Members of Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, and Metallica are all heading for the sanitarium -- and head-banging fans are welcome to join them there. The three bands made it official Wednesday with an announcement that they're touring together in the 2003 edition of the ''Summer Sanitarium'' tour. They'll play 18 North American cities starting on July 4, though tickets will go on sale for most shows as early as Feb. 22. All three bands will play full-length sets, with shorter opening sets by Mudvayne and the Deftones.
Each of the three bands has a new record coming out this spring. Linkin Park, whose ''Hybrid Theory'' was the top-selling album of 2001, is releasing the follow-up, ''Meteora,'' on March 25. Limp Bizkit's ''Lessismore'' is due in May. Veterans Metallica, who headlined the first ''Summer Sanitarium'' tour three years ago, are releasing ''St. Anger'' on June 10, their first studio album in five years and their first without bassist Jason Newsted, who quit two years ago after 14 years with the band.
The tour schedule has yet to be finalized, but the cities include Minneapolis; St. Louis; Orlando; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Montreal; Dallas; Houston; Seattle; Denver; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Detroit; Toronto; Washington (or Baltimore); and Chicago.