Metallica plays the first of two shows on Friday night (September 6th) with the San Francisco Symphony, as the band and orchestra recreate their famous S&M concerts from 20 years ago. The shows, the second of which takes place on Sunday (September 8th), will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the S&M album that came out of the first gigs.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told the Mercury News why the band is excited to play with the orchestra again, saying, “It’s a new group of people. It’s a new building. (Bassist) Robert Trujillo wasn’t involved 20 years ago. I like that this production extends a respectful nod to what it’s been in the past. But, at the same time, it’s an opportunity for new discoveries.”
For the new concerts, the band will perform several tracks from the original 1999 S&M release as well as symphonic versions of new songs released since then.
The shows will also mark the grand opening of San Francisco’s brand new Chase Center venue. The classical musicians and classic rockers will be the first acts to perform at the new 18,064-seat arena that will serve as home to the NBA team Golden State Warriors in the fall.
The concerts will be the subject of a film called S&M2 that will be shown one night only, on October 9th, in more than 3,000 movie theaters around the world.