OUT

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

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Guitar Hero Metallica © 2009 Activision Publishing, Inc. Guitar Hero, Activision and RedOctane are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. Metallica is a registered trademark of Metallica.

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