Metallica is headed for the Apollo

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Musicians Kirk Hammett (L) and James Hetfield of Metallica perform a secret concert in celebration of "Metallica Through The Never" during Comic-Con International 2013 at Spreckels Theatre on July 19, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BB Gun)
Kevin Winter

There will be a different type of Sandman featured at New York's Apollo next month.

Metallica is set to rock the legendary Harlem venue on Sept. 21. The band will promote its 3D concert-action film, "Metallica Through the Never," released in IMAX on Sept. 27 and other theaters a week later. It will also air live on a special temporary Metallica channel on SiriusXM. The film features both live concert footage and a fictional story line. Metallica started building hype for the hybrid concert/feature film at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego.

The Apollo, revered for its place in black entertainment and historic performances from the likes of James Brown to Michael Jackson, has become a venue for rock legends in recent years, including Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.

And while the Apollo is known for its "Sandman" character who boots weak contestants during its famous amateur show, "Enter Sandman" is one of Metallica's famous songs.