S&M, or Symphony and Metallica if you're not into abbreviations, was originally performed with The San Francisco Symphony at The Berkeley Community Theatre on April 21 and 22. Metallica released the record in November 1999, and over the course of the past 20 years has sold more than 5.5 million copies of it in the United States alone. Now they're looking to repeat history.
According to KQED, Metallica will be the first show at San Francisco's new Chase Center this September 6. The show will celebrate the original album, plus presumably throw in some of the music they've written and recorded over the last 20 years. The original show was conducted by Michael Kamen, who passed away in 2003. The coming show will be conducted by Edwin Outwater.
No word on if the event will be recorded yet or not. Metallica briefly posted about the event on their Facebook page, but took it down shortly thereafter.
The first presale event begins on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. exclusively for Metallica Fan Club members, with an additional presale event at 12:00 p.m. for Chase cardholders. Additional presale events will be held for Chase Center Membership members on Wednesday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. and for Warriors Season Ticket Priority Wait List members on Thursday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will be made available to the general public on Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. Fans will be able to purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.
“Bringing together Metallica and San Francisco Symphony 20 years later for our first event at Chase Center is going to be an incredible and unique performance for the Bay Area,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “This announcement is one of many of the must-see acts we’ll have as we continue to add a variety and diversity of shows to Chase Center’s calendar.”
“This is beyond exciting on so many fronts,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “The fact that San Francisco is finally getting a much needed world-class arena, the fact that Metallica get to be part of the opening celebration, the fact that we get to revisit S&M 20 years later, and the fact that we get to share the stage not only with the San Francisco Symphony once again, but with the legend himself, MTT, as he kicks off his final year as music director here in San Francisco. This is mind-blowingly awesome… bring it on ASAP!!!”
“The San Francisco Symphony is delighted to be a part of the Chase Center’s opening week, and to perform once again with Metallica to recreate the magic of the historic S&M concerts,” said San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “I’m happy to join with my friends in Metallica to make this an extraordinary only-in-San Francisco music event.”