when it comes time to christen the new Chase Center in San Francisco, the band will be on hand to play the first show in the new venue. But Metallica aren’t just playing the traditional show at the venue, as they’ll reunite with the San Francisco Symphony to mark the 20th anniversary of their highly praised “S&M” live album. The concert will take place Sept. 6 and is being dubbed “S&M2.” It will be a one-night only event, with legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas overseeing the orchestra. The late Michael Kamen led the orchestra back on the 1999 original recording.
“It’s a beautiful opportunity and we’re super proud that after 38 years, there’s still cool things like this on the horizon for us,” said Hetfield. “We’re just able to explore and have some fun with some new friends.”
“This is beyond exciting on so many fronts,” stated 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!!!”